Thursday, June 21, 2012

PyCon US 2013: Now accepting Launch day sponsors!

That's right folks - the PyCon US team starting planning and executing for PyCon 2013 before PyCon 2012 even ended. We're revving up our engines as we speak to fully launch PyCon 2013, March 13th-21st in Santa Clara CA once again.

Last year we had over 2300 attendees from all over the world - PyCon 2012 was the largest gathering of Python hackers in history. This year, we've set a hard cap of 2500 total attendees (this includes sponsor registrations). We fully expect to sell out the conference once again - and we've got huge things in store for 2013.

PyCon 2013 will be the last year we hold it in Santa Clara for this cycle - PyCons 2014 and 2015 will be held in Montreal Canada, and this is my final year as PyCon chair - so let's make this one as epic a blowout as last year's was.

With our launch, we are now signing up launch day sponsors - these sponsors get additional billing, visibility and, well community appreciation for being launch day partners, and will be part of a large PR push we are planning.

If you and your company are interested - send an email to jnoller@gmail.com for the 2013 prospectus, which we have revised based on feedback from past years.

I'm excited to once again be chairing the conference, and having the honor of working with our sponsors, attendees and the privilege of working for the Python Community.

Jesse Noller, PyCon 2013 Chair

Monday, June 18, 2012

Annoucing PyCon India 2012

On behalf of Indian Python Software Society (IPSS) and the Python community in India, I am glad to announce the dates and other details of PyCon India 2012.

PyCon India 2012 would be held during Sep 28 - 30 2012 at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore. A purely volunteer effort, it is being hosted for the fourth time in India. The last edition was conducted at Pune, India during Sep 2011.

This time we have opened up the online registrations early. Register early to avoid the late rush.

We look forward to seeing you there and expecting your support for making the conference a grand success!



Friday, June 15, 2012

PyCon Australia 2012 Conference Programme Revealed!

(Hobart Tasmania, 15 June 2012) With both of our keynotes announced, PyCon Australia is very proud to be able to reveal the programme for the 2012 conference, to be held on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August 2012 in Hobart, Tasmania.

Following an impressive response to our Call for Proposals the conference will feature three full tracks of presentations and tutorials, across two days, covering all aspects of the Python ecosystem, presented by experts and core developers of key Python technology.

Our keynote presenters, Mark Ramm, Engineering Manager on Juju at Canonical, and Kenneth Reitz, Python lead at Heroku will be joined by a wide array of presenters covering a broad range of backgrounds, including industry, research, government and academia.

As ever, PyCon Australia is a great place to keep up-to-date with the latest trends in Python web technology: From Heroku, Lincoln Stoll will be presenting on the 12 Factor Method for building software-as-a-service apps. Other web related topics include deployment and testing techniques for Django applications and techniques for asynchronous web programming.

There's also a wide range of talks for the rapidly growing community of developers using Python in science.  Edward Schofield's survey of the latest developments in Python for Science and Engineering will get you up to scratch on what tools and techniques are shaping the Python world for scientists. From there, case studies and introductory talks will delve into all aspects of Python in science: including techniques for handling large scientific data sets, natural language processing, and data visualisation -- attendees working with Python in all fields of science will gain something from PyCon Australia 2012.

Finally, for newcomers to Python looking to quickly enhance their Python skillset, Graeme Cross' tutorials in our Classroom stream will help you to rapidly enhance your knowledge of Python -- you can then attend our general stream talks to glean a snapshot of the state of the art in Python.

PyCon Australia 2012 programme committee chair, Richard Jones, was impressed with the level of response to the Call for Proposals, which closed in early May: "We had an unprecedented response to our Call for Proposals this year, and this has helped us to put together one of the strongest programmes ever at PyCon Australia. There's something for every developer working with Python in this year's programme -- be they working in web technology, in research, or even if they're just a Python enthusiast who wants to learn more about their favourite language."

The full schedule for PyCon Australia 2012 can be found at http://2012.pycon-au.org/programme/schedule

Registrations for PyCon Australia 2012 are now open, with prices starting at AU$44 for students, and tickets for the general public starting at AU$198. All prices include GST, and more information can be found at http://2012.pycon-au.org/register/prices

We're looking forward to seeing this excellent programme brought to life at PyCon Australia 2012, in Hobart, in August.

About PyCon Australia

PyCon Australia is the national conference for the Python Programming Community. The third PyCon Australia will be held on August 18 and 19, 2012 in Hobart, Tasmania, 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 2012, visit our website at http://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 Gold sponsors: Google Australia (www.google.com.au), and the Australian Computer Society (Tasmanian Branch) (www.acs.org.au); our Event partners: Kogan, and Secret Lab; and our Silver sponsors: the Python Software Foundation, the Django Software Foundation, Anchor Systems, 99designs, Red Hat, ekit, RimuHosting, and CSIRO.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

PyCon DE 2012 - Today is the Deadline for Proposals


Today - June 15, 2012, is the last day to submit a proposals for talks and tutorials.

Don't miss your chance to speak at the largest gathering of the German-speaking Python community. Talks and tutorials in English are welcome if you are not comfortable with German.


The second PyCon DE will be held October 29 - November 3, 2012 in Leipzig, Germany.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Announcing the PyCon Japan 2012 Keynote speaker: Armin Ronacher

We are pleased to announce the keynote speaker for PyCon Japan 2012 - Armin Ronacher of Pocoo Team.

