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PyCon 2014: Call for On-Site Volunteers

PyCon is organized and run by volunteers from the Python community. This year we're looking for over  200 on-site volunteer hours  to help make sure everything runs smoothly. Everyone who is attending PyCon is welcome to volunteer, and all help is very  much appreciated . Thank you! Pro Tip:  Sign-up to be a Session Chair or Session Runner – it's a great opportunity to meet your Python heros! Questions?  PyCon Organizers: Volunteer Sign-up When Session Staff click  S  on the  schedule Fri - Sun Registration Desk Registration sign-up Tues - Sun Handout Swag Bags Swag handout sign-up Fri - Sat Swag Bag Stuffing Just Show Up! Thur (4 - 8pm) Stuff 10 bags! Tutorial Support Tutorial support sign-up Wed - Thurs Miscellaneous Help Miscellaneous help sign-up Tues - Sun Session Staff Volunteer:  To sign-up to be a session chair/runner: click  S  on the  schedule Session Chairs and Session Runners are present for an entire sessio

IPython at the PyCon Tutorials

You may have heard the news that conference tickets have sold out , but you know what’s not sold out? Tutorial tickets ! These three-hour courses are taught by Python experts and cost only $150. Take for example the “ IPython in depth: high productivity interactive and parallel python ” tutorial. Fernando Perez, creator of IPython and recipient the Free Software Foundation’s 2012 Award for the Advancement of Free Software , will walk you through the many uses of the great IPython project. IPython’s use as a shell has recently been shown off in the recently redesigned , which includes an embedded version of the shell. The tutorial goes far beyond the shell’s capabilities. The graphical console goes a step beyond, offering features such as inline images, such as those generated by matplotlib. One of the most popular features of late is the notebook , providing a document-like view, combining code with results, all displayed in a browser. The high-performance features of

Software Carpentry at PyCon

Software Carpentry at PyCon On April 14 - 15, with the support of  PyCon  and  Enthought , Mozilla Science Lab will be holding our largest  Software Carpentry  workshop ever alongside PyCon at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal.  These workshops are open to everyone, not just PyCon attendees, so please let your friends and colleagues know. Software Carpentry's mission is to teach researchers in science, engineering, medicine, and other fields the concepts and skills they need to get more done with computers in less time with less pain. Our two-day workshops teach how to manage files and data better, how to automate repetitive tasks, and how to track and share work. Participants also learn how to grow a program from a few lines to a few dozen lines (or more) in a way that ensures they always know what their code is doing -- and that it's doing what they mean it to! Software Skills for Scientists and Engineers: $20 This  two-day  workshop will run on April 14-15, and

Startup Row North American Tour – more dates

After very sucessful events in Seattle and San Francisco, Startup Row we are bringing startup row to more cities for evenings of excitement and live pitching competions. Here are our next few stops: Chicago – Feb. 25th at Braintree HQ Vancouver – Feb. 26th at Facebook Montréal – March 4th at Café République Startup row is our celebration of Python entrepreneurship. Twelve selected young companies will be given both space where they will enjoy exposure and visibility on par with the other leaders of the industry. Stay tuned for more cities and remember that you can always apply online .

Sign up for Young Coder tutorials!

While attendees at PyCon have traditionally been adults, Python's use had long spread to more than adults in the workforce. Colleges have been teaching Python for years, high school students have been using Python for projects, and programming books for kids have become quite popular. In 2012 we cut the student rate in half, bringing the ticket cost down to $100 for a three-day conference. We figured this would reach out to those college students, particularly local ones, and it worked. However, we still had another group to reach: the kids. In 2013 we introduced a tutorial session for kids 12 and over called, " The Young Coder: Let's Learn Python ," taught by Barbara Shaurette and Katie Cunningham. It was an absolute hit. Barbara and Katie loved it.  The kids (and parents!) loved it . The sponsors loved it . It was so well received that the material has now been taught at other conferences, including PyOhio last summer, and this weekend at PyTennessee . If

Startup Row heads to San Francisco!

Startup Row heads to San Francisco! After a very entertaining event in Seattle where 300 attendees joined us, Startup Row is heading south to San Francisco. The next Startup Row pitching contest will take place this Wednesday at Twitter headquarters. Robert Scoble is going to start off the evening with a fireside chat with David Glickman, founder of Lively. Robert and David will discuss the age of contextual computing. Lively improves the connectedness of independent living seniors with the placement of discrete sensors that share a senior's activity data with extended and distributed family members. Expect the conversation of Lively's product to veer into topics touching on Robert Scoble's most recent book the Age of Context. Then startups using Python will give pitches, competing for a booth at PyCon held this year in beautiful Montréal. In the interest of PyCon to give a chance to startups outside of the San Francisco and Silicon Valley orbit, Startup Row invi

Tutorial Sales Still Rolling!

