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Signup for Sponsor Tutorials!

Thursday, March 05, 2015
Our Sponsor Tutorial schedule has come together and we've opened registration on Eventbrite! Running Wednesday and Thursday April 8-9, these free tutorials are offered by several of our generous sponsors. While registration for these tutorials is not required, it helps us plan for food and room size.

Check out the schedule at https://us.pycon.org/2015/schedule/sponsor-tutorials/. Each tutorial is 1.5 hours, and free!

We kick off Wednesday with David Gouldin of Heroku walking through building and deploying applications on Heroku. After lunch, Eric Feng of Dropbox introduces the Dropbox API and will take attendees through authentication to reading and writing files. There are two other open slots on the Wednesday schedule, and we'll update this post once those are known.

Thursday's schedule begins with Steve Downer and Chris Wilcox showing off how to build a Django app on the Microsoft Azure cloud. The folks at CodeClimate are going to be talking about a number of important development topics, including how to be provide quality code review and build an effective pull request based workflow. Kyle Kelly of Rackspace will be discussing cloudpipe and showing attendees how to contribute to it. Wrapping up the Thursday schedule is Google, who will be hosting a trio of yet-to-be-announced talks during their time slot.


If you're interested in our instructor-led tutorials, spaces are still open in many of them, but keep in mind that those are likely sell out. The tutorial schedule is available here, and you can register for $150 per tutorial here.

PyCon 2015: Call for On-Site Volunteers

Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Got a couple of hours to give? PyCon is organized and run by volunteers from the Python community. This year we're looking for over 300 on-site volunteer hours to help make sure everything runs smoothly. Everyone who is attending PyCon is welcome to volunteer, but you must be registered to volunteer. All help is very much appreciated. Thank you!
Pro Tip: Sign-up to be a Session Chair or Session Runner – it's a great opportunity to meet the speakers!


Session Staff

Volunteer: Please read and understand the duties before you sign up to be a session chair/runner. Follow the links below for complete descriptions.
  • Session Chairs and Session Runners are present for an entire session (usually 2 to 3 talks in a row).
  • Session Chair introduces the speaker, manages the time, and facilitates the question and answer period. "Please be seated. Our next speaker is..."
  • Session Runner helps the speaker get from the Speakers Lounge to the appropriate stage. They help in any way needed to make the session run smoothly.
  • Only sign up for one role per session.

Registration Desk

Volunteer: Sign-up for an hour slot at the registration desk: registration desk sign-up
  • Someone needs to say "Welcome! What is your name?", print a name tag, hand them their stuff.
  • Please consider signing up for an hour on the registration desk. It's a great way to meet people and answer basic questions. If this is your first PyCon, it's a good way to get into volunteering!

Swag Bag Handout

Volunteer: Sign-up for an hour slot at the swag/t-shirt desk: swag handout sign-up
  • Help distributing swag bags & t-shirts; especially during that busy first morning of the conference.

Tutorial Support

Volunteer: Sign-up for an hour slot helping with a tutorial: tutorial support / hosts sign-up
  • We're looking for one "Tutorial Host" for each tutorial to help welcome participants as they arrive: be sure they're in the right tutorial, give them any printed handouts, ask them if they need help setting up their laptop, etc.
  • This need is for approximately 20 minutes before tutorials start until about 20 minutes after they start (about 40 minutes). See guidelines at: tutorial hosts.

Miscellaneous Help

Volunteer: Sign-up for miscellaneous tasks: odd jobs sign-up
  • We need 7 Volunteers during each day of the main conference to Host Lunch.
  • We need 5 volunteers to help setup the Young Coders lab on Friday evening.
  • We need 5 volunteers to help teardown the Young Coders lab on Saturday last afternoon.
  • We may also need last minute help with other miscellaneous setup and teardown.

Stuff Swag Bags

Volunteer: Just show up! Thursday April 9th, 3pm - 6pm (or until we're done)
  • Come stuff 10 bags! Many hands make light work!
  • Help in quick sprints with lots of other people. For the big event, look for us at the end of tutorials on Thursday. Our goal is 5 bags/minute (can you guess how many things go in each bag? - close to 1/4 million items to bag!). Are you agile - in a crowd? We'll need about 100 volunteers for this sprint.

Thanks!

Signup for PyCon Dinners led by Jessica McKellar and Brandon Rhodes!

