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Launching Project Signups for PyCon US Sprints

 We are super excited to announce the launch of the PyCon US 2021 Sprints!

When: Sprints will take place on May 17th and May 18th

Where: On a private Discord server! (invitation link will be announced later)

Project Signups: Sign up your project via: 

What are Sprints?

PyCon Development Sprints are up to two days of intensive learning and development on an open source project of your choice, in a team environment. It's a time to come together with colleagues, old and new, to share what you've learned and apply it to an open source project.

It's a time to test, fix bugs, add new features, and improve documentation. And it's a time to network, make friends, and build relationships that go beyond the conference.

PyCon provides the opportunity and infrastructure; you bring your skills, humanity, and brainpower (oh! and don't forget your computer).

For those that have never attended a development sprint before or want to brush up on basics, join us for our Our Introduction to Sprints workshop May 16 at 3:30pm ET (~2hr workshop)!

Who can participate?

You! All experience levels are welcome; sprints are a great opportunity to get connected with, and start contributing to your favorite Python project. Participation in the sprints is free! You don't need a PyCon registration to join the sprints. In addition, any Python project can signup and invite sprinters to contribute to their project. 

If you would like to mentor beginners during the Sprints, we welcome you to join May 17th and 18th. We will have a mentors channel setup on the Discord server!

How do I host a sprint for my project virtually?

If you are interested hosting a virtual sprint, please be sure you do the following:

  • Sign up your project via: 

  • Email once you sign up so we can share Discord information with you. An invitation link will be provided that you can share with new and existing contributors so they may join the Discord. Additionally we will share with project leaders how Discord will be organized.

  • Provide documented steps to help beginners understand your project and what they need to do to be able to contribute (include how to set up a development environment, how to share pull requests/patches, how to test proposed changes, etc)

  • Ensure that you have team members who can monitor the sprint Discord channel during the sprints to answer questions/provide feedback

  • If you choose to have audio/video communications, you can do it directly in your Discord space (or other platforms like Hangouts, Zoom, etc), please be aware that not all participants will be able to join OR feel comfortable joining.

  • Provide an easy mechanism to share quick code samples/error messages to help with communication ( and are two such sites which can be used).

Thanks to our sponsors and support team

A big thank you to Joe, Sebastian and Leon (from the Python Discord) for creating our private server, helping us structure the layout, and assisting with moderation.

If your organization is interested in sponsoring the PyCon US Sprints, please check out our prospectus online: An a la carte option costs $5,000 and helps offset the costs of PyCon US expenses and PSF operating costs.

Post written by Chalmer Lowe, Kushal Das, and Ewa Jodlowska