This is a day long coding event in Los Angeles for Open Source developers of all languages and skill levels to come and code like fiends. They'll be joined by dozens of either really smart coders or nice people like me. Sponsors are providing food, drinks, venue, and more!
So far, there will be attendees sprinting on:
Django: django-mongonaut (https://github.com/pydanny/django-mongonaut), django-twilio (https://github.com/rdegges/django-twilio), GTD app, OpenComparison (http://opencomparison.org), Content-Gallery Pyramid (http://www.pylonsproject.org/) web framework Node.js (http://nodejs.org/) related projects including tty.js Processing.js (http://processingjs.org/) related projects Unity3D (http://unity3d.com/) related projects supervisord salt i18n openFrameworks (C++) JQuery Mobile And much, much more. What open source project do you plan to sprint on? Email pydanny at gmail dot com and I'll add it to the list.
And now to open the floor to questions...
What's parking like?
Parking can be a bit tricky, so plan extra time for this. Street parking can be found in the neighborhood surrounding 7257 Beverly Blvd. Strict 2 hour parking is available between Beverly and Oakwood (which is 1 block north). We would recommend parking anywhere north of Oakwood as all of that street parking is open and has NO time or permit restrictions.
When does it begin and end?
May 12,[masked] AM to 10 PM Is this like a Hackathon?
Yup. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackathon#Sprints
Will there be Wifi?
I'm just starting as a developer, should I come?
If you've never coded before, this isn't the right place. Instead, you might consider one of the local coding workshops or classes. In fact, here's a good bi-weekly hack night / study group (http://www.meetup.com/Los-Angeles-Hack-Night/) for you.
If you've done a tutorial or two, sprints can be a great way to learn new skills or hone your technique by sitting alongside experienced developers who actually need your help. A lot of projects have what are called 'low hanging fruit', which are 'simpler' tasks saved for beginner developers to wet their teeth on. Things I've learned at events like these include Git, Mercurial, JQuery, and a hundred other things that have made me a better coder.
What if I don't have a project of my own to bring? Should I come?
Heck yeah! There will be a number of projects around that you can join and contribute to in order to make the world a better place.
What if I want to come and recruit people?
This is not a job fair and we don't want unnecessary distractions. If you have RSVP'd and are not a developer or coder, we reserve the right to cancel your RSVP at any time.
On the other hand, if you want to help sponsor we'll happily mention you on the meetup.com (http://www.meetup.com/LA-Hackathons/events/62796642/) description and if you provide swag then we'll put it on the sponsor table.
Are there going to be any presentations or lightning talks?
This is a sprint, not a conference or demonstration. We'll try and limit announcements and interruptions as much as possible, the only exception being for letting you know food has arrived.
What should I bring?
Your own functioning laptop with power cord. We also encourage you to bring a power strip labeled with your name. Neither event organizers, the venue, or sponsors are providing equipment and are not responsible for anything that you might bring.
Who are the sponsors?
What are sponsors providing?
Promotion of the event
Venue Food and drinks for lunch and dinner Possibly after event drinks Swag