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Posters due November 1, Early Bird tickets 50% sold

Thursday, October 16, 2014
We're coming up on the end of our call for poster proposals! After the sugar rush of Halloween on October 31 (you all eat the candy right away, right?), poster proposals are due as long as it's November 1 somewhere in the world.

Since their start in Atlanta, the poster session has grown to be a key part of the conference, and we look forward to another successful run in 2015. If you ask me, the poster session is one of the best parts of PyCon. I presented a poster on two PSF initiatives (sprints and outreach) back in 2012 and had a great time sharing those committees, talking with people about what they were doing, how they could get involved, and a lot more. It was a great medium to make that presentation because it took attendees from being passive participants to active in the direction of what we talked about every few minutes.

For more information on the poster session, see our Call for Proposals!

Registration

Early bird ticket sales are just over 50% sold out! If you buy early you can save up to 25%, and we recommend you buy earlier than later because we're expecting our fourth consecutive sell out. Buy your tickets today at https://us.pycon.org/2015/registration/

Update on talks & tutorials, program committee, and registration!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Last week we wrapped up another great call for talks and tutorials, leading to a ton of excellent proposals for our Program Committee to work through in order to shape the PyCon 2015 schedule. I can already tell that it's going to be a great one; another one of those years where we could make several full conference schedules out of this body of proposals.

Tutorials

Tutorials saw a 40% increase in proposals, up to 99 submissions. This is the biggest jump I've seen, as tutorial proposal numbers have been relatively steady over the years, with small rises or falls here or there. This shouldn't come as a surprise given the growth of Python's use in education, both institutionally and otherwise. We've always gotten a bunch of full-time educators interested in sharing their knowledge with the Python community, and we're getting more. The majority of instructors, however, come from outside of academia, with everything from book authors to project creators being involved. It's going to be a really solid schedule.

Talks

Talks actually saw the first drop since I've been involved, but we're looking at 17 fewer talk proposals, with 541 to review (3% - enjoy that immeasurable break, Program Committee!). Not to worry, though, because with 95 talk slots and the quality of proposals we've received, we could run several PyCons side-by-side and just randomly assign you to one, and it would be the best. We could also just run PyCon for like a month. It's that good this year.

Posters

Not so fast - posters are still being accepted through November 1!

The Program Committee

Now that we have all of these proposals to shape into a schedule, we need some help. Our Program Committee handles the review duties, and they're gladly accepting anyone who wants to help out. All it takes is some time and a willingness to make PyCon the best that it can be.

Just like PyCon is for all types of people, from beginners through experts, the committee needs to be formed of that same range. I just said on our mailing list the other day that I've reviewed probably 100 Django related proposals over the years, and I've used Django roughly zero times. That's legit, and it's actually really valuable to the rest of the committee, and to the conference. We all know different stuff, and we all look at proposals differently. The wide spectrum of levels and experiences makes for a great crew of people to be putting together a schedule that meets the diverse backgrounds of our audience.

If you have some time to commit to reviewing proposals to help us come up with the PyCon 2015 schedule, please consider introducing yourself to the Program Committee mailing list at pycon-pc@python.org. Let us know what you're up to, if you're interested in tutorials and/or talks, and we'll get you squared away. We've just begun our review process, and we'd love to have more people involved!

Registration!

Did you know registration is open? Did you know we're still within early bird pricing? Did you know you can save $150 a corporate ticket, $50 on an individual ticket, or $25 on a student ticket if you buy early? YES YOU CAN. Say it with me: Yes. I. Can. PyCon is going to sell out once again, so make sure you buy early and buy often.


Last day to submit talks and tutorials!

Monday, September 15, 2014
Today is the day! As long as a clock tells you it's Monday September 15 somewhere on earth, submissions for PyCon 2015 talks and tutorials will be accepted. If you're submitting a poster, that deadline is November 1.

CFP details: 
https://us.pycon.org/2015/speaking/cfp/

Dashboard (where you submit): 
https://us.pycon.org/2015/dashboard/

CFP announcement post: 
http://pycon.blogspot.com/2014/08/pycon-2015-call-for-proposals-is-open.html

Go for it!

