Sprints: The Two-Day Bonus
So, you have spent three days learning about all the great, interesting new stuff that's been happening in Django and the many projects surrounding it. What could be more interesting than to cement your practical skills by applying this new knowledge?
The DjangoCon sprints are a time where people who normally live around the world, and collaborate over irc and mailing lists, come to one place to work together in person. Many people will be working on the Django code base, lots of others will be working on related projects (Pinax, South, Armstrong, etc.) or they'll be working on tasks to support Django as a project (documentation, ticket triage, promotion). Regardless of your experience level the sprints are a great opportunity to collaborate, learn, and give something back to the community.
The sprints are normally kicked off at the very end of the conference with a session that ends the Thursday afternoon. This allows people to discover what sprints are talking place. The sprints themselves notionally run from 9am - 9pm on Friday and Saturday.
Sprints will be held at Digital Bootcamp, 25 West Hubbard Street (2nd Floor)
(ring entrance phone to gain entrance)
From the entrance, of the Hyatt:
- Turn LEFT (west) on E. Wacker
- Turn RIGHT (north) on State Street
- Turn LEFT (west) on Hubbard
Unfortunately, there are no bus routes that stop on Hubbard so you will have to take the taxi if you are unable to walk. We recommend sharing a taxi ride.
More information can be found on the Digital Bootcamp website.
There is no registration required to attend the sprints. At the last session of the main conference, we'll be having a sprints kick-off. During this session leaders for the various projects and efforts that will be worked on during the sprints will be asked to give a quick intro to the project and a quick overview of how best people can contribute. During the sprints themselves, it's mostly a matter of showing up at the venue, introducing yourself to the people you'd like to work with, and then getting down to work. If you have any questions or run into any problems feel free to talk to one of the on-site organizers or simply ask the person you end up sitting next to.