Armin Ronacher is one of the founding members of the Pocoo Team, a group of enthusiastic Python developers responsible for the Sphinx Documentation Tool, the Jinja2 template engine and more. Recently he developed the Flask micro-framework. He is currently working for Fireteam, a game services company in London.

Currently, we are accepting your Call for Proposals until 30 June. There is an English track in PyCon Japan and we are willing to communicate with foreign developers. Send your proposal and join us on this opportunity!

PyCon Finland 2012 - Call For Proposals

PyCon Finland will take place October 22-23 in Espoo. The first day will feature presentations and the second is reserved for sprints and hands-on sessions.

We are currently accepting proposals for both talks and sprints. If you would like to give a presentation, organize a sprint or see presentations on a particular topic, please see instructions at http://fi.pycon.org. The deadline for proposals is the first of August. The organizers will notify accepted presenters and sprint coordinators by the 28th of August..

The presentation slots will be 20/40 minutes + 10 minutes of discussion at the end. Shared sessions are also possible. The language for the presentations should be English to encourage international participation.

We are also trying to find a keynote speaker. If you know a good speaker who might be persuaded to come please let us know.

Pycon Finland is not possible without corporate sponsorship. If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s event, please contact Python Finland at hallitus at python dot fi for details about sponsorship packages.

See you in PyCon Finland 2012!

PyCon Philippines - Registration Open

PyCon Philippines, set to occur on June 30 and July 1, is the first Python programming conference held in the Philippines. PyCon is a volunteer run effort that brings together Python developers from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels into a friendly, cooperative environment in order to educate, inspire, and work together.

This event is possible due to the hard work and contributions of members of the Manila Python users group, the support of the Python Software Foundation, various members of the Python community, our gracious sponsors, and many others.

Early bird tickets are available until June 15th. After that tickets will be at the full price, so buy your tickets before it's too late!

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Friday, June 08, 2012

PyCon Australia 2012 and Google Australia announce gender diversity grants

PyCon Australia and Google Australia are pleased to announce that they're joining forces to offer gender diversity delegate grants to women who wish to attend PyCon Australia in 2012. These grants will cover up to $AUD500 of travel, accommodation and registration costs for women living outside of the Southern Tasmania region to attend this year's conference.

These grants aim to reduce the financial barriers to attending PyCon Australia 2012, by subsidizing the registration and travel costs of people from diverse groups, who contribute in important ways to the Python community.

More information can be found at http://2012.pycon-au.org/diversity_grants

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for one of the grants, you must be:

  • A woman, aged 18 or older
  • A professional, enthusiast or student interested in, or currently working in Python-related fields or projects
  • Planning to attend both days of PyCon Australia 2012
  • In order to be eligible for the travel and accommodation grant, you must additionally: live further than 150 km (by road) from the conference venue.

(If you are unsure, please visit http://maps.google.com.au/maps/place?q=Wrest%20Point,%20Tasmania and use the "Get Directions" link in the upper left-hand corner to calculate the driving distance from your place of residence to the venue.)

More information can be found at http://2012.pycon-au.org/diversity_grants

Award Amount

All selected grant recipients will be extended the Early Bird registration rates to PyCon Australia, provided registration is completed prior to 13 July.

In addition, recipients of the travel and accommodation grant will be reimbursed up to $500 in travel and accommodation costs.

More information can be found at http://2012.pycon-au.org/diversity_grants

Timeline

Applications for the gender diversity delegates grants are open now, and will close on Friday 22 June We will notify all successful recipients of their award by Friday 29 June so that you can have ample time to complete your travel plans.

More information can be found at http://2012.pycon-au.org/diversity_grants

About PyCon Australia

PyCon Australia is the national conference for the Python Programming Community. The third PyCon Australia will be held on August 18 and 19, 2012 in Hobart, Tasmania, 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 2012, visit our website at http://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 Gold sponsors: Google Australia (www.google.com.au), and the Australian Computer Society (Tasmanian Branch) (www.acs.org.au); our Event partner, Secret Lab; and our Silver sponsors: the Python Software Foundation, the Django Software Foundation, Anchor Systems, Red Hat, ekit, RimuHosting, and CSIRO.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

PyCon DE 2012 - New Deadline for Proposals is June 15, 2012


There is still a few days to submit a proposals for talks and tutorials. The new deadline is June 15, 2012.


Don't miss your chance to speak at the largest gathering of the German-speaking Python community. Talks and tutorials in English are welcome if you are not comfortable with German.


The second PyCon DE will be held October 29 - November 3, 2012 in Leipzig, Germany.

PyCon JP 2012 - Call For Proposals

The second PyCon JP 2012 in Japan, will be held at Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology University in Tokyo, 15(Sat.), 16(Sun) September. It will be for 2 days and feature 3 tracks. Also, 17(Mon.) September will be for the Sprint day.

Now, we're accepting your proposal. If you would like to participate, visit the PyCon JP 2012 CFP page for more information. Submission deadline is 30 June.

Main sessions will be in Japanese in order to increase accessibility of local audience, however any proposal in English are equally accepted. (This conference can be a good chance for local developers to communicate with developers in the world.)

For more information on http://2012.pycon.jp/en/index.html. Any questions and comments are welcome, email to us (contact at pycon dot jp).

WE ARE WAITING YOUR PROPOSAL NOW!