PyCon moves aroundPyCon North America travels from one city to the other every two years. After Santa Clara in 2013, we'll go to Montréal for two years. Where we go from there is entirely up to you.
Do you want PyCon to come to your city? This may seem very far away but it's already the time to start looking for our next venue for 2016 and 2017. Here is how you can make it happen.
The bidding processThe next host city will be nominated by the site selection committee in the months following PyCon 2013. Even though the deadline for proposing a city has not been set yet, interested cities should start working on their bid documents as soon as possible. After all the bid documents are received, a shortlist of potential host cities will be picked and site inspection surveys will follow.
What goes into the bid documentThe bid document should present your city, describe why it would be a great location for PyCon and highlight the numbers and the qualitative aspects that will make your city shine compared to other locations.
We are looking for a city with a thriving Python community so tell us bit about your local user group and its activities.
A critical aspect of the bid is to document that your location can support a conference the size of PyCon. That means:
- A venue that can accommodate between 2000 and 3500 delegates with plenty of extra rooms for open-space and expo-hall;
- A network capacity of at least 100 Mbps, ideally with existing wifi equipment, and the possibility to add routers on the spot to cover weak areas;
- Enough hotel rooms near the venue to accommodate all the attendees at a competitive rate;
- The venue must be available for a conference between February and April without clashes with major holidays.
We want PyCon to remain an affordable conference and the overall cost of the venue will be taken into account. You should therefore strive to secure a venue and hotels that would keep the cost of going to PyCon around the level where it is today.