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PyCon Proposals Due in Two Days!

Time is running out for you to submit your PyCon 2013 talk and tutorial proposals! They’re due on Friday September 28, as long as it’s still the 28th somewhere in the world. Check out the Call for Proposals for the full details.

Talks are the mainstay of PyCon, running Friday March 15 through Sunday March 17. The last few years we’ve had a schedule of five simultaneous tracks totalling 95 talks, mostly comprised of 30 minute talks with a sprinkling of 45 minute sessions.

We’ve been receiving a steady flow of proposals throughout the last few months, but we want more. In fact, we need more. PyCon isn’t successful without the great talks that you, the community, put together. The schedule has been very strong over the last few years due to the awesome work that everyone is doing, so give us your best and help build the best PyCon yet!

Tutorials are a great way to share your knowledge in a classroom setting. Each session is three hours long, with two sessions per day on the two days prior to the conference: March 13 and 14, 2013. We often receive proposals from full-time educators, but that’s certainly not a requirement. Most of our accepted tutorials are from people who have useful knowledge to share and have a solid plan for presenting it.

Since tutorials are significantly longer than talks, they require a lot more preparation. Because of this, tutorial instructors are compensated and limited to teaching two sessions. Have a look at the 2012 schedule for a sample of what we had last year.

The program committee is looking forward to a busy fall reviewing all of the proposals and coming up with an even better schedule than we did for PyCon 2012. If you’re interested in helping evaluate proposals and shape the 2013 schedule, join the committee! We’re always looking for more help and different perspectives, so check it out: https://us.pycon.org/2013/community/volunteers/programcommittee

Don’t forget - PyCon is an “everyone pays” event, so submit a proposal or two and pick up your tickets! https://us.pycon.org/2013/registration/ went up last Thursday and we’re watching the sales count rise towards 1000, which is the cut-off for “early bird” pricing. This year we’re capping registration at 2500, so start making plans before it sells out!

If you’re paying for yourself, it’s only $300 right now. That price has remained the same for several years now, and the deal has gotten better each year. Your ticket includes entrance to all three days of the conference, complete with breakfast, lunch, snack and drink breaks, and the chance to meet up with the best and brightest minds in the Python community. It’s an unbeatable deal.

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