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PyCon Us 2021 Call for Proposals is Open!

PyCon US 2021’s Call for Proposals has officially opened for talks, tutorials, posters, and charlas.  With the decision to hold PyCon US 2021 virtually, we now know that it will be quite a bit different. The plan is to provide a platform for community members to share their knowledge with those attending the event.  During this unique year we will be asking presenters to pre-record their session and be available online during their sessions to engage with the attendees via chat. This will eliminate the challenges of internet quality, timezones, and logistics of providing a full schedule over multiple days.   Please make note of the important deadline for submissions: All proposals are due February 12, 2021 We need beginner, intermediate, and advanced proposals on all sorts of topics as well as beginner, intermediate, and advanced speakers to present talks. You don’t need to be a veteran who has spoken at dozens of conferences. Our community has diverse skills and we want PyCon US’s s
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Announcing the Location for PyCon US 2022/2023

We’re planning for PyCon US 2022 and 2023 to be held in-person. It may seem strange to announce an in-person conference in the middle of a global pandemic, so let’s start by explaining why: Usually, we announce PyCon US host cities shortly after we’ve made our selection, and this year we hoped to make this announcement during the close of PyCon US 2020 in Pittsburgh. Instead, the immediate future of PyCon changed. We quickly cancelled the in-person portion of PyCon US 2020, and moved PyCon US 2021 to a fully-online event. None of this changed our plans for 2022, because we made these plans in 2019. We seek out host cities many years in advance of PyCon US so that we can find space to hold a 10-day event with 3500 attendees on dates that do not clash with major holidays and religious observances. We found our host city, and signed contracts and paid deposits with venues, caterers, hotels, and other vendors in Q3 2019, months before the Pandemic had started. Those contracts ar

Announcing PyCon US 2021

We are so excited to present PyCon US 2021 as a virtual event you won’t want to miss! With the number of COVID-19 cases steadily increasing and the uncertainty around large in-person gatherings, we made the decision to go virtual, with the safety of our community being our number one priority. We will all miss meeting in-person and seeing one another in the hallway or in the expo hall, but we’re looking forward to making 2021 a year to remember in a different way. Planning PyCon US has taken us to a whole new world of virtual options. Our staff and volunteers are working hard to bring you a great event for you to enjoy. As well as multiple days of informative talks and tutorials and exciting news from our sponsors, you’ll have ways to join in on open space conversations or a hallway track, and maybe even a virtual 5K run. This can all be done from the comfort of your favorite chair – with the exception of the 5K! We can imagine that the anticipation has been increasing for the PyCon U

Recap of PyCon 2020 Converting to Online

In early March the final steps of planning, scheduling, ordering, counts, rooming lists, shipping, and signage had just begun for PyCon 2020. Our team was working diligently to pull all the final pieces together when we began to fully realize the impact that could be expected of COVID-19. The new words in planning quickly became stop, wait, change…..what? We went from finalizing the event to evaluating contracts to determining  cancellation options and potential losses. When the final decision to cancel was announced, PyCon 2020 was only weeks away. We now had a short time to figure out what could be done to provide PyCon in a new and different way, online. The planning took on a 3 step process, here is what we did: Assessment The first step was to decide what content we could provide and to invite the community to subscribe to PyCon 2020 Online. A timeline was developed based on volunteer input, and communications began with speakers, presenters and sponsors on what the p

A message from Google to the Python community

Google is proud to support PyCon and the Python community Even though we're spread out amongst our respective countries, cities and homes, the Python community is stronger than ever, and Google is proud to be a part of it. Google's support of the PSF is an investment in the continued existence of Python and it's ecosystem for the long-term. We wish we could all be together in Pittsburgh—but for now, we hope you enjoy the content we've created for an online PyCon in the virtual expo hall , including talks, tutorials, and workshops, and we hope to see you next year!