Saturday, February 25, 2012

What to do on Friday (and Saturday) Evening at PyCon?

The day does not end with the talk schedule at PyCon.

Yelp Dining Transportation

We have mentioned this before, but it bears repeating. PyCon sponsor Yelp will help you find a dining destination, and provide you the means of getting there. Yelp will have a bus service set up to manage transportation between the conference venue to a select number of areas. Each bus will have a Yelp developer to help with venue selection. The bus service will start at 6:30 PM Friday and Saturday evening.

Birds of a Feather Sessions

Birds of a feather (BoF) sessions are where attendees gather to discuss a common topic, much like Open Space talks discussed earlier but with more of a jovial atmosphere. These informal sessions are sometimes held in the Open Space rooms, but more often they take place over dinner. The 2010 Django BoF took place at a restaurant of the same name for instance. To find out what off-site BoF sessions are taking place, and where to meet up, check the announcement board next to the Open Space signup at the conference. Some BoF's have already started their planning and are listed on the PyCon website.

Special Events

Every year at PyCon we try to have some special events on at least one evening. We have had one of the first OLPC demonstrations, Teach Me sessions, and Coding Competitions. This year we are once again having a SingPath competition Saturday evening at 7:00 PM in the main ballroom. More details on this event will be made at the conference.

Sponsor Events

Watch for events our sponsors are putting on in the evenings. New Relic, Loggly and Skullcandy have already closed registration for their event, but there is always something going on.

UPDATE: The PyLadies and SurveyMonkey are having a party Saturday night.

Board Game Social

It is easy to have information overload after a day of technical talks. The Board Game Social is a chance to relax, have fun, and reset your brain for the next day. We have a large number of board and card games for people to play on loan from conference organizers. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own games, even ones we already have so more people can take part. Come join us for literally fun and games. Meet new people, play old favorites, or try a new game you have not seen before. This will be held every evening in an Open Space room starting at 7:00 PM until there is no one left playing games.




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