2012-09-28

Talk and Tutorial Proposals Due TODAY!

As my college self would have said: there’s no better time to start a project than the day it’s due. That day is today, and what’s due is a talk or tutorial proposal for PyCon 2013. Proposals will be accepted as long as it’s still the 28th somewhere in the world, so keep an eye on the clock!

Talks are 30 or 45 minute sessions on whatever it is that you want to share. They run Friday March 15 through Sunday March 17 in Santa Clara, CA. From the web to the desktop or up in the clouds, Python is everywhere and we want to know what you’re doing with it. Each year it seems like the schedule gets better and better, so help us keep the streak alive.

Tutorials are 3 hour courses held on the two days preceding the conference talks: March 13 and 14. Whether you’re a full-time educator or just have a topic that you know and want to teach, submit your tutorials today!

See our Call for Proposals for the full details.

Oh, and registration is open, so sign up! Early bird rates apply to the first 1000 tickets, so get ‘em while they’re hot. We’ve also opened financial aid applications, so please apply if you could use some help with your trip.

2012-09-27

Talk and Tutorial Proposals Due Tomorrow!

If you haven’t started writing your proposals yet, you still have time! The deadline for talk and tutorial proposals is Friday September 28. As long as it’s the 28th somewhere in the world, we’ll take your proposal and start the review process. Check out our “speak at PyCon” page as well as the Call for Proposals for the full details. If you need some help filling out your proposal, check out a sample proposal we wrote about SpacePug!

From there, the program committee spends a lot of time reviewing and comparing proposals, with the goal of announcing the selected speakers by December 1 with a schedule to follow on December 15. It’s a lot of work but it’s rewarding and helps make PyCon better for everyone. If you’d like to help out, we’d love to have you: join the program committee today!

Registration opened last week and tickets are selling at a rapid pace, with a cap of 2500 tickets. We’re still in the early bird phase where you can save up to 25%, but keep in mind that only the first 1000 tickets sold will get that discount. Don’t miss out!

2012-09-26

PyCon Proposals Due in Two Days!

Time is running out for you to submit your PyCon 2013 talk and tutorial proposals! They’re due on Friday September 28, as long as it’s still the 28th somewhere in the world. Check out the Call for Proposals for the full details.

Talks are the mainstay of PyCon, running Friday March 15 through Sunday March 17. The last few years we’ve had a schedule of five simultaneous tracks totalling 95 talks, mostly comprised of 30 minute talks with a sprinkling of 45 minute sessions.

We’ve been receiving a steady flow of proposals throughout the last few months, but we want more. In fact, we need more. PyCon isn’t successful without the great talks that you, the community, put together. The schedule has been very strong over the last few years due to the awesome work that everyone is doing, so give us your best and help build the best PyCon yet!

Tutorials are a great way to share your knowledge in a classroom setting. Each session is three hours long, with two sessions per day on the two days prior to the conference: March 13 and 14, 2013. We often receive proposals from full-time educators, but that’s certainly not a requirement. Most of our accepted tutorials are from people who have useful knowledge to share and have a solid plan for presenting it.

Since tutorials are significantly longer than talks, they require a lot more preparation. Because of this, tutorial instructors are compensated and limited to teaching two sessions. Have a look at the 2012 schedule for a sample of what we had last year.

The program committee is looking forward to a busy fall reviewing all of the proposals and coming up with an even better schedule than we did for PyCon 2012. If you’re interested in helping evaluate proposals and shape the 2013 schedule, join the committee! We’re always looking for more help and different perspectives, so check it out: https://us.pycon.org/2013/community/volunteers/programcommittee

Don’t forget - PyCon is an “everyone pays” event, so submit a proposal or two and pick up your tickets! https://us.pycon.org/2013/registration/ went up last Thursday and we’re watching the sales count rise towards 1000, which is the cut-off for “early bird” pricing. This year we’re capping registration at 2500, so start making plans before it sells out!

