Parrainez QGIS !
The QGIS project aims to hold regular developer meetings, aka 'hackfests' and 'bughuntings'. The purpose of these meetings is to get together people committed to improving the Quantum GIS project including developers, documenters, bug reporters as well as users.
The developer meetings (so called "Hackfests") are always organized by some local person or group of persons related to QGIS in any way. It's always fun to meet all the other people in person, talk to them and fix some bugs, create new ideas and have fun.
You find reports about the passed meetings in the submenu.
The first bughunting meeting was held in Moscow, Russia at December 5, 2009 and organized by GIS-Lab.info and Institute of Ecology and Evolution. You can find report here.
Howto sponsor QGIS Developer Meetings
As a condition the meetings usually depend on financial contributions from the community. QGIS developers and contributors are donating their valuable time and you have a great occasion to support or even enable him or her to join the meeting and get the opportunity to discuss and collaboratively resolve bugs, plan the direction for the project and work on new features together with other developers.