Monday, February 23, 2015
While the cost of PyCon includes breakfast and lunch as well as coffee and snacks, dinner is on your own, and for good reason. It's Montréal! Get out and enjoy the city, find some good food and drink, and hang out with new groups of people.

To make it even easier, this year we've organized another series of PyCon Dinners, one led by Jessica McKellar and one by Brandon Rhodes. These events are a great way to wrap up the first day of PyCon, taking place Friday April 10 at 6 PM, with a great three course meal with new and old friends. As 60% of attendees surveyed last year stated it was their first PyCon, these dinners are a great way to kick off the weekend and make new connections and setup plans for more dinners or other late night festivities.

Jessica is a director of the Python Software Foundation and has been instrumental in outreach efforts around the Python community, especially when it comes to PyCon. She's also a contributor to Twisted and has worked a lot with the OpenHatch project. She's a very experienced speaker with a ton of knowledge and information to share, and will make an excellent host for an excellent meal.

Brandon is a returning veteran of running a PyCon Dinner, having run last year's as a Python trivia game. He's also an experienced speaker of the Python conference circuit, and will be the chair of PyCons 2016 and 2017 when we head to Portland, Oregon after this year's work as co-chair.

Tickets are required for either dinner, with the meal price subsidized by the PSF for a cost of $45. Each prix fixe meal includes a delicious starter, main course, and dessert, with options available for dietary needs.

Check out the options on https://us.pycon.org/2015/events/dinners/ and sign up today? You can add a dinner ticket to your existing registration at https://us.pycon.org/2015/registration/.

If you don't have tickets to PyCon yet, hurry up because they are selling out very very soon.

PyCon 2015 Education Summit - Talk Schedule

Friday, February 20, 2015

We are pleased to announce the speakers/talks for the 2015 Python Education Summit, held during PyCon on Thursday April 9th, 2015, is a gathering of teachers and educators focused on bringing coding literacy, through Python, to as broad a group of audiences as possible. We invite educators from all venues to consider joining the discussion, share insights, learn new techniques and tools and generally share their passion for education. We are looking for educators from many venues: authors; schools, colleges, universities; community-based workshops; online programs; and government.

Talk Schedule

Please take a look at the full list of talks. If you are interested in joining us please visit our registration page. We hope to see you there!
Note:  All Scheduled Speakers are eligible for 'Early Bird pricing' for attendance at PyCon. 

Two Rounds of Lightning Talks

In addition to the scheduled talks, we will have two rounds of Lightning Talks (morning and afternoon). We are taking early bird sign-ups for the morning round. Sign-ups for the afternoon round will be on-site.

If you are presenting; want to sign up for round one of the Lightning Talks; OR otherwise have questions, please contact Chalmer Lowe or Jessica Nickel

What's New with the Sprints

Monday, February 16, 2015
Never tried sprinting at PyCon? Try it this year!


As long as there has a been a PyCon, the sprints have been part of it. This year the grand tradition of sprinting will continue with an ever growing list of projects taking advantage of the venue and the right-after-PyCon timing to come together and write some serious code.


Sprints have always welcomed newcomers, because both sides benefit - the projects gain from fresh eyes and brains, and the new sprinters usually find that they gain enormous insights into a particular problem or library, into Python, and even into coding in general.

While sprinting has always been a great thing to try, this year we're adding some features to make it an even better experience for first time sprinters.


First of all, we'll be holding an "Intro to Sprinting" workshop on Sunday night before the sprints start. Presented by the folks from Open Hatch, this session will help bring you up to speed on what to expect while sprinting, how to participate, as well as what projects are particularly newcomer friendly. We'll have soft drinks and snacks at the workshop, and once we're done, we'll organize a few groups to go out to dinner, so you can connect with your fellow first time sprinters (and maybe some people from the sprints). If you're interested in this workshop, please visit our registration page to let us know.


Second, we'll be working with the sprint leaders to identify the sprints that are most newcomer friendly, and giving them whatever advice we can help them welcome newcomers to their projects.


Finally, we'll have a help table set up for at least the first day of the sprints, to give you any help with the sprints you might need, from installing and using common tools to suggestions on how to get the most out sprinting or just talking about how it's going.


Great! I'm interested in sprinting, what do I do?


