My first real introduction to open source software came at the 2019 PyCascades Sprints. It was there that I met some excellent people and began development of pandas-vet. I brought the project back to PyCascades 2020 Sprints and continued to use it as a way to introduce new people to open source software.

I documented the experience of creating at sprint events in my talk at PyGotham 2019 - Sprints - Let’s Do More of Those! YouTube

In my PyGotham talk, I promised that if there was a sprint event where I could help, I would do everything I could to make it happen. When I saw a note that the SciPy Sprints organizers were looking for help, I was happy to join the team as a co-chair for the SciPy Conference 2021 Sprints.