PyCon 2014has released the schedule oftalks,tutorials, andpostersfor the April conference in Montréal, Quebec, Canada. The conference begins with two days of tutorials on Wednesday April 9 and 10, followed by three days of talks from Friday April 11 through 13, and ending with four days of sprints through April 17. The event will mark the first time the Python community's main conference travels outside of the US, following two sold-out events in 2012 and 2013 in Santa Clara, California.
The tutorial schedule this year came from yet another large pool of submissions, with proposals covering a broad range of subjects. The selections represent an effort to offer both a mix of subjects covering a wide scope of expertise. Once again there are offerings for beginners through experts, including a tutorial for those with no Python knowledge whatsoever. With a group of presenters including several full-time educators, experienced trainers, and community leaders, the $150 cost per four-hour tutorial is a steal.
With a talk schedule culled from 564 proposals, an increase of over 100 from 2013, the program committee spent a great deal of time making the 95 selections. The task of organizing them on the schedule was even harder than past years, once again making the choice of which talk to attend a tough one. Thankfully, videos of all talks will be made available. As with the tutorials, the talks feature an even more broad range of subjects, covering more than ever across the three days of presentations.
Keynote speakers for the April conference include co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, John Perry Barlow; open source developer and outreach leader, Jessica McKellar; and creator of the IPython project, Fernando Pérez. Returning to the keynote stage for another year is Python's creator, Guido van Rossum. Van Lindberg, chairman of the Python Software Foundation, will also deliver a keynote speech.
Registration has just passed 1200 tickets sold, and as the previous two years have sold out, the same is expected for 2014. Student tickets are again 50% off of their previous price, at $125 each. Individual and corporate tickets are priced at $350 and $600, respectively. See https://us.pycon.org/2014/registration/ to register today!
The conference is made possible by diamond level sponsors Google, Rackspace, and Heroku, as well as platinum sponsors Caktus, Facebook, New Relic, SurveyMonkey, Microsoft, Cars.com, Eventbrite, Hewlett Packard, and over 70 other organizations. Those interested in sponsoring PyCon should view the prospectus, and contact sponsorship chairman Jesse Noller at email@example.com with any questions.