Volunteer Opportunities in Python

The purpose of this page is to act as an adjunct to the Python Jobs page, which only allows the posting of paying jobs.

This page is dedicated to volunteer opportunities that are not necessarily any different from any other "real" job, except for the fact that the work is not done for pay. There's a separate page with information if you want to volunteer to help the PSF.

How To Submit a Volunteer Job

There is already a Python Jobs [[HowTo]] page, and it would be best if you could follow those same instructions as closely as possible for this page. Doing so will allow people who are already familiar with this site to access the material quickly. (However, edit this page instead of submitting your position to the Job Board, we just want similar formatting.) Please include a posting date - historically most submitters don't swing back and update this page when things change, adding a date provides some indicator of freshness for both volunteers and editors.

POR Game Emulator

Our current team of 16 is looking for some python developers to assist us in developing a game emulator for a game called Pirates Online Retribution; We are lucky enough to have the original devloper's approved source code and are working on rewriting the code, but are in need of some quality python developers to assist in speeding up the process. While we are looking for volunteers, benefits of the game and likely monetary rewards will be distributed upon the project's completion.

For more information Contact me by email or my supervisor via skype: email: breedyofficial@gmail.com skype: ilovebella991

GeoPhysics Programmer

Live in a tropical country and spend half your time volunteering in the development of geophysical software to monitor volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis and half your time traveling or relaxing on the beach. OSOP (http://www.osop.com.pa) is located in Volcan, Panama. Applicants must have a strong background in Mathematics and Physics. OSOP will provide transportation to Panama and housing.

Send applications (your CV) and inquiries to: branden.christensen@osop.com.pa

SpamBayes - Bayesian Spam Filter

The SpamBayes Project can use people to help in a couple places: Windows integration - On Windows we need someone who can build and test Windows installers and test changes to the core code in a Windows environment, especially using the Outlook plugin. This need is more urgent since the release of Outlook 2010 and 64-bit Windows 7. Thunderbird integration - There is a new ThunderBayes plugin for Thunderbird 3. We can use help putting it through its paces.

Touch-screen photo vending machine application development

Job Description:

Software developers required to develop and test a touch-screen photo vending machine application.


About the company:

Unicorn Leisure is a small technology driven consumer leisure company based in Central London.

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The Onco Project

Job Description: We are currently looking for Computer Programmers and Web-Site Designers willing to work voluntarily with a software developer of a virtual table top on an open source RPG project that will be used en masse for the first time in November 2012.All participants in this project must be willing to work as a team and fulfill assignments as given out by the developer. All participants will appear in either the credits on the website and/or within the software.


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A Re-narration Web of SWeeTs

(We are in Bangalore, India; but you can be anywhere)

A Web framework for contributing alternative narratives to Web content and to compose renditions based on the user's literacy level or reading-comfort preferences.

Re-narration Web is modeled as a distributed social networking for the purpose of making Web-content available for a person who is not comfortable reading text or for a person in a foreign context. Re-narration Web is an instance of SWeeT Web.

This is a call for volunteer researchers, developers, designers, interns and students.

GAE framework developer

Job Description: We look for a talend Python web developers for improve GAE framework - flexible stack of applications based on Google App Engine.

GAE framework helps people create web sites with simple structure and use already created applications (such as: article, blog, forum, guestbook, etc).

What Python is used for: Python is main language for develop backend of GAE framework. Also used jQuery JavaScript library on frontend.

NOTE for this postition you need know how to work with Google App Engine

Sharamag ePublishing.

Job Description: Developers are needed to work on the database portions of an open-use epublishing concept. The current version is similar to a blog in that people can write & construct articles, as well as collect articles to create issues of publications. Final rendition will have dedicated readers to each platform (iphone, android devices, ipad, tablet systems) that display the created content in a way best suited for that device. The back end of this system is currently targeted to Google App Engine for the scalability.

The concept is to build an open community for publishing on electronic devices where the creation of content is as easy as writing a blog entry. Contributors and collaborators will be able to work together towards creating issues of publications, and those publications will be readable on any device without having to download a complete application for every issue. This idea came about because of the barriers to publishing on electronic devices such as the ipad and more capable mobile phones.

