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PyCon 2015 Registration is Open!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014
It's that time again: registration for PyCon is now open!

Here are some quick details:

  • The last three PyCons have sold out. We expect the same for 2015. 
  • The same low rates we've had for years are in effect, including the 50% discounted student tickets.
  • Early bird rates are in effect for the first 800 tickets sold.
  • Financial Aid is available! We accept applications through January 1, 2015.
  • While the event takes place in Canada, ticket prices are in USD.


PyCon is simply a tremendous value. The conference takes place over three days and includes a total of 95 talks, a set of great keynotes, and includes breakfast and lunch. Add in all of the Open Spaces and Birds of a Feather sessions and the fact that over 2,000 Python users are in the same place and the deal gets even sweeter. If you buy your tickets early, you can save 15-25%!

On top of that, it's led by two days offering 32 tutorials at a cost of $150 each, with morning and afternoon sessions both days. You get three hours of instruction by some of the best in this community, along with lunch, at a great rate. Many of our tutorial instructors are professional trainers who bring their expertise and materials to the conference at a discount.

Hotels

Buying tickets is part one, having a place to stay in Montréal is part two. Unlike previous locations, the conference center is a standalone building, but is surrounded by many hotels. We've negotiated conference rates with several of them, and you can book rooms with them through our registration page.

Financial Aid

While PyCon is among the best values for a software conference, especially of its size, it still requires some amount of travel and lodging expenses for a significant portion of our attendees. Thankfully the Python Software Foundation and our generous sponsors give us the ability to run a financial aid program to help more people make it to PyCon! The application period is now open and runs through January 1, 2015 - apply today!

Call for Proposals

Our CFP is open for two more weeks, through September 15. We need talks of all types to fill out our schedule, and we want you to help us with that. Everyone who uses Python brings something different to the table, and we want to cover both a breadth of topics that interest our community, and depths that help level everyone up. We encourage everyone to submit proposals whether you're a first timer or a speaking veteran.

Sponsors

PyCon wouldn't be possible without the help of our generous sponsors, all of whom we many thanks to. If you or your organization are interested in helping PyCon, please email Diana Clarke, conference chair, at diana.joan.clarke@gmail.com.

Welcoming a new co-chair and the next PyCon host city!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
As PyCon 2015 gets underway with a fresh new website and a recently opened Call for Proposals, the conference organizers, led by chair Diana Clarke and co-chair Mathieu Leduc-Hamel, would like to welcome Brandon Rhodes to the team as co-chair.

Brandon has been a prolific speaker in the Python community, covering a wide array of topics in the talks he's given at PyCon US since 2008, each PyOhio since 2011, PyCon Poland, Code Mash, DjangoCon Europe, and both PyCon Canadas, as well as the presentations he's given to user groups. Along with speaking, he's volunteered in several capacities, including assisting with the A/V crew. He's also authored the second edition of Foundations of Python Network Programming, and has written a host of helpful blog posts and some quite complete Stack Overflow answers. Overall, he's a very active and helpful member of the Python community.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Brandon at the PyCon 2011 sprints in Atlanta to walk him through getting started as a CPython contributor. While getting started by running coverage, he noticed something was off in the results, so we dug into the order of imports during interpreter startup in order to fix coverage before going further with the results. Rather, he methodically worked everything out and talked his way through every step, as I mostly watched and got to hear how he worked. It was a really great experience, and myself and the rest of the PyCon organizers look forward to working with him.


PyCon's next home is...


After a thorough evaluation of several potential host cities, the Python Software Foundation has chosen Portland, Oregon as the next location for PyCon. Following PyCon 2015, taking place in Montréal for the second time, Portland will play home to PyCon for 2016 and 2017.

Portland edged out several other cities in the running, and will be a wonderful venue. Several other technology conferences call Portland home, including OSCON, which hosted the last International Python Conference, the precursor to PyCon.

Following PyCon's trip into Canada, the Portland PyCons will represent the seventh location of PyCon, coming after Washington, D.C.; Dallas, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Atlanta, Georgia; Santa Clara, California; and Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

As dates for the Portland events become available, we'll be sure to announce them here.

