Tuesday, July 31, 2012

PyCon US 2013: Announcing "The Young Coder: Let's Learn Python"

I am proud to announce a new special event to PyCon 2013. This event comes courtesy of Lynn Root, who approached us with a crazy idea some time ago - offer an introduction to Python tutorial, free of charge to a different demographic - Young Coders (or, coders to be!). The course is called "The Young Coder: Let's Learn Python" and it is going to be great.

Quoting from the page:

This free tutorial will explore how to program using Python by making games. We will start with learning Python's simple data types, including numbers, letters and strings, and lists. We will also explore comparisons, if-statements, and loops. Finally, we will combined our new knowledge by creating our own game using the PyGame library.

This is one of those idea that when proposed I slapped my forehead and said "Why didn't I think of that?!" - but of course the best ideas for PyCon come from our community members and those working on the forefront of outreach and education. 

PyCon will be providing not only the food and space free of charge - there will be no admission price for students, and all students will be provided with on site equipment (rather than needing to bring their own) and students will walk away with their very own Raspberry Pi computer with the hope that this in conjunction with the class will continue to inspire them.

We're doing this not only to teach some young, eager minds - but to also help inspire some of the very people who will be Python's future one day. Lynn herself did an excellent post titled "Our Generations Legos"

The tutorial is being taught by Lynn Root, and Katie Cunningham - two excellent teachers, but they're also looking for additional volunteers to help with one on one coaching.

Space will be limited - we will announce signup for the class when we approach the conference, so stay tuned. More information is at https://us.pycon.org/2013/events/letslearnpython/.

Being able to do something like this is why it's an honor to serve as chair - and to help with all the other volunteers and the community to make PyCon happen. We can change the future, one small push at a time.

-Jesse

Friday, July 27, 2012

PyCon US 2013: Student prices lowered, financial aid continues!

It is my pleasure to announce that PyCon 2013 has dropped the price of student registration from the price it has been since 2008 - we have lowered it to $100 (USD).

Part of PyCon has always been community - and outreach. One of the greatest things PyCon, the Python Software Foundation and the community can do is to always strive to lower the cost of attendance for the next generation of Python programmers. PyCon US 2012 was the biggest Python conference in the history of the language - we had more students, a more diverse attendance and more sponsors and attendees than ever.

Most of all - PyCon is about the community. From it's volunteers who pour hundreds of man hours to make PyCon happen, to the speakers, tutorial instructors and poster presenters without whom, PyCon would not be possible. To the myriad of sponsors whose contributions help PyCon happen, and keep it affordable - PyCon is first and foremost a community conference.

This is why I am happy to make this change - if you've read previous posts, you know that PyCon intentionally loses money on attendee registrations to keep the cost of attendance as low as we can for everyone. Students represent a large component of the future of our community and language, and anything we can do to further encourage their attendance is money and time well spent.

This, combined with our continued robust Financial Aid program should make PyCon 2013 even more accessible and attainable to more people than ever. We plan on further partnerships to increase our outreach and conference diversity this year as well - CodeChix, PyLadies, and many other groups are already joining us in this push.

PyCon would not be what it is without you, the community and the sponsors.

We have more surprises, and more plans coming - stay tuned.

-Jesse Noller, Chair PyCon 2013

P.S: As always; we're looking for more sponsors to participate to help make all this happen. We've updated the prospectus, added new benefits and expanded quite a bit. Check out "Why Sponsor PyCon" and the Prospectus for more information.

Monday, July 23, 2012

PyCon 2013: Why should you become a sponsor?

… Or how to sell PyCon 2013 sponsorship to your team and boss!

As we round up the volunteers, activate the mailing lists, and get the community hyped up for another year of PyCon, there’s another group we need to engage: the sponsors. PyCon 2012 had an amazing outpouring of support from a record 133 sponsors, and with your help, we’re trying make 2013 another record breaker.

Sponsors are what make this conference possible. From low ticket prices to financial aid to video recording, the organizations who step forward to support PyCon in turn support the entire Python community. They make it possible for so many to attend, for so many to present, and for the world at home to watch along.

Along with the benefits sponsorship gives the conference and the community, we think they come in exchange for an excellent set of benefits to our sponsors. See our full prospectus at https://us.pycon.org/2013/sponsors/prospectus/.

Recruiting

What better place to find Python developers than a gathering of 2500 of them? In Silicon Valley no less. If you’re hiring, PyCon is the place to be.