Although conference tickets are sold out, tutorial tickets are not. Whether you got a conference ticket or not, you’ll want to check out our tutorials, as our tutorials are perhaps one of the best values that PyCon offers. Some of the tutorial instructors are full-time educators, and some are the creators of the software they’re teaching. In any case, you’re getting expert instruction by some of the best in the community. Tutorials cost $150 each, which gets you three hours of classroom instruction, and includes a coffee break. Both Wednesday April 9 and Thursday April 10 have two sets of tutorials: a morning session and an afternoon session, split by a provided lunch. For Django Beginners Kick off Wednesday morning with Kenneth Love’s “ Getting Started with Django, a crash course .” Kenneth created a popular series of the same name, available at , featuring video tutorials to walk you through building websites with Django. At PyCon, h

PyCon Dinner Registration

New This Year - PyCon Dinners! Join us  Friday April 11th  at  6pm  after the first day of talks for great food, great company, and great speakers! If you're new to PyCon, this is an opportunity to make new friends early on in the conference. Both dinners have an audience participation aspect designed to get people talking; especially those new to PyCon (which was 60% of attendees last year based on the post-conference survey). And if PyCon is an annual event for you, then you already know that the conference continues with great conversations long after the talks end for the day, so pull up a chair! Note: Advance registration is required (see registration information below). PyCon Dinner Speakers Brandon Rhodes The first dinner, at the Place d'Armes Hotel, will feature Python trivia emceed by the fantastic  Brandon Rhodes . He's well-loved in the Python community for his depth of Python knowledge and sense of humor, and we're very excited to answer h

Sold out!

PyCon 2014 is sold out! Following two sold out events in Santa Clara, CA, we're so happy to make it a third in Montréal. The talk schedule is amazing, tutorials are better than ever, posters are looking great, and all together it's shaping up to be an incredible conference. We're bringing back the 5K Charity Fun Run , Young Coder workshop, and have more events to announce. If you weren't able to get a ticket, we hope you'll explore other conference opportunities. The Python community has been growing a ton lately, and conferences are popping up all the time. Next weekend is PyData London , PyCon Philippines , and PyTennessee . DjangoCon Europe and PyCon APAC are in May. PyCon Singapore is in June. SciPy , EuroPython , and PyOhio are in July. Follow @pythonevents on twitter for an event feed, or check out a calendar on the Python wiki . Please note that there is no waiting list, and registration is closed to new registrations. If you were granted a ti

Python Education Summit Call for Papers

Python Education Summit  at   PyCon 2014 The Python Education Summit is gathering of teachers and educators focused on bringing coding literacy, through Python, to as broad a group of audiences, as possible. We invite educators from all venues to consider joining the discussion, share insights, learn new techniques and tools and generally share their passion for education. We are looking for educators from many venues: authors; schools, colleges, universities; community-based workshops; online programs; and government. If you are interested in attending this summit, presenting or have questions, please contact  Naomi Ceder ,  Chalmer Lowe  or  Jessica Nickel . More information : Python  Education Summit -  Call for Papers Do you have a story to share on education and Python? We are actively looking for presenters for the Python Education Summit and have extended the submission deadline. Please submit a topic you would like to p

Seattle Tech Meetup Goes Python for PyCon

The Seattle Tech Meetup is Seattle's largest monthly technology event, and tonight it'll be a Python heavy event, thanks to the organizers turning the meetup over to PyCon Startup Row organizers Yannick Gingras and Don Sheu. Several Seattle-based startups will be presenting, including , Big Door , EnergySavvy , Logos , and Offerup . Come learn how these companies have quickly gained traction and how Python helped them do it. Please RSVP now before space runs out:

EuroPython Early Bird Tickets

Post by: Andreas Jung We are pleased to announce that the EuroPython 2014 ticket sale will start next Wednesday, 05/02/2014 with the Early Bird ticket phase. There is a contingent of 300 tickets that will be sold to a reduced price in three categories: Business Personal Student If you are a student and want to get the student discount, please email a copy of your student identity card to  once the sale has started. An email prior the to sale start will not be considered. The requests will be processed in the order they are received.