Well, this is bittersweet.
Only 9 days ago - January 25th - we closed PyCon Early Bird registration. By the time we closed early bird, we had a good indications that we would hit our cap of 1500 attendees. In fact, accounting for financial aid recipients, Startup Row attendees and sponsor registrations - well...
It looks like we destroyed that cap.
I'm amazed and humbled to be announcing this now - tomorrow, at 9:00am Central Time, we will officially close PyCon general registration. This means that tutorial only registration will stay open, but for the main conference days, we will no longer be accepting new registrations.
Until then, you will still be able to register on the site.
Please note that financial aid recipients and sponsors have been accounted for. If you fall into any of those groups, including the PyLadies grant group - you are all set. If you have a pending or in process registration, you are all set.
We also promised that Startup Row applications would stay open until February 10; we will honor that promise and will award PyCon tickets to founders of the 12 winning startups shortly thereafter.
Even after tomorrow, we will still allow people to register for tutorial days and book their hotel rooms - but note that those will only stay until the tutorials and hotels fill up. Please book your hotel stay ASAP - you can read more about what hotels we have, and how to book in our previous post. To quote:
In order for us to get credit for your hotel bookings, you must book through our registration and housing system at: https://us.pycon.org/2012/registration/register/ - or by contacting our housing bureau at email@example.com or by phone at 847-759-4277.
We have blown out all our numbers - from attendees to sponsors, to the amazing line up of talks, tutorials and poster sessions. We can not thank all of you enough. We have amazing artwork, t-shirts, tote bags - and much more coming.
Jesse Noller, a humbled, and proud chair of PyCon 2012