[Inpycon] venue

Noufal Ibrahim noufal at gmail.com
Wed Feb 9 08:48:09 CET 2011

On Wed, Feb 09 2011, Kenneth Gonsalves wrote:

> On Wed, 2011-02-09 at 12:05 +0530, Ramdas S wrote:
>> > Keep up the good work, and spread the word around.
>> More than colleges we need professional developers, which is why
>> Bangalore,
>> Pune and Chennai is always on top of our list... 
> well this depends on your perspective. There are four classes of people
> who attend inpycon:
> 1. Developers who are focussed on python - they will attend regardless
> of where the conference is, *especially* if there is an extreme track. 
> 2. Developers who are *also* interested in python - these will probably
> only attend if it is held in their own city.
> 3. Students - I have noticed in the last two events a large number of
> students who are willing to travel to attend.
> 4. Newbies - will only attend if it is in their own city.

The problem is mood. A "conference" dominated by first timer students
will become nothing more than a glorified workshop or at best a user
group meeting. While fine for advocacy, it's a very low goal for an
annual conference. 

We've been criticised for this in the past two conferences and
justifiably so. 

I think we should focus on creating a conference for genuine high
quality people and offer a tutorial type session on the side. 

The city should be selected based on that. Given the choice between
Chennai and Coimbatore, I'd prefer the former. If Pune is an option,
that'd be fine as well.

It'd be a pity if the conference became simply a glorified tutorial
session for college students with a few talks thrown in. 



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