The PyCon 2012 sprints are officially under way - and man do we have a lot of sprinters!
One of the things we've heard from multiple people is that they want to help out PyCon by sprinting on the PyCon website codebase - adding features, fixing things up, etc. This is great - and an excellent way to help PyCon proper and other Python conferences.
The PyCon codebase is fully open source and available - however, that codebase is PyCon 2012 specific, and patches to that code will not be accepted. Eldarion has done an amazing job putting the website together, and you can see the evolution of the site when looking at the eldarion/pycon repo.
When we contracted with Eldarion for the PyCon site - we had something much bigger in mind for the website - the PSF, PyCon and Eldarion wanted to create a common code base that could be used by any and all Python and tech-related conferences all over the world. We wanted to make a simple code base that anyone could use to bootstrap a conference.
I am pleased to announce on behalf of the PyCon and Eldarion teams that this is now becoming reality. The Eldarion team has diligently been working on extracting the "not PyCon" specific components of the code base and pushing them into a project called Symposion. The PyCon codebase has lots of conference-specific hacks; we're cleaning up and generalizing stuff as we move it over so quite a bit
This will be the basis for the future PyCon websites; we encourage people to get involved with the project - join the mailing list, hop on the irc channel - #symposion on freenode, and check out the github repository and branches - submit bugs, pull requests, etc.
While here at the sprints; find the Eldarion team - bounce ideas off of them, ask how to get involved. Thank you to the Eldarion team for all the work you've done for PyCon and the PSF!