2012-01-30

PyCon 2012: Hotel Availability

Oh man.

It seems that every time we turn around that we're blowing out all the limits - real or perceived that we had for PyCon 2012. This time, we've booked - and I mean booked the Hyatt - our primary venue hotel.

The good news is that we have all pending hotel requests, and are working with the Hilton Santa Clara (right next door) to get you the same rates as the ones we have at the Hyatt. We are working around the clock to get this set in place and to process all pending requests.

I sincerely apologize for this blip in operations - but we will have rooms for you, and we will continue to provide the absolute best customer service you have come to expect from us. If you have any issues, you can contact pycon-reg@python.org or contact our excellent customer service team at pycon5-reg@cteusa.com or by phone at 847-759-4277

Once again, I apologize - and don't worry - you'll all have rooms! Even if I have to build a hotel myself.

Jesse, Chair - PyCon 2012

2012-01-28

DNS problems with the us.pycon.org conference website are resolved

Our hosting provider has informed us that the DNS problems have been resolved. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding while this problem was being addressed.

DNS problems with the us.pycon.org conference website

The PyCon website is currently experiencing DNS resolution problems. We are working with our hosting company and their upstream provider to resolve this issue. We hope to have this problem resolved soon.

Due to all your interest in the conference and the community help, this will be the best PyCon in history.

Thank you all for your patience while we resolve this issue.

UPDATE 9:55am Saturday (GMT):  The DNS resolution issue has been fixed. Some problems may exist for the next hour while the DNS update propagates.

2012-01-24

Early Bird Rates Ending January 25


If you haven’t already done so, now would be a good time to register for PyCon 2012! You know why? It’s cheaper if you do it soon - by the end of January 25. We already think PyCon is an extraordinary value with ticket prices that haven’t changed in years, but we want to take that a step further. With discounts as high as 25%, the clock is ticking to get the deal of the 2012 conference season.

If your company is sending you to the conference, they can get you in the door for $450, with that rate going up to $600 after Wednesday. Another thing your company might be interested in is sponsorship, which among other benefits, helps PyCon keep these great low rates year after year.

If you’re paying for yourself or are employed by a non-profit, the regular $350 rate is reduced to $300 and gets you a one-way ticket to awesome. If you don’t believe me, check out this schedule. We think think you’ll love it. In fact, we think you’ll find slots in the conference where every single talk is one you want to go to. Thanks to our amazing community, we’re honored to have created problems like this for you :) Don’t worry, we’re recording all of the talks again so you won’t completely miss out on the other four presentations in a given slot.

If you're in school, either as a student or an educator, you can save $25 by purchasing early at $200. When it comes to education, we have a lot of it. Our two days of tutorials, March 7 and 8, are filled with sessions taught by the best and brightest in the community. With two three-hour sessions occurring each day, there’s a lot to learn and at a great rate: $150 per tutorial.

Remember, the rates go up January 25 so now’s your last chance to save a few bucks. The full details of registration are on our site at https://us.pycon.org/2012/registration/. See you there!

2012-01-21

PyCon Poster Session - Third Time's the Charm

17, 31, 50...

PyCon 2012 marks the third year of the Poster Session.  The Poster Session has been training in the off-season and is back, bigger and better than ever.  This year we have 50 posters for your PyCon enjoyment with the full list of accepted posters coming soon to the site.  We've grown a lot since the original 17 posters of the inaugural session2 years ago!

Wondering how you'll manage your time and make it to all the posters that call to you? Wondering what's on the list? 

We'll have Robots that test mobile applications and play Angry Birds in their spare time...

You can learn how people are using Python Power to increase student engagement...

You can find out how Python helps keep the Chandra X-ray Observatory operating safely...

You can get tips on Python Community development and the details of PSF Sprint Sponsorship...

Innovative uses of Django, doing Bioinformatics, Packaging, Cython and much, much more!

So be prepared - the PyCon poster session happens on Sunday, March 11 right after the morning keynote. An hour and half, 50 posters, robots and plenty of people excited about their projects to talk to...come ready.  The poster session is a great way to connect with people of similar interests, get new ideas and start new collaborations.  Is all of that not enough to excite you about the Poster Session?  We also have snacks...

(from Zac Miller and Vern Ceder, Poster Session Co-Chairs)

2012-01-19

PyCon 2012: Early Bird approaches; how much awesome can a conference contain?

Wow.

It feels like only a few days ago I was still in the midst of helping wrap up PyCon 2011. In reality, PyCon 2012 is under 50 days away. At this point I feel like a deer in the headlights!

