Thousands of feet in the air, halfway between my Washington, D.C. home and the cottage I shared with 20+ CiviCRMers for the better part of a week, I struggle to sum up the code sprint that has put ideas into motion like pinballs inside my head.
But the thing that most stands out to me about the CiviCRM project is its extraordinary community.
We have so much diversity. Represented at the sprint were the United Kingdom, Canada, India, Belgium, Germany, the United States, and Spain. English, Spanish, French, and Hindi flowed freely through the corridors. Ages ranged from 20-something to 60-something. Among us were end-users, documenters, implementors, developers, and various sorts of 'tweeners. Core team, consultant, and nonprofit staffer sat elbow-to-elbow around the same tangle of Ethernet cables. Some installed git for the first time, while others polished up the half-dozen extensions they'd already written to make them suitable for public release.
Rather than factionalize our group, this diversity propelled us forward. Working together gave us a more complete picture of the problems we're all trying to solve:
The CiviCRM project is full of incredibly talented, brilliant, and welcoming people who want you to succeed, whether you're a tiny nonprofit setting up your first CRM or a small tech shop trying to compete in a landscape blotted with the shadows of multi-million-dollar providers. In the end, I'd say the best thing we built at the London code sprint was community.