As soon as we unpacked our bags from PyCon 2013, we started working on PyCon 2014. Through another record breaking call for proposals and another sell out registration period, we hit the point where we're about to pack our bags again, this time heading to Montréal.
Before you all do the same, there are a bunch of great events going on outside the conference to keep in mind as you plan out what you'll be doing while you're there.
5K Charity Fun Run - Saturday, 7:00 AM - $20
We started the 5K run in Santa Clara and are happily bringing it up north to raise funds for charity. One of this year's beneficiaries is the Electronic Frontier Foundation, or EFF. Register for the run at https://app.lap.io/event/2014-pycon-5k-charity-fun-run!
The 6th Track - Explore Montréal - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Montréal is a city of great history, culture, and of course, food. While there are five talk tracks during the conference, we've added a sixth: the city itself. Each day of the conference from 11 AM to 2 PM, there will be events to get out and explore the city. Take a guided tour of Old Montréal on Friday, check out museums on Saturday, and climb the city's namesake - Mount Royal - on Sunday before grabbing brunch. Check out the details and sign up for each event at https://us.pycon.org/2014/events/explore_montreal/
PyLadies Mixer - Thursday, 7:30 PM
Enter to win tickets here. This event is sponsored by Twitter's Women in Engineering Group, and will take place a short walk from the venue.
PyLadies Auction - Saturday, 6:30 PM
Last year's auction raised $10,000 for PyLadies, so come out on Saturday and see what's on the auction block and help a great group! See https://us.pycon.org/2014/sponsors/charityauction/ for more details.
PyLadies Lunch - Sunday
Women interested in joining the PyLadies group for an informal meet & greet lunch should head to Eventbrite to RSVP. This was awesome last year!
PyCon simply would not exist if it weren't for the volunteers in this community. Take a look at our volunteer pages and see if you can lend a hand: https://us.pycon.org/2014/about/volunteers/ and https://us.pycon.org/2014/community/volunteers/. We're looking for a couple more tutorial hosts and session staff, as well as preparing for the swag bag stuffing on Thursday.