For example - Early Bird registration rates end on January 25th - that's only 7 days away! With the Early Bird discount, and attendance capped at 1500 attendees - now is the time to get registered! Registration includes breakfast, lunch and snacks too!

We have an amazing list of tutorials you can attend, a jam-packed line up of main conference talks,  the Poster session is going to be awesome (the full list of accepted posters is coming), our Keynotes and Plenary speakers are amazing (and I haven't even added Guido to that line up yet!). We'll be holding a PyCon 5k Fun Run for charity, Startup Row has returned, and we're raffling off a robot!

If you need it - the room sharing page is live - and we're just beginning to organize the list of sprints for the conference - if the trend continues from past PyCons, sprint attendance this year will be massive.

We have a list of sponsors that's stunning - so many (over 100!) in fact we've had to update the prospectus to remove booth spaces - we filled the San Jose convention center's expo hall! Note, we are still looking for Summit and Sprint sponsors - email jnoller@python.org if interested.

Just to add fuel to the fire - we are also in the process of planning and announcing a dedicated on site Job Fair to happen in the expo hall alongside the poster sessions on Sunday the 11th! That means if you're looking for a job - bring your resume, github/bitbucket/etc link or business cards!

All of this - and we still have more announcements coming - I'm going to pack as much awesome into this conference as I can (or until I fall over). Open Spaces, Lightning talks, tutorials, posters, sprints, sponsors, robots - I'm not sure if the venue knows what's coming for them.

So get registered! If you're interested in volunteering on site - sign up to the pycon-organizers list. If you're attending - use the #pycon2012 hashtag on twitter - or add yourself to the Lanyrd directory.

I'm obviously excited - the team, the community and sponsors have all shown up in force to make this mind-numbingly awesome.

Thank you.

Jesse Noller, Chair - PyCon 2012

2012-01-11

PyCon 2012: Close of Sponsorship applications

This is the strangest announcement - one that I never dreamed of making. Ladies and Gentlemen, PyCon (sponsorship) is full.

The Expo Hall, anyway. At least close enough that we need to do the unthinkable - we need to announce that sponsorship applications for PyCon 2012 will be closing (unless you don't want a booth!).

The Python Software Foundation, and the entire PyCon US 2012 team would like to thank all of our current (and pending!) sponsors. We have an unprecedented 94 sponsors and other partners (such as PyLadies, OSU/OSL and others) not including pending sponsor applications.

This is amazing. It is a huge milestone for PyCon and the foundation and we can not thank all of the sponsors enough. On a personal level, I would like to thank each and every one of them - it has been an honor and privilege working with them and seeing their support for PyCon and the community as a whole.

Therefore I am announcing that we will close the conference to any new sponsorship as of Friday January 20, 2012.

We do still have sponsorship opportunities available until this - you can view our prospectus page for details, or email me with any questions you may have.

Also, remember to check out the PyCon Jobs Fair page - more and more sponsors are listing open positions!

Registration is open - we still have plenty of hotel rooms and tickets - but early bird rates end on January 25th.

Our Diamond sponsors are: Google, Dropbox, and Heroku.

Our Platinum sponsors include: Microsoft, New Relic, Survey Monkey, Nasuni Corporation, Facebook, Nebula, Gondor.io and EventBrite.

Gold sponsors include: ZeOmega, Bitly, White Oak Technologies, DotCloud, OpDemand, CCP Games, ActiveState, JetBrains, Caktus Consulting, Enthought, Cloud Foundry (VMware), Linode, Disqus, Spotify, Leapfrog Online, Loggly, Snoball, Evite, PlaidCloud, Revolution Systems, Canonical, Aldebaran Robotics, Mozilla, Lab305 JP Morgan, PiCloud, Splunk, Milo.com and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Silver level sponsors are: Urban Airship, Cox Media Group, Eucalyptus Systems, Olark, WiserTogether, ESRI, Accense Technology, AG Interactive, Vocollect, 10gen, BigDoor, The Open Bastion, Toast Driven, Net-ng, MyYearBook, Threadless, gocept, Lex Machina, Aarki, FreshBooks, Github, fwix, Imaginary Landscape, OpenStack, devsAr, Stratasan, MapMyFitness, Kelly Creative Tech, Bitbucket, Mailgun, Opscode, Continuum Analytics, Wingware, Emma, Shining Panda, Python Academy, Cisco, Addison-Wesley/Prentice Hall, Kontagent, DataStax, EnergySavvy, O'Reilly and Truveris.

Thank You.