If you’re paying for yourself, it’s only $300 right now. That price has remained the same for several years now, and the deal has gotten better each year. Your ticket includes entrance to all three days of the conference, complete with breakfast, lunch, snack and drink breaks, and the chance to meet up with the best and brightest minds in the Python community. It’s an unbeatable deal.

2012-09-21

Announcing the PyCon 2013 5K Charity Fun Run

The second annual PyCon 5K Charity Fun Run will be happening Saturday March 17th, 2013 at 7:00 AM. Last year was a lot of fun with a lot of people coming out (148!), and we raised nearly $6,000 for three great charities: Autism Speaks, the American Cancer Society, and the Epilepsy Foundation.

The 2013 Fun Run proceeds benefit two funds which hit close to home for the Python community. Matplotlib creator John Hunter passed away in August after a battle with colon cancer, leaving behind a wife and three young children. The John Hunter Memorial Fund and American Cancer Society will split the proceeds, with the memorial fund going toward the education of John’s daughters, and the cancer society collecting funds to fight all types of cancers.

Note the name - “fun run”. It’s not really a race, it’s barely a competition. There’s no prize, there’s no finish line tape. The real winners are the memorial fund and cancer society. Sure, some people will wear fancy shoes and headbands, but it’s really just a chance to get outside, do something physical, and raise money for some great causes. It’s an event for everyone.

Last year we had a pretty diverse group with some serious runners, some casual joggers, some who had never run in a race, some who walked, and everything in between. Thanks to Michael McHugh, we got pictures at the halfway point.

If you’re interested in really getting into it, some of last year’s runners found the “Couch to 5K” program helpful in starting a running routine. Fun Run organizer Jacob Kaplan-Moss and conference chairman Jesse Noller both used it with great success!

The Fun Run is a “pay what you want” event. You can just show up and run if you really want to. $20 gets you a nice t-shirt (last year’s had the excellent Idan Gazit snake design!) Anything above that goes to John’s memorial and the ACS.

C25K worked so well that Jesse is even offering to pull the top donor in a cart for the “run”!

Sign up for the 2013 Fun Run at 
http://pycon20135k.eventbrite.com/ and help us top 2012!

PyCon 2013 Student Rate Reduced To $100

If you’re a student, we want you to come to PyCon. We’ve always thought the conference provides a great experience at a great price, but we’ve sweetened the deal for 2013: half price tickets for students! Register now!

$100 is the new cost for a student to get in the door for the March 15-17 conference in Santa Clara, CA. That $100 gets you a seat for three days of our always excellent talks, including the already announced keynote speakers. That $100 gets you breakfast and lunch all three days. That $100 includes coffee and snack breaks all three days. That $100 gets you into something awesome, something we’ve been looking forward to since we got on the plane from PyCon 2012.

Although the conference schedule hasn’t been released yet, we’ve begun reviewing talks as they come in and we’re really excited to put together an even better schedule than 2012. Take a look at what we had on stage in 2012 http://pyvideo.org/category/17/pycon-us-2012 for a taste of what you’ll be in for.

Tutorials will again run the two days before the conference, March 13 & 14, and the schedule is expected to be announced in October. If the last few years are any indication, we’ll have some great selections to choose from. Each tutorial costs $150, and there are a total of four sessions across the two days for you to choose from. Take a look at last year’s schedule for a sense of what we had: https://us.pycon.org/2012/schedule/tutorials/.

While the talks and tutorials really are great, there’s more to this conference than what’s on the schedule. The environment alone is worth the $100, especially for a budding student. From the people you’ll meet at lunch to the conversations you’ll run into in the hallways, PyCon is an experience we hope to involve more students in. The expo hall and job fair are perfect places for students to network, and many organizations even interview candidates on-site.

Early bird rates apply to the first 1000 tickets, so get your $100 passes while they’re still available. The regular rate only goes up $25 which is still an incredible value for what you get out of the conference.


