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Mentored sprints for diverse beginners: a retrospective and future plans

Tania Allard
December 11, 2019

Mentored sprints for diverse beginners: a retrospective and future plans

Open source relies heavily on the community for its sustainability and success. As a result, multiple initiatives aim to bring together community members, developers and open source projects in the form of conference sprints, yearly events (e.g. Hacktoberfest) or unconferences. However, many projects currently struggle to engage with a diverse set of contributors in the long term.
Over the last year and a half, I have been working on running mentored sprints for diverse beginners as conference events and as standalone sprints over the year.
This unique approach has proven very successful, so much that these sprints are becoming a permanent event at PyCon US and PyCon UK and are being adopted by other conferences across the world.
In this talk, I will share my learnings from running this kind of sprints, the logistics behind them, some impact stories, and the plans for the future of the mentored sprints and how you and your community can get involved.

Tania Allard

December 11, 2019
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  1. Here is where your presentation begins
    Slidetitle
    here
    Tania Allard, Ph.D
    Developer Advocate @ Microsoft
    @ ixek / #DevRelCon
    Mentored sprints for
    diverse beginners

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  2. bit.ly/devrel-sprints
    Slides

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  3. What are
    we
    covering?
    01
    02
    Why mentored sprints?
    Background and motivation
    The sprints
    Defining goals and structure
    03
    Next steps
    Scaling up
    @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints

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  4. Background
    @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints

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  5. Mycommunities
    • Scientific computing, HPC &
    Research
    • Machine learning / DS
    • Open Source
    @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints

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  6. Big focus on code
    The fallacy of meritocracy
    Open
    Source fails
    The privilege dichotomy
    @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints

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  7. Creators /
    knowledge
    drivers
    How is the
    broader
    population being
    brought into the
    loop?
    Who is benefiting
    from the open
    source
    ecosystem?
    Maintainers, core
    developers,
    decision makers
    Open source
    consumers /
    objects
    Those whose
    interests are
    served
    @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints
    Some
    people of
    open source

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  8. Creators /
    knowledge
    drivers
    Open source
    consumers /
    objects
    Some
    people of
    open source
    Those whose
    interests are
    served
    @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints

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  9. Sustainability
    Somany
    battles
    Diversity and
    inclusion
    Funding and
    compensation
    Agency
    @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints

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  10. https://nbviewer.jupyter.org/github/scopatz/nf-project-
    inequality/blob/9b83df3090c9b9b1b953d2905d428b71165ce607/nf
    -project-inequality.ipynb
    underrepresented
    @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints

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  11. Thestart
    @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints

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  12. First time contributors
    Mentor with a mentor scheme
    Sprints -beginner
    The scope
    Main event – users, developers,
    core teams
    Underrepresented groups
    Attendees
    Time and location
    Mentors
    @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints

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  13. TheA-B-C
    Short and
    long term
    Mentoring Impact
    Beyond ‘just’
    code
    Safe
    Everyone can thrive
    @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints

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  14. @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints

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  15. @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints

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  16. 2019
    Hacktoberfest
    PyConUS
    Mentored
    sprints
    Hacktoberfest
    PyLadies umbrella
    2018
    2019
    PyLadies NW UK, Her
    + Data, PyData,
    Hatchery programme
    PyLadies NW UK, Her
    + Data, Python NW,
    PyData, RLadies
    2018
    SciPy / EuroScipy
    2019
    Parallel track to main
    sprints sessions
    PyConUK
    Hacktoberfest
    2017
    CodeFirst Girls – Manchester,
    Sheffield, Leeds @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints

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  17. What’snext?
    @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints

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  18. 2019
    Hacktoberfest
    PyConUS
    Hacktoberfest
    PyLadies umbrella
    2018
    2019
    PyLadies NW UK, Her
    + Data, PyData,
    Hatchery programme
    PyLadies NW UK, Her
    + Data, Python NW,
    PyData, RLadies
    2018
    SciPy / EuroScipy
    2019
    Parallel track to main
    sprints sessions
    PyConUK
    2020
    Standalone,
    Conferences
    Projects
    Hacktoberfest
    2017
    CodeFirst Girls – Manchester,
    Sheffield, Leeds @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints
    Mentored
    sprints

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  19. Conferences
    • PyCon US
    • Scipy
    • DjangoCon Europe
    • PyCon UK
    • Scipy Latam
    • PyCon Latam
    • UseR
    • Research software engineering
    conference
    2020
    @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints

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  20. The future
    Sustainability
    Impact from previous
    events
    Mentored sprints in a box
    Longer term programmes
    Follow up
    Scale up
    @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints

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  21. @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints
    https://blog.jupyter.org/the-jupyterhub-and-binder-contributor-in-
    residence-56708d1e3069

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  22. Partnering
    up
    @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints

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  23. Sustainability
    Somany
    battles
    Funding and
    compensation
    Agency
    @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints

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  24. Your community?
    @ixek bit.ly/devrel-sprints

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  25. Thankyou
    tania.allard[at]microsoft.com
    @ixek

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