Mentored Sprints was started as an initiative to onboard and empower folks from historically underrepresented groups in open source. You can learn more about our mission here:
We love seeing folks organising their own mentored sprints as part of conferences and as stand-alone events.
What you need to know
- All of our content including the Community handbook are entirely Open Source (we release code under a BSD-3 license and content/art under CC-BY).
- The Community handbook contains useful resources to run your own online sprints Check the Community Handbook here.
- This is community-led project run by volunteers.
We have some basic requirement to ensure your event lines up with our ethos:
- You must have a Code of Conduct, whether you have one for your specific event or adapt the Mentored Sprints. This is a hard requirement.
- You must have clear Code of Conduct enforcement guidelines and reporting mechanisms. Including a named person responsible for CoC incidents handling on the day.
- We at Mentored Sprints prioritise folks from underrepresented groups and newcomers to open source - we would like to encourage you to follow this approach. We know this can be problematic, another approach we follow is: “each participating person from a majoritarian group should bring another individual from a marginalised group”
- Fill in a very brief impact report after your event - this helps us keep track of the impact of Mentored Sprints and learn what we can do better.
Running your community-led mentored sprints
- Decide on the scope: one single project, multiple projects, within a conference or as a stand-alone event
- Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest in running your mentored sprint
- Add your event to our site by submitting a Pull Request: see our guide
- Send the following details to email@example.com
- Sprint lead name and contact details (email, Twitter, GitHub as applicable)
- Date, time and location of your sprint
- Link to your event Code of Conduct
- Names and contact details for your code of conduct incident response team
- Let us know if you would like to run the sprints in our Discord server (the admins will need to give you access and book a session with you to run though technical details)
- A Twitter-sized announcement so we can advertise on the @MentoredSprints account
- Your Pull Request will only be merged after you send the above email and our team sends confirmation of acceptance
- You can use the Mentored Sprints brand/logo once you receive the team’s approval and your PR is merged to our website. Please read our brand guidelines here.
- After the event: fill in the impact report and email it back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org (you will receive the format in your confirmation email).