Monday, October 21, 2013

You should submit a poster! Nov 1 Deadline

While reviewers are hard at work putting together the schedule of talks and tutorials, and we recently closed the window for early submission of lightning talks, there's still another way for you to present at PyCon: the poster session! The poster session got its start at PyCon 2010 in Atlanta and quickly grew into a very popular event that we're happy to have on the schedule once again for PyCon 2014 in Montreal. We're accepting poster proposals through November 1, so put yours together soon!

On Sunday April 13, the last day of the conference, the poster session takes over the expo hall area and offers a great way for people to share their latest projects and ideas via poster. While the presentation medium is low tech, the presentations have been anything but low tech. We've seen some really interesting projects presented over the years, and the makeup of the event has lead to some great conversations that we're still thinking about.

Chad Cooper wrote a nice post about the session for PyCon 2013, and we have an FAQ page up on our site at https://us.pycon.org/2014/posters/faq/. The full details of our poster proposal process are available at https://us.pycon.org/2014/posters/!

If you haven't registered for the conference yet, we're still within the early bird pricing, with discounts of up to 25% off! See https://us.pycon.org/2014/registration/ for more information and to buy your tickets today. If financial aid would help make your trip possible, check out https://us.pycon.org/2014/assistance/ and apply!

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Announcing Keynotes: Van Lindberg, Jessica McKellar, and Fernando Perez

On Monday, we announced the first two keynote speakers for PyCon 2014: Python's creator Guido van Rossum and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, John Perry Barlow. We're happy to announce that Van Lindberg, Jessica McKellar, and Fernando Perez will be joining them in the morning keynote slots!

Van Lindberg
Van brings a unique background to the keynote stage, being both a technologist and a lawyer. He currently serves as the Python Software Foundation's chairman, and he's Vice President of Intellectual Property at Rackspace. In 2008 he authored Intellectual Property and Open Source: A Practical Guide to Protecting Code, and in 2010-11 he served as the chairman of the Atlanta PyCons. He'll be giving the chairman's address, talking about the Python Software Foundation and Python community as a whole.

Jessica McKellar
Jessica serves on the PSF's board of directors with Van, is an entrepreneur and open source developer, and leads the hugely successful Boston Python Workshop. Her open source contributions and actions have been huge for the Python community. She contributes to OpenHatch and Twisted, among other projects, and shares the Workshop materials, which have been used by many to run workshops in their own communities. Her contributions have also extended to writing, including the second edition of Twisted Networking Essentials and contributions to The Architecture of Open Source Applications.

Fernando Perez
Fernando comes from a background of theoretical physics and applied mathematics, but has for the past decade led a double life split between the traditions of academic research and the world of open source development. He's currently a research scientist at the University of California - Berkely, and leads the IPython project. What started as an afternoon hack has blossomed into an incredible piece of software, earning him the Free Software Foundation's "Advancement of Free Software" award in 2012.

Each day of the Friday through Sunday conference kicks off with conference-wide keynote talks, before breaking out into the five separate tracks that make up the rest of the day. Our Program Committee is hard at work reviewing the 565 talk proposals that make up our schedule, as well as the schedule of tutorials for the Wednesday and Thursday tutorials. We're expecting to announce the schedule in December, so be on the lookout for that.

Ticket sales are now over 300 of our 800 available early bird discounted rates, which offer savings of 25% on corporate passes at $450, and bring the individual rate down to $300. Student rates were cut in half for PyCon 2013 to $100 during the early bird period, and we're offering that same deal once again.

Be sure to register at https://us.pycon.org/2014/registration/ and check out our financial aid program if assistance can make PyCon a possibility for you.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Announcing Keynotes: Guido van Rossum and John Perry Barlow

As our early bird sales hum along, about to pass 300 tickets sold, we've got some great news for you: keynotes! We kick off each morning of the Friday through Sunday conference with a few select speakers who address the entire conference in our main ballroom. In recent years we've had speakers like Eben Upton (Raspberry Pi), Stormy Peters (Mozilla), Paul Graham (Y Combinator), Hilary Mason (bit.ly), and Mark Shuttleworth (Ubuntu). The keynote speakers have been a great way to kick off the day, and they've always brought good topics, good thoughts, and got the community thinking.

Our first keynote speaker is none other than Guido van Rossum, Python's creator and Benevolent Dictator for Life. He oversees the development of Python, contributing code and decision making to the project. From its beginnings in the late 80's as a successor to the ABC language, with an initial source offering in 1991, Guido has been there every step of the way. He's currently an engineer at Dropbox, and will be making another great keynote as he's been a part of our keynote lineup since the beginning.


Joining Guido is co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, John Perry Barlow. John's background ranges from cattle ranching in Wyoming to writing songs for the Grateful Dead, on through writing influential essays and into his current startup, Algae Systems. He remains active in the EFF's operation and mission since its inception in 1990, and was inducted this year into the Internet Hall of Fame as an innovator.


We're happy to have both Guido and John on the keynote schedule, and we'll be announcing the rest of our keynote speakers on Wednesday, so be on the lookout!




If you haven't registered for the conference, we're still in early bird sales up through the first 800 tickets, so pick up your discounts now at https://us.pycon.org/2014/registration/. We've kept our rates the same going back many years, and brought back the 50% student rate cut from last year.

If financial aid would make this conference a possibility for you, please apply for assistance! The Python Software Foundation provides us with a generous budget to help our community and we aim to help as many people as we can.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Lightning Talks Proposals Due October 15th!


PyCon 2014

us.pycon.org/2014

For the first time at PyCon, you can submit a proposal to give a Lightning Talk!  If you missed the earlier call for proposals for the longer talks, you still have a chance to present your beloved subject in front of a large audience.

The deadline is coming soon, so hurry up! You have until October 15th, 2013 to propose your 5-minute presentation. If your Lightning Talk is pre-accepted, you will have a reserved slot on the lightning talk schedule.

For those who enjoy spontaneity, don’t worry!  We will embrace our tradition of accepting Lightning Talk proposals on site.

For more information on submission guidelines, check out our How to Submit a Lightning Proposal, or get inspired by looking through previous year’s lightning talks.