PyCon 2015 Call for Proposals is open!

Monday, August 04, 2014
The PyCon organizers are thrilled to announce the opening of PyCon 2015's Call for Proposals for talks, tutorials, and posters! We've seen a lot of growth in response to our CFP over the years, and our program committee is expecting a ton of proposals this time around. In 2012, you put us to work with 374 talk proposals and followed up the next year with 458. For 2014, 107 more talk submissions came in, for a jump to 565. We'll be accepting proposals through September 15 for talks and tutorials, and posters are accepted through November 1.

We want everyone to be a part of making PyCon what it is, which is why we invite everyone to submit proposals, and we invite everyone to be a part of the program committee. It's your PyCon, not mine. Whether you started with Python yesterday or you've been writing it since the 90s, everyone has different experiences, different knowledge, and a different story to tell. This is why we aim to strike a balance between beginner, intermediate, and advanced talks. We want the entire community to level up as a result of PyCon.

I often hear people say, "but I don't have anything to talk about." Well, what do you do? Why do you do it? Why did you solve the problem this way instead of that way? Why do you continue to do this? It usually only takes a couple of questions to find a good talk out of someone. Many PyCon proposals started this way, and after some refining, they've become great PyCon talks.

Over the years, we've put together proposal resources and advice to help answer some common topics surrounding our CFP. We even put together a sample proposal and reviewed it for you. If you have any questions or tips that may help others, please email them to pycon-pc@python.org.

There are likely 95 talk slots to fill, assuming we keep the usual balance of 30/45 minute slots the same, and we'll have room for 32 tutorials. This makes for some steep competition given the potential to reach over 600 talk proposals, while seeing three to four times as many tutorial proposals as available slots. While proposals will be accepted through September 15, we encourage submissions as early as possible, allowing reviewers more time to assess and provide feedback which may prove beneficial as the various rounds of review begin.

As with all past PyCons, we continue to be an "everyone pays" event, run by volunteers. Financial Aid is available thanks to the Python Software Foundation and our generous sponsors, and applications will open September 1. If Financial Aid would make your trip a possibility, we encourage you to apply once it opens.

Here are some important dates to put on your calendar:

  • September 1, 2014: Registration opens, Financial Aid opens
  • September 15, 2014: Talk and tutorial proposals due
  • November 1, 2014: Poster proposals due
  • December 1, 2014: Talk and tutorial selections announced, Financial Aid grants for speakers awarded
  • December 15, 2014: Poster selections announced, full conference schedule announced

The PyCon organizers are going to give you everything we have to create the best PyCon yet. In exchange, we need you to give us your best talk, tutorial, and poster proposals. We also need your help getting the word out there about this CFP. If there's someone you want to see speaking at PyCon - tell them! If there's a topic you want to hear about - tell us, and we'll try to get people involved.

PyCon 2015 has launched!

Thursday, July 31, 2014
The PyCon organizers are thrilled to announce the launch of PyCon 2015! Following up a wildly successful 2014 event - the first major PyCon held outside of the US - Montréal again plays host to the Python community's annual gathering April 8-16. As with the previous three years, 2015 is sure to be a sell out show, with this fall's ticket sales expected to move quickly.

A new year brings a new website, with Caktus Group creating yet another beautiful site for the Python Software Foundation. This year's site takes some visual cues from the conference venue, the Palais de Congrès de Montréal, featuring a colorful glass exterior reflected in the strands and highlights found around the site.



PyCon simply would not be possible without the generosity of its sponsors, especially those signed on early for today's launch. Sponsorship allows PyCon to do the types of things it does with financial aid and children's programs, and allows for affordable conference rates that haven't changed in many years, along with a period of early bird pricing discounts. Sponsorship also provides significant benefits to its supporting organizations, with many of them outlined on the site.

Dropbox has signed on as a Financial Aid sponsor for this year, and Google has pledged support at the Diamond level. Sponsoring at the Platinum level are Caktus, HP, Thumbtack, and Eventbrite. Joining them at the Gold level are Red Hat, Walt Disney Animation Studios, American Greetings, Sentry, Fusionbox, Twilio, Amplify, Continuum Analytics, Lincoln Loop, SaltStack, Counsyl, Open edX, PythonAnywhere, Wingware, and Bank of America.

