Monday, March 14, 2016

Call for PyCon Charity Auction Donations

By Jackie Kazil

One of the privileges of becoming a PyCon sponsor is that you have the chance to contribute to one of the most creative events at the conference — the PyCon charity auction!
Contributing an item to the auction is a great way to get your name recognized, to receive a tax deduction, and to support PyLadies, a group of women developers worldwide who love the Python programming language.
Auction details:

  • Benefits PyLadies
  • Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 6:30 to 9:00 pm
  • Room F149–F152 in the Oregon Convention Center

Thanks to the combined generosity of our sponsors and the audience, last year’s auction raised more than $12,000! Unique items are a way to for attendees to remember you. For example, Disney has donated concept art year after year since the auction was first held. Their donations have had a huge impact, and rank as PyCon’s consistently highest-bid item — the painting illustrated above, for example, was from the early work for Frozen.

Donations can be almost anything, and don’t need to cost a lot of money. Donations that have a Python flare do very well. For example in 2014, a pair of Python cufflinks stole the show!


In 2015, it was a 25 lb., 34,000-calorie gummy snake that went for $700. The purchaser required that the snake was eaten that evening. This year conference sponsor Eventbrite is donating a two-hour lunch with co-founder and CEO, Kevin Hartz.

What will you donate? If your company is sponsoring PyCon or you want to donate items for this charity event, please email us to donate.







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