2016-01-19

Now accepting Financial Aid applications


If you compare the ticket prices that we charged at PyCon 2011 in Atlanta a half-decade ago to our prices today, you will notice something remarkable — that not only have we kept our Individual and Corporate prices stable as the conference has moved into larger and more expensive venues, but we have slashed our Student ticket prices by more than 40% over five years! The Python Software Foundation works to make PyCon affordable for as many users of the Python language as possible.
But PyCon attendees who don’t live in Portland face many expenses beyond simply paying the registration fee. Travel can cost hundreds of dollars from within the United States, and more than a thousand for community members who fly from overseas. Lodging can be an equally weighty expense. And while the conference does provide breakfast and lunch on the three main conference days, that still leaves several meals that the traveler will have to pay for on their own.
Because these registration and travel expenses would make PyCon impossible for some community members, PyCon offers a Financial Assistance program to make it possible for the conference to host a wider cross-section of the Python community than could otherwise attend!
Submit your application by the due date of 2016 March 1 and the volunteers on the Financial Aid committee will see whether the Python Software Foundation can help make PyCon possible for you in 2016!

2016-01-01

Talk and Poster proposals are due Sunday — and, PyCon 2016 falls on Memorial Day!

Here are two crucial reminders as we head into the final weekend of our Call For Proposals:

  • Talk and Poster proposals are due this Sunday, January 3rd!

  • The first of PyCon’s three main conference days will fall on Memorial Day this year (May 30th), which we wanted to reiterate in case that affects your plans.

Recall that the dates of PyCon 2016 were a compromise that we faced because of the intense competition for venues in the cities that bid to host the conference. We are working to plan the conference ever farther ahead so that we can select more favorable dates from future cities. In the meantime, the compromise only affected 2016 — we are happy to report that in 2017, PyCon will return to its normal schedule of being a bit earlier in the Spring and also not falling on a national holiday. We do hope that college students will appreciate 2016 as an exception to the normal rule that PyCon falls late in the school year when you are busy with papers and exams!