Friday, January 28, 2011

Poster Sessions Announced

The Word is "Amazing"

A few days ago I promised that the poster session at this year's PyCon would be amazing. Now I'm in a position to back that claim up. The deadline for poster submissions has passed, and the final and official list of posters for 2011 is posted. Go ahead, go look over the list for a while... I'll wait.

This batch of 31 posters marks the next step in the growth of the PyCon poster session, nearly doubling the 17 we had for the inaugural session last year. I thought last year's posters were strong, but this year we've kept the quality and increased the quantity. Arguably the poster session will offer more content in a smaller space of time than any other event at PyCon. Now that is amazing.

You want scientific uses of Python? We've got that in spades. Bioinformatics? Yep. Parallel processing? Supercomputers?, Modeling fluid dynamics? Yeah, all of those.

But wait, there's more! We also have posters on open government, collaborative bookmaking, teaching beginners how to program, and not one, but two, posters on using a Kinect with Python in very different but equally interesting ways. And there's still more. But then if you've checked out the list of posters, you already know that.

But beware! 31 posters will mean less than 5 minutes per poster, and you know you'll want to spend more time than that. Another dilemma in the awesome "there's too much good stuff to do at PyCon" tradition. See you there.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

So you want to, or know someone who would like to be a PyCon sponsor?

PyCon 2011 is breaking records already - but we're still on the lookout for more excellent sponsors to join our already impressive list of sponsors - if you are part of a business, and you want to reach out to over a thousand Python enthusiasts - PyCon is the place to do so.

Your sponsorship helps keep PyCon affordable and accessible to the widest possible audience - and helps you connect to the Python community. The money goes not just to the conference, but also to the Python Software Foundation, who uses those funds to further grow the community through sprints, development grants, assisting to fund other conferences throughout the world, and much more.

Sponsorship not only brings good will from the community for your company - but it also offers you an awesome audience for your product(s) and services and can help with recruiting efforts (we strongly encourage recruiting at PyCon) - and it can even help with new product launches (speaking from personal experience)!

If you are interested - or know someone who is - take a look at the sponsorship prospectus. We offer a variety of levels for you to choose from, and can be flexible with the benefits. For example, if you don't need a booth - you may (on a case by case basis) trade it for additional session passes (good for the entire conference) or tutorials registrations for your personnel.

You can contact pycon-sponsors@python.org or Jesse Noller (jnoller@python.org) directly with any questions you might have. If you know someone who might be interested, you can also pass on contact information.

PyCon 2011: Early bird may be over - but registration is still going strong!

PyCon early bird rates may be gone - but registration continues to be open (we have not hit our max attendance, yet) and hotel registration, tutorial registration, etc continues to be open. We are also signing up even more sponsors and affiliates!

We have an amazing lineup of tutorials, posters and talks. We have an excellent keynote speaker and the new startup row. We have open spaces and sprints - so much packed into an amazing community conference it's going to be hard figuring out what to do next.

PyCon is going to be stunning this year - thanks to all of you in the community, and the hard work of the volunteers - and we still have more announcement to come! So sign up today to guarantee your spot, join us at the hotel and get ready for an awesome time!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

PyCon 2011 Early Bird ends Today!

Today marks the end of Early Bird registration for PyCon 2011. As long as it is Jan 25th anywhere in the world, you can still act now and get early bird pricing! Register today folks! Right now we have close to 800 paid, registered attendees - this is much higher than last yeah, and we're happy to be closing in on the registration cap of 1500!

We have an amazing lineup of tutorials, posters and talks. We have an excellent keynote speaker and the new startup row. We have open spaces and sprints - so much packed into an amazing community conference it's going to be hard figuring out what to do next.

But - early bird registration ends on today. Right now, you still get discounts on registration and tutorials - so, you have to register now!

 

Monday, January 24, 2011

PyCon 2011 Early Bird Registration Ends Tomorrow!

Tomorrow marks the end of Early Bird registration for PyCon 2011. We already know why you should come to PyCon 2011.

We have an amazing lineup of tutorials, posters and talks. We have an excellent keynote speaker and the new startup row. We have open spaces and sprints - so much packed into an amazing community conference it's going to be hard figuring out what to do next.

