While PyCon has some of the more affordable ticket prices around, at rates that haven't changed in a million years, a lot of other expenses go into conferences. For a lot of our attendees, travel and hotel costs add up. For that reason, we offer financial aid!
When we include all types of attendees - tutorial, conference, and expo - there were 2660 people registered for something at PyCon 2014. Around 715 of them registered at the hobbyist rate and 185 at student rate, together comprising a third of our delegation as people paying their own way. Even some at our corporate rate end up footing the bill beyond their entry ticket.
While some of them may be local, a significant majority of our attendees have to travel and stay in a hotel. When you look at where everyone's coming from, 10% of our attendees are from one of 50 countries outside of the US and Canada. Last year, 14 people came from literally the other side of the world: Australia. That's not a cheap flight.
If financial assistance would make a trip to PyCon possible, we encourage you to apply. The full details of how our program works are available at https://us.pycon.org/2015/assistance/, and the application form is available in your dashboard.
The form asks a few questions about what you do, how you use Python, what you aim to get out of PyCon, and some details of your travel plans and costs. From there, our committee evaluates all of the applications and distributes grant awards around January 15.
You only have until Thursday to apply, so check it out!