Students are invited to apply for financial aid to help out with their trip to PyCon. We wrote about some changes to the program this morning, and you can apply directly through this form!

We hope to see you in March!
Register today!

Now Accepting PyCon Financial Aid Applications

Now that registration is open for PyCon 2013, we’ve opened our financial aid program!

The financial aid program aims to make PyCon more affordable for attendees through a budget granted by the Python Software Foundation. Whether you’re flying in from outside the US or need a hand with the hotel stay, we encourage any attendees who need assistance paying for the trip to apply.

We’ve revamped some aspects of the program, starting with the application. The PyLadies grant program is back again for 2013, but rather than having an additional application and processing for that grant, we’ve rolled it into the standard PyCon application. We’ve also increased the financial aid budget to allow us to make PyCon a possibility to even more people!


The application asks a few questions about your plans for a PyCon trip. You’re asked to state where you’re travelling from, and a later page will ask you if you are requesting travel assistance. If you are, please provide an accurate amount for the costs of the trip, as well as a description of what your plans are.

If you’re a female, the PyLadies group has funds available to provide assistance to women interested in attending the conference. We also have a check box to request assistance with the conference ticket. Assistance with your hotel stay is an option, with an area to choose for how many nights you plan to stay for.

The final page of the application is about you. There are a few questions about your experiences with Python, involvement with open source, and what you’re hoping to get out of attending PyCon. The application closes out asking if you’ve spoken in the past or plan to speak this year. There’s also a place to put any other relevant Python information you’re involved in, such as your latest project.

Applications are being taken through January 18, 2013.

Apply today!

2012-09-20

PyCon 2013: Registration and Financial Aid application are live!

The PyCon team is happy to announce that registration for the March 2013 conference have opened at https://us.pycon.org/2013/registration/ - note however, there have been some changes this year.

Early bird rates are available for the first 1000 registrations, which is a departure from previous time-based systems. With PyCon 2012 having been a quick sell out, we’re expecting this one to be the same. Keep in mind that attendance is strictly limited to 2500 attendees. We recommend not waiting.

Individual and corporate ticket prices remain the same as they have been for the last few years, with early bird rates of $300 and $450 respectively. The regular rates of $350 and $600 for individual and corporate are still an incredible deal. Sponsorship of PyCon includes conference passes - and in many cases those passes pay for the sponsorship itself!

For 2013 we’ve reduced the cost to students by 50%, bringing the early bird rate to $100 with a regular rate of $125.

Providing a more affordable conference experience for students is a priority for the organizers and the Python Software Foundation, and we’re hoping the decrease helps bring more of them to the conference.

We’ve also increased our financial aid program, and hope to assist more attendees for PyCon 2013! You can apply for financial aid through the new consolidated form.

We've already announced the awesome line up of Keynote speakers and a free workshop for our budding Pythonistas. Registration for the PyCon 2013 Fun Run is also open - and all proceeds from the Fun Run will go to the John Hunter Memorial Fund and American Cancer Society.

Note: We’re still accepting proposals for talks and tutorials, with a deadline of September 28 (9 days from now!). Poster proposals are accepted through January 15, 2013. For more information, see https://us.pycon.org/2013/speaking/cfp/.

If your company is interested in sponsorship, we need you. Sponsors are what make PyCon a possibility, and sponsorship offers some great values to the generous organizations who support the conference. Check out https://us.pycon.org/2013/sponsors/whysponsor/ to find out what you get out of sponsorship, with a prospectus at https://us.pycon.org/2013/sponsors/prospectus/. Contact Jesse Noller with any sponsorship inquiries.

2012-09-18

PyCon US 2013: Highlighting Aweber, Wingware, Revolution Systems, Bitly

As highlighted in my initial post highlighting some of our PyCon 2013 sponsors - sponsors are critical for the conference as I have said before, they give back to the community as a whole, they allow PyCon to keep ticket prices low, they're a constant source of jobs within the community, and their sponsorship allows us to maintain a growing financial aid budget, and work with outreach groups such as Women Who Code, PyLadies, and many others for grants for people who would not otherwise be able to to come to PyCon.