But - early bird registration ends on January 25th. Right now, you still get discounts on registration and tutorials - so, you have to register now!

Right now, you save quite a bit on both tutorial, and registration fees! Also note, we're still looking for PyCon Sponsors, so if you know any companies who might be interested - send them our way!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

PyCon 2011: Early bird closes Jan 25th - Register now!

We have an amazing lineup of tutorials, posters and talks. We have an excellent keynote speaker and the new startup row. We have open spaces and sprints - so much packed into an amazing community conference it's going to be hard figuring out what to do next.

But - early bird registration ends on January 25th. Right now, you still get discounts on registration and tutorials - so, you have to register now!

Why should you come to PyCon: Round 2!

Ah, it's always nice to see the community pick up a call to arms. Mike Driscoll (who is a blogging machine) has made several posts - "The 5 talks I want to see" (hacker news here) and "PyCon 2011 Needs You". On the point of his later post - there is a 2011 volunteer page located here which contains all the information you need for volunteering for 2011.

Following that - the intrepid Alex Gaynor's done a great post - "PyCon 2011 is going to be awesome" - which, of course, is total truth. We also have Rich Leland's - "Go To PyCon".

So let's here it everyone: What can't you miss - what are you looking forward to at PyCon 2011?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Why should you come to PyCon?

Both Daniel Greenfeld and Brett Cannon have started the blogging going with wonderful posts on why you should be attending (Brett included the traditional list of talks he can't miss).

We recommend checking out both posts if you need that extra "bump" - also, early bird pricing ends on January 25th, so better to get registered soon!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Poster Session Proposal Deadline Extended to Jan. 25

Since we still have a few slots left, the PyCon organizers have agreed to extend the deadline for poster session proposals to January 25 to match the deadline for early bird registration.













So register and submit a poster proposal - there's still time! Go here to learn more.














I've included a few pictures from last year, to remind you of what a blast it was. ;)







Announcing Startup Row at PyCon 2011

For the first time this year, we are proud to announce Startup Row in association with PyCon 2011.

Since the beginning, Python has always been strongly associated with startups and entrepreneurs. Ever since Paul Graham wrote The Python Paradox, people have noted that Python programmers tend to build interesting and useful things in Python just because they love it. Python makes programming fun and agile - and that results in a lot of good ideas being implemented and brought to market in Python.

As a result, a number of well-known products out on the market today use significant amounts of Python in production. It is already well known that Youtube was built using Python, but others may not know that the popular filesharing service Dropbox uses Python, or that the new flight search service Hipmunk runs on Python.

This has been going on for years. Back in 1996 when companies were really starting to get on the web, Microsoft even shipped Python as part of its Merchant Server product.

For Startup Row, we wanted to look toward the future - companies that are just starting today, but may become household names in the future. To do this, we are working with Y Combinator and Startup Riot to highlight some of the most promising new companies that are using Python to build their businesses.

We haven't filled out all of Startup Row yet. Some of the spots won't be filled until after Startup Riot in mid-February, where the highest-rated Python-using startups will win a spot on Startup Row. From Y Combinator, though, we are proud to announce the following companies will be participating:

  • Mixpanel: Mixpanel is a startup focusing on web analytics. Where most analytics packages focus on tracking page views, Mixpanel focuses on event tracking, allowing you to understand what your users are doing on the page to make your website more effective.
  • Greplin: More and more of our data is on outside websites. Greplin is "the search bar for your life," allowing you to search your personal Gmail, Calendar, Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, and a host of other services.
  • DotCloud: DotCloud takes Platform-as-a-Service to the next level by allowing you to choose your /own/ platform that will be supported by DotCloud. DotCloud allows developers to be developers and not system administrators.
  • Mailgun: Email is an essential part of doing business today - but building proper email interfaces can be tricky and error-prone. Mailgun provides an email interface for your app, allowing you to integrate email into your existing processes in a simple and easy way.

