Now that registration is open for PyCon 2013, we’ve opened our financial aid program!
The financial aid program aims to make PyCon more affordable for attendees through a budget granted by the Python Software Foundation. Whether you’re flying in from outside the US or need a hand with the hotel stay, we encourage any attendees who need assistance paying for the trip to apply.
We’ve revamped some aspects of the program, starting with the application. The PyLadies grant program is back again for 2013, but rather than having an additional application and processing for that grant, we’ve rolled it into the standard PyCon application. We’ve also increased the financial aid budget to allow us to make PyCon a possibility to even more people!
The application asks a few questions about your plans for a PyCon trip. You’re asked to state where you’re travelling from, and a later page will ask you if you are requesting travel assistance. If you are, please provide an accurate amount for the costs of the trip, as well as a description of what your plans are.
If you’re a female, the PyLadies group has funds available to provide assistance to women interested in attending the conference. We also have a check box to request assistance with the conference ticket. Assistance with your hotel stay is an option, with an area to choose for how many nights you plan to stay for.
The final page of the application is about you. There are a few questions about your experiences with Python, involvement with open source, and what you’re hoping to get out of attending PyCon. The application closes out asking if you’ve spoken in the past or plan to speak this year. There’s also a place to put any other relevant Python information you’re involved in, such as your latest project.
Applications are being taken through January 18, 2013.