Monday, March 20, 2017

PyCon will be underway in just two months — and is nearly sold out!

It seems hard to believe, but two months from today PyCon 2017 will be underway in Portland! Attendees will be enjoying a full day of scheduled talks, self-organized Open Spaces, and visits to our many sponsors the Expo Hall.

Only a little more than eight weeks remain until we meet in Portland. As PyCon’s volunteers put the finishing touches on their plans, talk slides, and rosters, here are several updates on the conference:

  • Less than 100 tickets now remain! Soon the conference will be sold out and unable to accommodate any further attendees. If attending is crucial for you, we recommend signing up immediately while there is still time.
  • All the major schedules are available on the site. The program committees who select talks, tutorials, and posters have completed their hard work for the year — thank you, volunteers! — and you can already start planning what you want to see.
  • Several Sponsor Workshops are already scheduled. Attendees can register for free for these sessions that give sponsors the chance to offer technical content, in-person instruction, and short talks to community members interested in their techology.
  • The one-day Education Summit has published its schedule. The sign-up link is available from its main page. The summit invites educators from all kinds of venue to consider joining this year’s discussion and sharing their insights.
  • Several job fair listings are already up on the site, and many more will be posted in the weeks leading up to the conference. You can go ahead and start reading about the kinds of position that PyCon sponsors are interested in filling from the ranks of the Python community.
  • The list of sponors has grown and grown until, at least in my browser, it now takes nearly 40 PgDn keystrokes to reach the bottom! We are thrilled that so many organizations, both for-profit and non-profit, are finding it worthwhile to come alongside the open-source Python community and support the idea of a free programming language.

We are excited about this year’s conference. We know, of course, that only a fraction of the world’s Python community ever gets to attend any individual PyCon, and so we will be recording and preserving as much as possible for the use of all of the world’s programmers for years to come. But for those who will be able to manage the travel and to attend, we look forward to your presence in Portland and wish you well as your preparations enter their final weeks!

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