[portland] OSB and python: a proposal

Dylan Reinhardt python at dylanreinhardt.com
Thu May 13 21:17:50 CEST 2010

Thanks for a thoughtful response, Selena.  Since I started this thread by
griping, I should probably start by thanking you for your hard work. Thank

I would have commented on your session list earlier, but I was unaware that
you had made final selections until this morning, when it occurred to me
that I should check if I was on the hook for the Django session that I
submitted.  My bad, probably.

Your offer to nominate an additional Python session is a generous one. I
hope this touches off a discussion here about what we might suggest.


On Thu, May 13, 2010 at 12:02 PM, Selena Deckelmann <
selena at opensourcebridge.org> wrote:

> Hi folks,
> So, I heard through the grapevine that folks weren't happy with the
> coverage of python at OS Bridge.
> And I read through the thread. I have a suggestion at the bottom of
> this message that I hope you will consider, but first - here's a bunch
> of stuff I typed out that I hope you will read:
> First, let me say, I am totally excited that you care enough to read
> through our schedule and comment on it. I think in the future, we need
> to provide a way to look at suggested talks in a schedule-like
> interface so that folks can provide more feedback earlier on
> (especially before the committee makes selections!) regarding what
> they'd like to see. I say this because we posted the session list a
> while ago, and didn't receive any feedback about the lack of python.
> Second, it would have been greatly helpful to have had more people
> volunteering early on around the conference program and shaping of
> what the conference was going to become. We did have a member of the
> python community involved in talk selection, but because of scheduling
> (mostly my fault) we didn't really have as much interaction as I would
> have liked to have. Now, we're, of course, interested in day-of
> volunteers, but with only two weeks to go until the event.. it's tough
> to change the direction of a fast-moving train.
> Finally, the conference is definitely about cross-language
> collaboration, crazy and silly ideas, cultural hacking and what it
> means for us to be collaborating both in Portland, and around the
> world on code that we really care about. So, we don't emphasize any
> particular language. There was a fair bit of PHP this year - probably
> because the talks suggested by PHP folks seemed particularly
> interesting to the committee. We didn't actually get that many Ruby
> proposals, and while there were a lot of Perl proposals, I believe we
> only accepted one. We got a lot of functional language talks, and a
> ton of things involving infrastructure/operations/engineering. I think
> this reflects some of the problems that our peers are focused on right
> now. Or at least the folks that submitted talks. :)
> All that said, there are a couple openings for talks left. So here is
> what I propose:
> If this group would like to nominate a particular proposal for
> inclusion, I'm happy to do that.  We reserve a few slots for
> last-minute changes, and so this is not out of protocol to do so. This
> all of course this depends on who is available, etc. But if you'd like
> to as a group organize something and recommend a talk, I will take
> your recommendation and add it to the schedule as soon as you're
> ready.
> -selena
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