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Thanks for hacking! And some ideas for next time.

From: Orion A.
Sent on: Friday, February 10, 2012 11:20 AM

Thanks for coming to the Inaugural San Francisco Python Hack Night!  I enjoyed it thoroughly and I hope that you did, too.  I wrote up an overview of the event here on the SwiftStack blog, for those of you that couldn't make it.

Several people at the meetup asked how they could help support the event.  Here are a few thoughts:

Review the meetup

If we can generate enough interest, then we can hold hack nights more often!  So if you attended and enjoyed the meetup, please take the time out to review it on  Then, don't forget to tweet about it, and link to the meetup group when you do so.

Help create the Bounty Board

Two challenges that people had at the meetup were (1) coming up with projects to hack on, and (2) finding people with similar interests to hack with.  Both of these problems could be eased by having a list of small, tractable ideas and a way for people to find out about them and indicate that they're interested in working on them before the meetup occurs.  I called this the "Bounty Board", because people can post ideas that they'd be interested in seeing done whether or not they have the interest or expertise to work on them, and someone else can pick them up at will.  This is a way that we can get more and more people involved in open source contribution in a very manageable way.

I'm imagining a super-simple, open-source web application, deployed to Heroku, that lists and categorizes ideas, allows users to indicate their interest in them, and leverages the Meetup API to answer important questions like:  of the people that have RSVPed to the next Hack Night, who is interested in working on any of the problems that I'm interested in working on?

In fact, the Bounty Board could be a collaborative project of the SF Python Hack Night, providing an early focus for hacking.  It would provide challenges for all levels of Python expertise and would be a good rallying point.  What do you all think of this?  If you're interested in pursuing this and getting it set up in preparation for the next Hack Night, let me know.

Help us find a sponsor

Sponsorships can keep us in food and beer more cheaply, making it easier for us to do Hack Nights regularly.  If you, your company, or someone you know might be interested in sponsoring the SF Python Hack Night, let me know, and we'll discuss the details.

I'll be scheduling the next hack night soon.  It will probably occur around the end of the month or the beginning of March. I look forward to seeing you there!

-- Orion


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