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Work in Progress - feedback welcome 

Overview

Contributors Summits are being designed to replace the current Hackfest concept. Contributors Summits are intended for an advanced technical contributor audience, including core contributors, TSC members, and working group chairs. Contributors Summits will be limited to ensure that progress can be made on shared Hyperledger technical goals. These goals will be pre-defined prior to the start of the summit to ensure that the right people are present.

While anyone is welcome to join the Contributors Summits, they are not be suitable for people with no knowledge of Hyperledger and its projects. Also, the expectation for Contributors Summits should be that the conversation will be deep technical conversations. If you are looking for events that are designed for new contributors, please check out the Bootcamps section of the Wiki. 

Goal

The goal for a Contributors Summit is to encourage cross collaboration amongst the different projects that are part of Hyperledger. This cross collaboration can come in the form of deep technical dives about each of the projects, specific work surrounding an architectural component of the frameworks (e.g., common consensus mechanisms), contribution or review of cross-project whitepapers developed by the different working groups, or other items that the contributors feel is important to ensuring that we are one community.

Timing

Contributors Summits will last for three (3) days and be held twice a year or more frequently if the technical community finds a need.

Who Should Attend

It is highly recommended that people with a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the Hyperledger projects should attend the Contributors Summits. This would include

  • TSC members
  • Working group chairs and vice chairs
  • Active Core Contributors - defined as the most prolific contributors who have between them contributed 80% of the code and have made a contribution in the last 6 months
  • Those with specific deep technical knowledge to contribute towards the development of the Hyperledger projects

As noted in the overview, anyone is welcome to join the Contributors Summits with the understanding that the focus will be advanced technical topics.

Agenda Creation

It is extremely important that the Agenda be created prior to the summit. This will ensure that the correct people attend. The goal of the Contributors Summit should be top of mind when deciding what topics are added to the agenda. The topics should focus on:

  • items that enhance cross collaboration amongst projects
  • items that are easier to resolve in person than over email
  • "information sharing" topics if they are clearly of interest to the wider development community (i.e., advanced training in topics that would be useful to all projects)

Topics will be suggested by the technical community. The TSC mailing list will be used for topic suggestions. The email should be prefixed with [summit-topic]. The email should contain the following information:

  • Topic Title
  • Topic Description
  • Why This Topic is Important
  • Projects Impacted
  • Suggested Time Required to Cover and Discuss

The first two days of the agenda will be from the proposed [summit-topic] emails. The last day will be reserved for an unconference style agenda to handle topics that come up during the actual summit.

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13 Comments

  1. Why not just call it Hyperledger Summit?

    Certainly can prioritize the attending for code contributors.

    1. Because we have a members summit and it would be confusing esp since this is about code and architecture.

      1. Originally it was Architecture Summit but then we were wanting to be able to change the Themes...

        1. That's the issue, adding more decorations in the names will introduce confusing.

          No xxx summit, just summit.

          We can use the HGF for overall events including markets and business, and let summit focus on technical stuffs.

          1. Sorry Baohua but I have to disagree with you on that one. Hyperledger Summit is way too generic. I like the new proposed name.

            1. Afraid of low attendees. Well, let's try a while to collect more feedbacks.

  2. I'm much happier with this revised proposal. As I've stated before, I do think it's important to get the agenda set up ahead of time so it's good that this proposal makes that clear. I do hope we can get it to actually happen though. It's not like we haven't tried before. It's just hard to to do.

    One possibility would be to accumulate topics and only have a summit when we have enough topics but this makes it difficult to manage the logistics and timing of the summit and we may never get one...

    Maybe Silona and her seemingly unbounded energy can help herd us all into getting the agenda set up. (smile)


    1. Agree that agenda collection needs to be improved, and glad that the market/promotion has been enhanced, too.

  3. I think it would be great if we could still keep the local meetups that have happened at recent hackfests. These serve to get some interaction with the local communities and also allow us to see what is going on in the real world. These are typically a few hours of time one night out of the event.


    What do others think ?

    1. Mark, this is something that will continue. Whenever staff members travel, they look to see about having a meetup in the location that they are visiting. This wasn't necessarily tied to the Hackfests.

      1. Yes we are even arranging some meetups at the Bootcamp in HK also (smile)

        It is a way to say thank you to the Meetup leaders that are really promoting our events also!

  4. Suggested rewording to make sense a bit clearer (may need to be simplified):

    Who Should Attend

    People with a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the Hyperledger projects should attend the Contributors Summits. This would include:

    • TSC members.
    • Working group chairs and vice chairs.
    • Active Core Contributors - defined as the most prolific contributors who have between them contributed 80% of the code and have made a contribution in the last 6 months.
    • Those with specific deep technical knowledge to contribute towards the development of some Hyperledger projects.
    1. Thanks, Silas. I updated the wording. I also added the statement at the end

      "As noted in the overview, anyone is welcome to join the Contributors Summits with the understanding that the focus will be advanced technical topics."