Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Writing a Good Proposal

As you may know, the call for proposals for PyCon 2012 is open, and we're waiting for you to submit your best talk, tutorial, and poster ideas at http://us.pycon.org/2012/speaker/. If you haven't submitted yet, don't worry, you have 42 days and we'll give you some tips along the way. If you already submitted, take a chance to fine tune your proposal with some tips on each section of the proposal form.


The first and sometimes last thing your prospective audience will see is the title. With PyCon being a multi-track conference, no matter what kind of proposal you're writing, you're going to be up against others when it comes time for the big show. Tutorials usually run two at a time, talks run five at a time, and posters run all at once. If you want to attract attendees, you'll need to hook them with a solid title.


With this year's call for proposals being a unified format, we're using a unified proposal page for all types. Each type occurs in a different setting and has different attributes, so be sure to submit the right kind of proposal.

  • Tutorial

    Tutorials open up the conference on Wednesday March 7, 2012 with a two day series of classroom-style education. Presenters have three hours to teach 20-60 students on their topic, and receive compensation for their work. Most tutorials include interactive examples, relevant source code, and printed course materials.

  • Talk

    Talks are the main feature of PyCon and start on Friday March 9, 2012 and run through Sunday. In 2011, we had 95 talks spread over the three days, with five talks running at the same time. Durations run either 30 or 45 minutes, and we've brought back the "extreme" track.

  • Panel

    Panels are multi-speaker talks on a certain topic. In the past we've had panels on IDEs, Python implementations, educational use, and many more. If you're planning a panel, make sure you have other speakers on board, as you'll want to add their speaker profile at the end.

  • Poster

    Posters are a great way to show your latest project, organization, or anything you want to display to the community. You get a 4'x4' space to show your work, and many past presentations have also included interactive demos. It's a great event to be a part of, and allows for a more intimate experience with attendees over a traditional talk.


The category drop down helps the organizers group submissions by topic both for evaluation and scheduling, so be sure to identify your proposal as accurately as possible. We think the selections represent the typical range of submissions we've seen in the past, but we know we haven't caught everything. If you must, use the "other" selection.

As you can see, you only get one choice, so choose wisely. If your talk is about A web framework with B database using C distributed framework to talk to D cloud provider, you've got some thinking to do. Pick the slot which you feel your proposal fits in the best -- it'll help your chances as a submitter, and it'll help your audience should you be selected.


Like the past PyCon schedules we've put together, 2012 is likely to provide quite the exercise in scheduling on the attendee side. Five options at any given time on five topics by five speakers. It's a lot to choose from, and our usual range of first timers to 20 year vets want a peek into what level you'll be speaking at.

You don't want a beginner expecting a beginner talk and leaving your experienced talk without understanding a thing, do you? For every-one's sake, try to be as accurate as possible in your assessment of the target audience. The organizers will likely use it to ensure the proposed talk matches the level. The attendees will use it to figure out if they want to attend or not.


Want to skip the appetizer and dig right into the main course? Extreme talks skip the introductory parts of a presentation and get right to the topic at hand. If you're looking to pack a punch with your talk, going the extreme route might be for you. For more details, see http://us.pycon.org/2012/speaker/extreme/.


At PyCon 2011 we had room for 95 talks, 20 of which were of the 45 minute variety, leaving the remaining 75 talks to be 30 minutes in length. We try to be accommodating to duration requests, but keep in mind that we only have a limited amount of extended time slots. If you can fill a 45 minute slot, by all means, request it and we'll see what we can do.


The description is your chance to reel in a prospective attendee that your talk is for them. Keep it short and sweet -- you only get 400 words and they'll be printed in the conference program, featured on the website, and likely used for video uploads.

A good description leads the reader right into their seat without asking for it. Introduce your topic, share a few important pieces of information, and sell your conclusion. A good title paired with a good description leaves no doubt in an attendee's mind that your talk is the one they want to see.


