Next weekend the San Diego Python Users Group (we) will be hosting an Introduction to Django workshop. This post is going to try to document the planning process for having a workshop like this one in your area.
One thing that cannot be stressed enough is getting a sponsor. Brightscope is sponsoring this Intro to Django workshop. Our Intro to Python workshop was sponsored by the PSF and that worked extremely well. This doesn’t seem important on the surface but without planned meals it is tough to get people to stay in a room together for seven hours. Otherwise people would be constantly leaving to get drinks or coffee and the workshop wouldn’t flow as well. Free food is also a pretty good motivator and it gets people to show up.
Preparing for the Intro to Python workshop earlier this month was easy since we liberally used the Boston Python group’s workshop materials. However, for this one we did not have as much to go off of. We are leaning heavily on the Django tutorials, the Django book (to a lesser extent) and Chander Ganesan’s PyCon talk from this year. At Djangocon this year, Russell Keith-Magee mentioned that the DSF was going to put together some training/workshop materials for just this sort of thing, but it is not ready yet. Hopefully what we create is useful and can bootstrap that process. Our materials are very early stage right now, but feel free to make suggestions or fork them for your own purposes.
Ok. Enough procrastinating. Time to work on the actual workshop materials.