Tickets & Hotels

Tickets & Hotels2021-10-08T10:21:55-05:00

Buy Tickets!

CodeMash 2022 tickets are on sale starting October 8 at 4pm Eastern Time! Click the “Buy Tickets” link above to launch the Eventbrite site- please note: the link will not work until the opening date and time.

The Kalahari is the hotel where CodeMash is hosted. We also have a room block available at Comfort Inn Sandusky.

Due to soaring prices on food and on other items, and due to limited sponsorships, pricing will be $450/$900. That puts us at breakeven with little buffer. That means, for example, if the coffee reaches the budgeted amount, then we can’t say “Eh, throw a few more gallons of coffee into the carafes.” or if the hors d’oevres on Wednesday evening reach the budgeted amount, we can’t say “You have a few dozen more of that food item in the back? Sure, we’ll go ahead with ordering more for tonight.”

We are also limiting attendee tickets to 1300 because of covid. If the situation changes, we might raise the number of tickets.

Please help us reach out to sponsors so we can keep CodeMash affordable for all.

Ticket Types

Two-day ticket and four-day ticket.

2-day $450
4-day $900

Upgrade from two to four days – You can upgrade your two-day ticket to any four-day ticket by using the EventBrite transfer feature. In this process, you will be charged the difference in ticket prices. The steps are easy to do, and can be located here.

KidzMash Tickets – KidzMash is our family program. Tickets are free, but are only available to people accompanying a CodeMash ticket holder. KidzMash runs all four days of CodeMash. See for more details. KidzMash tickets will open up in November, after attendee tickets. We will let attendees know when the KidzMash tickets have opened.

Kalahari Waterpark Wristbands – All CodeMash attendees, and their families, regardless of which hotel they are staying at, will receive Kalahari waterpark wristbands. The attendee can pick up wristbands for themself and their family when they check in at CodeMash to pick up their attendee badge.

Hotel Reservation Details

Hotels listed below are partnering with CodeMash, and we’ve worked with them to offer special discounts (room blocks) for attendees. ROOM BLOCKS ARE LIMITED, and hotels may sell out. 

As an attendee, you are solely responsible for hotel logistics (including reservations, cancellations, refunds, etc.).  All hotel room blocks will open up when tickets go on sale.  DETAILS BELOW ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. We do our best to provide accurate, up-to-date information, and apologize for any discrepancies in advance.

Prices do not include taxes, tips, cancellation fees, or any unknown hidden fees. All rates below are part of our room blocks. It is possible for a hotel to run out of rooms in our block. They will offer a non-discounted room in that case.


7000 Kalahari Dr, Sandusky, OH

(877) 525-2427

Room Types & Prices

Room Type


Double Queen Balcony




Double Queen Sofa (with or without Balcony)




King Living Room Kitchen Suite




King Whirlpool Suite




2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Living Room Suite




2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Suite




You can read about the room types on the Kalahari web site.

Special for this year: A stay at Kalahari does not require a 4-night minimum. Wanna stay at Kalahari for only 3 nights this year? You can!

Kalahari Hotel Reservation Link: Here

Note: Can’t get the exact room type you wanted? Room inventory will vary as we get closer to the conference. Check back from time to time, as additional rooms and room types may open up.

Cancellation – If you cancel/refund your CodeMash ticket, you will need
to cancel your Kalahari reservation yourself. You are responsible for any hotel-related cancellation fees.

Check-in: 4:00 pm; Check-out: 11:00 am

Other Official Hotel

Name/Address Detailed Info Phone Number

Comfort Inn Sandusky

5909 Milan Rd.

Sandusky, Ohio 44870

Group Code: LMASH, if calling by phone.

  • $109.00 per night

This hotel is approximately 1.2 miles from the Kalahari.

Check-in: 3:00 pm; Check-out: 11:00 am

Comfort Inn Sandusky offers the following:

  • Minutes to Kalahari Resort
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Wifi 
  • Microwave and Mini-Refrigerator 
  • Indoor Pool & Hot Tub
  • 100% Smoke-Free Hotel

Click here to Book


Other Hotels near the conference

Name/Address Detailed Info Phone Number

Hampton Inn Sandusky-Central

6100 Milan Rd.

Sandusky, Ohio 44870

This hotel is approximately 1.1 miles from the Kalahari.