2012-01-08

Poster Session Proposal Deadline Nears

The preparations for PyCon 2012 are moving into their final phase. The talks have been announced, the tutorials are on the books, just about the only thing that remains is to submit a poster proposal!

Do you want to share your latest Python coding experiments? Or build interest in a budding project? Do you want to present something at PyCon, but don't feel that a talk is for you?


Now in its third year, the poster session has become a part of the PyCon tradition. Praised by presenters for being both an excellent opportunity to interact with interested people and a lower pressure, more accessible venue than regular talks, the poster session lets you reach more people at PyCon with less fuss than any other type of presentation. So if you have an idea that you want to get out there, or a project you want feedback on, submit a poster.

For more reasons why you simply must present a poster, see Brian Curtin's earlier post and for more information on the poster sessions and how to submit a proposal, visit the general description of the poster session or the poster session CFP

Poster proposals are being accepted on a rolling basis for one more week (or until we hit our limit of 36 posters). Submissions are coming in, so if you want to be sure of getting a spot, go to the PyCon speaker information page and submit your proposal soon!

I hope to see you (and your poster) at PyCon!


2012-01-06

Financial Aid Applications Due Tomorrow!

If finances are what's keeping you away from PyCon, the Financial Aid Committee is there to help make it possible. The deadline for applications is tomorrow - January 7, 2012 - so hurry up and get your application filled out. It's a very quick process thanks to their online application.


Filling out the application requires that you know a few things up front, but will take you no more than a few minutes to complete. I just did a test run right now and it took me three minutes to click through and enter a few pieces of information.

What you need to know:


  1. Do you need assistance with conference registration? This covers your ticket into the show. If you say no here, you will need to buy your own ticket. If you say yes here, don't go off and buy your own ticket to then be reimbursed for. If your application is accepted your ticket will be handled by the committee.
  2. Do you need assistance with a hotel room? If yes, how many nights do you plan to stay? Keep tutorials and sprints in mind if you plan to attend those.
  3. Do you need assistance with travel costs? If yes, what is it going to take to make your trip possible? Please be as accurate as can be. If your application is accepted, you will be reimbursed for your travel expenses based on this amount. Please also specify how you plan to travel.
  4. Do you need assistance with tutorial costs? Tutorials are a separate expense from the three conference days, but we can provide financial assistance to some tutorial attendees. Please specify the names of the tutorials you wish to attend.
That's it. Just submit a few answers and you'll hear back from the Financial Aid Committee by January 10, 2012 with the result of your application.

Even if you don't need financial assistance, we're giving you some anyway: early bird registration rates are valid through January 25, 2012. Head to https://us.pycon.org/2012/registration/ and get setup today!

2012-01-05

The inaugural PyCon 5k fun run!

Many Pythonistas are active runners; many more are just looking for an excuse to get out there and start. From beginners to lifelong runners, we hope you'll join us at the inaugural PyCon 5K. Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome!

As a bit of background: last year I attended GitHub's CodeConf. One of the activities at that conference was a 5K fun run, and it was a blast. Ever since then I've been thinking about holding a similar run here at PyCon. I asked my friend, fellow Pythonista and ultra-marathoner (!) Nick Lang to direct the race, and now it's going to happen!

You can find all the details on the PyCon website, but here's the short version: the race will be Saturday, March 10th, running 5K (3.1 miles) along a trail beside the conference venue. Registration is "pay what you want" (including free); all proceeds will go to charities: Autism Speaks, the American Cancer Society, and the Epilepsy Foundation. If you pay at least $20 you'll receive a commemorative t-shirt.

We hope to see you there!

PyCon 2012 Room Sharing Page live

Need or want to share a room at PyCon 2012? The PyCon 2012 room sharing page is live - all valid site users can now add themselves to https://us.pycon.org/2012/community/roomsharing/ in order to coordinate room sharing. Room sharing is a great way to get to know others in the community - and also offset hotel costs.

Remember, room sharing is a required for those applying for financial aid coverage of hotel costs.

2012-01-03

A Few Upcoming PyCon Deadlines

This morning, PyCon's fearless leader Jesse Noller tweeted that early bird registration rates were ending in a week on January 10. He shortly followed up with good news: early bird registration has been extended and the discount rates will be available until January 25!


Yesterday was the original financial aid deadline, but don't worry if you missed it - there's still time! A few weeks ago we moved that deadline to January 7. If you're interested in the PyLadies grant for women, that deadline is January 31.


We still have open slots for the poster session and will be accepting proposals through January 15.




