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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: pycon-organizers@python.org

VolunteerSign-upWhen
Session Staffclick S on the scheduleFri - Sun
Registration DeskRegistration sign-upTues - Sun
Handout Swag BagsSwag handout sign-upFri - Sat
Swag Bag StuffingJust Show Up!Thur (4 - 8pm)
Stuff 10 bags!
Tutorial SupportTutorial support sign-upWed - Thurs
Miscellaneous HelpMiscellaneous help sign-upTues - 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 session (usually 2 to 3 talks in a row).
  • Session Chairs introduce the speaker, manage the time, and facilitate the question and answer period. "Please be seated. Our next speaker is..."
  • Session Runners help the speaker get from the Speakers Lounge to the appropriate stage. They help in any way needed to make the session run smoothly.
  • Sessions Schedule: confirm talks you are staffing / tracks which need staff (hint: click the session# to sign-up for a role)

Registration Desk

Volunteer: Sign-up for an hour slot at the registration desk: registration desk sign-up
  • Someone needs to say "Welcome! What is your name?", print a name tag, hand them their stuff.
  • Please consider signing up for an hour on the registration desk. It's a great way to meet people and answer basic questions. If this is your first PyCon, it's a good way to get into volunteering!

Swag Bag Handout

Volunteer: Sign-up for an hour slot at the swag/t-shirt desk: swag handout sign-up
  • Help distributing swag bags & t-shirts; especially during that busy first morning of the conference.

Tutorial Support

Volunteer: Sign-up for an hour slot helping with a tutorial: tutorial support sign-up
  • We're looking for one "Tutorial Host" for each tutorial to help welcome participants as they arrive: be sure they're in the right tutorial, give them any printed handouts, ask them if they need help setting up their laptop, etc.
  • This need is for approximately 20 minutes before tutorials start until about 20 minutes after they start (about 40 minutes). See guidelines at: tutorial hosts.

Miscellaneous Help

Volunteer: Sign-up for miscellaneous tasks: odd jobs sign-up
  • We need 5 volunteers to help setup the Young Coders lab on Friday evening.
  • We need 5 volunteers to help teardown the Young Coders lab on Saturday last afternoon.
  • We may also need last minute help with other miscellaneous setup and teardown.

Stuff Swag Bags

Volunteer: Just show up! Thursday April 10th, 4pm - 8pm (or until we're done)
  • Come stuff 10 bags! Many hands make light work!
  • Help in quick sprints with lots of other people. For the big event, look for us at the end of tutorials on Thursday. Our goal is 5 bags/minute (can you guess how many things go in each bag? - close to 1/4 million items to bag!). Are you agile - in a crowd? We'll need about 100 volunteers for this sprint.


Stuffing Swag Bags - PyCon 2012
Photo: by kennethreitz

Comments

Anonymous said…
if i sign up for this do i get into pycon for free?
Brian Curtin said…
Everyone pays for PyCon, from the conference chair to the speakers and everyone else.

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