  • Olark: One of the most frustrating things for any business is having people come into your store, put items in their carts, and then... leave. Olark helps businesses engage with customers before they leave the site, increasing the numbers of visitors that become customers.
  • DrChrono: Healthcare is historically behind the times when it comes to providing doctors with clear, easy-to-use technology. DrChrono is attacking the problem head-on, giving doctors and nurses beautiful and elegant medical records software that works on iPads, iPhones, and Android devices.

  • CrowdBooster: Everything is social these days - and Twitter is the fastest-moving social platform of all. Crowdbooster gives you twitter analytics that let you understand who is talking about you in real time.

As Alan Kay said, the best way to predict the future is to invent it. These are just the first few startups we will highlight on Startup Row - we will be including more new companies that are building and inventing new and interesting things with Python.

Edit: A number of people are asking about participating in Startup Row. A few details:

  • This is seed stage only. We are looking for Python-hacking founders generally.
  • We are also limited on space - 16 total slots right now. Seven are filled, and 4-5 will be filled based upon people's performances at Startup Riot.
  • Our purpose in holding Startup Row is to give these startups some attention and publicity, without overloading their time. Accordingly, our current plan is to have 8 small booths on Startup Row in the Expo Hall. There will be 2*X startups, so they will be there during Expo Hall hours (about 10-4) for one day only.
  • During the time on Startup Row, startups will be able to buy, sell, hire, demo, network, or whatever they would like in their booths. We are also trying to provide a few extras for them to make PyCon fun.
  • We will be evaluating any other startups that come to our attention and awarding the last few spots from there. I emphasize, though, that we are limited on space; right now the easiest way to get in is to 1) win at Startup Riot, or 2) be so incredible that we can't avoid including you.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

PyCon Early Bird prices Extended until January 25th

Early bird registration and tutorial pricing on extended until January 25th.

The PyCon 2011 team has decided to extend the early bird registration pricing until January 25th - this is due to a combination of factors including:

  • Ending on a 3 day weekend (in the US at least) making it difficult for people who are relying on corporate approvals to get registered in time (Monday is Martin Luther King day in the US).
  • Financial aid approvals being delayed (announcements have been sent out however).
  • The delay in talk and tutorial announcements.
  • A special announcement in the coming days...

While the first three reasons are more mundane, the fourth is what really excites us, and we're hoping it excites all of you as well when we announce it in the next 48 hours. We're seeing amazingly high numbers of registrations - at this point in time we are several hundred registrations ahead of registrations we had this time last year, and the year before.

We're rapidly heading towards our registration cap, so while we're extending it - register now

Please also note: We've been adding a lot of great content - including tutorial announcements and other items on the PyCon 2011 site's blog directly - check it out over here

Monday, January 17, 2011

Poster session slots are going fast

This is a final reminder that poster session spots are going fast. We are evaluating and accepting poster submissions on a rolling basis until the end of Wednesday, January 19th (if it's still January 19th somewhere in the world, submissions are still open) or until we hit our limit 35 posters.

So if you're thinking of proposing a poster, get over to http://us.pycon.org/2011/speaker/posters/cfp/ while there are still spots left. 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Poster Session Proposal Deadline Nears

PyCon 2011 is fast approaching. The talks have been announced, the tutorials are on the books, just about the only 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 have your work exposed to over a 1000 Pythonistas? And be able to interact with  the most interested ones face-to-face?

The poster session, aka "the hallway track on steroids" was a big hit last year. The poster presenters were uniformly pleased with the response that they got and the opportunity that posters gave them to interact with interested people. Short of giving a keynote, a poster session lets you reach more people at PyCon than any other type of talk. 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 information on the poster sessions and how to submit a proposal, visit http://us.pycon.org/2011/speaker/posters/ or http://us.pycon.org/2011/speaker/posters/cfp/ .

Poster proposals are being accepted on a rolling basis for one more week (or until we hit our limit of 35 posters). Submissions are coming in, so if you want to be sure of getting a spot, submit your proposal soon.

I hope to see you (and your poster) in Atlanta!

PyCon early bird deadline: Jan. 17

PyCon's early bird rates are good through Jan. 17 - that's next Monday. Yes, PyCon is a little earlier this year (March 9-17), so you've got no time to waste!
See you in Atlanta!