We will be holding another Python language summit as part of PyCon 2011 in Atlanta. The summit will be on Thursday March 10th, the second day of the tutorials and the day before the conference proper begins.
All python-committers are invited (if you have attended in previous years you will receive another copy of this invitation). If you intend to attend, or think it is likely that you will attend, please reply and let me know as soon as possible to help with venue planning. A maybe is fine, you can always change your mind later. Attending for only part of the day is fine. We expect the summit to run from 10am - 4pm with appropriate breaks.
We will also be inviting contributors to alternative implementations of Python, and select Python community members. Again, having an idea of the number of attendees help us to decide how many of these we can invite.
If you are giving a tutorial and would also like to attend the language summit you will need to talk to the tutorial organisers and let them know that you won't be available on the Thursday.
As in previous years we are also running a VM summit, on Wednesday March 9th. This is by invite only, with no general invitation to python-committers. Invites have already gone out, but if you would like to be included please email me and (space permitting) I will add you.
If you have suggestions of people you think should be invited to the language summit then feel free to pass them onto me.
Details of the language summit are below.
The Python Language Summit is an invitation-only event for the developers of Python implementations (CPython, IronPython, Jython, Parrot, PyPy, etc.) to share information, discuss our shared problems and hopefully solve them.
These issues might be related to the language itself, the standard library, the development process, Python 3.x and 2.x, the documentation, package index, web site, etc. The Summit will focus on discussion more than on presentations; the planned program is included at the bottom of this message. We're currently planning for 50-60 people to attend the Summit.
The Language Summit is being organized in conjunction with PyCon 2011, with support from the Python Software Foundation. This is the fourth language summit.
Previous summits were held at PyCon 2009 & 2010 and EuroPython 2010.
The Language Summit will be at the Hyatt Atlanta Regency Hotel ( http://atlantaregency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp ), the same hotel where the conference is being held. Thursday March 10 is the day before PyCon begins, and is also the second day of the PyCon tutorials.
The summit will be from 10am - 4pm and is likely to be in the Courtland or Dunwoody rooms. Further details will be emailed to attendees before the event.
Attending the Summit is free. You are responsible for your travel and hotel costs.
If you wish to attend PyCon, you must still register and pay for PyCon. Note that you don't have to stay for PyCon if you're only interested in the Language Summit.
As it does every year, PyCon will be offering financial assistance to people who are unable to attend the conference otherwise. I am not on the financial-aid committee and can't guarantee anything, but language summit attendees would stand a very good chance of receiving some aid.
See http://us.pycon.org/2010/registration/financial-aid/ for more information about financial aid. (This is the 2010 page, registration for 2011 has not yet opened. Procedures for applying for financial aid are likely to be the same as 2010.)
If you would like to attend the summit, or would like a slot to be reserved for you, then please reply to this email (off-list). We only have space for 60 attendees so it is important we know who is attending.
Note that the summit proceedings may be recorded and made publicly available.
I look forward to seeing you and working with you at the Summit.
Michael Foord Coordinator, Python Language Summit
p.s. The sessions have not been finally decided. Suggestions for topics of discussion will be gratefully received. Once I have a session outlines I will post them on this list. Bonus points for reading this far down the email by the way...