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PyCon US 2024: Call for Volunteers and Hatchery Registration now Open!

Looking to make a meaningful contribution to the Python community? Look no further than PyCon US 2024! Whether you're a seasoned Python pro or a newcomer to the community and looking to get involved, there's a volunteer opportunity that's perfect for you. Sign-up for volunteer roles is done directly through the PyCon US website. This way, you can view and manage shifts you sign up for through your personal dashboard! You can read up on the different roles to volunteer for and how to sign up on the PyCon US website . PyCon US is largely organized and run by volunteers. Every year, we ask to fill over 300 onsite volunteer hours to ensure everything runs smoothly at the event. And the best part? You don't need to commit a lot of time to make a difference– some shifts are as short as one hour long! You can sign up for as many or as few shifts as you’d like. Even a couple of hours of your time can go a long way in helping us create an amazing experience for attendees. Keep i

Travel Grants Process for PyCon US 2024

Awarding travel grants to community members to PyCon US and seeing how much they get out of and contribute to the event is one of the most rewarding things we do at the PSF; every year, we wish we could award more. PyCon US 2024 received 852 travel grant requests totaling almost $1.5 million. With estimated revenue of $1.8M and conference costs of $2.1M, we didn’t have the funds to support every applicant. In round one, we offered $360K, or about 24%, of the grant requests received. This is a record number of travel grants received and offered. We know many folks hoped for a grant and were disappointed not to receive one, so we wanted to share more about the process. Travel Grant Funding PyCon US travel grants are funded by various sources, from PyCon US ticket sales and sponsorships, Python Core Devs, the PSF, and generous contributions from PyLadies. In 2024, some funding sources have contracted. To date, we have not received any corporate travel grant sponsorships. Furthermore, the

PyCon US 2024 Schedule Launch. Introducing our Keynote Speakers

We’re excited to announce the full schedule for PyCon US 2024! This year, we received a record number of proposals that our Program Committee had to go through: 990 proposals! As a comparison, last year we received a little more than 700 proposals, so it’s almost 40% more proposals compared to the previous year! Thank you to everyone who submitted their proposals.   With these many proposals received, we could easily have enough speakers to fill the program for multiple Python conferences! Our volunteer Program Committee has worked hard to select only 14% among the many strong proposals to create an excellent conference program covering a wide range of subjects for attendees to enjoy. We’re looking forward to meeting all the presenters and learning from them at PyCon US 2024 . Meet Our Keynote Speakers We are thrilled to announce our Keynote speakers. Please welcome Jay Miller, Kate Chapman, Simon Willison, and Sumana Harihareswara who will be sharing their insights and perspectives o

Support PyLadies: Donate to the PyLadies Charity Auction at PyCon US 2024!

PyCon US 2024 is quickly approaching and we can’t wait to see all of you there! This year, we are reaching out to our community to help support one of our favorite events: the PyLadies Charity Auction . We know our wonderful community is bursting with creative, artsy, and generous folks. That’s why we are sending out a community wide call to donate items to this year’s auction. If you’d like to support PyLadies by making a donation, please fill out the PyLadies Charity Auction donation form . To learn more about the event and what to donate, read on! What to Donate Need inspiration? Over the years, we’ve seen that people love to bid on items that are artsy, nerdy, and Python-specific. Art, decor, customized tech, and vintage PyCon or Python related swag are all examples of things that will inspire a friendly bidding war. To get more inspiration search ‘PyLadies Auction’ on social media or check out the PyLadies Instagram . Items that are personalized or have a story tend to attract

Applications For Booth Space on Startup Row Are Now Open!

 Applications For Booth Space on Startup Row Are Now Open To all the startup founders out there, ‌PyCon US organizers have some awesome news for you! The application window for  Startup Row  at PyCon US is now open. You’ve got until March 15th to apply, but don’t delay. (And if you want to skip all this reading and go straight to the application,  here’s a link for ya .) That’s right! Your startup could get the best of what PyCon US has to offer: Coveted Expo Hall booth space Exclusive placement on the PyCon US website Access to the PyCon Jobs Fair (since, after all, there’s no better place to meet and recruit Python professionals) A unique in-person platform to access a fantastically diverse crowd of thousands of engineers, data wranglers, academic researchers, students, and enthusiasts who come to PyCon US. Corporate sponsors pay thousands of dollars for this level of access, but to support the entrepreneurial community PyCon US organizers are excited to give the PyCon experience to

PyCon US Hatchery is Back in 2024!

We are pleased to announce the return of the Hatchery program in PyCon US 2024. What is the Hatchery program? This program offers the pathways for PyCon US attendees to introduce new tracks, activities, summits, demos, etc., at PyCon US—activities that all share and fulfill the Python Software Foundation’s mission within the PyCon US schedule. The program began as a trial led by Ee Durbin and Naomi Ceder in 2018, resulting in the creation of several new tracks that are now staples of PyCon US, for example: PyCon US Charlas, Mentored Sprints, and Maintainer’s Summit. The Hatchery program was paused during the pandemic, and we are excited to restart and refresh this program for PyCon US 2024. With the Hatchery program, we want to provide the opportunity for you, the Python community members, to take active participation and lead new activities and events at PyCon US. We want to provide a transparent process for this, and we also want to ensure that every attendee, whether they are new t

PyCon US 2024 Registration Launch!

The news you’ve been waiting for is finally here - registration for PyCon US 2024 is officially open! PyCon US will take place May 15 - May 23, 2024, online and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The core of the conference, May 17 - May 19, 2024, packs in three days worth of our community’s best talks, amazing keynote speakers, and our famed lightning talks to close out each day— but it is much more than that! It’s gathering together with the members of our community, to learn from, share with, and connect. It’s joining a conversation in the hallway with the creators of open source projects. It’s taking yourself from beginner to intermediate, or intermediate to advanced. For some, it’s getting started with Python for the first time. We have loads of exciting plans in the works for this year, and we can’t wait to spend this special time with you! How to Register Once you have created an account on the PyCon US 2024 conference website , you can register via the registration button on your dash