The first thing to do would be to make sure you have a place to stay for the extra days. If you've booked a room through the PyCon registration system, you'll need to contact the registration team at pycon8-reg@cteusa.com as soon as possible to request the extra nights. The sprinting itself (along with lunch every day) is free, so your only expenses are your room and other meals.


Once you have that taken care of, the registration form for the Intro to Sprinting tutorial is here. This is also free so please sign up and join us.


But What about the Veteran Sprinters?


Not to worry, we didn't forget you! We do want to keep the sprints fresh, and to keep improving them for veterans as well as newcomers. To do that we'll be making a few additions and few tweaks.


We'll be moving the time lunch is served to be a bit later, in the 1:30 or 2:00 pm range, because we've noticed that after a week of PyCon people tend not to get up quite as early (go figure). In addition most of the sprint lunches will be buffet style to let people eat and chat at their own pace.


We'll also be making lunch on Monday more of a reception, complete with a few remarks by a guest speaker.


So plan to sprint!

You can check out the projects currently planning to sprint at the PyCon Sprints page and if you're interested in the sprinting workshop just sign up at https://events.openhatch.org/events/5. And get ready for some serious sprinting right after PyCon!

Signup for our free Young Coders tutorial today!

Friday, February 06, 2015
We're once again excited to offer our free tutorials for kids! Called "The Young Coder: Let's Learn Python", we invite kids 12 and over to join us for a day of learning how to program using Python. 

We first offered the Young Coders tutorial at PyCon 2013 in Santa Clara and it was an immediate hit. The followup blog post from that event is the most popular post in our blog's history. Kids came from all over to attend it. One flew from South Africa and helped teach other kids. I gave my laptop to a girl who took the tutorial and wanted to attend Richard Jones' PyGame tutorial the next day. Overall, it was so awesome to see kids so excited about learning, about computers, and about Python.

Last year, our second year offering the tutorial and our first year in Montréal, the tutorial was offered both in French and English. We're going to be offering the same this year: a French version of the tutorial will take place on Saturday April 11, and an English version takes place the next day, on Sunday April 12.

Whether you're bringing your kids along for the trip to Montréal or you're local and want to expose your kids to programming, this is a great way to get them interested. The curriculum has now been taught and refined at several events over the last several years, and the kids love it. After learning the basics of Python, through the basic data types and loops and comparisons, the end result is creating a game using the PyGame library. Having been around the room when the tutorial ends, it's one of the best times of PyCon, to see a room full of bright eyed kids who just learned how to tell a computer what to do.

Would your kids be interested in this? Are you a kid who is interested in this? Sign up today! (If you're actually a kid, have a parent sign you up)

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pycon-2015-young-coders-tickets-15264181578

The tutorials start at 9 AM, break for lunch around 1 PM, and wrap up around 4 PM. Registration is limited to please sign up if you're interested.

See the full details of the program at https://us.pycon.org/2015/events/letslearnpython/

Django Carrots Workshop – PyCon Edition!

Monday, February 02, 2015

A guest post by Geek Girls Carrots.

Django Carrots – PyCon Edition is a one-day, intensive, free programming workshop for anyone who wants to learn how to code.
Organized by Geek Girls Carrots (GGC), the Django Carrots curriculum emphasizes individual contact between the student and mentor (before, during and after the workshop), a horizontal structure (students learn from mentors but also from each other), and sharing general knowledge about communities, organization and internet resources to help our participants after the workshop.

How can I sign up?

​Please fill out this registration formRegistration is open from February 2nd to March 1st. Everyone who registered should get a response before March 5th. You do not need a ticket for PyCon to attend the Django Carrots workshop during PyCon, but we strongly encourage you to attend the conference as well.

What do I need during the workshop?

  • laptop & charger
Remember: You don’t need to have any additional knowledge about programming to attend (we mean that!). The most important thing is your motivation and readiness to learn!

Who are the mentors?

​Our mentors are active programmers working in leading tech companies and universities in Europe and North America. In addition to knowledge and job experience, they are skilled educators who care about diversity and cultural changes in the tech industry.

We look forward to coding with you in Montreal!


Geek Girls Carrots ­is a global community and social enterprise focused on connecting, teaching and inspiring women in Tech and IT. We create community by organizing meetings, workshops, hackathons and other events, gathering people to share their knowledge and experience. We gather in 22 cities, including Warsaw, NYC, London, Berlin, Luxembourg and Sydney.
 

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