I am sure you have all seen the amazing application that Team Nicaragua
did... but have you seen the amazing job the Italian team has done with
Testing is a critical component of the Ubuntu community release cycle
and one that could benefit greatly from increased involvement.
Paolo Sammicheli published the statistics for the Italian team  and
the results are astounding. 46.4% of the people had not contributed to
Ubuntu in anyway before the Italian team started their testing team. The
Italian team had 13 approved members after the Lucid cycle and seven of
those had never contributed before. The growth continued in the Maverick
cycle with an additional four members being approved.
I am interested in trying to build some team activities that can be done
on-line by team members that are not near areas with active in-person
meetings. For those interested this is a great way to contribute to the
Ubuntu community and as you can see from the data above it is a great
way to become and approved Ubuntu member.
The first step is to gather interested people and pick a 'team lead' who
can coordinate the activity. Please contact me if you are interested in
being a NY LoCo Tester or if you would like to lead the team.