The abstract is your way to show us what exactly you're working with. There's no limit on the content here, and you're able to use Markdown to jazz it up. Add as much or as little detail as you feel you need in order for the program committee to judge your talk on. Pro tip: we're judging your talk exactly as you have submitted it. We can't assume you will cover anything you haven't submitted. In fact, we try to make as few assumptions as possible, so try to be thorough.

We've seen several abstract formats, with one of the more popular being an outline-style. Previous submitters have broken down into two or three level deep outlines, sometimes including time estimates on how long each section will take. The more conversational paragraph-style has also been popular, summarizing the submitter's story similar to a blog post.

No matter how you write your abstract, know that it's your canvas to show us that you have a topic that PyCon attendees and the worldwide online audience want to see. We want to put together the best conference available, so please join in helping us to do that.


For more details, check out the call for proposals and the speaker pages on our site. Proposals are due in 42 days, so get to work. We're looking forward to receiving your submissions and working with you to tweak them and create the best conference ever.

Monday, August 29, 2011

PyCon DE 2011 - Only two Days for Early Birds

There are only two days left to take advantage of the early bird rate for
PyCon DE 2011. Don't forget to register for the conference and for tutorials
by August 31, 2011.

There is a very interesting  program with a variety of talks.
The talk schedule will be announced in a few days.

The first PyCon DE will be held October 4-9, 2011 in Leipzig, Germany.

A tutorial day is followed by three days with talks in three parallel tracks and
two days of sprints. The program will be announced in a few days.
More details can be found on the PyCon DE website.

Please pass this post on to those you feel may be interested.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

PyCon Finland Registration Is Now Open

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PYCON FINLAND 2011 Mon - Tue October 17th to 18th @ ICT Building, Turku!

Python Finland association welcomes you to the second annual PyCon Finland conference! The coolest Finnish PyCon is to be held at ICT Building, Turku on October 17th and 18th!

At PyCon Finland you’ll find out what’s going on in the Python world right now. The conference spans two days: first day is for talks and the second day for tutorials and sprints. There will be great speakers from Finland as well as from abroad, and you’ll have an excellent chance to get to know the Finnish Python scene! Conference is both for people new to Python as well as for people with superior Python skills!

Go to http://fi.pycon.org and enroll now!


  • Monday October 17th
    Two tracks of of talks, lightning talks and keynote by Mike Bradshaw (see details on web page)
  • Tuesday October 18th
    Sprints & Tutorials on various topics and the bi-annual meeting of Python Finland organization

The detailed program is available on our website at http://fi.pycon.org/2011/#schedule


All tickets cover all the sessions on both days and coffee on both days.

  • 100 EUR – For corporate attendees, whos attendance fee is paid by their employer. Includes the conference dinner, lunch on monday and coffees on both days.
  • 50 EUR – For regular attendee. Does not include dinner.
  • 10 EUR – For students. Does not include dinner or lunch.

Enrollment closes two weeks prior to the conference (3rd of September). All prices are VAT exempt


25 EUR cancellation fee until September 15th.
No return after September 15th.

Friday, August 19, 2011

We're Ready for Your Proposals

Maybe you’ve been to PyCon before, maybe you’ve seen the videos online, maybe you’ve even seen our Call for Proposals for PyCon 2012. Maybe you asked your boss for time off March 7-15, 2012 to join us in Santa Clara, CA for PyCon. Well, maybe you’re not that far along, but maybe you’re thinking about it. Here’s one thing you should think about: You should propose a talk. Yes, I said it. You, the reader, should propose a talk at PyCon.

You’re probably thinking, “I don’t even know this guy and he thinks I should propose a talk?” Nope, I probably don’t know you, but you probably know something I don’t know. You’ve probably had experiences I haven’t had. You probably work on some really cool stuff that I don’t work on. You’re what PyCon needs. We’re looking for members of the Python community to talk about what they’re up to. New or old, beginner or expert, the conference starts and ends with you.

