[EuroPython] Schedule is now online

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Thu Apr 28 01:08:42 CEST 2011

The subject says it all! Start [browsing the schedule][1] now and see what
talks have made it thanks to the community voting.

## Schedule Browser 0.1 alpha

EuroPython is a big conference, with many different tracks going on at the
same time. Providing a way to guide delegates through the conference and help
them not miss any event they like is our top priority. This is why we have
worked around the clock to provide an **interactive schedule browsing**
experience. We did not manage to complete everything for today, but we will
keep working on it and release more browsing features in the next days.

Thanks to a fixed navigation panel, you will be able to do **full-text
searches in talks and abstracts** to find talks that you would like to attend;
the abstracts appears in an overlay popup so that you will not get confused
when you get back to schedule browsing; you can turn on/off tracks that you
are interested into (like the Italian track if you don't _parli italiano molto
bene_); after a login, you will have the **like/dislike** buttons at your
disposal to quickly filter the talks, and a **"my schedule" view** that only
show the talks that you like. Did you join the talk voting? If so, your vote
will appear next to each talk, to makes it even easier to find what you like

It's all a bit in beta right now, but rest assured that we will keep working
on it in the next few days. If you find bugs, report them directly in the chat
or by [e-mail][2].

We really hope that you will like our schedule browser!

## Special guests

We are proud to reveal the special guests that we have invited to this year's

  * [Alex Martelli][3]: PSF member, Python Italia founder, "Python in a
Nutshell" writer, worldwide Python guru... and truly, deeply **Italian**. Does
we need to add more? Yes, he is a _wonderful_ speaker. You really need to
watch one of his talks at least once in a lifetime!

  * [Anna Ravenscroft][4]: can you be a Pythonista, a mom, a geek, and a
student at the same time? Of course you do, if your name is Anna Ravenscroft!
Anna will be delivering a keynote on diversity within technical communities
(like Python's), a topic which is really close to our heart. Don't miss it!

  * [Raymond Hettinger][5]: member of the PSF and very well-regarded and old-
timer core Python developer, Raymond is so in love with Italy to fly over
every year for Python Italia... and we are in love with him too! His
competence really fascinates his audiences. Make sure to listen to him at
least once during the week!

  * [Simon Willison][6]: Simon is probably best known in the Python community
as a co-creator of Django, but he is a also a high profile public speaker and
an entrepreneur (his current startup is the raising [layndr.com][7]). If you
are looking for the very last secret of Django, write down his name and look
for him in the schedule, you won't be disappointed!

  * [Spotify:][8] do you know that Swedish company that is world-famous for
its revolutionary approach to paid music distribution? Did you know that they
use _lots_ of Python in their backend? Well, we did, and we invited them to
share some secrets with us! They will be giving both a keynote and a technical
talk on their backend architecture. Save the date!

  * [Yann Le Du][9]: Yann is a professor at the École nationale superieure de
chimie de Paris. Together with his staff, he lately published a terrific paper
on exploiting Python and CUDA on gamer's PC for empowering the HPU4Science
Cluster. We are looking forward to hearing more details about this in his

## What's missing

We need another week or so to sort out the final details on:

  * Sprints: we will concentrate on organizing the sprints starting tomorrow.
For people that need to know their exact schedule for travel arrangements, we
plan to have sprints during the whole Saturday and Sunday, starting at 9:00
and ending at 19:00. More details to follow next week.

  * Evening events: don't believe the schedule that says "Finish" at 19:30, we
will have **great** evening events even later in the evening, for those who
can't really miss a single drop of EuroPython! We are really looking forward
to announce them, so stay tuned!

   [1]: http://ep2011.europython.eu/schedule

   [2]: mailto:europython-contact at python.org

   [3]: http://ep2011.europython.eu/conference/speakers/alex-martelli

   [4]: http://ep2011.europython.eu/conference/speakers/anna-ravenscroft

   [5]: http://ep2011.europython.eu/conference/speakers/raymond-hettinger

   [6]: http://ep2011.europython.eu/conference/speakers/simon-willison

   [7]: http://lanyrd.com/2011/europython/

   [8]: http://www.spotify.com/

   [9]: http://ep2011.europython.eu/conference/speakers/yann-le-du

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