Sprints: What are they & why should I attend?

(In the ancient days of FLOSS…) Development sprints are most common around Free/Libre Open Source Software, or FLOSS projects. Most of these projects (like Django and Python) are maintained by a community of volunteers. These volunteers usually work together while spread around the world. Conferences present a rare occasion for these developers to meet in person. And thus, sprints were born! In the context of a given conference or event, you’ll often hear them referred to as “the sprints” or just “sprints”.