Get Involved with Core Sprint

The Portland "Get Involved with Core" sprint will be held Friday, May 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Similar sprints have been held at DrupalCons Denver, Munich, and Sydney, and many local and regional Drupal events).

Why come

If you're like most Drupal developers, you've been telling yourself for months that you should start contributing to Drupal core. This sprint is your chance to get started with in-person training and mentoring from friendly, experienced core contributors. If you've already started to work on core, come meet other contributors, hang out in person, and work on manageable tasks in the Drupal core queue. The goal is to help you help with core.

Who it's for

Anyone with Drupal site building experience can contribute to Drupal core. We'll have tasks suitable for programmers and non-programmers alike.

What to expect

We'll kick things off with a brief introduction, and then we'll help match people with issues that are right for their skill levels and areas of interest. Free training is also provided to help new contributors set up a development environment and learn about the contribution process.

What to bring

  1. An interest in Drupal contribution
  2. A laptop with a Drupal 8 development environment

How to get set up

Don't have your development environment yet? No problem! Come to one of the following free events for help getting everything set up:

Setting up a Drupal 8 environment

You're also encouraged to set up your Drupal 8 development environment on your own if you prefer. Here's what you'll need:

  1. An account on
  2. Dreditor, a browser plugin for Firefox and Chrome.
  3. An IRC client like ChatZilla, a browser plugin, Pidgin for Linux and Windows, Adium for Macs.
  4. A shell. Macs have terminal in Applications/Utilities. For Windows, cygwin is common.
  5. A local web server. Some options:
  6. A code-friendly text editor. (Sublime Text 2 is a free, cross-platform text editor.)
  7. Git (install and configure; video).

Also recommended


Who you'll meet

Sprint leads

Sprint mentors and trainers

Kevin Basarab (kbasarab), Kelly Bell (kbell), Brock Boland (BrockBoland), Ted Bowman (tedbow), Pedro Cambra (pcambra), Karyn Cassio (techgirlgeek), Stuart Clark (Deciphered), Stéphane Corlosquet (scor), Alasdair Cowie-Fraser (ACF), Ryan Cross (rcross), Josef Dabernig (dasjo), Peter Droogmans (attiks), Cameron Eagans (cweagans), Randy Fay (rfay), Bart Feenstra (Xano), Brian Gilbert (realityloop), Willy Karam (willyk), Zakiya Khabir ( zakiya), David Lanier (nadavoid), Sam Leathers (disasm), Kim Pepper (kim.pepper), Scott Reeves (Cottser), Scott Rigby (scottrigby), Alexander Ross (bleen18), Joe Shindelar (eojthebrave), Jeremy Thorson (jthorson), Kay VanValkenburgh (kay_v), Marco Villegas (marvil07), Chris Weber (cosmicdreams), Brant Wynn (brantwynn), and Devin Zuczek (djdevin).

...And we're looking for more! [updated May 11: We still need about 10 more.] (See more about volunteering as a mentor.)

Want to help mentor?

Are you already familiar with setting up a development environment or with the core contribution process? Want to help other contributors? We need lots of mentors to work with our first-time contributors.