July 31, 2013
Django adopts a Code of Conduct
On April 1st we wrote that we'd drafted a code of conduct for our community, and wanted your feedback before adopted it. You gave us a lot of fantastic feedback, and today we're proud to announce that the code of conduct has been ratified by votes of the Django core developers and the board of the Django Sofware Foundation.
This code of conduct is now operative in all DSF/Django spaces, that means places like #django on Freenode, the django-developers mailing list, or a Django sprint.
The board of the DSF have also created a committee which will review any reports of violations. The initial members of that committee will be Jacob Kaplan-Moss, Alex Gaynor, Selena Deckelmann, and Lynn Root.
Why do we need a code of conduct? To best keep with some of our core values: documentation and "explicit is better than implicit". We want to maintain a vibrant, diverse, and technically excellent community, and we believe that a part of that is writing down the standards of behavior we hold ourselves to.
We may make changes in the future. The process by which that happens is also online.
We'd like to thank everyone who sent us valuable feedback, all the codes of conduct we looked to for inspiration in writing this (including Ubuntu's, Python's, and Speak Up's), and especially Valerie Aurora and the Ada Initiative for all their help.
July 22, 2013
DjangoCon US 2013 is rapidly approaching! From September 2-7 this year, the Django community will converge on the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, Illinois for 6 days of tutorials, talks and sprinting. Earlybird tickets will be available until July 29. You can also book rooms at a discounted rate at the conference hotel by using the DjangoCon booking code, available through the DjangoCon US website.
If you’d like to go to DjangoCon US 2013, but cannot attend due to financial hardship, you can apply for financial aid to cover all or part of your travel expenses. The deadline for the grant submission is Wednesday July 31. We aim to inform grant recipients by August 5.
Travel grants are funded through the generous financial contributions of the corporate members of the DSF, as well as a generous allocation of complimentary tickets from the conference organisers, The Open Bastion. Many thanks also go to Lynn Root and her team of volunteers for once again managing the grants process.
July 6, 2013
DjangoCon Australia was organized as a miniconference tied to PyCon Australia. As a result of being a miniconference, the budget didn't allow us to print a conference shirt for every attendee -- but everyone likes a conference shirt, so we're selling one as a fundraising activity for the Django Software Foundation.
The shirt is available in two styles: Mens/Unisex, and Women's relaxed fit. Both styles of shirt are US$15, plus postage and handling. $7 from the sale of each mens shirt, and $5 from the sale of each womens shirt, will go to the DSF.
The sale is time limited - if you want a shirt, you need to place your order before Wednesday, July 10. The sale is also contingent on selling enough shirts - if we don't get 50 orders for mens shirts, they won't be printed; if we don't get 20 orders for womens shirts, they won't be printed. Don't worry, though - you won't be charged if we don't hit our sales targets.
It doesn't matter whether you attended DjangoCon Australia; the shirts are available to everybody around the world.
So - go grab yourself a piece of history, and help raise some funds for the DSF!