Each year, PyCon’s schedule is not only made up of a wide array of topics, but of approaches. There’s always plenty of “how” talks: how to use a library, how to write documentation, how to bring Python into your organization. We get a number of “why” talks: why you should test, why you should look at alternative implementations, why you should look at Python 3. There’s always a few “status” talks: status of Unicode in Python 3, status of packaging, status of various projects. There’s also panels, investigations, crazy demos, and a lot more. You certainly know some how’s and why’s, might have some status to show, could chip in to a panel, share your best practices on a topic, or present a deep dive on a problem. You could also do something totally new. In fact, we’d love that. We need that.

If you’re short on topic ideas, the #pycontalksiwant tag on Twitter is starting to fill up with some good ones. @nedbat wants to know what Python could learn from other languages. @doughellmann wants to know some devops tips and tricks. @BigJasonWebb wants to know how to get an organization to use Python 3, and @johnmarshall is wondering how people are upgrading to Python 3.

Take a look and see if you can contribute to any of those topics -- the talks aren’t going to write themselves. Any contribution here helps, especially in adding the topics you’d be interested in seeing, since we haven’t yet figured out mind reading.

If you’re ready to submit a talk, check out http://us.pycon.org/2012/speaker/ and our Call for Proposals. You’ve got 53 days to submit your proposals, and you can follow along here or on twitter for regular updates. We have a lot of surprises up our sleeves!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

ConFoo 2012 in Montreal: Python charmers wanted

ConFoo is a conference on several aspects of the Web held from Feb 29th to March 2nd in Montréal, the host city of PyCon 2014-2015.

Do you have Python solutions for real world problems? Are you the author of a framework? Do you want to share your cutting-edge approach part of today's technology vanguard? Are you summoning Quetzalcoatl to tame your server farm before your first cup of coffee? ConFoo wants to learn from you.

ConFoo 2012 is looking for talk proposals by September 2nd.

More on:

La 3è édition de ConFoo, conférence internationale sur les technologies Web, se tiendra à Montréal du 29 février au 2 mars 2012. http://confoo.ca/fr

ConFoo aborde diverses problématiques liées aux technologies Web et couvre de nombreux langages (PHP, Python, Ruby, .Net, Java). ConFoo est une conférence pour développeurs, gestionnaires et tout intervenant dans l’industrie des technologies web.

Vous avez des solutions Python qui règlent des problèmes réels? Vous êtes l’auteur d’un framework? Vous voulez partagez votre approche à la fine pointe de l’avant-garde technologique? Vous domptez des fermes de serveurs avec un fouet en cuir de Python?

Révélez aux Montréalais toute la puissance de Python en déposant votre proposition de conférence d’ici le 2 septembre 2011. Pour plus d’information: http://confoo.ca/fr/news/confoo-2012-call-for-papers-is-now-open

Monday, August 15, 2011

Pycon 2012 Official Call for Proposals!

PyCon 2012, the tenth annual Python conference, is now accepting proposals! We’re looking for proposals for tutorials, sessions, and posters. PyCon 2012 will run March 7th - 15th.

The proposal deadline is October 12, 2011. Please submit proposals at the PyCon speaker page.

About PyCon 2012

PyCon 2012 is the tenth annual Python Conference. It will be held in Santa Clara, California, from March 7th to March 15th. The conference itself runs March 9th - 11th; two days of tutorials precede the conference, and four days of sprints follow.

Last year’s PyCon set records for attendance and talk submissions, and we’re looking forward to an even bigger and better conference this year!

Who should submit a proposal?

Anyone! We’re looking for as broad a cross-section of the Python community as possible.

We’re looking for both experienced conference speakers and people new to technical conferences; industry professionals and hobbyists; entrepreneurs, researchers, and system administrators. You’ve probably learned something that other Python users could benefit from, so come to PyCon and share your story. Maybe you’ve written the next great data mining package, or you have a case study to share, or you’ve learned something about how to start a Python users’ group, or you just want to help novices learn how to choose a Python web framework.

If you have something to tell your fellow Python programmers, PyCon 2012 is your chance.

You don’t have to be a professional speaker to give a talk at PyCon. Presenters are volunteers from all walks of life and all levels of experience. From hardcore hackers to educators to hobbyists, anyone with something to say and the desire to say it is welcome.