Sponsorship is more than just about money - sure, there are tangible business benefits - but the social benefits are equally important and large. Keeping this in mind, I emailed our sponsors and asked them a few simple questions:

  • What is your company using Python for, and why is it important to you (as an organization)?
  • Why does sponsoring/attending PyCon 2013 make sense for your organization?

Continuing the series - here are some more awesome responses!

AWeber (Silver Level + Lanyard)

AWeber is using Python to support and extend our Software as a Service solution for email marketing. Python is important to AWeber because of the great community around it and the extensive set of capabilities it has, provided by either the python standard library or 3rd party packages. The overall philosophy Python espouses with the Zen of Python also aligns very well with the philosophy we have at AWeber.

Supporting the Python Community and helping to further the efforts of the Community is in the best interest of AWeber and the Community overall. We also get to learn a great deal from the community in attendance. A win/win for sure.

Wingware (Gold)

Wingware doesn't just make a Python IDE. We also use Python and Wing IDE for everything we do, including developing the IDE with itself, running our website, and supporting our business processes. Back in 1998, Python was our inspiration to start the company, and it continues to be what makes Wingware possible. We've always been very interested in being a part of the Python community.

Sponsoring Python conferences is a great way for us to help Python programmers meet face to face to exchange ideas and learn from each other. We have been sponsoring PyCon in the US, and a number of the IPC conferences before that, since 2000 and we are now sponsoring many Python conferences around the world each year. In 2012 this included PyCon US, PyCon Taiwan, SciPy, PyOhio, EuroSciPy, Kiwi PyCon, PyCon Poland, PyCon France, PyTexas, PyCon UK, PyCon Ireland, PyCon Finland, PyArkansas, PyCon DE, and PyCon Argentina.

It is very exciting to see the growth of so many Python conferences in recent years, and we are very happy to be a part of that.

Revolution Systems (Gold)

We use Python for everything we do. Being Python and Django consultants, Python isn't just important to our business it is our
business.

Sponsoring PyCon is both a way to help bolster the larger Python community and a great way to familiarize the Python elite with our companies services should they find a need for us. Having our staff attend is part educational, part networking, and a whole lot of fun. It's one of the few times a year we get together with people we work with regularly both professionally and on Open Source projects. PyCon 2011 in fact is where I met our most recent hire, with the recruiting process starting over a plate of ribs at Fat Matt's Rib Shack in Atlanta.

With all of these amazing sponsors, it's no surprise that sponsors from past PyCons are always welcome to speak up - I was very pleased to hear from Hilary Mason (Past PyCon Keynote, Data Scientist at Bitly) about why it meant a lot to them to sponsor PyCon in the past:

Bitly (Past Sponsor)

Bitly’s main github repo is 48.1% Python, our biggest language by far! The runner up, for the curious, is Javascript, and we even maintain just the teensiest bit of TCL code (1.2%, and yes, there’s a good story there). Python is important to us because the many available libraries allow us to develop features quickly and the ability to easily bind to C libraries gives us the performance we require to handle hundreds of millions of requests per day. Why does sponsoring/attending PyCon 2013 make sense for your organization?

We've sent speakers and attended over the last few years, and would like to continue to contribute to the python community. We publish lots of our code as open source (https://github.com/bitly / http://word.bitly.com/), and also find PyCon to be a great place to meet like-minded hackers working on interesting problems (p.s. [we're hiring!])

We have a nifty search experiment up at http://rt.ly and we’ve gotten a fantastic response to our intern Justin’s summer project, dablooms: https://github.com/bitly/dablooms.

In closing

I love seeing things like this from the companies that gain so much from the community - but also give back. I'm personally grateful for each and every one of them. 

