Thursday, July 31, 2014

PyCon 2015 has launched!

The PyCon organizers are thrilled to announce the launch of PyCon 2015! Following up a wildly successful 2014 event - the first major PyCon held outside of the US - Montréal again plays host to the Python community's annual gathering April 8-16. As with the previous three years, 2015 is sure to be a sell out show, with this fall's ticket sales expected to move quickly.

A new year brings a new website, with Caktus Group creating yet another beautiful site for the Python Software Foundation. This year's site takes some visual cues from the conference venue, the Palais de Congrès de Montréal, featuring a colorful glass exterior reflected in the strands and highlights found around the site.



PyCon simply would not be possible without the generosity of its sponsors, especially those signed on early for today's launch. Sponsorship allows PyCon to do the types of things it does with financial aid and children's programs, and allows for affordable conference rates that haven't changed in many years, along with a period of early bird pricing discounts. Sponsorship also provides significant benefits to its supporting organizations, with many of them outlined on the site.

Dropbox has signed on as a Financial Aid sponsor for this year, and Google has pledged support at the Diamond level. Sponsoring at the Platinum level are Caktus, HP, Thumbtack, and Eventbrite. Joining them at the Gold level are Red Hat, Walt Disney Animation Studios, American Greetings, Sentry, Fusionbox, Twilio, Amplify, Continuum Analytics, Lincoln Loop, SaltStack, Counsyl, Open edX, PythonAnywhere, Wingware, and Bank of America.

This year's Silver sponsors are AWeber, OddBird, Net-ng, O'Reilly, Found, TrackMaven, Python Academy, MySQL, Ansible Inc., DreamHost, and G Adventures. The Python Software Foundation is an open source and community sponsor.

If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring PyCon 2015, please contact conference chair Diana Clarke for more information.

Friday, July 18, 2014

PyConZA 2014 Registration Open



PyConZA is coming to Johannesburg.

After two successful conferences in Cape Town, it’s time for PyConZA to spread its wings and head north for this year’s national gathering of Python software developers, which is taking place at The Forum in Bryanston on the 2 & 3 October.

Ticket sales are open! Early bird tickets available while stocks last!

Talk submissions are already flowing in for this year’s PyConZA -- so if you’d like to speak, please submit a talk now! Topics submitted include: the IPython Notebook, using Python in Blender, repurposing old telescopes with new Python software, a Pygame tutorial, rethinking building Python web applications, a practical introduction to advanced testing strategies, building the internet of things using Raspberry Pis, and building Python communities in Africa. This year we also have a mentor program for new speakers.

Come and join us!

"""Usage: %s %s attendee|speaker|sponsor"""

import webbrowser
import sys
import os

roles = set(x.lower() for x in sys.argv[1:])
valid = set([
    "attendee", "speaker", "sponsor",
    "antigravity", "this",
])

if not roles or roles - valid:
    python = os.path.basename(sys.executable)
    print(__doc__ % (python, sys.argv[0]))
    sys.exit(1)

if "attendee" in roles:
    webbrowser.open("https://za.pycon.org/about/buy-tickets")
if "speaker" in roles:
    webbrowser.open("https://za.pycon.org/talks/submit-talk")
if "sponsor" in roles:
    webbrowser.open("https://za.pycon.org/sponsors/packages/")
if "antigravity" in roles:
    import antigravity  # easter egg 1
    del antigravity  # make pyflakes happy
if "this" in roles:
    import this  # side effects are fun
    del this  # :)

Email team@za.pycon.org or import antigravity if you encounter difficulties.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Introducing Poster Sessions to PyCon JP 2014

We are now two months away from PyCon JP 2014! Thank you to everyone who have responded to our Call for Proposals. Applications are now being reviewed by the organizing committee and the result will be sent out shortly. We thank you for your patience.

We also have a news to share: This year we are introducing poster sessions, in addition to talk sessions. Applications are now open through our website.

We strongly feel that communication between participants is the key for the success of Python community and that is why we decided to introduce poster sessions. Smaller audience leads to much deeper feedback and discussions. You may also want to show a hands-on demo rather than giving a presentation. If you've felt that giving a presentation is not the best way to convey your work then this may be the right thing for you.

Some things to note before you apply:
  1. You can apply for poster sessions even if you have applied for talk sessions.
  2. Poster sessions will have dedicated time slot and will NOT clash with talk sessions.
  3. You don't have to have posters, though it will help grab attendees interest.
The deadline for application is 15 August.

For more details, please see:
https://pycon.jp/2014/speaking/cfp/