For those who already have a working Vagrant environment, or have extensive experience setting it up, and are up to a bit of a challenge (in the name of making a better future!), we think this would be a good chance to get feedback on the Docker-based developer environment we have been working on. To get started, follow the instructions in the README at github.com/edx/devstack. Note that detailed documentation for this is very light and we are actively seeking feedback and contributions on this effort, particularly if there are workflows or use cases that are under-documented or that no longer work.
For the braver
For Open edX developers who also want to have real data for Insights, please follow these directions for installing the ficus.master version of the Vagrant Analyticstack. The "analyticstack" is a superset of our Vagrant-based devstack that includes a Hadoop computing environment necessary to compute aggregates to be displayed by Insights.
If everyone has a working devstack when they arrive on Tuesday morning, we’ll just drink coffee and talk about / get started on the cool ideas we have for the project day Friday!