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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!

PyCon JP 2014 Call for Proposals

Thursday, June 12, 2014
The annual PyCon JP 2014 will be held at Plaza Heisei in Tokyo. The schedule is as below.

  • Tutorial: 2014 September 12(Fri)
  • Conference: 2014 September 13(Sat)-14(Sun)
  • Development Sprints: 2014 September 15(Mon / Public Holiday in Japan)
We are currently seeking proposals for talks for this event. Visit the PyCon JP 2014 Call for Proposals page for more information. Submission deadline is 20th June.

As with every year, we are expecting many international participants to the event, so English talk proposals are absolutely essential. We plan to make at least one out of three talk tracks fully English. This is your chance to introduce the topic you love to Pythonistas in Japan!

For more information visit our official website. Any questions and comments are welcome, email to us (2014 at pycon dot jp).

PyCon AU Early Bird Registration Open and Financial Aid Available

Tuesday, June 03, 2014
We are delighted to announce that online registration is now open for PyCon Australia 2014. The fifth PyCon Australia is being held in Brisbane, Queensland from August 1st – 5th at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and is expected to draw hundreds of Python developers, enthusiasts and students from Australasia and afar.

Starting today, early bird offers are up for grabs. To take advantage of these discounted ticket rates, be among the first 100 to register. Early bird registration starts from $50 for full-time students, $180 for enthusiasts and $450 for professionals. Offers this good won’t last long, so head straight to 2014.pycon-au.org and register right away.

PyCon Australia has endeavoured to keep tickets as affordable as possible. We are able to do so, thanks to our Sponsors and Contributors.

We have also worked out favourable deals with accommodation providers for PyCon delegates. Find out more about the options at 2014.pycon-au.org/register/accommodation

To begin the registration process, and find out more about each level of ticket, visit 2014.pycon-au.org/register/prices

Important Dates to Help You Plan
  • 27 May: Early Bird Registration Opens -- open to the first 100 tickets
  • July 9: Last day to Order PyCon Australia 2014 T-shirts
  • 19 July: Last day to Advise Special Dietary Requirements
  • August 1: PyCon Australia 2014 Begins
Financial Aid Applications Now Open

Following in the footsteps of PyCon North America, PyCon Australia offers a generous financial aid programme, so that some attendees and speakers have some, or in rare cases, all of their expenses such as flight, hotel and admission provided to them from the conference budget.

PyCon Australia strongly encourages people to apply for financial aid -- even if we can’t cover all of your expenses, we will give you free admission based on need. The application process is simple, and straight-­for­ward. It’s also very liberal -- the only caveat is that speakers at the conference "get bumped to the top" of the applications so that we don’t lose a good talk because of financial need. We also don’t ban anyone from applying.

Essentially, the financial aid programme is the PyCon Outreach programme -- it's the community holding up the community and making itself accessible at this major event through these financial grants. It is the very spirit of the conference; make the information, knowledge, friendships and connection available to everyone.

The generous contribution of the Python Software Foundation has helped us in offering this programme. Financial aid is core to the mission of the PSF -- The mission of the Python Software Foundation is to promote, protect, and advance the Python programming language, and to support and facilitate the growth of a diverse (www.python.org/psf/diversity/) and international community of Python programmers.

For full details of the financial aid programme, and details on how to apply, see 2014.pycon-au.org/grants.

About PyCon Australia

PyCon Australia is the national conference for the Python Programming Community. The fifth PyCon Australia will be held on August 1--5, 2014 in Brisbane, bringing together professional, student and enthusiast developers with a love for developing with Python. PyCon Australia informs the country’s Python developers with presentations, tutorials and panel sessions by experts and core developers of Python, as well as the libraries and frameworks that they rely on.

To find out more about PyCon Australia 2014, visit our website at pycon-au.org or e-mail us at contact@pycon-au.org.

PyCon Australia is presented by Linux Australia (www.linux.org.au) and acknowledges the support of our Platinum Sponsor, Red Hat, and our Gold sponsors, Google Australia and Netbox Blue. For full details of our sponsors, see our website.

Call for PyCon 2015 Launch Day Sponsors

Monday, June 02, 2014
Following an amazing PyCon 2014, the first of two years in Montréal, we're well underway with the planning efforts for PyCon 2015. The website is being prepped and as we get that going, we also begin the search for sponsors.

The 2014 launch day began with 17 sponsors, and quickly grew to 128. Are you or your organization interested in being a part of an even bigger launch for the best PyCon yet?