If you have a topic idea but you’re not sure exactly how to turn it into a killer session, let us know! The program committee is happy to work with you to help your session shine.

What kind of sessions can I give?

PyCon 2012 will feature three types of talks:

  • Talks: Traditional sessions during the main conference. Most sessions are 30 minutes long; a few are 45. All levels of talks from from novice-level overviews to advanced topics are welcome. By popular demand, we’re bringing back the “extreme” track featuring advanced, in-depth, “details only” technical talks.

    For videos of talks from previous years, see: The Python Miro Community

    For more information on "Extreme Talks" see: http://us.pycon.org/2012/speaker/extreme/.

  • Tutorials: Tutorials are 3-hour classes given on the two days (Wednesday and Thursday) preceding the conference. Any topic related to Python will be considered. The selection committee strives to offer a wide range of topics and skill levels. Leading a tutorial gives you extra time to cover material and present it to a roomful of people who have paid extra to learn from you. Tutorials take extra preparation, usually including class handouts, but you will be paid (modestly) for your efforts; in 2011, teachers were paid $1500 per class. More importantly, you will help others advance their knowledge of Python. You may submit multiple tutorial proposals, but there is a limit of two classes per teacher.
    For more detailed information including topic ideas see: http://us.pycon.org/2012/tutorials/proposals.

  • Posters: The poster session provides another way of presenting that encourages more one-on-one communication between the presenter and the audience. Poster sessions are particularly suited for topics of interest to a subset of the community, and we anticipate these sessions will provide an "incubator" for further discussions.

    The presentation space is one side of a standalone poster board that you can tack posters or individual pages onto. A poster is a 4' x 4' graphical summary of the key points about your project which forms the starting point for a brief and interactive presentation to interested viewers.
    For more information, see http://us.pycon.org/2012/posters or check out this informal video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dyzaZjwdfE.

    Posters will be accepted on a rolling basis until the limit is reached or January 15. We expect that the limit for the poster session will be 35-40, but this may change depending on space available.

    For a list of last year's posters, check out: http://us.pycon.org/2011/schedule/lists/posters/

Conference registration and travel

PyCon is entirely volunteer-organized and run, and works hard to keep costs as low as possible. This includes having an “everyone pays” policy: everyone, from the conference chair on down, pays for their own ticket and travel expenses. That said, we do appreciate those who share their knowledge at the conference: Speakers with accepted proposals will receive early bird pricing and have a guaranteed spot at the conference even if we hit the attendance cap. For more details on registration pricing, see: http://us.pycon.org/2012/registration/

If early bird pricing and travel would still be a burden, PyCon also has a large financial aid program to help those who can’t afford to attend PyCon. Speakers will be prioritized in the financial aid program. For more details, see http://us.pycon.org/2012/assistance/.

Timeline and deadlines

Please don’t delay! The proposal window is long, but the sooner you submit a proposal, the more time we'll have to help you put forward the best proposal. The program committee will begin reviewing proposals and giving feedback as talks are submitted This means early proposals will get more feedback, and you’ll have a better chance of getting accepted.

Proposals for talks and tutorials will be accepted until October 12th. The list of selected talks and tutorials will be finalized by the end of November. Posters will be accepted until January 15th.

Other important dates:

  • October 12, 2012: Talk and tutorial proposals due.
  • December 1, 2012: Selected talks and tutorials announced.
  • December 11, 2012: Conference schedule announced; early bird registration opens.
  • January 15, 2012: Poster proposals due.
  • January 20, 2012: Early-bird registration closes.
  • February 1, 2012: Posters announced.
  • March 7-8, 2012: Tutorial days at PyCon.
  • March 9-11, 2012: PyCon main conference.
  • March 12-15, 2011: PyCon sprint days.

Thank you!

Submit your proposal at http://us.pycon.org/2012/speaker/ and thanks for helping us make PyCon 2012 the best one yet!

For additional contact information, see: http://us.pycon.org/2012/about/

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

PyCon Australia 2011: Registration Closing Soon!

