Monday, March 14th through Thursday, March 17th, 2011.
Development sprints are a key part of PyCon, a chance for the contributors to open-source projects to get together face-to-face for up to four days of intensive learning, development and camaraderie. Newbies sit with gurus, go out for lunch and dinner together, and have a great time while advancing their project.
What's a sprint?
PyCon Development Sprints are four 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.
In the crucible of a sprint room, teaming with both focus and humor, 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 space and infrastructure (network, power, tables & chairs); you bring your skills, humanity, and brainpower (oh! and don't forget your computer).
You can see the sprint projects that were registered in 2010 here.
Who can participate?
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!
Who's sprinting in 2011?
See the sprint projects page for the full list.
Can I join a sprint at PyCon?
Yes! Sign up over at the sprint projects page, either for a specific sprint or just in general! You can always work on a different project, and talking to other groups is one of the best things about the sprints.
Can I host a sprint at PyCon?
Yes! Look at the call for project participation for details.
What's the schedule?
There will be two pre-sprint sessions on Sunday, March 13, 2011 after the end of the conference talks:
Intro to Sprinting (3pm - 4pm) A plenary session which will begin with a talk explaining the basics of sprints and how they work at PyCon. That will be followed by a brief introduction to each project by the sprint leader.
Sprint Tutorials (4pm - whenever) Sprint leaders will gather sprinters and head to their sprint rooms for introductory sessions. Sprint leaders will explain their project, walk through code, help with repository access, etc. This way, come Monday morning you'll be able to get started coding right away.
Sprints themselves will run Monday, March 14 to Thursday, March 17 from early morning until people leave. Realistically, sprints typically start up around 9am and run until dinner, but late-nighters and all-nighters are okay (and common).
During the sprints, people often hang out in the #pycon IRC channel on freenode.net to chat, coordinate tasks, and arrange meals.