[Edu-sig] Reminder: Early Bird Registration for PyCon Ending Soon
jeff at taupro.com
Wed Jan 10 12:08:40 CET 2007
Greetings. As the co-chair for the upcoming Python conference, being held in
Dallas (Addison) Texas, I want to remind folk to register before early bird
registration prices end.
The event is the fifth international Python Conference, being held Feb 23-25,
2007 at the Marriott-Quorum in Addison, with early-bird registration ending
The conference draws approximately 400-500 attendees from diverse backgrounds
such as scientists from national and medical labs, college/K-12 educators, web
engineers and the myriad of IT developers and programming hobbyists. Those
new to the Python language are welcome, and we're offering a half-day "Python
101" tutorial on the day before the conference, Thursday Feb 22 to help you
get up to speed and better enjoy the rest of the conference.
Some of the really cool talks are:
- Easy creation of interactive tutorials
- Good-bye Hello World: Rethinking Teaching with Python
- Visual Python in a Computational Physics Course
- Python for Students of the Modern World
- pyweek: making games in 7 days
- Keynote: The Power of Dangerous Ideas: Python and One Laptop per Child
- Keynote: Premise: eLearning does not Belong in Public Schools
- Creating games with Pygame on the GP2X
- Keynote: The Importance of Programming Literacy
Being run by the Python community as a non-profit event, the conference
strives to be inexpensive, with registration being only $260 (or $195 if you
register prior to Jan 15th), with a further discount for students. On the day
before the conference we are running a full day of classroom tutorials (extra
charge per class) and then after the conference is a free four-days of
sprints, which are informal gatherings of programmers to work together in
coding on various projects. Sprints are excellent opportunities to do agile
pair-programming side-by-side with experienced programmers and make new friends.
Other activities are lightning talks, which are 5-minute presentations to show
off a cool technology or spread the word about a project, open space talks,
which are spontaneous gatherings around a topic and, new this year, a Python
Lab where experienced and novice programmers will work together to solve
challenging problems and then present their solutions.
The conference is also running four keynote talks by leaders in the
programming field, with a special focus on education this year:
"The Power of Dangerous Ideas: Python and One Laptop per Child"
by Ivan Krstic, senior member of the One Laptop per Child project
"Premise: eLearning does not Belong in Public Schools"
by Adele Goldberg, of SmallTalk fame
by Guido van Rossum, creator of Python
"The Importance of Programming Literacy"
by Robert M. "r0ml" Lefkowitz, a frequent speaker at O'Reilly conferences
I believe you will find the conference educational and enjoyable. More
information about the conference along with the full schedule of presentations
with abstracts, is available online:
Thanks for any help you can give in spreading the word,
Co-Chair PyCon 2007
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