What Python is used for: Currently for database construction and manipulation, article entries, eventually including a visualizer for layout & design.

Python Programmers for Flash/O3D MMO - Vortex Games, Inc.

Vortex Games, Inc. is looking for talented python programmers who would like the opportunity to work on a game for credit and profit share.

Job Description: You must have a great understanding of python and previous work on games is a plus. You'll be programming back-end systems that will interact with the engine. This includes socket servers, databases, and possibly programming AI.

Ideal candidates will have expert knowledge of python. Game development experience a plus.

Volunteer Course Developer - University of the People

University of the People is an online university offering programs of study in Business Administration and Computer Science at very low costs.

Job Description: UoPeople is searching for a volunteer to create/organize a Basic Programming Course for our students that have no previous experience or specific knowledge in this field. The course should use Python to teach general concepts of computer programming and prepare students for continuing on to study more advanced topics in computer science.

Ideal candidates will have a Ph.D. in Computer Science or related-field and experience teaching computer programming, online, at the university level.

University of the People is a member of the Open Courseware Consortium and committed to contributing courseware to the community. The courseware created as a result of this project will be licensed under a cc-by-nc-sa agreement. The primary courseware and sources used in this course can be constructed from existing, open educational resources organized and supplemented to suite our learning model.

*Note: We will consider offering a modest compensation for candidates fitting the ideal profile.

Script Writing in Bee Dictionary

Job Description: Bee English Dictionary is a leading online english dictionary providing definitions, roots, usages, synonyms and antonyms. We are looking for volunteers for some backend work.

Sahana Disaster Management System

Job Description: Sahana Eden is an Open Source Humanitarian Platform which can be used to provide solutions for Disaster Management, Development, and Environmental Management sectors. It is written in Python and Javascript.

Porting Ubiquity in gNewSense

Job Description: gNewSense is a fully free GNU/Linux distribution sponsorship by the FSF. We need a program in Python for porting ubiquity in this system. Contact nyu or Kamping_kaiser on irc.freenode.net in channel #gnewsense-dev or send a mail to rmh.gnewsense@aybabtu.com

GliderLab / webhooks.org (Mountain View, CA, USA)

Job Description: Building very simple/focused open source tools and web services to support a more programmable web, a la the vision of webhooks. Current projects include:

What Python is used for: All projects use Google App Engine, Django, and/or Twisted ... so 100% Python.

Pinwheel.org !

We need your help!

Pinwheel.org is a web-based network that connects student volunteers and non-profit agencies. We want to show volunteers they can do things they enjoy to give back, help schools become more engaged in their students' volunteer work, and allow non-profits to manage their work force more effectively. The service is free for volunteers and opportunity posters. Please see our temporary site: www.Pinwheel.org/

Originally co-founded at Stanford by a group of students, Pinwheel is now a pioneering force in the business world, nonprofit world, and worlds of students all over the country. After the Beta launch, Pinwheel will be the first resource for high school students looking for volunteer work.

The application that drives the Pinwheel web site is written in Python, and we are seeking developers who are familiar with that language.

Required Knowledge and Skills

We've spent the last 2 years working hard on this idea, and want to get it up and running ASAP. Ideally, you will work in our office in San Francisco, but we are flexible, and could allow programmers to work from Palo Alto or at home. Please contact exec@pinwheel.org Thanks!


Conference planning web application plus appropriate frontend (conference website).

I don't know if you know it, but there is an very good conference planning software written in Ruby on Rails, called "Pentabarf" - http://www.pentabarf.org/Main_Page - and I really would like to see it if we have something like that in python, too.

Its not a "NIH"-thing, but I am more into Python than into Ruby, as the most of you. And a second reason for starting such a project is especially the planning of python-focused confernces. There it would be a little be embarassing, if someone plans a conference in a RoR conference planning web application or - much worser :-) - in PHP.

