Jul 08

Call for Applications - Now Open

I'm happy to announce on behalf of everyone involved in this effort that we are issuing the first public call for applications for Sponsored Sprints!

We're very happy to have already sponsored one sprint as a trial run, and your sprint could be next!

Please see the applications page for more information on what, how and when. We are accepting applications now for sprints occurring within the next 30 days

Organizing these sprints, like all things with Python and the PSF, is a volunteer effort, and there are a lot of ways for you to help. In addition to working on this site and it's content, we are also working on collateral and manuals outlined in the original proposal. For example, Brian Curtin and others have been working on our guide to contributing to Python Core and he's also working on the Python 3 porting guide.

So, even if you're not going to be running a sprint, there are other opportunities for you to get involved. Email jnoller at python.org if you want to help out. If you want to solely focus on the documentation, the mercurial repository with the skeletons is located here

Finally, I apologize for the ramp up to this taking as long as it has, and our lack of the detailed manuals and materials. 

Thanks to everyone involved to this point, and to all you future sprint coaches and sprinters. Let's all make Python and the community even greater, together.

Call for Applications

The PSF is happy to open our first call for applications for sprint funding!

Have you ever had a group of people together to hack towards a common goal? You've hosted a sprint!

Have you ever wanted to get a group of like minded Pythonistas together to hack for a day? You're going to want to hold a sprint!

Whether you call them Sprints, Hackfests, Hack-a-thons, or any other name, they're a great way to hang out with like-minded developers and work on common code. Sprints are an unbeatable way to build friendships and contacts that will last for years to come, and they're a great way to learn about something new if you're just starting out.

The Python Software Foundation has set aside funds to be distributed to world-wide sprint efforts. We're anticipating 2-3 events per month focused on covering topics to help the entire community:

  • Python Core bug triage and patch submission (on-boarding new contributors)
  • Python Core documentation (including process documentation) improvements
  • Porting libraries/applications to Python 3
  • Python website/wiki content improvements
  • PyPI packaging hosting site improvements
  • Contribution to other "core" projects, such as packaging related issues.

If you are interested in holding a sprint on any of the topics above and you're looking for some money to help out with sprint costs, we can help (up to a max of $250 USD). Prepare an application including the following information:

  • Date and Location: Where will the event be? What day and time?
  • Organizers: Who are the event organizers and sprint coach? Is the sprint being run by a Python user group?
  • Attendees: How many participants do you expect?
  • Goal: What is the focus and goal of the sprint?
  • Budget: How much funding you are requesting, and what will you use it for?

Applications should be sent to: sprints@python.org with the subject "Sprint Funding Application - <location>"

We encourage anyone - even those who have never held, or been to a sprint - to consider holding one. We will help you as much as we can with welcome packets, advertising, and hooking you up with required resources - anything to make it possible.

As part of being approved, you will need to agree to deliver a report (hopefully, with pictures!) of the sprint to the Sprint Committee, so we can post it on the sprint blog and site:

http://www.pythonsprints.com

If you have any questions or need more information, contact us by email at sprints@python.org.