[IPython-dev] Some excellent news for IPython: we've received stable funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Asokan Pichai pasokan at gmail.com
Tue Dec 11 22:56:09 EST 2012

Congrats Fernando and the iPy team

On 12 December 2012 09:03, Satrajit Ghosh <satra at mit.edu> wrote:

> hi fernando,
> it was great to hear the news in person and many congratulations to the
> entire ipython team.
> cheers,
> satra
> On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 5:34 PM, Fernando Perez <fperez.net at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> we wanted to give you all some absolutely fantastic news regarding
>> IPython that we just received...  This also partly explains my silence
>> during much of this semester, as I was focused on looking for
>> long-term funding for IPython.
>> We are proud to announce that we've received funding from the Alfred
>> P. Sloan foundation (http://sloan.org) that will support IPython
>> development for the next two years.  Thanks to this $1.15M grant,
>> Brian Granger and I will be working roughly 3/4 of our time on
>> IPython, Min Ragan-Kelley will be our lead project engineer, and Paul
>> Ivanov and Thomas Kluyver will be working as postdocs on the project.
>> Furthermore,  Matthew Brett and JB Poline of Nipy fame will be working
>> part-time on the development of notebooks for applied statistics in
>> collaboration with Jonathan Taylor from Stanford (these materials will
>> be used by Jonathan in the teaching of his applied stats course, the
>> STAT 191 course - http://www.stanford.edu/class/stats191).  While
>> Brian is at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo,  the rest of our team will be
>> located at Berkeley (with frequent visits to Stanford for the
>> statistics work with Jonathan).
>> This will also give us resources to support two annual all-hands
>> development sprints at Berkeley where I hope all our core developers
>> will be able to attend, as well as funding for cloud resources so that
>> we can provide paid support for our CI hosting and nbviewer beyond
>> what the free plans allow (and further services that may arise over
>> time).
>> We'd like to particularly thank Josh Greenberg, our program director
>> at the Sloan foundation, for the phenomenal guidance and support he
>> provided during the grant proposal preparation and detailed review
>> process.
>> Needless to say, we are extremely excited about these news.  We'll
>> have more announcements to make over the next few weeks, but now I
>> need to get a lot of administrative wheels in motion quickly, as the
>> funding officially starts Jan 1, 2013!
>> All the best,
>> f
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Asokan Pichai
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