The conference has long been a great way to find the talented developers so many companies are searching for, so much that we added on-site Job Fair to make it even easier. Some sponsors even host their own recruiting events! In 2012 alone, we had sponsors participating in the job fair that they received over one hundred resumes in under and hour!

Marketing

Getting your name and product out there through the promotional aspects of our sponsorship packages is a great competitive advantage. If your business is built on Python, you can get the attendees attention with our banner and print advertising options. Having a booth in our Expo Hall will allow you to reach out and get more face time with the community.

Given PyCon’s size and importance in the yearly conference calendar, people look to the sponsors to see who’s using and supporting Python. These are the organizations that attendees want to buy from and work for!

Visibility

Our expo hall is the place to be seen. Many organizations do product demos, hand out coupons and t-shirts, and engage their visitors by talking tech and sharing their experiences with Python. Some companies like to use their booth to interview PyCon’s talented attendees right then and there.

The expo hall is centrally located and gets a lot of traffic throughout the day, and for 2013 we've made changes to ensure even more visibility. We even heard from several sponsors that VCs and angel investors frequented the expo hall as well as our Startup Row!

Audience

PyCon’s ever diversifying audience puts your organization in front of a wide variety of people. From beginners to experts, PyCon draws attendees from those with zero experience all the way through a significant group of the contributors to the language itself. We also see people of all levels from many industries. From developers to managers, executives to owners, startups to big businesses, PyCon draws attendees from all sorts of places. Some organizations send entire teams, and in the case of many startups, the entire company may be there.

Competitive Pricing

When you consider the cost of conference passes that all packages include, we think we’ve put together a great value in each PyCon sponsorship package. Our smallest package, the Silver level at $4000, includes two passes valued at $1200! The Gold level includes five passes, a $3000 value. Each successive package includes more tickets. Keep in mind that these are full conference passes -- not just expo hall passes.
Personnel who will only be staffing booths do not get charged for passes to the conference - passes for employees staffing booths are complimentary and do not count against the attendee registration cap.

Small Business Discount

PyCon loves small businesses. From our long time small business sponsors to up and coming startups, we want to make sponsorship work for you. For Gold sponsorships and below, we give a 50% discount for any organization under 25 people. When you factor in the cost of tickets, that deal gets even sweeter!

Flexibility

If you want to help PyCon, we want to help you construct a sponsorship package that fits your needs. If a small booth would work better than a large one, perhaps we swap it in exchange for a larger program advertisement. For some organizations, a booth isn’t practical at all, but adding another conference pass may work better.

If you are interested in sponsoring PyCon, please contact conference chairman Jesse Noller at jnoller@python.org.

Friday, July 20, 2012

PyCon Argentina 2012 - Community Voting & Registration Open!


We're glad to announce that Community Voting Process has started for PyCon Argentina 2012You can select your preferences among more than 82 talks proposed and 11 tutorials/workshops. This year, we're opening the Scientific and Extreme tracks, with more than 12 proposals each!

Please help us voting your prefered talks for the conference following the next link (registration required): http://ar.pycon.org/2012/activity/vote

Admittance is free of charge (gratis), to register, please complete the following form: http://ar.pycon.org/2012/user/register


PyCon Argentina 2012 Keynotes


This year, the pre-confirmed keynote presenters are:

We also have talks submitted from speakers around the world (Chile, Peru, Brasil, Spain, US), with many attendees already pre-registered from neighbour countries (including Venezuela, Uruguay, Paraguay, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico).

For more information please see our main webpage: http://ar.pycon.org/2012?lang=en


PgDay Argentina 2012 - in parallel!


This year, the the Argentina's PostgreSQL mini-conference will be held 
in parallel to PyConAR sprints for first time, trying to share resources and bringing the communities closer. For details please see: http://www.pgday.com.ar


PyCon Argentina 2012 Sponsors


We wish to thank the following Sponsors that made PyCon Argentina possible:

Our special thanks goes to the Python Software Fundation, the PostgreSQL community, Google Inc., Maersk Oil, 10gen, Heroku, Packt Publishing and Python Brazil, who make possible to bring the renowned speakers to the conference and provide several other facilities.

Call for sponsors is still open, for more information see: http://ar.pycon.org/2012/sponsors/prospectus?lang=en


PyCon Argentina 2012 Important Dates:

  • 20-Jul-2012 to 27-Jul-2012: Community Voting
  • 1-Ago-2012: Notification of talk/tutorial acceptance
  • 12-Ago-2012: Schedule Publication
  • 12-Sep-2012: Deadline for Call for Posters and Workshops
  • 12-Oct-2012: Deadline for Call for Sponsors, Stands, etc.
PyCon Argentina 2012 Main Events:

  • November 12th - 14th, 2012: Sprints and Workshops!
  • November 15th, 2012: Tutorials
  • November 16th - 17th, 2012: Main Conference talks and keynotes 
November 18th (Sunday) will be a tourist day with social activities.