Registrations for PyCon Australia 2011 are closing soon!

The conference is just over a week away, so we need final numbers in the next few days.  If you're planning to attend, please register now!

PyCon Australia is Australia's only conference dedicated exclusively to the Python programming language, and will be held at the Sydney Masonic Center over the weekend of August 20 and 21. See below for more information and updates on:

    1. Registration Closing Soon
    2. Coffee
    3. Hosting Panel
    4. More Sponsors Announced

Please pass this message on to those you feel may be interested.

Registration Closing Soon

Full Registrations for the conference will be closing on:

   Monday 15th August:  Full Registrations close

That's only five days away, so register now to be sure you don't miss out.

By request, we will still allow latecomers to register until just before the conference.  However, since it's after the deadline for catering and printing, you won't be entitled to a T-shirt or a seat at the conference dinner:

   Thursday 18th August:  Last-Minute Registrations close

Please note that we will not accept registrations at the door.

So don't delay, register now at:



Thanks to gold sponsors Arclight, we will be able to provide one of the most requested additions to this year's conference:  Coffee!

Yes, Arclight have generously agreed to provide a free coffee cart for the duration of the conference.  And there was much rejoicing.

Hosting Panel

Saturday evening will feature an informal panel discussion with several hosting providers.  Come and hear from our hosting panel about why their services are right for hosting your next Python project! Each group will give a quick 5 minute spiel, to be followed by a casual drink before the conference dinner.

This event is happening in a private area at Mr B's pub, across the street from the SMC. As this is a licensed venue anyone under 18 will have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

More Sponsors Announced

We are delighted to confirm that the Django Software Foundation and Ninefold have joined as Silver sponsors.  In addition, Arclight have upgraded to Gold Sponsorship, Anchor have agreed to sponsor video production, and GitHub will be sponsoring internet access.

Thanks once again to the following companies for their continuing support of Python and for helping to make PyCon Australia 2011 a reality:

   Gold:  Google
   Gold:  ComOps
   Gold:  Arclight

   Video:  Anchor

   Silver:  Enthought
   Silver:  Python Software Foundation
   Silver:  WingWare
   Silver:  Bitbucket by Atlassian
   Silver:  Microsoft
   Silver:  Django Software Foundation
   Silver:  Ninefold

   Internet:  GitHub

Thanks also to Linux Australia, who provide the overarching legal and organisational structure for PyCon Australia.

Monday, August 08, 2011

PyCon DE 2011 - List of Talks Published

Now you can have a look at the list of talks that will be presented at PyCon DE 2011.

We had lots of proposals and went through a thorough review process to
to find the best talks representing a wide range of Python topics.

The first PyCon DE will be held October 4-9, 2011 in Leipzig, Germany.

A tutorial day is followed by three days with talks in three parallel tracks and
two days of sprints. The program will be announced in a few days.
More details can be found on the PyCon DE website.

Registration is now open. You can register for the conference and for tutorials.

Please pass this post on to those you feel may be interested.

PyCon US 2012 Guidance Survey

On behalf of the PyCon US 2012 staff, I am pleased to announce that we have put up a Guidance Survey for PyCon 2012. It was universally agreed amongst the PyCon staff that we wanted to hear from you - all the people out there in the community - and that we wanted to garner as much feedback about your PyCon experiences and suggestions as we could.

Your feedback will help us make PyCon 2012 - and 2013, and all the other future PyCon "US" (Remember, we're in Montreal Canada in 2014!) that much better. Your opinion counts.

All results are anonymous - please take a moment to help us help the community, and make PyCon 2012 a knockout success!

The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/pycon2012_launch_survey.

Thank you.

- Jesse Noller - Chair, PyCon 2012

Friday, August 05, 2011

Barcamp at PyCon DE 2011

There is a Barcamp on October 4 embedded into the PyCon DE.

You are invited to participate in the event. Please register using this Etherpad.
You can also help to organize and shape the barcamp using the Etherpad.

The first PyCon DE will be held October 4-9, 2011 in Leipzig, Germany.