Last Chance to Submit a Talk or Tutorial!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Last chance!

This weekend is your last chance to submit a talk or tutorial proposal for PyCon 2015! The deadline is end of day September 15, 2014.
To submit a proposal, create an account, head to your PyCon dashboard, fill out a speaker bio, and then submit your proposal.
We've put together proposal resourcesadvice, and a sample proposal to help answer some common topics surrounding our call for proposals.

Submit a Proposal 

Financial Aid

PyCon gives out over $100,000 in financial aid each year, with preference given to those speaking at PyCon, so please don't let money stop you from submitting a proposal!

Apply for Financial Aid 

Childcare

PyCon is also proud to be offering subsidized childcare for the second year in the row! High staff ratios have been arranged so that all children will get exceptional personalized care.

Register for Childcare 

Registration

Registration for PyCon opened just a few weeks ago, and tickets are selling fast! We've sold out for the past few years, so don't delay. Early bird ticket prices apply to the first 800 tickets sold.

Register for PyCon 

Sponsorship

Sponsors are what make this conference possible. From low ticket prices, to financial aid and video recording, the organizations who step forward to support PyCon, in turn support the entire Python community. A huge thanks to all of our sponsors!

Sponsor PyCon 

Have a great weekend & don't forget to submit a proposal for PyCon!

PyCon 2015 Registration is Open!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014
It's that time again: registration for PyCon is now open!

Here are some quick details:

  • The last three PyCons have sold out. We expect the same for 2015. 
  • The same low rates we've had for years are in effect, including the 50% discounted student tickets.
  • Early bird rates are in effect for the first 800 tickets sold.
  • Financial Aid is available! We accept applications through January 1, 2015.
  • While the event takes place in Canada, ticket prices are in USD.


PyCon is simply a tremendous value. The conference takes place over three days and includes a total of 95 talks, a set of great keynotes, and includes breakfast and lunch. Add in all of the Open Spaces and Birds of a Feather sessions and the fact that over 2,000 Python users are in the same place and the deal gets even sweeter. If you buy your tickets early, you can save 15-25%!

On top of that, it's led by two days offering 32 tutorials at a cost of $150 each, with morning and afternoon sessions both days. You get three hours of instruction by some of the best in this community, along with lunch, at a great rate. Many of our tutorial instructors are professional trainers who bring their expertise and materials to the conference at a discount.

Hotels

Buying tickets is part one, having a place to stay in Montréal is part two. Unlike previous locations, the conference center is a standalone building, but is surrounded by many hotels. We've negotiated conference rates with several of them, and you can book rooms with them through our registration page.

Financial Aid

While PyCon is among the best values for a software conference, especially of its size, it still requires some amount of travel and lodging expenses for a significant portion of our attendees. Thankfully the Python Software Foundation and our generous sponsors give us the ability to run a financial aid program to help more people make it to PyCon! The application period is now open and runs through January 1, 2015 - apply today!

Call for Proposals

Our CFP is open for two more weeks, through September 15. We need talks of all types to fill out our schedule, and we want you to help us with that. Everyone who uses Python brings something different to the table, and we want to cover both a breadth of topics that interest our community, and depths that help level everyone up. We encourage everyone to submit proposals whether you're a first timer or a speaking veteran.

Sponsors

PyCon wouldn't be possible without the help of our generous sponsors, all of whom we many thanks to. If you or your organization are interested in helping PyCon, please email Diana Clarke, conference chair, at diana.joan.clarke@gmail.com.

Welcoming a new co-chair and the next PyCon host city!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
As PyCon 2015 gets underway with a fresh new website and a recently opened Call for Proposals, the conference organizers, led by chair Diana Clarke and co-chair Mathieu Leduc-Hamel, would like to welcome Brandon Rhodes to the team as co-chair.

