Introducing Our 2024 Session 1 Officers

We reached out to our Django community connections to broaden our reach, and we want to express our sincere thanks to everyone who pitched in—whether as a volunteer, sharing our social media posts, or referring friends to our program. The support has been incredible!
We've had the pleasure of meeting with each person who showed interest in volunteering as a Captain or Navigator. It's been a great opportunity to get to know them better and figure out the best fit within our organization. To maintain the health of both the community and the Django project, we're planning to spread the workload by tapping into different sets of volunteers throughout the year, across various cohorts, to avoid burnout.
Our organization is built on the pillars of accountability, sponsorship, connection, and inclusivity. We believe that each volunteer can contribute to these values, bringing their own unique experiences and expertise to the table in terms of both contribution and mentorship. Volunteers have been carefully paired with Djangonauts, creating teams based on timezone, project interests, and a well-rounded mix of skills.
Let's give a warm welcome and a big thank you to these amazing individuals who stepped up to the plate.

Tom Carrick

Tech lead at Carbon Equity
Tom is a software engineer working mostly with web technologies, particularly Python, Django and PostgreSQL. He has a deep interest in using infrastructure in the most efficient and least carbon-intensive way possible. He is a long term contributor to Django and he is the creator and member of the Django Accessibility Team.
@knyghty on github

Peter Grandstaff

Peter Grandstaff

Peter is a founder of Two Rock Software, a custom Django development company in North Carolina. He is President of Django Events Foundation North America and chaired the organizing committee for DjangoCon US 2023. He's passionate about community, movement, and plants.
twitter: PGrandstaff link: https://tworock.io

Tim Schilling

Tim's a software engineer who likes to help others. He's been in the Django community for ~10 years, is the DEFNA secretary, a DjangoCon US organizer and is one of the maintainers for the Django Debug Toolbar.
CodenameTim, @CodenameTim@fosstodon.org

tim-schilling_-_Tim_Schilling

Psalms Kalu

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Tech lead at Ashpot | Board member at Python Nigeria and founder, Python Abia. Passionate about community building and tech education.
https://linkedIn.com/in/psalmskalu
https://x.com/psalmskalu

Bhuvnesh Sharma

Bhuvnesh is currently a backend developer at Humalect. He is a member of Django software foundation, contributor at Django, wagtail and has successfully completed Google summer of code 2023 with Django.
Github: https://github.com/DevilsAutumn
linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bhuvnesh-sharma-a7560a203/

Bhuvnesh Sharma

Tushar Gupta

Tushar Gupta

Python lover and former fellow at Processing and MLH. Previously a djangonaut, now a Navigator helping other Djangonauts!
https://twitter.com/tushar5526,
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tushar55/

Mark Walker

Dad, developer and django-cms technical lead.
https://fosstodon.org/@markwalker

Mark Walker

Thibaud Colas

Thibaud Colas wearing a black shirt that says django girls in pink, he is making a heart with his hands

I’m a developer interested in all things accessibility and sustainability. I’m a core contributor to the Wagtail open source CMS, on the accessibility team for Django, and a newly-elected board member for the Django Software Foundation.
https://github.com/thibaudcolas
https://twitter.com/thibaud_colas

Anvansh Singh

Anvansh is a Full Stack web developer with a passion for coding and a wealth of experience in various areas. He is not new to Djangonaut Space as he was a Djangonaut in our pilot program and wanted to help others get involved with contributing so he is now joining us now as a captain!
https://twitter.com/Anvansh1

Akash Kumar Sen

Akash Kumar Sen

Passionate Backend Developer and proud member of DSF based in West Bengal,India. With over a year of hands-on experience in the Django, DRF, and Python realms. Contributor to Django since April 2023, mostly focusing in the ORM. Looking forward to evolve together with the amazing Django community. 🚀
GitHub: Akash-Kumar-Sen
LinkedIn: akash-kumar-sen-220b651b0
Discord: akashkumarsen

Ryan Cheley

I’m Ryan Cheley and I’ll be one of the navigators in this cohort. I’ve made a few contributions to Django over the years (one of which I spoke about at DjangoCon US last October). I’ve also contributed to other Open Source projects.

When I’m not writing code, or reading code I like watching Hockey (Go Coachella Valley Firebirds!) and trying my best to stay active.
https://mastodon.social/@ryancheley
https://github.com/ryancheley

Ryan Cheley

Nishant Aggarwal

Nishant Aggarwal

I'm a long time Django user and I'm very excited to have an opportunity to give back to a very unique and welcoming community!

Lily Foote

@lilyf@fosstodon.org
Lily participated in our pilot program as the first Navigator, now she has offered to step up to onboard and guide our new Navigators. Thank you, Lily!