We're pleased to announce that we've opened our Financial Aid program for PyCon 2014! The conference takes place April 9-17 in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, and we're going to be opening up registration this Fall.
While we strive to keep PyCon affordable for everyone, the organizers know it's not cheap to spend several days away from home, halfway across the country, continent, or the world. This is a volunteer-led conference where everyone pays, from the attendees up to the chair, so we're all in the same boat.
With PyCon's low and long unchanged registration costs, we think it's an incredible value, and with the Python Software Foundation's help, the Financial Aid committee aims to make the experience a possibility for as many people as possible. Take a look at our assistance philosophy to learn how we go about distributing our budget. In short, we aim to help more individuals over fully funding a smaller amount of individuals, with an edge towards those presenting.
In the past, applicants used a Google Form to signup, but it's even easier for 2014. Once you've created an account at http://us.pycon.org/2014/account/signup/, you'll see the application form in your dashboard on our site.
We offer a few types of grants depending on your needs, with assistance available for registration, travel, hotel, and tutorials (which are paid separate from conference registration). There's also a grant for women, administered by the PyLadies outreach group, that we're happy to be offering once again. From there, we ask a few questions about what you do, what your Python experiences are, and what attending PyCon would do for you.
Whether you're a beginner or an expert, from Canada or anywhere else in the world, we encourage you to apply for financial aid if it will help you get to PyCon. This conference is nothing without its diverse range of attendees, and we hope to see you all in Montréal!
If you're planning to come out to the conference, you should check out our Call for Proposals and submit a talk, tutorial, or poster proposal. Help us put together another amazing schedule by submitting your best presentations by September 15!