[Linux-aus] Grant Request: Drupal Code Sprint

Brian Gilbert - Realityloop Pty Ltd brian at realityloop.com
Mon Sep 24 08:38:47 EST 2012

Hi Mikal, 

I think you would have the best luck by initially approaching people who you think might be good at running it, we run monthly mentoring events here in Melbourne for people interested in Drupal to come and ask questions which is a far less technically focused, and meetups on the 2nd Tuesday every month.

Since adding meetup.com on top of the drupal groups for posting our meet ups we've seen a marked increase in eyes over our event announcements which I think makes it easier to get critical mass. 

The main challenge I would see for an event like LCA would be getting enough people who wanted to hack together on any one project, so I would be looking to organise key people to wrangle people into groups that will be productive, perhaps picking some key languages or project as a way to group them.. i.e.. ruby, python.. drupal, arduino, etc.

At Drupalcons we usually have a coders lounge that is open 24/7 during the event with a sprint day at the end which can work well as people who aren't sure can drop in on the coders lounge during the event and there will always be someone willing to help them get things set up ready for the sprint day.

I'd offer to help out with the Drupal side of things, but my wife is due to have our first baby in the middle of the conference.


Brian Gilbert
Realityloop Pty Ltd
Consulting | Web Solution Provider | Drupal Specialist

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On Saturday, 22 September 2012 at 9:32 AM, Michael Still wrote:

> On 21/09/12 10:49, Brian Gilbert - Realityloop Pty Ltd wrote:
> > *Request*
> > $207 - Funding for a Sydney - Melbourne return flight
> > $100 - Lunch for attendees (will cover subway sandwiches and soft drinks)
> > 
> > This flight will bring Justin Randell (https://drupal.org/user
> > <https://drupal.org/user/38580>/38580 <https://drupal.org/user/38580>-
> > beejeebus) to the sprint from Sydney.Justin is Australia's most active
> > Drupal core contributor.
> > 
> So, I think this sounds like a really good idea. I do have two questions
> though:
> Funding
> =======
> Is there a Drupal Foundation or something which should be funding this
> sort of thing? Is Linux Australia the most appropriate body? In this
> case the spend is low so I think its fine, but I do wonder if there are
> other funding sources for this source of thing.
> Encouraging stuff like this
> ===========================
> Given I think this is a good idea, I'm interested in thoughts on how we
> can encourage this sort of event. Specifically, LCA2013 has cleared the
> Wednesday evening of the conference by moving the PDNS with the specific
> intent of trying to encourage this sort of BOF / hackfest / social
> coding event. If we provided the space, how do we encourage people to
> propose something like this?
> Cheers,
> Mikal

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