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PyCon 2012: Announcing New Diamond Sponsor: Heroku, Call for Proposal Ends

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The PyCon team is honored and proud to announce a new Diamond Sponsor for the conference and also that the record-breaking call for proposals has closed.

We are very proud to announce that Heroku — a premiere Platform as a Service provider — has joined PyCon as our final Diamond level sponsor. Heroku joins Google and Dropbox as the premier sponsors of PyCon 2012. Heroku recently announced first-class Python support on their platform; their blog post announcing this support shows that they care about Python and have a long term dedication to the language and its community.

We thank and welcome Heroku, and we look forward to their involvement in PyCon and the Python community.

Just as amazing as a new Diamond sponsor is the fact the PyCon 2012 Call For Proposals is now closed. Speaking as a team, we can say:

“This. Is. Amazing.”

We broke all records on the number of talks (374 as of this writing) and tutorials (89) submitted. Further, the quality, breadth, and depth of those talks and tutorials is stunning. The community has truly outdone itself this year (and the Program Committee has its work cut out for it). We have destroyed every previous measure and record — thanks to you.

As the call for proposals has ended, the efforts to review proposals ramps up. Today is the first official day of review season. We’re seeing incredible submissions with well thought out plans, mind blowing topics, and the high quality the community has come to expect.

Last year was a challenge — we had to pick out about 100 talks, 32 tutorials, and 35 posters from over 250 submissions — but this year the bar has been raised. We’ve got over 450 submissions — a massive increase over last year! Sadly, the session limits will remain about the same, so the program committee has its work cut out for it. It’s always a tough time having to turn submitters away, and it will only get harder for the 2012 conference. We’ve got a lot of hard work ahead to put together the best schedule we can.

As review season begins, we’re looking for help on the review team. If you’re interested in volunteering your time to help examine, question, comment, and vote on submissions, send an introductory email to the PyCon Program Committee. We need all types of people for this: all levels of experience, all industries, all users of Python. If you have the time, we would love to put it to good use!

Once again, thanks for all of your submissions, and thanks to Heroku for joining us. We’re looking forward to working with all of you, and we can’t wait to see how this years schedule shapes up.

Finally, thanks once again to all of our sponsors for supporting this great conference and adding to the excitement (note that we are still accepting sponsors):

See you March 7-15, 2012 in Santa Clara, CA!

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