[pycon-za] Confirming first few speakers

Jonathan Endersby jonathan.endersby at praekeltconsulting.com
Wed Aug 22 07:56:51 CEST 2012

I would suggest that you get all the potential speakers to submit an intro
paragraph and then have a committee decide after the submission deadline...
This of course does not apply to invited speakers.

The selection criteria is not just "Is this a good talk?", but also, have
we covered all our bases? It's quite possible, for instance, that no one
wants to talk about Django because the topic is so broad. Do we get a
"Intro to Django" talk (which I think we should have) or/and a "Timing
attacks using Django Signals on virtual hosts" talk.

If we say yes early-on we run the risk of having to say no to someone
really awesome because their talk overlaps too closely with another talk
we've already said yes too.

Lastly, I think it's important that we push people who we know are
awesome/interesting to submit a talk proposal. Often the really awesome
speakers are too busy being awesome (or just genuinely humble) to suggest


- sent from my tricorder.
On Aug 22, 2012 12:25 AM, "Simon Cross" <simon.cross at praekeltfoundation.org>

> Greetings
> We have firm offers for talks from:
> * Larry Hastings (Stepping through CPython -- his PyCon US 2012 talk)
> * Armin Rigo & Maciej Fijałkowski (New Approaches to Concurrency in
> Python -- a talk about STM, the GIL, etc)
> And from:
> * Edward van Kuik (How to open a bar in Python)
> Edward is a long-time CTPUG supporter, owner of nitric.co.za and
> currently runs a bar with a lot of funky features using software he
> wrote himself in Python.
> If there are no objections (speak now) I'd like to accept these three
> talks just to get the speaker ball rolling.
> Schiavo
> Simon
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