I recently heard about this and thought it sounded cool.
Software Carpentry is hosting a code sprint where programmers and
researchers work together to get some hackfest type projects done.
Programming skills are not required for many of the projects, but for those
that do, it should be evident (or you can email the lead to ask).
Ways to contribute:
1) Suggest a project idea (don't need to lead it) - you can just add it to
2) Attend a session to help out - add your name to the participant list
3) Attend and lead a project that has no leader yet - move the project to
the 'has a leader' section and add your name
4) Host a space in an unlisted city
For #2-4, also send a quick email to [log in to unmask]