And using a half-baked Plone or Zope application wouldnt do the job right, also not the using of a wiki like MoinMoin, it isnt the right tool for such a job.

I didn't start the project yet, but if there are enough people for a good team I would start and host it.

Ruby has a good web framework doing this, Ruby on Rails. But we got two! :)

PS: The most important thing - if you want to take part, mail me with subject "PyConference" at: mm ( A-T ) mpathy ( D-O-T ) de

Project Anglea - Open Source Gaming Project


Project Angela is seeking developers to help us take the already open source training simulation enginge, Delta3D, and convert it for use as a gaming engine.

We are seeking enthusiastic python developers to make this the a gaming engine that can be recycled by many people to create new and interesting games.

We have a number of interesting areas to contribute :

and more.....

http://www.rpg-gamerz.com/smf (our forums)

Contact us at the forum for the project or write to recentcoin@hotmail.com


Contribute to a cool opensource Virtualization Project


XenMan is graphical tool aimed at operational lifecycle management for Xen virtualisation. XenMan is built on the belief that ease-of-use and sophistication can, and should, co-exist in a single tool that can serve both novice and expert users alike.

We are seeking enthusiastic python developers to make this a defacto tool for Virtualization management.

We have a number of interesting areas to contribute :

and more.....


Contact us at the forum for the project or write to jd_jedi@users.sourceforge.net


Official Python Developer

http://www.eurocv.eu/images/logos/eurocv_little.gif EuroCv

Project: We are looking for a Volunteer Python Expert to develop a free Python application. We offer high visibility in all European Companies and we will publish a Promotional text in the EuroCv website.

EuroCv is a network of professionals around the global whose curriculum vitae are available 24/7 in the European format free-of-charge to anyone through the world wide web.

Through the EuroCv Website : http://www.eurocv.eu, job-seekers can post and update their curriculum vitae in European Format (in any language) along with a cover letter and photo, free of charge. EuroCv system allows certain information to be secured or shared publically. Any information stored on the EuroCv system will not expire automatically.

The EuroCv system provides the job-seeker the flexibility to update the information, in one central location, without modifying the public access code that he or she can distribute to any potential employers. Employers can easily access the EuroCv system through the same Web site and view or download the information free of charge. For more information about this service: http://eurocv.eu/page.php?q=EuroCv

This software must connect itself with a free webservice developed by EuroCv Community (Free service to publish a European Curriculum).

We need help from python developers who also know:

Create a Python Soap Client to connect

EuroCv Free webservice.

E Screening Room (San Rafael, CA, USA)

Job Description: This is not for the faint of heart ! If you have time to hammer this out in the next three weeks let us know... We will be building an integration of "Broadcast Machine" with Paypal subscription services.*

We are looking for a volunteer web developer with a passion for documentary films and in support of the freedom of speech, with experience with perl, Python mysql. We are using agile (extreme) programming methods. We can't pay you anything but you get to create the cool feature to support the freedom of speech.

The non-profit E Screening Room is dedicated to connect independent documentary film makers with their audience. We have on-line website dedicated to viewing unabridged independent documentary films at http://escreeningroom.org. We are starting a new website http://indiewebfest.org which will be an online filmfestival based running on open source "Broadcast Machine" from http://www.getdemocracy.com/broadcast/. The neat thing of the "Broadcast Machine" is that it is bittorrent based, and thus allows for unlimited band wide without significant funding. In effect this means that you don't have to come up with thousands of $$ to distribute your idea or your film.

Independent documentary films are born out of the passion -often compassion - for the subject of the film. Often these documentaries are self financed. But there is little financial gain out of documentary film. As a result, documentary producers get discouraged and often leave the field. We think that's a shame: to lose an independent voice, is a loss for a free society. At the e screening room we are changing that by connecting documentary filmmakers with their audience.

