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The PyCon organizers are excited to announce the start of the PyCon
2010 planning process!
Even more importantly, we're looking for motivated local groups to
spearhead this volunteer-run, community-based conference.
In years past, the locale for the next year was arranged about a year
in advance. That worked while we were a smaller conference with many
venues to choose from. PyCon 2008, to be held soon in the Chicago
area, has over 950 registered attendees at this time. That is over one
and a half times the number of attendees from just the year before!
We're excited to see PyCon grow, but it also means that how we plan
PyCon needs to change just a little bit.
The first change is a change in the timeline. Starting with PyCon
2010, we're aiming to begin planning two years ahead. To help us do
that, PyCon 2009 will also be held in the Chicago area, at the same
venue as 2008.
The second change is that the bid process will not be as detail-heavy
and will not demand as much initial work by local groups. Instead,
we're focusing on the heart and soul of PyCon: the community of
volunteers -- we're looking to find excited and committed groups who
want to be the backbone of PyCon 2010. The details will be worked out
in a collaborative process, with local groups working in conjunction
the volunteer PyCon organizers and the Python Software Foundation's
Still interested? Curious? Do you want PyCon 2010 hosted in your area?
Here's what to do:
• Form a group of people interested in helping with the conference
• If you're attending PyCon 2008, join us for a kick-off meeting over
lunch on Saturday, March 15th.
• Make sure at least one person from your group is on the PyCon
organizer's list and, as soon as possible, announce your interest
in submitting a bid on the list. This process should be viewed as
cooperative -- we're here to help and encourage any group that wants
to take on hosting PyCon.
• Finally, assemble your official bid, referring to the PyCon Bid
Guidelines  for information and deadlines and submit it to the
PyCon organizer's list before the deadline listed in the PyCon Bid
Guidelines. Posting your bid to a publicly viewable website wouldn't
be a bad idea either...
If you have any questions or need any help, feel free to email the
organizer's list and ask away!
If you haven't registered for PyCon yet, now is the time! The
early-bird registration deadline is February 20, one week away. After
that, the price for registration will be going up.
The deadline for hotel reservations at the conference rate is also
February 20. Act now, because the regular rate is considerably
A reminder to tutorial and talk speakers: you are responsible for your
own registration and hotel reservations. So don't delay!
PyCon 2008: March 14-16, 2008 (& tutorials March 13, & sprints March 17-20)
PyCon 2008 Chair
I am pleased to announce that PyCon 2008 registration is now open!
Early-bird registration is open until February 20, so there's one
month to register at the low rates. Regular on-line registration will
be available from February 21 through March 7.
PyCon 2008 will be held from March 13 through 20 in Chicago:
* Tutorials: Thursday, March 13
* Conference: Friday, March 14, through Sunday, March 16
* Sprints: Monday, March 17 through Thursday, March 20
Register early, especially if you'd like to attend a tutorial or
three, as tutorials fill up early. And yes, you heard that correctly
-- this year, we have three tutorial sessions: morning, afternoon, and
evening. There are 29 great tutorials to choose from. More about the
tutorials soon, but for now, you can check out the descriptions
yourself here: http://us.pycon.org/2008/tutorials/schedule/
The talk schedule is also up (in a preliminary form), although some
changes are expected: http://us.pycon.org/2008/conference/schedule/
Hotel reservations are also open:
The rate is $99/night plus tax ($112/night net), also until
February 20. More hotel information is here:
See the PyCon web site for complete details:
Thanks to the PyCon organizers for developing the software, providing
the website content, testing & debugging. PyCon is a community
conference, of, by, and for the Python community. There is still
much to do, and you can help!
See you in Chicago!
PyCon 2008 Chair
Ivan and I were chatting tonight and we are both concerned that we have
not received enough proposals. We will get more over the week, but it will
be quite shy of what we would like to see for the friday deadline. I believe
the primary reason for this is a lack of advertising. We need your help to
get the word out.
If you have a blog or poscast, please post about the deadline. If you have
given a talk in the past, please post about the experience.
I have started making regular announcements in the following irc channels on
What others should be included? Anyone can make announcements in these
channels, the more the better.
Mailing lists/user groups:
If you are a user group member, please get the word out, and consider having
a group meeting dedicated to practice talks.
We should make a list of mailing lists and make posts (python-users,
For those in the Chicago area, please try to contact professors at local
colleges and institutions.
Undergrads, Grads, and especially Doctorate students are a prime source of
Focusing on local schools has a greater ROE, as students do not have much
cash for travel.
Anything else you can think of.
We need to do a grass roots blitz to get the word out to the greater
community. Anything you can do to help will be greatly appreciated.
It does not take any special knowledge or skills to give a presentation.
Even the most basic users can present on something, and we like these types
of beginner proposals.
The call for proposals contains more details:
Proposals for PyCon 2008 talks & tutorials are now being accepted.
The deadline for proposals is November 16.
PyCon 2008 will be held in Chicago, Illinois, USA, from March 13-20.
Tutorial Day: Half-Day Tutorials
Do you enjoy teaching classes or tutorials? Are you good at it?
PyCon is looking for proposals for tutorials. The PyCon Tutorial Day
will be March 13, 2008 (Thursday).
There will be morning and afternoon tutorial sessions (3 hours each,
plus a 30-minute break); presenters may request two sessions in order
to make up a full day. Tutorials may be on any topic, but obviously
should be instructional in nature.
Full details and instructions here:
Conference Days: Scheduled Talks
Want to share your experience and expertise? PyCon is looking for
proposals to fill the formal presentation tracks. The PyCon
Conference Days will be March 14-16, 2008 (Friday-Sunday).
Previous PyCon conferences have had a broad range of presentations,
ranging from reports on academic and commercial projects to tutorials
and case studies. We hope to continue that tradition this year. As
long as the presentation is interesting and potentially useful to the
Python community, it will be considered for inclusion in the program.
We're especially interested in short tutorial presentations that will
teach conference-goers something new and useful. Can you show
attendees how to: use a module? explore a Python language feature?
package an application?
Full details and instructions here:
Four days of development sprints will follow the conference days,
March 17-20 (Monday-Thursday). Start thinking about sprints you'd
like to lead or join. We'll have an announcement about these soon!
Lightning Talks & Open Space
If you don't want to make a formal presentation, you can still bring
your new project or idea to PyCon.
There will be several sessions of Lightning Talks (five minute
mini-talks, scheduled at the conference).
There will also be several Open Space rooms for informal and
spur-of-the-moment presentations. Open Space slots are allocated
during PyCon on a first-come first-served basis. These slots can be
used for presentations, round table discussions, hands-on tutorials,
follow-up discussions after scheduled talks, or anything else you wish
PyCon 2008 planning is in full swing, but we can still use more help,
*your* help! http://us.pycon.org/2008/helping/