Dear Python User:
We have received many enquiries asking "When and how will I be able to submit my paper to PyCon DC 2004?". This is encouraging news - from the correspondence to date it seems that there will be some interesting and exciting presentations next March.
Please be patient as the system to handle submissions goes through to completion. When it is ready, look for a further announcement in the same place as this one.
Just a reminder, while I have your attention. Submissions should ideally be in a single file, containing HTML or the reStructured Text format. At a pinch we will be prepared to accept PDF, and either tar or zip files containing sets of coordinated documents (such as an HTML master and the graphics to which it refers). Ulitmately we would like to publish all accepted papers on the web, and these rules should make it easier to do so.
If your paper is accepted and you prepare an electronic presentation (in PDF, PythonPoint or PowerPoint) we will also happily publish that on the web site when PyCon is over.
So, have at it! Anything describing the uses of Python, or better ways of teaching it, neat tricks for developers and suggestions for improvement to the language or its community is fair game. It's likely we will have a larger proportion of students attending in 2004, so we are particularly encouraging presentations with an educational spin, including material of a more introductory nature.
Don't forget, too, that even if you don't want to make a formal presentation, the Open Space sessions and other informal activities will give everyone plenty of chance to contribute what they know and discuss what they need. PyCon should be *the* place to go to learn more about Python. Please help to ensure this is so.
Steve Holden Chairman PyCon DC 2004