[Baypiggies] Fwd: [PyCON-Organizers] Have Your City Host PyCon 2010!

Edward Cherlin echerlin at gmail.com
Sun Mar 9 06:37:49 CET 2008

On Fri, Mar 7, 2008 at 6:38 PM, Ted Pollari <tcp at mac.com> wrote:

 > 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.

 OK, we'll think 1,000-1,500

 > 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
 > Conference Committee.
 > Still interested? Curious? Do you want PyCon 2010 hosted in your area?

 San Francisco Bay Area: Yes.

 > Here's what to do:
 > • Form a group of people interested in helping with the conference
 > planning.


 > • If you're attending PyCon 2008, join us for a kick-off meeting over
 > lunch on Saturday, March 15th.

 Thanks. Some of us will be there.

 > • Make sure at least one person from your group is on the PyCon
 > organizer's list[1]


 > and, as soon as possible, announce your interest
 > in submitting a bid on the list.

 Yes, we're interested.

 >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 [2] 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...

 I'll send it separately after we go over it once more.

 There is a draft on the Wiki. I don't notice any changes to the
 requirements on

 http://wiki.python.org/moin/PyCon2010BayPiggiesBid  About us
 http://wiki.python.org/moin/PyCon2010BayPiggiesProposal  Draft proposal

 We are the only one listed on the page http://wiki.python.org/moin/PyCon2010Bid

 > If you have any questions or need any help, feel free to email the
 > organizer's list and ask away!

 Can we have an XO Teach-In? We're hoping to have something running by
 then at the Exploratorium and Zeum in San Francisco, the Children's
 Discovery Museum and Tech Museum in San Jose, and the Computer History
 Museum in Mountain View, at least. A computer conference I attended
 arranged for the conference banquet to be at the Exploratorium, but I
 don't know what its capacity is. Wait, now I do. 110,000 sq. ft., much
 of it occupied by cool interactive exhibits.


 Full-facility rental accommodates small or large groups from 100 to
 400 guests for a seated dinner, or up to 2,500 guests for a strolling

 A full-facility rental includes:

    * Exclusive use of hundreds of exciting, fully operational,
 interactive exhibits
    * Ample on-site parking for cars, motor coaches, and your valet service
    * Use of the 125-seat McBean Theater
    * Option to use the Cafe space and its tables and chairs (seating
 for ~163) for an additional charge
    * Professional special events staff: an Event Coordinator,
 Operations Technician, Receptionist, and Security staff
    * Explainers (guides who assist with exhibits and provide demonstrations)
    * Access for guests with disabilities

 We have to call or write for rates. The standard contract is for six hours use.

 The adjoining Palace of Fine Arts Theatre can be rented separately or
 in conjunction with an Exploratorium full-facility rental.

 962 seats. Rates: http://www.palaceoffinearts.org/rates.html

 I bet the Exploratorium would love to have us do a code sprint on
 stuff for exhibits.

 > [1] http://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/pycon-organizers
 > [2] http://wiki.python.org/moin/PyConPlanning/BidRequirements

Edward Cherlin
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"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."--Alan Kay

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