Of course; we're always looking for more sponsors - we need more to continue to grow, keep tickets low and offer exposure for these awesome sponsors to the community as a whole. We offer 50% discounts on Gold and Silver level sponsorship for companies under 25 employees just so we can provide exposure to companies just starting out. We've added workshops for sponsors - 1.5 hour tutorials that will be free for attendees to attend. We've added open space branding and coffee break options as well. 

We go out of our way to be flexible with each and every sponsors - from customizing packages to setting specific billing/invoicing dates that work for their budgets and needs.

Drop me a line if you'd like to join us!

PyCon Argentina 2012 Schedule, Early Bird Registration and more!

PyCon Argentina 2012, the 4th  National Spanish-speaking Python Conference will be held from November 12th to 17th, in Buenos Aires at the main venue of the National University of Quilmes (Bernal City, in the Great Buenos Aires metropolitan area), Urban Station and EducacionIT (Buenos Aires City downtown).

The detailed conference program schedule is available at: http://ar.pycon.org/2012/schedule

Admittance is free of charge (web registration is required as venue capacity is limited).  To get a conference T-shirt, promotional items and catering, early bird registration is open up to September 30th, 2012 (30% off). Speakers are eligible for a 50% special discount.  Additional donations are accepted thorough the payment process  (fundraising). First time attendees, students and general public can also opt to register at the "gratis" rate (free, no cost) to get their badge and program guide.

Sessions will include two days of talks from local and international renowned experts, with inaugural Science Track and “extreme” talks, preceded of one day of tutorial/workshops and three days of sprints meetings. Exhibition hall will include posters and community booths (SOLAR free software civil association, FACTTIC federation of IT cooperatives, Mozilla-Ar, Ubuntu-Ar, PostgreSQL, Hacklabs and “Programming with robots” project from LINTI UNLP).

Educational activities ongoing are a Student Works Contest and a Programming Challenge “Learning to program with Robots and Python”, with important awards (including a robot as first prize!).


This PyCon Argentina 2012 edition will be held in parallel with two special events: "PgDay Argentina 2012" (3rd. intensive one-day PostgreSQL mini conference) and a SugarLabs Day (Education and OLPC), sharing speakers and participants.

Finally, there will be open social events to network with speakers, sponsors and attendees:

  • PyCon Reception: "buffet pizza-party" at the University Campus, on Friday November 16th evening 
  • PyCon Closing Party: beer & appetizers at Quilmes Brewery Park on Saturday November 17th night
  • Tourist Tour: "asado" bbq at a rowing club in an island of Tigre, Parana's delta near Buenos Aires, on Sunday November 18th
Please contact us if you're interested to attend to the social events (specially the tourist tour), as restrictions apply. Financial Aid would be reopened soon. Accomodation special room rate is also available upon request.

Topics: 


  • Web frameworks (django, web2py, plone, etc.) and “Visual” GUI toolkits
  • Engineering and Scientific Computing (numeric processing and 2D/3D visualization)
  • Python in Education (OLPC, robots, videogames and intro to programming)
  • Databases: realtional, NoSQL and “Cloud” applications
  • Multiprocessingperformance and Python 3

Distinguished international speakers: 


  • Dr. Massimo Di Pierro - De Paul University (EEUU): web2py web framework, FermiLab QCD, supercomputers
  • Dr. Brett Cannon - Google (EEUU): python core development
  • Mg. Andrea Gavana - Maersk Oil (Dinamarca): wxPython (GUI visual) and 2D/3D Visualization of oil fields
  • Christophe Pettus - PostgreSQL Experts (EEUU): Django web framework and ORMs
  • Craig Kerstiens - Heroku (EEUU): Django web framework and cloud services
  • Shahrokh Mortazavi y Dino Viehland - Microsoft (EEUU): Python Tools for Visual Studio, Azure, PyKinect
  • Erico Andrei - Simples Consultoria (Brasil): Plone CMS - PythonBrasil

