2015-09-28

We have issued our Call For Proposals

Have you ever dreamed of speaking in front of a conference crowd?

Or of teaching a several-hour PyCon tutorial, that gives you the opportunity to lead an audience deep into the details of a technology so that they emerge with new and useful skills?

Or have you wanted the chance to present a poster, regaling passers-by with the details of your project while being able to answer their questions one-on-one instead of under time pressure in front of a big group?

Then know that the PyCon 2016 conference has issued its official Call For Proposals!

PyCon 2016 — Call For Proposals

Everyone, from veteran Python community members to newcomers who might never have attended a conference, is welcome to propose their idea for a talk, a tutorial, or a poster that will help share ideas, technologies, and experiences with the conference and the wider community.

Note that the tutorial deadline this year is earlier than the talk and poster deadline. Because tutorials are 4 to 6 times longer than a talk and are a more weighty investment for the conference, the instructor, and for the students — who pay individually to attend a tutorial — our tutorial deadline this year will end about a month before the talk deadline. This will permit the tutorial committee the time that they need to interact with their field of proposals, while giving normal talk and poster presenters an extra month in which to put together proposals that are as cutting-edge as possible in those cases where they involve current technology.

Links from the Call For Proposal page lead to the details of proposing talks, tutorials, and posters. Good luck as you conceive, write up, and propose your ideas, and please ask us any questions that you find we have left unanswered!

2015-09-27

PyConZA 2015: 1 & 2 October, Johannesburg

South Africa’s fourth PyCon kicks off in just three days' time in Johannesburg!

The conference takes place at the Witwatersrand University on the 1 & 2 October, with sprints at JoziHub on the 3 & 4 October.

Schedule highlights include:

See za.pycon.org for all the details and the full schedule.

2015-09-23

Thank you to our Launch-Day sponsors

The new PyCon 2016 website is now live! The conference volunteers have worked hard to include all of the essential details about the schedule, venue, and hotels ahead of the Call for Proposals next week and the opening of Registration in mid-October.
Our launch-day sponsors this year — those organizations that have already pledged support toward keeping PyCon affordable for as wide a range of attendees as possible — are from a broad array of fields that illustrate just how widely Python is used in today’s world:
For more details, see the detailed sponsor descriptions on our Sponsors Page. We look forward to seeing every one of these sponsors at the conference.
In the meantime, the PyCon volunteer staff will be busy rolling out new information about the conference every week here on the site as well as on our social media accounts — so stay tuned!
Important Dates:
2015
  • September 28 — Call For Proposals for talks, tutorials, posters, and the Education Summit
  • October 14 — Registration opens
  • October 17 — Financial aid application opens
  • November 30 — Tutorial proposals due
2016
  • January 3 — Talk, poster, and Education Summit proposals due
  • January 18 — Financial aid applications close
  • January 31–February 10 — Financial aid grants awarded
  • February 22 — Talks, tutorials, posters, and Education Summit schedule announced
  • May 28–29 — Tutorial Days
  • May 30–June 1 — Main conference plus Expo Hall, Job Fair, and posters
  • June 2–5 — Sprints

2015-09-21

Sign up today or Tuesday to be a Launch Day sponsor

The long months of summer are finally at an end — for those of us in northern climes — and this Wednesday, on the first day of Autumn, the new PyCon website for Portland 2016 will launch!

The conference is a bit more than eight months away, and it is time for us organizers to start sharing the details that will help community members plan their travel schedules, time, and involvement in the largest annual gathering dedicated to the Python programming language.

In case your organization is interested in sponsoring PyCon and wants to already be listed as a sponsor on Launch Day when the website goes live, we have gone ahead and opened up the prospectus and application a few days before the rest of the site!

https://us.pycon.org/2016/sponsors/prospectus/
https://us.pycon.org/2016/sponsors/apply/

Interested sponsors can also contact us at pycon-sponsors@python.org with any specific questions. And please do not panic if your company’s budget process or organization’s schedule does not allow you to already be planning for the 2016 conference season! Launch Day is not a deadline — our “Apply to be a Sponsor” page will be open through the end of the year and well into 2016. But for sponsors who are able to go ahead, decide, and step forward as a supporter, being listed on the website from day one allows for maximum exposure to our community.

Thank you to the sponsors who are already signed up. We look forward to your involvement in PyCon 2016!