Update on the July Sprint

Plans for our two-day sprint in July are coming together: full details are being compiled on our Etherpad, but we hope the summary below will give you a taste of what we’re hoping to do.


The goals of our global two-day sprint are to write and build useful things, and to strengthen ties within the open science community by giving people a chance to work together. Work will begin on the morning of Tuesday, July 22 in New Zealand and Australia. As they are starting to wind up for the day, their colleagues in Europe will come online; they’ll hand off to people in North and South America, who will in turn hand off to the Western Pacific, and around we’ll go again. Groups will keep normal hours—no all-nighters, please—but by the time we wrap up, we’ll have been working for 30 hours straight.

What We’ll Be Doing

Anything related to teaching and doing open science is welcome to join the sprint—the only requirements are that there be something concrete to start with (because experience shows that starting with a blank screen is a good way to spend two days going in circles), and that someone volunteer to coordinate the work. Projects currently on our roster include adding domain-specific capstone examples to Software Carpentry, introducing scientists to testing and code review, building some administrative infrastructure to help coordinate workshops, and more. If you’d like to propose a project, please add it to the Etherpad, and mail us so that we can help advertise it.

How to Take Part

Mozilla is providing space for the sprint at its offices in Paris, London, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, and San Francisco; other groups are arranging space in Auckland, Melbourne, Edinburgh, Tallahassee (Florida), East Lansing (Michigan), Norman (Oklahoma), and Austin (Texas), and we hope to add more to the Etherpad. Each site will connect to the others via video conferencing so that teams can see and hear one another; groups working on specific projects may be co-located, spread across several sites, or some mix of both. Local organizers will arrange network access and coffee, and point people who don’t know the area in the right direction for lunch and after-hours meet-ups.

If you would like to take part, please sign up under one of the site headings below, and mail us (sciencelab@mozillafoundation.org or greg@mozillafoundation.org) so that we can send you details. And if you would like to be a host, please let us know—there are almost certainly other people in your area who’d like to take part as well, and we’d be happy to connect you.

Project Ideas

For more details, please see this post, or go directly to the Etherpad where we’re organizing the sprint. We hope to see you there.