About PyCon Argentina 2012:

PyCon Argentina is the largest annual worldwide community gathering of 
Spanish-speaking users and developers of the Python programming language. This year we expect around 500 attendees, with +250 already pre-registered.
It is a community conference organized by volunteers of Python Argentina users group (PyAr), lasting several days which will bring short courses and lectures related to this language that incipiently makes its place among the developers.
We intended to make a space where anyone interested can come to ask, learn and experiment with these tools.
This is our 4th conference, again in Buenos Aires, Argentina's capital and one of the most important cities in Latin America.

Mariano Reingart - PyCon Argentina 2012 Chair

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

PyCon Japan 2012 - Registration Open

We are glad to announce that the registration for PyCon Japan is open. You can now buy tickets for the conference/party before the date in case we reach the fixed number. Don't miss the opportunity to meet us.

The PyCon Japan 2012 will be in Tokyo from September 15(Sat) to 16(Sun) (2days). There is an English track for foreign developers and keynote speaker is Armin Ronacher. Also, PyCon JP Party will be held at night of Day 1 (September 15).

One more opportunity, Sprint Day is September 17(Mon, National holiday). Everyone can join with no fee the Sprint even if you're not able to attend the conference/party. We're looking forward to seeing all of you in Tokyo!


I want YOU for the PyCon Program Commitee!


Do you want to help make PyCon 2013 awesome? Have time to invest before the conference? We're looking for folks that would be interested in serving on the Program Committee. The committee reviews talk proposals for talks at PyCon and select which ones will be on the PyCon program -- an extremely important task. We need your help: a large, diverse program committee is the main way we ensure a fantastic program. So if you are interested in joining the committee, we would love to have you!

Serving on the program committee does require a time commitment on your part. Here's roughly what's involved for committee members:

  • Participation on the mailing list between now and the conference. We use the mailing list to discuss policy, schedule review sessions, and generally coordinate our activity.
  • Reviewing talks on the PyCon website as they come in. Between now and the submission deadline we'll review proposals and work with prospective speakers to help them put forth the best submissions.
  • During October and November, members should expect to spend around 4-8 hour per week in IRC meetings as we discuss, debate, and ultimately decide on the program.
More information about how the program committee functions is available in the PyCon Program Committee Guide.

If you'd like to join, you can do so right now. Membership is open to anyone: a larger committee means a wider set of opinioins, and thus a better program. Just join the program committee mailing list. Once your membership is active, send a note introducing yourself so that the other committee members can get to know you.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me: jacob@jacobian.org. I would be happy to answer any questions or otherwise work to convince you to join us.


Monday, July 09, 2012

Welcome to PyCon 2013

It is with a great deal of pride on behalf of the entire Python Community, the Python Software Foundation and all of the PyCon volunteers that we announce PyCon 2013 is a go. Today, July 9th we officially open the doors - our Call For Proposals is officially open, meaning the entire community can submit talks, tutorials and posters.

PyCon 2013 will be held March 13-21st in the same Santa Clara location as 2012.

We are extremely excited - last year alone saw PyCon US grow to over 2300 attendees, with 135 sponsors. This year we have set a hard cap on attendance of 2500 attendees, and we are on track to hit that.

We also have a lot of surprises up our sleeves for PyCon 2013, we want to destroy all of the records set in 2012 - attendees, sponsors, talks, community - we want to make this a watershed year for the entire Python community and set the momentum for the future.

We are also pleased to announce that not only is sponsorship open that includes a bunch of new benefits for sponsors; but we have a launched with an astounding 27 launch day sponsors and partners including:

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

OSS/Community Partners

These sponsors represent not only amazing dedication to the Python Community due to many of them being sponsors year after year, but they also represent the willingness to invest in the Python Community and PyCon significantly and early. We can not thank them enough.

These sponsors - all of our sponsors - help us maintain a robust affordable conference and help us maintain a financial aid program you would be hard pressed to find in other conferences. They help us, the conference, the community and the Foundation have an amazing outreach to everyone.

Thank you; we look forward to seeing all of you in Santa Clara. We've got a lot of awesome things planned, and we can't wait.