Hi Python community folk!
As we've done for the past many years, Python is hoping to participate in Google Summer of Code. This is a neat program where students write code over the (northern hemisphere) summer under the tutelage of open source mentors and get paid: we provide the project ideas, mentors and choose the students, Google provides the program framework and the money to pay students. You can read more about GSoC here: https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/
Python participates as an "umbrella org" where many different smaller projects ("sub orgs") that use Python can take part under our banner. You can also participate separately, but for people who've never done it before and want help or for whom the paperwork is a hassle, you're welcome to join up with us and let us show you the ropes!
It's really fun, and we've gotten lots of new contributors to Python-based projects over the years, taking in as many as 70+ students in a single year. We need a good set of sub-orgs and ideas by Feb 3th for our application, and if we're accepted by Google we'll be able to add a few more ideas and groups until the end of February.
Sound intriguing? You can read all about what we're doing at http://python-gsoc.org/ (which has answers to questions like "what does it take to be a mentor?" and "what does it take to be a sub-org?")
You can also send questions to email@example.com (or just hit reply to this email!)
PS - Students: we want you too, but student applications don't open 'till March, so this email is mostly for getting new mentors and sub-orgs set up. But all the info for you is also at http://python-gsoc.org/ if you're interested!