Financial Aid: January 7
Posters Due: January 15
Early Bird Registration: January 25
PyLadies Aid Grants: January 31

PyCon Startup Row 2012

One of our most successful experiments last year was Startup Row. We knew that a lot of startups used Python, but we were astounded and excited to see the number and quality of new companies that were eager to participate at PyCon and show off what they were doing.

At PyCon itself, we got a lot of comments from attendees that Startup Row was their favorite part of the Expo Hall. From meeting and talking with the founders of so many great companies, it was obvious that they would go far. A number of them have even grown into full sponsors this year (congratulations Eldarion, DotCloud, and Olark!).

This year, we have our eye on the startup world even more. With Paul Graham of YCombinator as a keynote speaker, and PyCon being held right in the heart of Silicon Valley, it seemed right to bring back Startup Row for PyCon 2012.

We will be highlighting some of the most promising new companies that are using Python to build their businesses - including possibly yours. If your startup uses Python, we want to hear about it - and you could be one of the startups that gets featured on Startup Row at PyCon 2012.

Here are the rules:
  • Seed stage only. For purposes of startup row, that means less than $100K in outside funding or, if self-funded, less than 18 months old.
  • You must use Python somewhere in your startup. Backend, frontend, testing, wherever.
  • No repeats. If you were on startup row last year, your startup is not eligible. We want to give a chance to as many startups as possible.
  • If you are accepted, you must guarantee your attendance for at least the Expo Hall hours on your appointed day. We will work with you as to which day is better for you.

Here are the selection criteria:
  • Interesting technology. Are you doing something hard or unique? Tell us about it.
  • Traction and reach. Are you affecting a lot of people? How?
  • Concept. Are you changing the world? Disrupting an industry? Solving a problem? Sometimes you see what a company is doing and your jaw drops. If that is your startup, we want to hear from you.
Do you want your startup to be on Startup Row? You can apply at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PyCon-2012-Startup-Row

DEADLINE: All submissions must be received by February 10, 2012.

PyCon 2012 News - Tutorials, Talks, and Tickets

The following was an email sent to all known Python local user groups -- a list totaling 108 locations around the world. If you're in a user group and *haven't* seen this information, please email brian@python.org or comment on the post if your group would be interested in receiving this type of "newsletter" format. We don't send them often and we won't spam you, we just want to reach the community for which PyCon exists to serve.


We are now 63 days away from PyCon 2012 in Santa Clara — it's hard to think about how quickly time has flown since PyCon 2011! We've lined up some great keynote and plenary speakers, announced the tutorial and talk selections, opened ticket sales, and have expanded financial aid opportunities. The community and our amazing array of sponsors have helped us break several records already, so we hope you're as excited about PyCon 2012 as we are. The conference runs March 7-15 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.


The keynote speakers include Y Combinator investor Paul Graham and Mozilla's Head of Developer Engagement, Stormy Peters. Both of them bring interesting experience to the table, and they're both captivating speakers. Speaking of captivating, Dave Beazley was announced on the plenary track, with more to be added in the coming weeks. Guido — our Benevolent Dictator For Life — will also be joining the line up!



With 483 tutorial, talk, and poster proposals submitted this year, the program committee had their hands full paring that list down to 95 talks, 32 tutorials, and 36 posters (which we're still accepting). In the little time since we made these announcements we've heard a lot of excitement. You can see the tutorial selections at https://us.pycon.org/2012/schedule/lists/tutorials/, with talks available at https://us.pycon.org/2012/schedule/lists/talks/.



Tickets are now available with early bird rates available until January 25, 2012 at https://us.pycon.org/2012/registration. Tutorial and admission prices continue unchanged; if you've been following along the last few years, these rates are the same as they have been for several years. Our team's dedication to keeping PyCon cost-effective, community driven, and grassroots continues thanks to the hard work and support of the team and sponsors (https://us.pycon.org/2012/sponsors/).



If financial assistance would make PyCon a possibility for you, we encourage you to apply to this year's expanded assistance program. With a deadline of January 7, 2012 (extended from January 2) and a new web-based application, the financial aid committee aims to make the trip, lodging, and a ticket a possibility for everyone. Thanks to a new partnership with the PyLadies organization, we're able to provide grants to women in the community who are interested in experiencing the conference. For full details see https://us.pycon.org/2012/assistance.



For more information about PyCon 2012, see our site at https://us.pycon.org/2012/. We also publish news on our blog: http://pycon.blogspot.com/.



Jesse Noller - Chairman

Brian Curtin - Publicity Coordinator