As has occurred since the inception of PyCon, there will be a sprint on the Python core at this year's conference!
If you will be attending PyCon (or will be in Chicago during the dates of the sprints), attending the sprint is a great way to give back to Python. Working on Python itself tends to deepens one knowledge of the language and the standard library. Plus it is just plain fun getting to sit around some tables with fellow Python programmers for several days (the sprint will last four days, but you do not need to attend all four days to participate).
The sprint is open to everyone of all skill levels. We can always use help with things from updating documentation to preparing for the next release of Python 3.0.
On Sunday evening of the conference there will not only be a sprint intro session, but also a tutorial on how to develop for Python. Details will be covered from where to look in the code base for things to some best practices tips.
If you are interested enough to want to sign up to attend, please go to http://wiki.python.org/moin/PyCon2008/SprintSignups/Python and add your name and email address. If you have questions you may email me.
Please sign up for the sprint by the end of February as an email on what you need to do beforehand will be sent at that time based on the sprint sign-up page.
And if you are not attending PyCon, we will most likely have several people in attendance on IRC, thus allowing even people not at PyCon to participate!
-Brett Cannon Python core sprint coach, PyCon 2008