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PSF Meeting Minutes for Oct. 12, 2015

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The Python Software Foundation
Minutes of a Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors

October 12, 2015

A regular meeting of the Python Software Foundation ("PSF") Board of Directors was held over Group Conference Call via phone and Internet Relay Chat beginning at 16:00 UTC, on October 12, 2015. Betsy Waliszewski took notes/minutes.

All votes are reported in the form "Y-N-A" (in favor-Y‚opposed-N‚abstentions-A; e.g. "5-1-2" means "5 in favor, 1 opposed, and 2 abstentions").

1   Attendance

The following members of the Board of Directors (5 of 11) were present at the meeting: Diana Clarke, Van Lindberg, Naomi Ceder, Carol Willing, Lynn Root. Ewa Jodlowska was proxy for Anna Ossowski and Marc-Andre Lemburg

Betsy Waliszewski (Secretary, Administration), Ewa Jodlowska (Director of Operations) were also in attendance.

2   Minutes of Past Meetings

The 12 October 2015 Board meeting minutes were voted on and approved.

RESOLVED, that the PSF approve the minutes at as representing a true and accurate record of the September 24, 2015 meeting.

Approved, 4-0-3

3   September 2015 Reports

NOTE: Reports only given once a month.

3.1   Scientific Python

Nothing to report for September

3.2   Trademarks

Nothing to report for September

3.3   Sprints

Nothing to report for September

3.4   Outreach and Education

Nothing to report for September

3.5   Python Cuba

Summary: One of our members has organized two visits to Cuba for next year (last half of January 2016 and first half of March 2016). In the following weeks he will begin contacting some member of the Cuban Python community and discuss how these visits can be used to help organize some small events and assess the possibilities to organize a future larger event.

3.6   Python Education

The education working group have been discussing (via the mailing list pythonedu-wg) two projects: an education kid-friendly python text editor and a cross platform education bundle. Discussion around the text editor has been vast but we feel at this point we are close to having a list of features that we can vote on in order to move forward with development. The education bundle discussion has been impacted by this so there is little to report on this. Here is the current documented list for a new python text editor:

3.7   PSF Grants

Summary highlights: Started voting on grants Started discussions w/ the board on refining the guidelines for grant amounts Received 4 grants, approved 2 in full, 1 reduced approval, 1 sent back to the board Currently 1 grant is being reviewed - Afro-Django Initiative Grant for $2500

3.8   Marketing

Started discussion about what giveaways we want to order for the next 12 months. The challenge is finding a vendor who will warehouse our items and be willing to drop ship. We found one vendor and are pricing options.

3.9   Bundle Sponsorship

Continuing to work on the packages to offer sponsors. Looking into a software app (Perfectforms, Formoid, Planso, wufoo) to create a form that we can send sponsors so that they can let us know which events they'd like to participate in.

3.10   Meta

Nothing to report for September

3.11   Pydotorg

Nothing to report for September

3.12   Bylaws

Nothing to report for September

4   Meetup Fees Approved

Santa Cruz Python Meetup - $300

5   Votes Taken Between Meetings

RESOLVED: That the Python Software Foundation approve a grant for the Santa Cruz Python Meetup meeting space rental in the amount of $300 USD.

Approved per Diana Clarke on October 2, 2015.

6   Votes Approved via Email

RESOLVED, that the Python Software Foundation sponsor PyDX in the amount of $1200 USD, happening October 10 - 11, 2015.

Approved, 11-0-0 October 5, 2015.

7   Votes Approved by the Grants Working Group

RESOLVED: That the Python Software Foundation approve a grant of $650 for the PyHawaii Mini-Conference 2015.

Approved, 8-0-0 on October 1, 2015.

8   New Business

8.1   PyCon Argentina 2015

RESOLVED, that the Python Software Foundation sponsor PyCon Argentina 2015 November 12-14, in the amount of $3,500 USD

Approved. 7-0-0

8.2   Wroclove Code Carrots Workshop

RESOLVED, that the Python Software Foundation sponsor Wroclove Code Carrots workshops in the amount of $600 USD

Approved 7-0-0

8.3   Soweto Hack Community Project

RESOLVED, that the Python Software Foundation grant the Soweto Hack Community Project for 3 months of funding for $603 USD, with delivery of the funds pending the adoption of a code of conduct to be delivered to all participants

Approved, 5-0-2

8.4   Tassajara Hills Elementary School Education Project

RESOLVED that the Python Software Foundation provide a PSF Community Education grant of $300 USD to Tassajara Hills Elementary School to support an after-school Python and Raspberry Pi program to 5th grade students

Approved 7-0-0

8.5   PyCon SK 2016

RESOLVED, that the Python Software Foundation sponsor PyCon SK 2016 in the amount of $1,500 USD

Approved 5-0-2

8.6   PyCode Carrots Workship 2015

RESOLVED, that the Python Software Foundation grant $900 to the PyCode Carrots workshop happening November 20-22, 2015 in Warsaw Poland.

Approved 6-0-1

8.7   Software Freedom Law Center

RESOLVED, that the PSF enters negotiations with the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) to become the official legal counsel of the PSF.

Resolution denied 1-4-2

8.8   Python Package Index Logos

RESOLVED, that provisional approval is granted for the| service to adopt the Python Package Index logos proposed at, pending the reporting of final legal review to the board and trademarks committee.

Approved 5-0-2

8.9   Kaohsiung, Taiwan Python User Group

RESOLVED, The Python Software Foundation grant $300 to the local python user group in Kaohsiung, Taiwan for development of their user group.

Approved 5-0-2

9   Other Business / Discussions

  1. The board discussed changing the language on the grants page to make a code of conduct a requirement. Action item: move discussion to email thread.
  2. Since the motion of finding a new official legal counsel for the PSF was denied, let’s renew the discussion. Action item: move discussion back to email thread.