We’re all about schedules around here. We got started by announcing the tutorial schedule, then a bit later put out the talk schedule. Just the other day we announced the sponsor tutorial schedule. The poster session is on the master schedule from 10:10 to 1:10 on Sunday March 17, but the event itself doesn’t have a schedule, so we present to you, the poster list.
The poster session is a recent addition to the PyCon schedule, being introduced in Atlanta for PyCon 2010 with a showing of 17 posters. As with just about everything relating to PyCon, the event has grown significantly to where the 2013 list includes 50 posters and will take place in a room several times the size of the 2010 event.
Think of a poster as a more intimate talk, where the discussion is driven by who’s at the poster and what they’re interested in engaging. When you’re in a talk or a tutorial, you sit and listen to the talk the presenter has prepared, then ask questions at the end. When you’re at a poster, you join or start a discussion about whatever tickles your fancy about the poster. The spontaneity of the event brings out some awesome discussions and gets more people involved.
If I’m at the “Developing an Early College IT/CS/Math Program Using Python” poster that Jeffrey Elkner and Kevin Reed are sharing, I’m interested to know what they’ve done around retention, so I’ll take a few minutes to read up on their poster, then ask them and they’ll have a bit to share. Knowing how these things turn out, there’ll probably be another educator standing next to me who will chime in with their methods, then the whole thing snowballs from there, picking up more interested people, turning every which way as the conversation grows. It’s really a fun environment.
Take a look at the selections for 2013 at https://us.pycon.org/2013/schedule/posters/list/ and start thinking up your questions. The program guide you’ll receive at the conference will show how the posters will be organized, but it’s easy enough to just walk up and down the aisles finding the topics and discussions that interest you.
You can also check out the 2012 posters thanks to the five minute videos which were recorded before the session began. They’re the first bunch of videos at http://pyvideo.org/category/17/pycon-us-2012 (they’re all prefixed with the poster ID from the program guide).