10+ additional speakers from U.S.A., Chile, Perú, Brasil, Spain, Cuba and more than 50 presenters from Argentina completes the schedule. Full speaker list is available at: http://ar.pycon.org/2012/activity/speakers
There are more than 100+ accepted activities (50+ talks, 20+ posters, 10 sprint projects, 4 tutorials and 7 workshops, 4 plenary sessions, open spaces and special events): http://ar.pycon.org/2012/activity/accepted

About PyCon Argentina:

PyCon Argentina is currently the largest gathering of users and developers of the Spanish-speaking Python Community. With already more than 430 registered participants from around 14 countries including EE.UU., Chile, Peru, Brasil, Uruguay, Colombia, Spain, Paraguay, Mexico, Ecuador, Dinamarca, Cuba y Canada, we expect to exceed 500 attendees (entrepreneurs, professionals, teachers, students and enthusiasts).

The event is possible thanks to the generous support of the following sponsors: Grupo MSA, Machinalis, UrbanStation, Microsoft, Lambda Sistemas, Onapsis, Core Security, Dattatec, Sistemas Ágiles, Thymbra, Liricus, WingWare, EducacionIT y RobotGroup, with special tanks to the Python Software Foundation, PostgreSQL, Google Inc., Maersk Oil, 10Gen, Heroku, Packt Publishing, Python Brasil and Simples Consultoria.

PyCon Argentina 2012 is a non-profit community conference, organized by volunteers and underwritten by SOLAR Civil Association and the National University of Quilmes.

Contact:

Mariano Reingart
PyCon Argentina 2012 Conference Chair
+54 (11) 4450-0716
http://ar.pycon.org/2012
pyconar2012@gmail.com

2012-09-11

PyCon DE 2012 - Free Barcamp, Sprints and Code Retreat

You can now register for the barcamp, our new code retreat and the sprints at PyCon DE 2012. Registration is free. Just put your name on this wiki page and your are registered. Please sign up as soon as possible that helps us to plan.

The second PyCon DE will be in Leipzig from October 29 through November 3, 2012. One tutorial day, three days with talks and two days with a barcamp, code retreat  and sprints will provide different ways to communicate about Python. There will be social events to give everybody ample opportunity to network with like-minded Pythonistas.

The registration is open. Don't miss the chances to secure your ticket.

2012-09-10

PyCon DE 2012 - Detailed Program Online

We are glad to announce that the detailed conference program is now available. Please click on the link for the talk or tutorial your interested in to get a description of its content and information about the presenter.

The second PyCon DE will be in Leipzig from October 29 through November 3, 2012. One tutorial day, three days with talks and two days with a barcamp, code retreat  and sprints will provide different ways to communicate about Python. There will be social events to give everybody ample opportunity to network with like-minded Pythonistas.

The registration is open. Don't miss the chances to secure your ticket.

2012-09-07

PyCon US 2013: Highlighting DreamHost, Freshbooks, Toast Driven and Python Academy

A little under 24 hours ago; I sent out an email to our current PyCon 2013 Sponsors - sponsors are critical for the conference as I have said before, they give back to the community as a whole, they allow PyCon to keep ticket prices low, they're a constant source of jobs within the community, and their sponsorship allows us to maintain a growing financial aid budget, and work with outreach groups such as Women Who Code, PyLadies, and many others for grants for people who would not otherwise be able to to come to PyCon.

Sponsorship is more than just about money - sure, there are tangible business benefits - but the social benefits are equally important and large. Keeping this in mind, I emailed our sponsors and asked them a few simple questions:

  • What is your company using Python for, and why is it important to you (as an organization)?
  • Why does sponsoring/attending PyCon 2013 make sense for your organization?
I immediately started getting responses - all of which were excited to have the opportunity to share their stories. Here are some of the responses.
 

