Monday, May 27, 2013

PyCon Canada 2013 - Three more weeks to submit your talks!


PyCon Canada 2013
https://2013.pycon.ca


Heads up! You have just three more weeks to submit your talks, tutorials, and 5 minute lightning talks to PyCon Canada 2013. The deadline is June 21st 2013.




The second annual PyCon Canada will be held in Toronto on August 9th - 13th 2013We sold out a full month in advance last year, so be sure to buy your tickets soon!


Student/√Čtudiant ($25.00)

Individual/Individu ($99.00)

Corporate/Entreprise ($199.00)



We'll be announcing our featured speakers and keynotes
, one at a time, over the coming weeks. Here are just a few to pique your curiosity:


KAREN BRENNAN

Karen Brennan is Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard University in the Graduate School of Education, having completed her PhD at the MIT Media Lab. Her research is primarily concerned with the ways in which learning communities support young people's development as computational creators. More concretely, her work focuses on the Scratch website and Scratch educator community, studying how participation in the Scratch online community and how professional development for educators can support young people as designers of computational media.

JACOB KAPLAN-MOSS

Jacob is the co-BDFL of Django and Director of Platform Security at Heroku. Jacob helped create Django while working at the Lawrence Journal-World, a family owned newspaper in Lawrence, KS. He lives on a hobby farm outside of Lawrence and spends his weekends playing with power tools and tractors.

HILARY MASON

I believe technology should give us superpowers. I’m the Chief Scientist at bitly, where we study attention on the internet in realtime, doing a mix of research, exploration, and engineering. I co-founded HackNY, a non-profit that helps talented engineering students find their way into the startup community of creative technologists in New York City. I’m an enthusiastic member of the larger conspiracy to evolve the emerging discipline of data science.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 17, 2013

PyCon 2014 Begins! Call For Launch Day Sponsors

French translation: http://montrealpython.org/fr/2013/05/pycon-day-sponsors/

It's that time again! Planning for PyCon 2014 is well underway, and we're currently preparing for the launch of our new site. With the launch comes a unique opportunity: Is your organization interested in being a launch day sponsor?

PyCon 2013 launched on July 9, 2012 with 21 sponsors pledging support, leading the charge that drew over 150 organizations to pitch in to the biggest and best Python conference yet. We're planning a similar go-live date for the 2014 site, and we're building up our cadre of supporters for the April 9-17 conference taking place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Your organization's support enables PyCon to do the awesome things that it does. 2013 introduced a number of new events that we've heard great feedback on, so we'd like to keep doing those things and more. For example, the inaugural Young Coders tutorial was such a hit that there are already plans around the world for user groups to replicate it, and we're looking forward to doing a PyCon 2014 rendition. Programs like Financial Aid, which saw its budget increased and then quickly doubled to reach $100,000 USD, are greatly enhanced by the giving of sponsors.

Along with benefiting the community, sponsorship of PyCon brings many benefits to its supporters. We hear it year after year that there is no better place to hire Python developers than at PyCon. We offer sponsors a place on our site to promote their open positions, and we run a job fair on-site that has been a huge success. The Expo Hall is a great place to market your latest projects and to network with 2,000 eager Python developers. The value is unparalleled in the conference scene, especially after considering our flexibility to work with each and every organization. We even offer a 50% discount to organizations under 25 people. See https://us.pycon.org/2013/sponsors/whysponsor/ for more thoughts.

While we're still finalizing the sponsorship prospectus, it will be very similar to the one we used in 2013 at https://us.pycon.org/2013/sponsors/prospectus/. We'll share the details as soon as we complete them, and any questions can be forwarded to our Sponsorship Chair, Jesse Noller.

For 2014, PyCon will have a maximum capacity of 2,000 attendees. We've sold out the last two conferences and we're expecting a third, so mark your calendars for April 9-17, 2014. Other dates to remember are our Call for Proposals in July, and we're looking forward to opening registration in September. We're planning for the conference schedule to be laid out in December, just in time for the holidays.

If you don't have a passport, don't forget that Canada requires one. US residents should see http://travel.state.gov/passport/ for details.