We’re planning for PyCon US 2022 and 2023 to be held in-person.
It may seem strange to announce an in-person conference in the middle of a global pandemic, so let’s start by explaining why:
Usually, we announce PyCon US host cities shortly after we’ve made our selection, and this year we hoped to make this announcement during the close of PyCon US 2020 in Pittsburgh. Instead, the immediate future of PyCon changed. We quickly cancelled the in-person portion of PyCon US 2020, and moved PyCon US 2021 to a fully-online event.
None of this changed our plans for 2022, because we made these plans in 2019. We seek out host cities many years in advance of PyCon US so that we can find space to hold a 10-day event with 3500 attendees on dates that do not clash with major holidays and religious observances. We found our host city, and signed contracts and paid deposits with venues, caterers, hotels, and other vendors in Q3 2019, months before the Pandemic had started. Those contracts are still in place.
So, as long as the situation in the US makes it safe to hold an in-person event in 2022, PyCon US 2022 will be held in person.
Of course, we’ll be monitoring the situation closely, and we’ll change our plans if we need to, but we’re hoping that it’ll be safe to see many of you in person, and we’re excited to be able to welcome you to our first in-person event in three years.
We are pleased to announce the location for PyCon US 2022 and 2023 will be Salt Lake City, Utah at the Salt Palace Convention Center.
- Tutorial Days, April 27 - 28, 2022
- Conference Days, April 29 - May 1, 2022
- Sprint Days, May 2 - 5, 2022
PyCon US 2023
- Tutorial Days, April 19 - 20, 2023
- Conference Days, April 21 -23, 2023
- Sprint Days, April 24 - 27, 2023
Finding a welcoming host cityAs part of our selection process for host cities, we work to ensure that our chosen location will be safe and welcoming for our diverse and international community. As part of our selection process we reach out to groups in the local industry, as well as representatives from groups that support people of demographics who are marginalised within our community.
Our research satisfied us that Salt Lake City will provide a safe and welcoming location for our community.
Williams, President, NAACP Salt Lake Branch & Tri-State Conference
of Idaho, Nevada and Utah-Former Member, NAACP National Board of
Directors provided this feedback:
“Salt Lake City hosted the 1991 Gospel Music Workshop of America, bringing more than 10,000 African Americans, National Brotherhood of Skiers, bringing more than 5,000 and the 2002 Winter Olympics bringing in 78 nations and most recently, we hosted the NAACP National Board of Directors, May, 2018 with Board Members, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, staff and friends that attended.”
In addition, we spoke with Nubia Peña, Director, Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs, who provided helpful information about the diversity efforts of their partners and leaders within their multicultural community.
Claudia Loayza, Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs, Special Projects and Community Engagement Coordinator, also provided information about the ongoing work community organizations and her own division is doing to elevate multicultural voices and further equity and inclusion.
There are also many initiatives pertaining to diversity in Salt Lake City:
- It is LGBTQ friendly with many resources throughout the city: https://www.visitsaltlake.com/about-salt-lake/lgbt-friendly-salt-lake/
- Salt Lake City is also making efforts to increase racial diversity: https://www.visitsaltlake.com/about-salt-lake/community-diversity/
Visiting Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City International Airport is well connected through most major airlines to the West Coast and US hubs, and also serves as a major hub for Delta and its international partner airlines. The airport is linked to the city’s Trax Light Rail system, and a one-way fare downtown from the airport costs $2.50.
Salt Lake City has many activities to offer both for the outdoors enthusiasts as well as those who enjoy the inside attractions.
- The Great Outdoors: Salt
Lake City, Utah, sits in a mountain bowl 4,300 feet up, with immediate
access to all forms of adventure: four world-class ski resorts 45
minutes from Salt Lake International Airport (with 10 more outside city
limits); a lineup of slanty canyons to the east with a hundred options
for hiking, biking, climbing and camping; a Great Salty Lake to the west
for boating and floating; and there’s golf, too, for you golfers.
(content from VisitSaltLake)
- Indoor Salt Lake: There are plenty of indoor things to do in Salt Lake City, too: concert venues for crowds of 20 to 20,000; restaurants repping all corners of the globe and a burgeoning foodie scene at small-market prices; blockbuster theaters and art house indies; ballet, opera, orchestra and theatre worthy of much less convenient metropolises; museums; malls; and pro basketball, soccer, baseball and hockey. There’s even a happening nightlife (“even” because some people expect a night out in Utah to be as dry as the air). (content from VisitSaltLake)