DreamHost (Silver Level + Sprints Sponsor)

DreamHost is excited to be a PyCon sponsor in 2013!

DreamHost is using Python throughout our software stack, to enhance and support our existing products, and to develop new and exciting products like DreamObjects, our cloud storage service, and DreamCompute, our upcoming OpenStack-based compute cloud, which is implemented mostly in open-source Python.

Python is important to us because it offers the best balance of performance, maintainability, and community support that we rely upon. Also, the Python community itself is uniquely interested in things like readability, code quality, and elegance.

DreamHost was founded on open source software from the very beginning. Our success comes from building on Linux, Apache, Perl, Python, PHP, MySQL, and other open source projects. We're also huge contributors to open source - a great example would be our incubation and support of Ceph (ceph.com), the petabyte-scale cloud storage platform that sprung forth from our loins and is now a well-adjusted, independent, open source software project of its own. We're also founding members of the OpenStack Foundation and have three employees on the Python Software Foundation.

Sponsoring PyCon has been a great opportunity for us to do some outreach and spend some time with some of the brightest minds in the Python community. There's also no shortage of employment opportunities for skilled programmers at DreamHost, so we hope we bring some value to attendees as well.

DreamHost just introduced our cloud storage product, DreamObjects, into public beta. DreamObjects is an inexpensive, reliable cloud storage service built on open technologies. Find out more here - 

http://dreamhost.com/cloud/dreamobjects/

We are passionate about making DreamHost the best place to develop, test, and deploy open source software! If any of your readers would be interested in testing our upcoming Cloud Compute product, which is based upon OpenStack and Ceph, we would love for them to get in touch with us!

 

FreshBooks (Silver Level Sponsor)

We chose Python to build a data-access layer for FreshBooks back in 2009. That layer now powers the FreshBooks system through a RESTful API via HTTP. We've also built numerous smaller webservices in Python to handle all sorts of backend operations to make FreshBooks go. We have apps using many of the major Python frameworks such as SQLAlchemy, Pylons, Django and Flask -- we don't believe in too much specialization.

Python's robust development community and the solid toolset they provide has been of critical importance to FreshBooks. Unit testing, continuous integration and open source tools give our business a solid technological underpinning.

We have sent developers to PyCon for three years straight now. Presentations, workshops and sprints give our team chances to learn new technologies and techniques, from the best in the world. Our team members have coded alongside the developers of some of the most important Python tools around, learning in great detail how these technologies work.

FreshBooks is thrilled to sponsor PyCon 2013. We support all manner of community events such as the HackDays series across Canada, and Tech Talks TO right here in Toronto. We believe a strong developer community benefits everyone.

 

Toast Driven (Silver Level Sponsor)

We use Python for everything, including application code, our OSS, deployment, data cleaning, importers, internal tools & fun projects/little games. We love Python because of the great community, the generally great documentation, the natural (to us) syntax & the fantastic libraries. The Python community is great because responsibility is balanced with playfulness & a sense of humor.

We've benefitted so much from Python (& really OSS in the broad), which has made our business & lives possible. Since giving back the same amount of effort would be impossible for us, we're trying to give back & support others.

 

Python Academy (Silver Level Sponsor)

Without Python, our company would not exist as it does today. Our core business is teaching Python. We provide high-quality Python training. This includes both open and in-house training.

Open training are courses offered at a fixed date and location. Individuals can enroll. Since we are based in Germany, most courses are in Germany, but lately we also had an open course in Italy, one is forthcoming next week in Poland and one in November in Belgium. In 2013 we will offer a course in the US (Chicago). This is in collaboration with David Beazely.

The in-house or corporate trainings can be wherever the customer wishes them to be. Our training topics cover a wide range from introduction to Python to advanced topics. Yes, we teach how metaclasses work. Students are often programmers who know other languages but we also teach people Python as a first language.

