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Recent Django Software Foundation activities

June 26, 2012

Back in January, the Django Software Foundation (DSF) held our first ever membership drive. Here's an update on what we've been doing with the funds that we raised:

Of course, none of these activities would have been possible without the generous financial support of our corporate members - and the more members we have, the more we can do to make the Django community a better place. If you are interested in becoming a corporate member of the DSF, you can find out more on our corporate membership page.

And if you are organizing a Django-related event that would benefit from some financial assistance, or if you're an individual who would like to attend a Django event (such as the upcoming DjangoCon US) but requires some finanical help, get in touch - the DSF may be able to help you out.

We are also interested in sponsoring projects that will make the Django community a better place. So if you've got an idea for something that will be of value to the Django community, and you just need a little financial assistance to get it off the ground (or keep it off the ground), let us know about it, and the DSF may be able to help out.

Django Software Foundation calls for board nominations

June 26, 2012

It is with regret that the Django Software Foundation (DSF) must announce that due to a change in employment circumstances, Dan Cox has chosen to resign his seat on the DSF board.

Dan was one of the founding members of the DSF board. The Django Software Foundation would like to thank Dan for his years of diligent service.

As a result of Dan's resignation, the DSF is calling for nominations for replacement board members.

Formal nominations for the open board seat may be made by any DSF member. If you're not a DSF member, and you've got an idea of someone you'd like to see on the DSF board, feel free to suggest the name - if someone in the official membership agrees with you, they can formally propose that name for nomination.

What does a DSF board member do? DSF board members are expected to participate in a monthly board teleconference, and follow up on any activities generated by that teleconference. Depending on the business presented to the board, this may result in additional work over the course of the month. The work will usually be administrative and organisational in nature -- for example, representing the board in legal discussions, or liaising with groups performing work on the DSF's behalf.

The call for nominees closes at 1200 UTC on July 15. We'll be contacting the membership in the coming days to let them know the formal voting procedures.

Of course, if you'd like to be involved in the formal nomination and voting process, you need to be a member of the DSF. Developer members are individuals appointed by the DSF board in recognition of their service to the Django community. Corporate members are those that have contributed financially to the DSF. If you are interested in becoming a corporate member of the DSF, you can find out more on our corporate membership page.

If you've got any other questions about the board election process, please get in touch.

Second regularly-scheduled San Francisco Sprint

June 13, 2012

Votizen will host its second regularly-occuring Django sprint in San Francisco this Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

These sprints will be on the 1st and 3rd weekends of each month, generally on Saturdays. They'll be hosted at Votizen's office near the 4th and King Caltrain station.

Seating, Internet, and whiteboards will be provided, along with drinks and small-batch coffee.

Attendance is limited to 25 (for now: future events may be bigger), so please sign up to attend.

We hope to see you there!

Django People is back!

June 6, 2012

A while back, Simon Willison created Django People, an index of Django users around the world. It was a cool resource showing the spread of the community — there are even Django users in Antarctica!

Unfortunately, the site went down, and it's been missing for a bit. Well, I'm pleased to announce today that Django People is back! Many thanks to Bruno Renié who led the team that updated the code and got the site back online. All your old accounts are still in place; check it out.

You'll notice a new URL: people.djangoproject.com. This is because the site's now being supported by the DSF; this'll help make sure it doesn't go away again. Hosting's been graciously provided by Heroku, who have donated a bunch of server credits to the DSF -- thanks!

This is just the beginning: we're hoping to sponsor and host other important community sites as needed. So, if you run something of service to the Django community and need some assistance getting or keeping it online: get in touch.

Once again, thanks for the hosting, Heroku, and thanks to everyone who contributed!