[EuroPython] Proposal: EP 2007 dates, Mon 9 July -> Wed 11 July

Magnus Lyckå magnus.lycka at gmail.com
Sat Sep 2 23:12:37 CEST 2006

I'll probably be in Lithuania anyway in the most of July, so from my
personal point of view it's fine, but I'm wondering what kind of people
we want to attract--what kind of image we want to give the conference.

An event in July feels more like something people would do in their
free time, than something they do professionally. I don't think that
matters a lot for the true enthusiasts, but for the typical professional
who is curious about Python or has been adviced to use it etc, it
might not be so attractive to work at that time of year. Or is it just
in Sweden that basically all of July is vacation time? Perhaps it's
more end of July / beginning of August down on the continent?

2006/9/2, Steve Alexander <steve at canonical.com>:
> Hi Everyone,
> There's been some discussion on this list about dates for next years'
> EuroPython conference, that will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania.
> Aiste from the team who are organising the conference has asked for the
> dates to be decided within the next few days, so that they can make firm
> arrangements with venues and that kind of thing.
> Aiste originally proposed the dates 25-27 June.  Nicolas Pettiaux, Dario
> Lopez-Kasten, Gregor Lindl and Valentine Volonghi pointed out that these
> dates are bad for those with teaching commitments and exams.
> Python in education is an important topic for EuroPython, so we should
> choose dates that work in that regard.
> The following week, 2-4 July, would be possible, but is both difficult
> for many attendees from the USA, and inconvenient for the organising
> team in Vilnius.
> The week following that, 9-11 July, is good for the organising team in
> Vilnius, and ought to be good also for those from the USA, and those
> with teaching or exam commitments.
> So, I propose that EuroPython 2007 in Vilnius be held Monday 9 July to
> Wednesday 11 July.
> The EuroPython board will vote on this on Tuesday next week (5
> September).  Meanwhile, I'd like to hear about any serious objections to
> these dates.  I'm most interested in issues that apply to broad
> categories of people, rather than individuals; for example, if the dates
> are bad for teachers in Europe, or for all French people, and so forth.
> I'm cc-ing Jim Fulton from the USA and Richard Jones from Australia,
> both of whom spoke at the last EuroPython.  Jim and Richard, please tell
> me if the dates would be bad for you or your country-folk.
> --
> Steve Alexander
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