Brandon has been a prolific speaker in the Python community, covering a wide array of topics in the talks he's given at PyCon US since 2008, each PyOhio since 2011, PyCon Poland, Code Mash, DjangoCon Europe, and both PyCon Canadas, as well as the presentations he's given to user groups. Along with speaking, he's volunteered in several capacities, including assisting with the A/V crew. He's also authored the second edition of Foundations of Python Network Programming, and has written a host of helpful blog posts and some quite complete Stack Overflow answers. Overall, he's a very active and helpful member of the Python community.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Brandon at the PyCon 2011 sprints in Atlanta to walk him through getting started as a CPython contributor. While getting started by running coverage, he noticed something was off in the results, so we dug into the order of imports during interpreter startup in order to fix coverage before going further with the results. Rather, he methodically worked everything out and talked his way through every step, as I mostly watched and got to hear how he worked. It was a really great experience, and myself and the rest of the PyCon organizers look forward to working with him.


PyCon's next home is...


After a thorough evaluation of several potential host cities, the Python Software Foundation has chosen Portland, Oregon as the next location for PyCon. Following PyCon 2015, taking place in Montréal for the second time, Portland will play home to PyCon for 2016 and 2017.

Portland edged out several other cities in the running, and will be a wonderful venue. Several other technology conferences call Portland home, including OSCON, which hosted the last International Python Conference, the precursor to PyCon.

Following PyCon's trip into Canada, the Portland PyCons will represent the seventh location of PyCon, coming after Washington, D.C.; Dallas, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Atlanta, Georgia; Santa Clara, California; and Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

As dates for the Portland events become available, we'll be sure to announce them here.

PyCon 2015 Call for Proposals is open!

Monday, August 04, 2014
The PyCon organizers are thrilled to announce the opening of PyCon 2015's Call for Proposals for talks, tutorials, and posters! We've seen a lot of growth in response to our CFP over the years, and our program committee is expecting a ton of proposals this time around. In 2012, you put us to work with 374 talk proposals and followed up the next year with 458. For 2014, 107 more talk submissions came in, for a jump to 565. We'll be accepting proposals through September 15 for talks and tutorials, and posters are accepted through November 1.

We want everyone to be a part of making PyCon what it is, which is why we invite everyone to submit proposals, and we invite everyone to be a part of the program committee. It's your PyCon, not mine. Whether you started with Python yesterday or you've been writing it since the 90s, everyone has different experiences, different knowledge, and a different story to tell. This is why we aim to strike a balance between beginner, intermediate, and advanced talks. We want the entire community to level up as a result of PyCon.

I often hear people say, "but I don't have anything to talk about." Well, what do you do? Why do you do it? Why did you solve the problem this way instead of that way? Why do you continue to do this? It usually only takes a couple of questions to find a good talk out of someone. Many PyCon proposals started this way, and after some refining, they've become great PyCon talks.

Over the years, we've put together proposal resources and advice to help answer some common topics surrounding our CFP. We even put together a sample proposal and reviewed it for you. If you have any questions or tips that may help others, please email them to pycon-pc@python.org.

There are likely 95 talk slots to fill, assuming we keep the usual balance of 30/45 minute slots the same, and we'll have room for 32 tutorials. This makes for some steep competition given the potential to reach over 600 talk proposals, while seeing three to four times as many tutorial proposals as available slots. While proposals will be accepted through September 15, we encourage submissions as early as possible, allowing reviewers more time to assess and provide feedback which may prove beneficial as the various rounds of review begin.

As with all past PyCons, we continue to be an "everyone pays" event, run by volunteers. Financial Aid is available thanks to the Python Software Foundation and our generous sponsors, and applications will open September 1. If Financial Aid would make your trip a possibility, we encourage you to apply once it opens.

Here are some important dates to put on your calendar:

  • September 1, 2014: Registration opens, Financial Aid opens
  • September 15, 2014: Talk and tutorial proposals due
  • November 1, 2014: Poster proposals due
  • December 1, 2014: Talk and tutorial selections announced, Financial Aid grants for speakers awarded
  • December 15, 2014: Poster selections announced, full conference schedule announced

The PyCon organizers are going to give you everything we have to create the best PyCon yet. In exchange, we need you to give us your best talk, tutorial, and poster proposals. We also need your help getting the word out there about this CFP. If there's someone you want to see speaking at PyCon - tell them! If there's a topic you want to hear about - tell us, and we'll try to get people involved.
 

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