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PSF Meeting Minutes for Nov. 9, 2015

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

November 9, 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 18:00 UTC, on November 9, 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 (6 of 11) were present at the meeting: Diana Clarke, Van Lindberg, Naomi Ceder, Marc-Andre Lemburg, Carol Willing, and Carrie Anne Philbin

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

2   Minutes of Past Meetings

The 28 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 October 28, 2015 meeting.

Approved, 4-0-2

3   Monthly Reports

3.1   Scientific Python

Nothing to report.

3.2   Trademarks

Nothing to report.

3.3   Sprints

Discussing ways to increase exposure for this funding opportunity. Next step is to update

3.5   Python Cuba

[From Pablo Gabriel Celayes]Organizers of the Merchise Meetup group in La Habana were contacted. They are a local community of developers currently organizing tech events in La Habana. We started discussing the possibility of organizing a PyDay event during one of my upcoming visits to Cuba (January and March 2016). Helped my cuban colleague Alejandro Zamora Fonseca to get a visa to visit Argentina in December. We will use this visit to discuss about the most helpful ways of supporting the growth of the Python community in Cuba.

3.6   Python Education

Nothing to report.

3.7   PSF Grants

Summary highlights: Updated grant limit from $50 to $25. Afro-Django Initiative Grant approved for $2500.

3.8   Marketing

Added 2 new members to the group: Stephen Hawkes and Stephane Wirtel. Continuing to work on choosing giveaways for the next 12 months. Discussing ways to put more emphasis on promoting Python via the Python community, i.e. we provide marketing material to community members, so they can use it to promote Python in their field of interest. As well as putting additional energy into reaching out to people at relevant non-Python conferences, in the educational systems and in higher level politics.

3.9   Bundle Sponsorship

Google spreadsheets were created for 11 International Python conferences. Links with an explanation of the plan were sent to the individual contacts. I have heard back from about half of the contacts and am continuing to work on getting responses.

3.10   Meetup Fees Approved

  • Python Ireland: 64€
  • Belgium Python: 75€
  • London Python Project Nights: $149.88 USD

4   Votes Approved via Email

RESOLVED, that the Python Software Foundation sponsor DjangoGirls in Argentina on November 12, 2015 in the amount of $1,000 USD.

Approved 11-0-0 on November 5, 2015.

5   Votes taken by PSF Work Groups

RESOLVED that the Python Software Foundation grant $600 to the Django Girls Workshop happening in Cologne, Germany.

Approved 7-0-0, on November 8, 2015.

6   Django Girls Barcelona

RESOLVED, that the Python Software Foundation sponsor Django Girls Barcelona happening on December 12, 2015 in the amount of $750 USD.

Approved 6-0-0.

7   PyCon Cameroon

RESOLVED, that the Python Software Foundation sponsor PyCon Cameroon in the amount of $2500 USD.

Approved 6-0-0.

8   Google Summer of Code - Terri Oda

RESOLVED: The Python Software Foundation recognizes Terri Oda, as well all the mentors and participants in the Google Summer of Code 2015 for their outstanding work in education and outreach.

Approved 6-0-0.

9   Other Business / Discussions

1. The board deferred to grant the association “Salut à Toi” a Python/XMPP based decentralized social network. Action item: Marc-Andre will follow up with questions for Jérôme Poisson.

2. Django Girls Rome - unresolved Action item: Betsy following up with Outreach and Education WG to find out the status of this grant request.

3. Sprints Work Group - discussed ways to increase exposure for this funding opportunity. Action item: Ask Brian Curtain for admin access to in order to update the site.