Publicizing PyCon

We need you to let people know about PyCon!

PyCon has always relied on the community to get the word out. This year, we've put together a "Publicizing PyCon" page under the "Helping Out" section of the PyCon website. It includes
  • Blog badges
  • Sample announcement emails
  • A poster/flyer to print out
  • A slide to drop into live presentations
Now is the perfect time to spread the word - registration is open, and early-bird rates are available through Feb. 20. Thanks for your help!


PyCon 2008 Financial Aid Available

The Python Software Foundation has allocated some funds to help people attend PyCon 2008. If you would like to come to PyCon but can't afford it, the PSF may be able to help you. The financial aid can cover some or all of the following:

• Your registration for PyCon
• Your hotel room at the conference hotel
• Your flight or other transportation

Please see http://us.pycon.org/2008/registration/financial-aid/ for details & instructions. The deadline for applications is February 11th.


PyCon 2008 Registration Open!

I am pleased to announce that PyCon 2008 registration is now open! Early-bird registration is open until February 20, so there's one month to register at the low rates. Regular on-line registration will be available from February 21 through March 7.

PyCon 2008 will be held from March 13 through 20 in Chicago:

  • Tutorials: Thursday, March 13
  • Conference: Friday, March 14, through Sunday, March 16
  • Sprints: Monday, March 17 through Thursday, March 20

Register early, especially if you'd like to attend a tutorial or three, as tutorials fill up early. And yes, you heard that correctly -- this year, we have three tutorial sessions: morning, afternoon, and evening. There are 29 great tutorials to choose from. More about the tutorials soon, but for now, you can check out the descriptions yourself

The talk schedule is also up (in a preliminary form), although some changes are expected.

Hotel reservations are also open. The rate is $99/night plus tax ($112/night net), also until February 20. More hotel information is here.

See the PyCon web site for complete details.

Thanks to the PyCon organizers for developing the software, providing the website content, testing & debugging. PyCon is a community conference, of, by, and for the Python community. There is still much to do, and you can help!

See you in Chicago!

David Goodger
PyCon 2008 Chair


PyCon Tutorial Sessions Announced

I'd like to announce the tutorials sessions for PyCon 2008 (US). As you may know, this year PyCon is being held in Chicago, Illinois March 14-16 with the Thursday before (the 13th) being "Tutorial Thursday". We are expecting nearly 600 Python enthusiasts to meet up for the conference and have 29 tutorial sessions scheduled on Thursday in three sessions; morning, afternoon, and evening. There is an extra fee to attend a tutorial, but the sessions are 3 hours long (with a break) and are taught by some of the smartest cookies in the Python community. Pop on over to http://us.pycon.org/2008/about/ for more information

Here's a list of the sessions currently offered (we may cancel a session if there are fewer than 10 people registered, but that doesn't happen very often). In particular, note that there are 4 different introduction to Python tutorials aimed at different audiences.

Morning Session (9:00am-12:20pm)

Afternoon Session (1:20pm-4:40pm)
Evening Session (6:10pm-9:30pm)


PyCon 2008 talks announced

The Program Committee has selected 64 talks for PyCon 2008, from over 140 proposals received.
Thanks to Program Committee Chair Ivan Krstić and the Committee's members for their efforts reviewing all those proposals. Doug Napoleone, author of the reviewing application, discusses the process and shows an interesting graph of the proposal change histories.

The talks haven't been arranged into a schedule yet; we're still working on that.