[Python-africa] PyCon ZA 2018 - Call for Speakers

Iwan Vosloo iwan at reahl.org
Thu Apr 19 09:32:22 EDT 2018

PyCon ZA 2018 will take place on the 11th & 12th of October at The 
Birchwood Hotel & Conference Centre, in Boksburg North, Johannesburg, 
South Africa (location link: https://goo.gl/maps/XMtwhJCKVt92 ). There 
will also be tutorial sessions the day before the conference (the 10th) 
and we will hold sprints on the 13th & 14th of October.

We are currently accepting proposals for talks. If you would like to 
give a presentation, please register at https://za.pycon.org/ and submit 
your proposal, following the instructions at 
https://za.pycon.org/talks/submit-talk . We have a number of tracks 
available, including: Web, Scientific-Computing/PyData, Testing and 
Other (which includes all talks that don't fall under the mentioned 
tracks). We hope to notify accepted presenters by no later than the 31st 
of August 2018.

The presentation slots will be 30 minutes long, with an additional 10 
minutes for discussion at the end. Shared sessions are also possible. 
The presentations will be in English.

PyCon ZA offers a mentorship program for inexperienced speakers. If you 
would like assistance preparing your submission, email team at za.pycon.org 
with a rough draft of your talk proposal and we'll find a suitable 
experienced speaker to act as a mentor.

In addition to talks, we are also looking for proposals for tutorials, 
demos, sprints and open spaces.

Tutorials will be held before the conference and are expected to 
provided in-depth coverage of a topic. The number of attendees will be 
also be limited. We are accepting proposals for either half-day (4 
hours) or full-day (8 hours) tutorials. We hope to notify accepted 
tutorial presenters by no later than the 27th of July 2018.

Demos are cool things for attendees to see and interact with.

Open spaces are open discussion forums where communities with a common 
interest gather to present views, ask questions and meet people 
interested in the topic.

Sprints are coding efforts and hack days that happen after the conference.

There is no need to register a sprint or open space topic upfront, but 
doing so allows us to advertise them during the conference.

Financial assistance for attendees is available at: 
https://za.pycon.org/financial-aid/ and will be reviewed on a 
case-by-case basis.

Iwan Vosloo
On behalf of the PyCon ZA organising committee

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