Sponsorship is what allows PyCon to do what it does. It enables us to fund programs like Financial Aid and subsidized child care, bringing more people to PyCon who otherwise may not have made it. It also allows us to run events like the Young Coders tutorials, bringing Python to children.

Sponsorship brings great benefits to its supporters. What better place to hire Python developers than at the largest collection of them around the world? Our expo hall and job fair are a great place to make connections with over 2,000 Python developers. For more thoughts on sponsorship benefits, see our https://us.pycon.org/2014/sponsors/whysponsor/ page.

Check out the PyCon Sponsorship Prospectus for more information about the sponsorship benefits and levels. To sign up as a launch day sponsor, or if you have any questions about sponsorship, please contact the conference Chair, Diana Clarke (diana.joan.clarke@gmail.com).

As with the last three conferences, PyCon 2015 will sell out. Be sure to mark your calendars for April 8-16, 2015, and look for our ticket sales announcements, usually in September. We'll also be sending out our Call for Proposals of talks and tutorials soon, usually in July.

If you don't have a passport, don't forget that Canada requires one. US residents should see http://travel.state.gov/passport/ for details.

One free booth, two free tickets, and a priceless community: An Edtech Startup's PyCon Postscript

Monday, May 19, 2014
We love success stories. In this post, Trinket co-founder Elliott Hauser shares his experience being part of the Startup Row at PyCon 2014 in Montréal.

The email from Yannick started like this:

"Elliott, Our judges have selected Trinket for final consideration to participate in Startup Row at PyCon 2014. Congratulations!"

We'd won a free booth and two free tickets to the otherwise sold out PyCon 2014 in Montreal. Awesome! We launched our newly designed teaching platform at the conference, met some amazing Python educators at the Education Summit, and got the Trinket name out to the best coding education community around. PyCon and the community that suffuses and animates it were the perfect launchpad for our new platform.

Community

Python's educational community is incredibly strong. A selection of the people we met at the event should demonstrate how rich the community is.

Naomi Ceder (who organized the summit along with Jessica Nickel + Chalmer Lowe) is a former teacher, professional programmer and Python education advocate. Quite aside from the inspiring talk she'd give later on at the conference, she did an amazing job organizing and selecting the speakers for the event.

Katie Cunningham & Barbara Shaurette gave an amazing talk on how to run a Young Coders Tutorial. They have been inspiring others to teach kids since the first Young Coders Tutorial won lots of attention and accolades at PyCon 2013. It was inspiring to meet them both and participate in the discussion afterwards.

edX is a leader in the online Massively Open Online Courses space and they use a lot of Python. Project lead Ned Batchelder was on hand at the educational summit, as were several edX team members like Sarina Canelake.

Finally, it's important to note that a great many of the attendees had come from places other than the US and Canada. Paul-Oliver Dehaye teaches Math using Python in Switzerland. Fernando Masanori created the first Portugese Python MOOC and is based in Brazil. And I really enjoyed hearing what Froilan Izarry is doing with his Python workshops in Puerto Rico.

Results

The big thing that other startups will want to know is whether exhibiting at PyCon have measurable results for us? Startup row has definitely had an impact on our business. A representative graph: Trinket PyCon graph
But it hasn't stopped there. In the weeks since PyCon we've released an embeddable version of our interactive Python teaching tool, which is based on the awesome and open source Skulpt project). Just as PyCon pushed our traffic up to a new and sustained level, the press that we've gotten around this our interactive offering has taken us up and up again:
Trinket Embeddable graph
The kindling that lit this fire was the attention we got from individuals we met at PyCon. Posts by Python community members on Reddit, for instance, have been a huge driver of traffic in subsequent weeks. We've been picked up all over the world, including Python User Groups as far away as Russia and Taiwan (check out pythondigest.ru and Taiwan.py!).

What's next for Trinket?

Our mission is more people teaching more often, starting with the introduction to Python. We started with a simple and easy teaching platform with interactive Python examples that instructors can customize. But for teachers who already have a teaching platform of choice, the overhead of switching can still be a barrier. So last week we released embedded Python Trinkets, designed to be put on any website. Here's one just for you: They're customizible- go ahead and make your own! Tweet your creations @trinketapp to submit them for inclusion in our upcoming gallery.

To everyone at PyCon and Startup Row: thanks again for your support and making the event a success for us. We hope to see soon, perhaps even teaching Python!

Beyond Startup Row

PyCon is not the only conference with a community program like Startup Row. Our Montréal partner, Startup Festival, is also looking for young startups to share their stories. No matter if you apply there or at Startup Row next year, we truly believe that engaging early with a thriving community is one of the most impactful thing that you can do for your company. Whoever you are, get your stories out.

 

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