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PyCon 2015 Tutorial Schedule Announced

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tutorials Schedule

After a busy few months of competitive reviews, the tutorials team within our program committee has completed their process and have come up with an awesome schedule… ta da! https://us.pycon.org/2015/schedule/tutorials/
Led by Stuart Williams and Ruben Orduz, a fantastic team came together to shape this schedule, including Carol Willing, Ian Cordasco, Harry Percival, Allen Downey, Richard Jones, and Kenneth Love. Thanks to everyone for their efforts, both in reviewing and in submitting!

Register for Tutorials

On April 8 & 9, the two days preceding the conference talk dates, attendees have an opportunity to attend up to four different tutorials. Each day offers both a morning and afternoon session, each providing three hours of learning split by a snack break, with lunch in between the sessions. Our instructors come from a variety of backgrounds, including full time educators or trainers, authors, domain experts, and in a lot of cases, they've created the project they're teaching a session on.
Each tutorial costs $150 USD, which is a steal for what our instructors provide with these hands-on courses and the materials you'll get out of them. You can register for the conference and add tutorials to your existing registration profile at any time.

Accepted Talks

Over on the conference talks end of the program committee, they've recently chosen the list of talks that will make up the schedule! Work is underway to fit each of those talks into schedule format, but for now, the list of accepted proposal is available here.

PyCon 2015 Education Summit - Call for Proposals

Saturday, December 13, 2014
A guest post by Chalmer Lowe.

PyCon 2015 Education Summit

The Python Education Summit, held during PyCon on Thursday April 9th 2015, 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 Chalmer Lowe or Jessica Nickel. Invitations are subject to availability.

Education Summit - Call for Proposals

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.
If you are interested in presenting, please submit your ideas for topics/presentations that you would like to present. We will gather feedback on the submissions to assist us in building the agenda. All submissions must be in by January 15th and decisions on speakers/presenters will be made and speakers will be notified by February 1st, 2015.
Note: All speakers will be offered early bird pricing for attendance at PyCon.
Interested in seeing the topics others are proposing to speak on? Click here to have a look and vote for your favorites - help us define this year's agenda!

Proposal Ideas

Need some ideas for topics you could present? Maybe one of these topics will inspire you to share your experiences:
  • The joy and pain of authoring a book on Python
  • Teaching Python on a shoestring budget
  • Gamifying how you teach Python to strengthen engagement and return on investment
  • Using the Raspberry Pi to teach Python
  • Tips for developing your Python-based curriculum
  • How to choose what to teach
  • Educating children to program in Python
  • Educating seniors to program in Python
  • Helping a student transition from Learning Py to Py Employment
  • How to make money teaching Python
  • Developing a community program teaching Python
  • Train the Trainer: teaching volunteers to teach Python
  • Exploring the resources available to instructors
  • Choosing the right teaching resources
  • Taking a student to the next level - guiding 'self study'

See you at the Python Education Summit in April!

There are under 50 early bird tickets left!

Thursday, December 04, 2014
We are now down to the final 50 discounted tickets, and we expect them to sell pretty quickly! If you buy now, you can save up to 25% on corporate tickets or 15% on individual tickets. Student tickets are $25 off if you buy early, coming in at just $100.

After these 800 early bird tickets are sold we'll be onto the regular rates, and we're expecting our fourth consecutive sell out. Don't wait too long or you may miss out.

See https://us.pycon.org/2015/registration/ for all of our registration details and buy your tickets today!

Our program committee is wrapping up the talk and tutorial selections, which we're hoping to have available soon, with the schedule to follow.

What's so special about the sprints?

Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Some people love the stuff that goes on before PyCon, and with good reason. The tutorials are probably the best tech training value around, the language summit and education summit (my baby!) are amazing chances to connect with the movers and shakers, and the young coder sessions are exploding with energy and learning. So if you find yourself showing up at PyCon earlier and earlier each year, who could blame you?

But as cool as the pre-conference stuff is, we all know the main conference is even better. So many quality talks that everyone wants to be in at least two places at once the entire time, the keynotes, the lightning talks, the expo hall, the posters, not to mention the open spaces, hallway track, parties, dinners, and lunches. It just goes on and on.

So it's no wonder that by the time Sunday afternoon rolls around everyone is a bit overloaded. People start filtering out, to catch planes, drive home, etc., and by Sunday evening things are definitely much sparser, and on Monday only a relatively small core of PyConistas remain.

And that's a shame because that means that quite a few people miss the third part of PyCon, the sprints.

So what are the sprints? The sprints are the Monday through Thursday after PyCon when people get together to work on coding projects. It could be adding new functionality, fixing bugs, or even porting libraries or applications to Python 3.

I first sprinted in 2009. I didn't know really what it would be like, and as a someone who'd always worked alone, I didn't have a clue about how developers worked on a team. I ended up working on CherryPy with Bob Brewer, and in a day and a half I went from total sprint noob to being the person who started the port of CherryPy to Python 3. I got a great experience working on a project with other people, and learned a ton from discussing the bugs I was hitting with someone who knew more about web apps than I could ever hope to know. In that day and a half I absorbed more practical and lasting knowledge of Python development than I'd gotten from the talks and tutorials combined. And that's saying a lot.

That's what makes the sprints so great - after almost a week of learning about Python, talking about Python, hearing about Python, trading jokes about Python, even (in my case) dreaming about Python, the sprints are a chance to sit down and actually code in Python. And not just code in Python, but do it sitting next to the creators, maintainers, and developers of the language, packages, and applications that we use every day. How cool is that?

Even better, you don't have to be a top developer to sprint. Most projects have a range of issues, bugs, and projects in play, and if you're willing to dive in and work at it, it's pretty likely that you'll come away amazed by what you learned and what you helped accomplish.

And while the rest of PyCon is arguably one of the best deals in the tech conference universe, the sprints are an even better deal - all they'll cost you is the cost of your hotel and few meals (PyCon will spring for one meal a day).

And do keep in mind that the sprints are totally open as to how long you stay. If you can only make if for a day, that's cool. Or you can stay for two or three days, or even be one of the diehards and sprint for the whole four days. It's all good.

If you're curious as to what projects will be sprinting, and want to keep up with sprint news in general (hint: we're hoping to add and tweak a feature or two) keep an eye on the sprint page - it's pretty quiet now, but it will getting more lively as we approach the conference dates.

If you decide to join us, It's dead easy to add a night or two to your hotel and indicate your interest when you register. And if you've already registered, all you need to do is contact the nice people at pycon8-reg@cteusa.com and ask them to add a few days to your stay.

For all you seasoned sprinters, we're collecting top sprint memories and stories to share in a future post. If you've got a treasured memory or story that shows just how cool the sprints are, please send them my way to naomi.ceder AT gmail.com.

So I hope you'll be joining us for the sprints. I'm pretty sure you'll find it an awesome way to finish up what's already an amazing conference experience.

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!
 

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