Besides covering Python as a language, we teach "Python for Scientists and Engineers". Python is used a lot in the scientific and engineering field. Our courses give an overview of the basic stack like NumPy, SciPy and matplotlib.

We also teach high performance Python, which includes various optimization and extension techniques including Cython and GIL-less Python with OpenMP.

Another topic is an introduction to software engineering with Python covering basics of testing and version control as well as introductory and advanced Django training.

Databases and Python are another topic. We offer SQLALchemy and Camelot (a framework using SQLALchemy and PyQt for fast desktop development) training.

DevOps and sys admins can learn, among other things, how to use Python to write Unix-like command line programs, work with external processes and the operating system as well as how to use regular expressions in Python.

We have more training modules: XML, GUI, threads, Windows, IronPython, Jython. Typically, we combine several modules into customer-specific courses. In general, our objective is a course that meets all customer needs.

In addition to training, we consult on Python. This includes programming new Python software but also refactoring Python code that is sub-optimal. We do this often in the form of coaching, which is a one-to-one or pair programming setting with a programmer of the customer company. The result is good Python, a.k.a. pythonic, code. We optimize existing Python programs as well.

We really would like to promote Python as much as possible. Sponsoring conferences is one way. We also sponsor EuroPython, EuroSciPy, PyCon DE and PyCon PL. We'd like to support the community. In fact, all our trainers are active in this community writing open source code, organizing Python user groups or even Python conferences.

Of course we would like to promote our services and tell the world that we offer Python training and do this well.

Personally, I have been attending PyCon every year since 2007. So far I have given twelve tutorials. Only two are allowed per person per conference, otherwise the number might be higher.

You can see all current courses and upcoming dates right here!

 

In closing

I love seeing things like this from the companies that gain so much from the community - but also give back. I'm personally grateful for each and every one of them. 

Of course; we're always looking for more sponsors - we need more to continue to grow, keep tickets low and offer exposure for these awesome sponsors to the community as a whole. We offer 50% discounts on Gold and Silver level sponsorship for companies under 25 employees just so we can provide exposure to companies just starting out. We've added workshops for sponsors - 1.5 hour tutorials that will be free for attendees to attend. We've added open space branding and coffee break options as well. 

We go out of our way to be flexible with each and every sponsors - from customizing packages to setting specific billing/invoicing dates that work for their budgets and needs.

Drop me a line if you'd like to join us!

2012-09-05

PyCon US: Only 24 days left to submit talk and tutorial proposals!

Surprised cat gasp

Time sure flies when you're writing Python!

That's right folks - the PyCon 2013 Call for Proposals ends on the 28th of September: 24 days from now! While Poster session proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until January - the 28th means the end for submitting main conference talks and tutorials!

Don't wait until the last minute - we encourage every one to submit talks on subjects ranging from Robotics, to Core Python, to web frameworks and success stories. If you need help? Check out SpacePug, a sample proposal the team put together. Need talk ideas? Check out:

Short version? Talk about something you love - Raspberry Pi hacking and Python, Decorators, why your awesome implementation of closures in Python will rule the world. Tail Recursion! Compilers!

Really - the sky is the limit - and that's where we're aiming.

PyCon is a showcase for the community and language - it's speakers, tutorial instructors - it's attendees and sponsors all come together to make PyCon a unique entity in both conferences in general and within the community. 

As always - I can not thank our sponsors enough - we're signing more and more every week but we need more - without the support of sponsors PyCon can not happen. I've been beating the pavement every single day trying to get a hold of new sponsors, and to bring back many of the ones we had in 2012. Without sponsorship, we will not be able to achieve many of the things we are trying to do - the robust financial aid and outreach, more surprises, and so much more.

If you know of a company (or are one) - please take a moment to take a look at the Prospectus - we've added a lot of options this year, and benefits for all the levels. We also have the "Why Sponsor" page which attempts to make the case for sponsorship.

If you're interested - drop me an email. I'm eager to work with you.