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What to do on Tuesday at PyCon? Volunteer!

Tuesday March 6 is a huge day for PyCon. It's the day a lot of people fly into town, it's the day before tutorials start and registration opens, and it's a big day of setup. Besides the rows of chairs and the stages, a lot of the setup is left to the organizers. As you may already know, PyCon is a organized by volunteers, and we could always use a hand by a volunteer such as yourself. Of course this need isn't limited to Tuesday - we could use help all week!


It's hard to forecast exactly what areas will need what coverage this far in advance, but we can assure you help will be needed. In fact, the only thing we have scheduled for the day is "help needed, everywhere". If you're available on Tuesday, head to the conference area and find someone doing work and ask them what they're up to and if they need help. Us organizers are a friendly bunch and would be more than happy to help you find an area you can make an impact on. From setting up projectors to stringing cables and power strips, we have a large area to cover. The registration desk will also need some setup, and it often acts as a headquarters for coordinating the todo list.


One task we know we need help with is the bag stuffing event. Each of the 1500+ attendees receives a goodie bag as part of their conference ticket, filled with stuff from sponsor t-shirts, coffee mugs, squeeze toys, coupons and freebies for sponsor products, and of course the conference schedule, a map of the venue, and a booklet covering speaker profiles, sponsor information, and much more. That's a lot of stuff to give away, and it doesn't arrive at the venue nicely put together - everything comes separately. On Tuesday evening we'll be getting together to assemble the bags in time for Wednesday's opening of registration, when attendees start picking them up.


The bag stuffing event brings out a great group of people. There's plenty of repeat bag stuffers, and we welcome every newcomer available. With more bags to stuff than last year, we'll need more people than last year. Can you help?


If you're interested in helping out, see our on-site volunteer page and join the fun!

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