Last November we launched Drupal 8 Accelerate, a grant program designed to eliminate Drupal 8 release blockers. Through the progam, we’ve made a small number of grants that have had a huge impact. In fact, we only have about 50 release blockers left between us and release. So now the Association is going to take it to the next level. We've already pledged $62,500 of our general operating budget in 2015 as matching funds for you donations. Now we are announcing that the board has partnered with 7 outstanding community supporters to “match the match” and provide another $62,500 of the program, bringing us to $125,000 available for grants.

Now it's your turn! We're asking you to help us raise another $125,000 to make the total amount available for these grants $250,000. You can give knowing that every dollar you contribute is already matched by the Association and these anchor donors, doubling your impact. Your donations will allow us to make more grants, faster, increasing our impact and getting D8 out the door!

This is an all-out, everyone-in effort to raise $250,000 to kill the last release blockers in our way.This is our moment - together, we are going to move Drupal 8 from beta to release with the Drupal 8 Accelerate program. We already know it works. Drupal 8 Accelerate grants have already tackled release blockers issues related to menus, entity field validation, and caching. As a donor, you will always know exactly what you're funding because we're making it all public

Join us today and make your donation. The sooner we get this done, the sooner we can all enjoy those launch parties!

Special thanks to our anchor donors, Acquia, Appnovation, Lullabot, Palantir.net, Phase2, PreviousNext, and Wunderkraut, for making this matching campaign possible.  These seven organizations stepped up to the plate and made this entire campaign possible. Thank them on Twitter using the #D8Accelerate hashtag.

The D8 Accelerate project is designed to help move Drupal 8 from the initial beta to a full release. This directly relates to the Association's mission: uniting a global open source community to build and promote Drupal. This is a pilot program from the Drupal Association to put $250,000 of community funds toward accelerating the release of Drupal 8, due to the strategic impact this work has on the entire Drupal ecosystem.

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Originally published at https://assoc.drupal.org/blog/holly.ross.drupal/ready-set-drupal-8-d8-ac...

Comments

Jaypan’s picture

How will this money push the release of D8? How will it be spent? Are developers to be hired to do the last bits of development? Or will it be a reward system for anyone who pushes a patch that is used? Or something else altogether?


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imclean’s picture

Good question. It's not mentioned here, but check the association page under "Sample grant concepts": https://assoc.drupal.org/d8accelerate

It looks like the grants will go towards things like targeted sprint events and specific contributors plus various community funding possibilities.

webchick’s picture

These are great questions. I just published a blog post at http://webchick.net/d8accelerate-deep-dive which goes into depth about what we've spent the D8 Accelerate funds on so far and why, and attempts to address some of the questions raised here.

douggreen’s picture

I challenge full-time Drupal developers with the same or fewer core attributions as I have to donate approximately one day's pay to D8 Accelerate.

I paid my dues as a contributor by creating coder, almost 20 D5 modules that are all since dead, significant work on D6 core search, and lots of work on D7 core as part of my paid job when I was with Examiner.com. But I've done very little with D8. Now I am a well paid Drupal developer and owe this to both my past contributions and the continuing efforts of the Drupal community.

So if you are like me, and you make a living with Drupal, and you haven't contributed much code to D8 or have contributed less to the project than I have, I challenge you to donate approximately one day's pay to D8 Accelerate and help get D8 complete http://t.co/AMisWzjzFR.

If you don't know how to find your commit attribution, then I probably have you beat.

$ git clone --branch 8.0.x http://git.drupal.org/project/drupal.git drupal-8.0.x
$ git log | grep douggreen | wc -l
39

#d8accelerate #drupalcommitchallenge http://t.co/AMisWzjzFR

Doug Green

Wolfflow’s picture

It's sad, I wished and tried to donate 5 Bucks to this Project but the minimum amount is 10$.
Why exclude minor volunteer contributors to support all your efforts?

God Knows!!

Small pieces of help and doings can move Oceans and Mountains,
is this not a Rule to keep in mind ever?

Kind Regards and Good Luck to anyone
that invest their skills, efforts, time and energie to release
as soon as possible the greatest Drupal Version.

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