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Join the World MoveIt! Day code sprint on Oct 25 2018

October 20, 2018

World MoveIt! Day is an international hackathon to improve the MoveIt! code base, documentation, and community. We hope to close as many pull requests and issues as possible and explore new areas of features and improvements for the now seven year old framework. Everyone is welcome to participate from their local workplace, simply by working on open issues. In addition, a number of companies and groups host meetings on their sites all over the world. A video feed will unite the various locations and enable more collaboration. Maintainers will take part in some of these locations.

 

Locations

  • Note that the Tokyo and Singapore locations will have their events on Friday the 26th, not Thursday the 25th.

General Information Contacts

  • Dave Coleman, Nathan Brooks, Rob Coleman // PickNik Consulting

Signup

Please state your intent to join the event on this form. Note that specific locations will have their own signups in addition to this form.

If you aren’t near an organized event we encourage you to have your own event in your lab/organization/company and video conference in to all the other events. We would also like to mail your team or event some MoveIt! stickers to schwag out your robots!

Logistics

What version of MoveIt! should you use?

We recommend the Kinetic LTS branch/release. The Melodic release is also a good choice but is new and has been tested less. The Indigo branch is considered stable and frozen – and only critical bug fixes will be backported.

For your convenience, a VirtualBox image for ROS Kinetic on Ubuntu 16.04 is available here.

Finding Where You Can Help

Suggested areas for improvement are tracked on MoveIt’s GitHub repo via several labels:

  • moveit day candidate labels issues as possible entry points for participants in the event. This list will grow longer before the event.
  • simple improvements indicates the issue can probably be tackled in a few hours, depending on your background.
  • documentation suggests new tutorials, changes to the website, etc.
  • assigned aids developers to find issues that are not already being worked on.
  • no label – of course issues that are not marked can still be worked on during World MoveIt! day, though they will likely take longer than one day to complete.

If you would like to help the MoveIt! project by tackling an issue, claim the issue by commenting “I’ll work on this” and a maintainer will add the label “assigned”. Feel free to ask further questions in each issue’s comments. The developers will aim to reply to WMD-related questions before the event begins.

If you have ideas and improvements for the project, please add your own issues to the tracker, using the appropriate labels where applicable. It’s fine if you want to then claim them for yourself.

Further needs for documentation and tutorials improvement can be found directly on the moveit_tutorials issue tracker.

Other larger code sprint ideas can be found on this page. While they will take longer than a day the ideas might provide a good reference for other things to contribute on WMD.

Documentation

Improving our documentation is at least as important as fixing bugs in the system. Please add to our Sphinx and Markdown-based documentation within our packages and on the MoveIt! website. If you have studied extensively an aspect of MoveIt! that is not currently documented well, please convert your notes into a pull request in the appropriate location. If you’ve started a conversation on the mailing list or other location where a more experienced developer explained a concept, consider converting that answer into a pull request to help others in the future with the same question.

For more details on modifying documentation, see Contributing.

Video Conference and IRC

Join the conversation on IRC with #moveit at irc.freenode.net. For those new to IRC try this web client.

Joint the video conference on Appear.In

Sponsorship

We’d like to thank the following sponsors:

PickNik Consulting

Iron Ox

Fraunhofer IPA

ROS-Industrial Asian Pacific Consortium

Tokyo Opensource Robotics Kyokai Association

OMRON SINIC X Corporation

Southwest Research Institute

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