Check-in: 4:00 pm; Check-out: 11:00 am

Hampton Inn Sandusky-Central offers the following:

  • Free Hot Breakfast
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Center
  • Photo Copying Service
  • Room Service (food)
  • Coin Laundry

Best Western Hotel & Suites Plus

6011 Milan Rd.

Sandusky, Ohio 44870

This hotel is approximately 1.2 miles from the Kalahari.

Check-in: 3:00 pm; Check-out: 11:00 am

Best Western Sandusky offers the following:

  • All Rooms Renovated in 2019
  • All rooms are 1 room Suites
  • Microwave and Refrigerators
  • Hot Breakfast Buffet
  • Fitness Center
  • Free High Speed Internet


Great Wolf Lodge

4600 Milan Rd

Sandusky, Ohio 44870

This hotel is approximately 2.4 miles from the Kalahari.

Check-in: 4:00 pm; Check-out: 11:00 am


Other Details

EVENT CHECK-IN – You can check in after 6pm on the evening before your ticket starts. The check-in desk will be open in the conference area of the Kalahari during all event hours, as well as Monday evening, starting around 6pm, for those checking in for the Tuesday Pre-Compiler.


  • If you bought the four-day ticket, Pre-Compiler Day 1 starts on Tuesday at 7:00am.
  • The pre-event Lightning Talks for all attendees (both 4 and 2 day ticket holders) will happen on Wednesday at 7:00pm in the main dining room. These are entertaining and not to be missed.
  • The CodeMash regular session schedule and breakfast will commence on Thursday at 7:00am.

MEALS – 4 day ticket holders (Main Conference + Pre-Compiler) will receive meals Tues-Friday. 2 day ticket holders will receive meals Thursday and Friday. CodeMash attendees will have breakfast provided at the Kalahari, in the main ballroom, each morning. Lunch is also provided each day of the conference. Dinner will be served Tuesday night and Thursday night. Meals are only available for registered attendees, and an attendee badge is required to enter the dining area. Check the official CodeMash schedule for meal times.

Family members and KidzMash attendees should check with their hotel if breakfast is included for them in their room rate. Another option is the cash-and-carry across from the KidzMash rooms, where breakfast and lunch can be purchased.

REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY – Due to Covid-19, CodeMash has an updated policy which is simply:
Zero Worry Policy : Any attendee or sponsor can get a full refund at any time.
If you are a speaker, and you feel you can’t attend, please let us know at any time. You will have our good wishes and there will be no ill will. We have a few speakers cancel every year, albeit for non-pandemic reasons, so we are used to planning around this.
Unless the government tells us we may not hold the event, CodeMash will not be cancelled this year. We might have to alter some details of the event, based on the existing mandates from the government, and the changing situation around variants, vaccines, and so on.
Full information and any updates can be found at
Instructions for asking for a ticket refund –
Additionally, and as it was previously, you can still send a geek in your place.

SENDING A GEEK IN MY PLACE – Things happen. You need to send someone using your hard-earned ticket. We understand. Please follow these instructions to change the name on your ticket: It is allowed to sell someone your ticket, but only at face value. We are not responsible or liable for any third-party ticket sales.

CONTACTING US FOR ASSISTANCE – Need help with your registration? Looking for a good low mileage shark? Have questions about the conference? Contact Please remember that CodeMash is volunteer run, and we have day jobs. We WILL respond to your email, but it might take a day or two. If time is an issue, we will always make it right.

Some common questions:

  • “I clicked the link before <<time and date that is listed at the top of this page>> and it said there aren’t any tickets. Are you sold out?”
    • No. By definition, if the sale hasn’t started, we can’t be sold out. The ticket list will show there aren’t any available until the sale date, BECAUSE THERE AREN’T ANY AVAILABLE UNTIL THE SALE DATE. Once the magic minute approaches, the unicorns will unlock all of the tickets.
    • Also, the page may not look right until we get closer to the date. You may even get a generic Eventbrite page. This is all normal until when tickets go on sale.
  • “What do you get when you put root beer in a square glass?”
    • Beer.

Now that you have read all of that, please go grab a ticket: Here