This year's Silver sponsors are AWeber, OddBird, Net-ng, O'Reilly, Found, TrackMaven, Python Academy, MySQL, Ansible Inc., DreamHost, and G Adventures. The Python Software Foundation is an open source and community sponsor.

If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring PyCon 2015, please contact conference chair Diana Clarke for more information.

PyConZA 2014 Registration Open

Friday, July 18, 2014


PyConZA is coming to Johannesburg.

After two successful conferences in Cape Town, it’s time for PyConZA to spread its wings and head north for this year’s national gathering of Python software developers, which is taking place at The Forum in Bryanston on the 2 & 3 October.

Ticket sales are open! Early bird tickets available while stocks last!

Talk submissions are already flowing in for this year’s PyConZA -- so if you’d like to speak, please submit a talk now! Topics submitted include: the IPython Notebook, using Python in Blender, repurposing old telescopes with new Python software, a Pygame tutorial, rethinking building Python web applications, a practical introduction to advanced testing strategies, building the internet of things using Raspberry Pis, and building Python communities in Africa. This year we also have a mentor program for new speakers.

Come and join us!

"""Usage: %s %s attendee|speaker|sponsor"""

import webbrowser
import sys
import os

roles = set(x.lower() for x in sys.argv[1:])
valid = set([
    "attendee", "speaker", "sponsor",
    "antigravity", "this",
])

if not roles or roles - valid:
    python = os.path.basename(sys.executable)
    print(__doc__ % (python, sys.argv[0]))
    sys.exit(1)

if "attendee" in roles:
    webbrowser.open("https://za.pycon.org/about/buy-tickets")
if "speaker" in roles:
    webbrowser.open("https://za.pycon.org/talks/submit-talk")
if "sponsor" in roles:
    webbrowser.open("https://za.pycon.org/sponsors/packages/")
if "antigravity" in roles:
    import antigravity  # easter egg 1
    del antigravity  # make pyflakes happy
if "this" in roles:
    import this  # side effects are fun
    del this  # :)

Email team@za.pycon.org or import antigravity if you encounter difficulties.

Introducing Poster Sessions to PyCon JP 2014

Wednesday, July 09, 2014
We are now two months away from PyCon JP 2014! Thank you to everyone who have responded to our Call for Proposals. Applications are now being reviewed by the organizing committee and the result will be sent out shortly. We thank you for your patience.

We also have a news to share: This year we are introducing poster sessions, in addition to talk sessions. Applications are now open through our website.

We strongly feel that communication between participants is the key for the success of Python community and that is why we decided to introduce poster sessions. Smaller audience leads to much deeper feedback and discussions. You may also want to show a hands-on demo rather than giving a presentation. If you've felt that giving a presentation is not the best way to convey your work then this may be the right thing for you.

Some things to note before you apply:
  1. You can apply for poster sessions even if you have applied for talk sessions.
  2. Poster sessions will have dedicated time slot and will NOT clash with talk sessions.
  3. You don't have to have posters, though it will help grab attendees interest.
The deadline for application is 15 August.

For more details, please see:
https://pycon.jp/2014/speaking/cfp/

PyCon JP 2014 Registration Open

Monday, June 16, 2014

We are pleased to announce availability of PyCon JP 2014 tickets. PyCon JP 2014 is the biggest Python event in Japan, consisting of keynotes, talks, dev sprints and tutorials (paid separately). As with every year, we expect the event to be very international. There will be sessions in both Japanese and English.

You can purchase the ticket for the main conference (13-14th September) from the below website.


Please note that the after party is included in the price, unlike previous years' PyCon APAC in Japan. You're all encouraged to connect and network with fellow pythonistas!

Price for the ticket is 10,000 yen. If you purchase your ticket before 10th July you'll receive 25% early bird discount - that'll be 7,500 yen, including the after party. Don't miss it!

We also have Patron Sponsor tickets (20,000yen). Proceedings from Patron tickets will be used to provide discounted student tickets. It is your chance to show your support for the community!
 

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