Project: The idea is to allow viewers to subscribe to a site through paypal. The viewer would pay a low monthly fee to get assess to a subset (subscription only) of the films on the site. The subscription fees are then redistributed to the filmmakers papal accounts based on viewer ship and will fund the site. This project will take place independent of getdemocracy.com but application will be released as open source. I expect that it will take about 40 hour over two months.

wxwindows debugger

project Dex Tracker

The Dex Tracker Project is looking for someone to help debug a ogl aplication that is almost finished. The file in question is tracker.py currently it is a modified version of the ogl sample with aditional code added. What is needed is to seperate it from the run.py (or run2.py) that it is being forced to use. Windows is required (unless you wish to do alot more coding for a port) Project is at http://www.stormpages.com/edexter/csound.html and I should be reached through the google board at http://groups.google.com/group/dexrow-software-and-programming-group

Video display hooks needed for off--screen model.

As many of you may or may not know, there is a freeware open-source screen reader for blind and visually impaired people written in Python called NVDA (Nonvisual Desktop Access.) The software runs on Windows2000, xp (all versions) and vista. The project is coming along quickly however we need video display hooks to create an off-screen model so that NVDA can give more information to the blind computer user, and also implement such things as mouse simulation. Video display hooks will also allow us to support even more applications and enhance the support of the current applications even more-so. These video display hooks for the offscreen model need to be written in Python if possible. To download NVDA, go to


We as developers and testers haven't been able to figure out how to implement video display hooks so NVDA can utilise an off-screen model so far. Any help would be greatly appreciated. You may contact me about this project at Josh Kennedy jkenn337@gmail.com msn messenger contact: Josh Kennedy kenn6498ku@hotmail.com skype contact: jkenn337

Again any assistance with this project would be greatly apreciated. Video display hooks will greatly increase the abilities of the NVDA screen-reader. Note, this position is not restricted to blind programmers if you have sight and can help please contact me. There is also an email list for NVDA at nvda@freelists.org .

SBI Network Project - based on an Open Business Model

NOTE: this is in fact a paid project on the form of shares in a lucrative worldwide project. So, it will be owned by all partners.

Today, we request the opportunity to invite OpenBSD, Python, Asterisk and Mozilla communities to collaborate with us in developing various Integrated Internet and Telecommunication Applications.

This is a very interesting opportunity to these selected communities of Programmers, Developers, Computer Engineers, Solution Providers who already acquired at least 2 years expertise in open source Application development and wish to enter into a non-binding dialogue with us for a mutual beneficial agreement.

The selected technology partners and individuals will collaborate in developing/implementing a multi-phase telecommunication project and be part of an international, cross cultural, multidisciplinary team of technology experts and entrepreneurs.

This will be achieved using an open business module principle with passive income source and excellent probability of generating substantial resources and a sustainable source of income within 36 month.

The following steps shall be accomplished:

Embed several Internet and Telecom technologies into OpenBSD OS such as but not limited to

o Python

o Open H323, OpenSSH, OpenBGPD, OpenNTPD, OpenCVS,

o Wolfram Mathematica for Mathematical computing, Search Engine, and other application

o Asterisk

The selected dynamic team members shall possess expertise in:

o System Security and Encryption,

o Networking (such as and not limited to Load Balancing, Scalability...)

o Logarithmic, Algorithm computing

o Develop several application with Python, Web-Mathematica and OpenBSD, (such as but not limited to IPTV, Video on Demand, Video Conferencing, Video & Audio Streaming,

o Develop Desktop/Web application such as but not limited to PDA programming, cell phone programming, E-Learning, E-Commerce, E-Tradding. E-Application

If you think you can help us, have an idea, opinion or a recommendation we would like to hear it from you.

We can communicate in French, Spanish, and English

Marc and Paulo


Lino application developer

Work independently to write your own Rich Internet Application using the Lino framework, get free support by a core developer and free hosting space for your startup company. Earn money by writing your own application for your customers. Primary target users of Lino applications are agencies and companies who need a customized database application "more than MS-Access for cheaper than SAP".

We also offer paid jobs. Show your interest and competence by working some time as a volunteer on the Lino project.


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Raspberry Pi Internet Kiosk

Optimization of an existing Python script made for coin validators. Coin validator enables use of a Raspberry Pi kiosk that anyone can use to access their email or do leisure browsing.


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