I'm pleased to let you know, that we are organizing an open strategic Plone Community sprint at Jyväskylä, Finland, between 3rd and 7th of July 2017.
The sprint is sponsored by University of Jyväskylä, and we'll focus on polishing editors' user experience on Plone 5.1 UI (including plone.app.multilingual). By the time of the sprint, our university should have already hundreds of content editing users using Plone 5.1 (our e-learning and video publishing apps remain on Plone 4.3 still for a good time because of heavy customizations or add-ons).
We have space for 20 sprinters, and you can reserve your place at http://www.coactivate.org/projects/midsummer-sprint-2017/project-home
If you have haven't seen the midnight Sun yet, that's a perfect excuse to come. Jyväskylä is still hundreds of kilometers below the Artic Circle, but because we are organizing the sprint only a week after the annual midsummer festival, you only need to come a days in advance to take a trip to the Northern Finland (a.k.a. Lapland). For example, a one-way train ticket bought well in advance from Jyväskylä to Rovaniemi, costs less than 40 € (the distance is about 550 km).
Previously, I believed, that price of participation would be a blocker for organizing a sprint in Finland. Yet, this time it really should not be. At least from Europe:
- It's New Year, so register now and get your flight tickets to HEL from the New Year sales of airlines!
- Advance train tickets (currently 15 € for one way) became available two months before the sprint. That's a great price for a high quality train ride with seat reservation, WIFI and electricity for laptop.
- We coordinate affordable budget accommodation with fixed price of 210 € from 2.7. to 8.7. in a shared apartment with 3-4 private bedrooms (and real kitchen!).
If you are not able to come, but care about the editor user experience on Plone, please, sponsor your trusted developer to be able to join us!
We hope to see many of you in Finland this year!
PS. Accidentally, it's also the 100th year of Finland's independence, so there should be a good amount of other cultural events in Finland during this summer.