A "sprint" is an event where people come together to work intensely on a particular project. FSFE's Web Sprint 2012 will focus on improving FSFE's web sites and services for one weekend in Manchester, with several meals and social events in which to relax and / or share ideas, and generally get immersed in Free Software.
Features will be added, websites will be beautified, bugs will be fixed, snacks will be eaten and subjects will be debated. Fun shall also most definitely be had.
The last FSFE Web Sprint took place in Berlin, and resulted in the launch of a site-wide design for fsfe.org. This year we have different priorities.
- Help make Europe's leading spokesperson for Free Software look and work better
- Meet european FSFE volunteers
- Become a member of FSFE's web team
- Learn HTML, XML, XSLT
- Learn how to use a version control system
- Learn how FSFE's universally translatable buildsystem works
What you need
Coding, design, translation, editing, testing, or chatting skills
- A love of freedom
- To be in Manchester on 20th, 21st, or 22nd April 2012, or to participate remotely.
Please join in from wherever you are using the following communication systems:
Welcome Social Event: 19.30, will take place in Manchester's hackerspace, MadLab. Food, drink, music, and chat with members of Manchester's busy tech and Free Software communities, and Web Sprint attendees will take place. Locally brewed Marble Beer will be available on premises.
Hacking: At 11.00, we'll introduce the main tasks we want to work on, and see which of these people want to take on.
At 11.30 there'll be a little workshop on how to set up your local machine to hack on the website. Afterwards we'll explain a bit of XSLT magic and how we use it on fsfe.org for different purposes: shared content, translation, etc.
Lunch: will be at Yaba Caribbean restaurant, at 13.15, in Hulme. It's local, good value, and has an unusual menu.
Evening: Dinner at the Horse and Jockey in Chorlton at 20.15.
Hacking: Schedule coming soon...
Manchester - about 30mins by train
Liverpool - about 2hrs by train and bus, via Liverpool South Parkway station
Birmingham - about 2hrs by train
Often you can get cheaper flights and more suitable times / days by comparing the flights from these three.
Official National Rail train times and prices
Manchester tourist guide to accommodation contains hundreds of places to stay
Cheap and conveniently located near to your host is The Spread Eagle. No information is currently available about the quality of rooms or service, but prices around £25 per night are advertised.
To book accommodation in the private homes below please contact Sam, your host (details below).
- Two beds (with bedding), and extensive floor space are available from an FSFE volunteer in Tameside
- One large leather couch is available in Chorlton, South Manchester
Two beds (with bedding), extensive floor space, and a sleeping bag are available from an FSFE volunteer in Levenshulme
OpenSpace Co-working space offers power, internet, coffee, printers, restaurant, bar, parking, meeting room, and kitchen. OpenSpace is located in Hulme, just south of Manchester center. Plenty of organic refreshments will be provided for your carbonated, caffeinated, and carbohydrated pleasure.
MadLab is a Manchester hackerspace. Directions from Picadilly Station:
- Use the station's main exit (big glass doors, lots of shops in station entrance, Burger King, WH Smiths etc.)
- Bear right along the main street. Keep walking past several pubs on your right hand side
- You'll pass a big area of grass on your left and a statue (that's picadilly gardens)
- Turn right when you get to Starbucks, onto Tib Street
- Go down there, take 3rd left onto Thomas Street
- Take first right to Oak St. then first left onto Edge Street
MadLab hackerspace is about 1/2 way down edge st. on the left, behind some big meal shutters, just next to Baby Cakes.