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Revision as of 04:18, 27 February 2014

Goals

Between June 1 2013 and Dec 1 2013:

  • At least 3 intro / diversity events get run after consultation with the fellow in each of the first and second half of the fellowship
  • At least 3 user groups improve their speaker diversity in the first half of the fellowship and at least 5 user groups improve their speaker diversity in the second half of the fellowship

Plan

Within the first month:

  • Will announce the project to the group-organizers mailing list.
    • By Mon June 10.
      • Will actually send Fri June 14; blog post will go live today.
  • Write an outline for the informational index page that has info for user group organizers.
    • If time this month, turn that into a high-clarity web page.
    • Will probably try to get in person feedback from Michelle Rowley when I visit Portland for Open Source Bridge.
    • Will publish the source to the website as a git repository on presumably Github, to accept pull requests and other feedback.
    • Outline by June 17.
  • Identify 20 Python user groups and get in touch with their organizers, presumably by email, indicating these goals of the meta-organizer fellowship, linking to the guide, and asking if they'd like to participate and/or chat about the guide.
    • To help me do the contacting in batch, first I'll be making a spreadsheet or similar table of these groups, with estimates for their sizes.
    • Initial contact by Wed June 26.

Info website

Let's start by making it Asheesh's tips for a great user group.

Those are:

  • Think about newcomer-friendliness in your topics
  • Don't do it alone (see also Yannick summary)
  • Host lightning talks
  • Have a social thing after the talks
  • Run a BPW clone
  • Keep track of your success
    • Random sampling is a good tool in general, if you can't reach everyone
  • Funding tips
    • PSF wants to fiscally sponsor you probably/possibly
    • Get your Meetup fees refunded


What else?

Status: http://user-groups-beta.openhatch.org/

I also already know some text changes I should make, having used the text as part of convincing ChiPy to do project nights.

Pinging user groups

Being tracked in Trello. Specifically:

Groups where I think I can make a difference

  • ChiPy http://www.chipy.org/
    • Pinged someone there to have a Hangouts conversation. Hoping to hear back by Mon Aug 26.
    • This could lead to 1/3 speaker diversity goals.
    • Other relevant groups
    • Project night status: they want to have one, but I don't know who can "run" it. I just pinged aeva to see if it makes sense as a one-off to organize something that's theoretically a PS:1 + ChiPy collaboration.
  • SF Python http://www.meetup.com/sfpython/
    • Pinged them with a possible speaker.
    • This could lead to 1/3 speaker diversity goals.
  • DC Python http://www.meetup.com/dcpython/
    • 1 woman speaker in the past year
    • It seems likely that I can help connect them with speakers. Next unmet speaker slot is in December.
      • Though I wonder if it'd be interesting to have, like, DC Python Data Science lightning talks at the upcoming data science-y one.
    • Encouraged to apply for Meetup reimbursement on 2013-10-03; no answer yet.
    • Other relevant groups:
  • Baltimore Python
    • Had phone call; maybe will run a Project Night soon.
    • Encouraged to apply for Meetup reimbursement on 2013-10-03; no answer yet.
  • ~200 peoplle Vancouver Python http://www.meetup.com/vanpyz/
    • I sent them a ping. Could be a good target for a project night.
    • I should send them a fresh ping.
  • Paris Python http://www.meetup.com/Paris-py-Python-Django-friends/
    • Probably they'd love to do a project night. Yay Sylvain Zimmer.
  • ~200 Python Ireland http://www.meetup.com/pythonireland/
    • Super healthy group: women leader, seems to be fairly diverse in attendance and speaking.
    • 20-40 attendees per meeting
    • Could possibly add a project night. Pinging.

Groups where further research is required:

Groups that seem OK:

  • FIXME: Add socal linux stuff per #openhatch conversation 2013-08-30

Status

Dates

Started: June 1, 2013

Mid-way: Nov 1, 2013

Extended end: March 1, 2014

First half of grant period

Groups running intro & diversity events:

  1. SF Python started running Project Nights
  2. An introductory Python lecture in a new user group in Bhubaneswar, India, run by Tarashish Mishra. This led to the creation of PyBBS).

Groups with gender diversity improvements in speakers:

  1. SF Python

Goals were:

  • At least 3 intro / diversity events get run after consultation with the fellow in each of the first half of the fellowship (2 of 3 achieved)
  • At least 3 user groups improve their speaker diversity in the first half of the fellowship (1 of 3 achieved)

Second half of grant period

(Star indicates not yet happened, but seems very likely to happen.)

(Plus indicates that it is expected, but after the end of the grant period.)

Groups running intro & diversity events:

  1. Python Dominican Republic ran a Project night
  2. ChiPy (Chicago) is running a Project Night, Feb 27
  3. (*) A multi-week intro Python event Seattle is going to be organized by Mako; I've linked him to the PyLadies Seattle group and the Seattle Python Users group, and will work to foster a collaboration if I don't see one forthcoming in the next few days.
  4. (*) PyLadies NYC is working on a Linux Night (their idea!) and I'm helping them with scripts and general support.

Groups with gender diversity improvements in speakers:

  1. (*) PDX Python is working on recruiting newbie Python programmers for a newbies lightning talks series, which is expected to include women speakers (which have been infrequent there, despite the 15-20% women at meetings).

Post-second-half

Groups running intro & diversity events:

  1. (*) PyLadies Boston is excited about running a Django tutorial, though Jennifer there says it's likely to occur after PyCon
  2. (*) (?) Python Barcelona is likely to do lightning talks in March, which may include women speakers

That's the status right now, if I recall correctly. The second half has about three weeks left.