A tutorial day is followed by three days with talks in three parallel tracks and
two days of sprints. The program will be announced in a few days.
More details can be found on the PyCon DE website.

Please pass this post on to those you feel may be interested.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

PyCon US 2012 Official Launch!

Today the PyCon staff and the Python Software Foundation are happy to officially kick off PyCon 2012, the 10th annual PyCon US conference, happening in Santa Clara, March 7th-15th. We are very proud to launch with a vibrant, refreshed site, updating the overall look and feel and reflecting the energy of the conference and community.

PyCon 2012 is going to pull out all the stops! We want to host the best community conference in the Python community, bar none. Holding the conference in California, so near the biggest technology hub in the United States and with easy access to international travel, means that we expect to break our previous records for attendance.

We’ve completely overhauled all the aspects of the conference web site - including the design, organization, and content. We have added a diversity statement, which we feel is in keeping with the spirit that PyCon has always held, as well as an official code of conduct for participants.

We will send out the call for talks, tutorials, and poster sessions very soon. We are starting the review process much earlier than in years past, and with more documentation to make it easier to prepare a winning proposal. We also have a bigger team handling talk, tutorial, and poster reviews than ever before, to provide you with more feedback and guidance during the review process.

We are extremely proud to be launching with an amazing array of (24!) sponsors as well. Google and Dropbox are our first top Diamond Sponsors, followed by Microsoft, Nasuni Corporation and Gondor (by Eldarion) at the Platinum level. Walt Disney Animation Studios, Bitly, Revsys, Canonical, Loggly, CCP Games, Linode, DotCloudZeOmega and Snoball.com are all Gold sponsors.

American Greetings Interactive, Github, Accense Technology, Cox Media Group, myYearBook, Wingware, 10Gen/MongoDB, net-ng and The Open Bastion have signed on as Silver level sponsors. We are also pleased to have OSU/OSL and OpenHatch.org as F/OSS partners.

With these, and the sponsors to come - and the amazing array of talks, tutorials, poster sessions, lightning talks, open spaces and sprints we are going to have, this will surely be a landmark 10th PyCon.

You can read more, and see a list of all of our sponsors at: http://us.pycon.org/2012/sponsors. If you or your company are interested in being sponsors, please see http://us.pycon.org/2012/sponsors/info/. We welcome sponsor of any size and in any industry - Python is a wide, diverse, and amazing community.

You can find out more about the location and conference location on the excellent venue page, track our progress on the official PyCon blog and on twitter via the #pycon hashtag, and by following the @pycon user or @jessenoller. You can also see who else is attending on Lanyrd, and catch us on IRC at irc.freenode.net - #pycon.

If you have any comments, concerns - or want to get involved, please contact me (Jesse Noller, PyCon Chair) at jnoller@python.org or the pycon-organizers@python.org mailing list.

Thank you.

Jesse Noller, Chair - PyCon 2012

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

PyCon DE 2011 - Registration is Open

Registration is now open. You can register for the conference and for tutorials.

The first PyCon DE will be held October 4-9, 2011 in Leipzig, Germany.

A tutorial day is followed by three days with talks in three parallel tracks and
two days of sprints. The program will be announced in a few days.
More details can be found on the PyCon DE website.

Please pass this post on to those you feel may be interested.

Monday, August 01, 2011

PyCon JP 2011 - Registration is Open

The registration of PyCon JP 2011 is now open!

PyCon JP 2011 will be held at Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology University in Tokyo, 27th(Sat.) August.

The Program are 3 tracks, single English track and 2 Japanese tracks.

The fee is 2,000 JPY. For participants coming from outside of Japan: Payment is available via PayPal. Please go to the PayPal section below and follow the instructions, then fill the form in section 2. Do not forget to provide your transaction ID in the "Serial No." field.

  • Registration (and payment): Click here to jump to the registration page
Additionally, the next day 28th(Sun.) August, it will be held Sprint event at the same place.

For more information on http://2011.pycon.jp/english-information, please write us via email (contact at pycon dot jp).