Open source scientific software is a crucial element of scientific discovery, yet relies mostly on the volunteer efforts of developers scattered across the globe. This makes it hard to build communities, to rapidly conduct complex discussions, and to focus on specific problems long enough to find optimal solutions.

Sprints are events at which developers get together (most often in the same physical space) to collaborate a specific project or feature. We see sprints as one very effective way of addressing the above concerns, since bringing together contributors strengthens social bonds and allows for much higher bandwidth communications.

For more information on sprints hosted at BIDS, please visit out dedicated sprints site.