[python-committers] Call For Participants For The 2016 Python Language Summit

Larry Hastings larry at hastings.org
Tue Mar 1 20:01:30 EST 2016

It's that time once again: time to start planning for the 2016 Python 
Language Summit!  This year the summit will be at the Oregon Convention 
Center in Portland, Oregon, USA, on May 28th.  Sadly, again this year 
Michael Foord won't be in attendance.  Barry Warsaw and I are running 
the summit for the second time.

The purpose of the event is to disseminate information and spark 
conversation among Python core developers.  It's our once-a-year chance 
to get together and hash out where we're going and what we're doing, 

We're making two minor changes this year.  First: we're going to 
experiment with lightning talks!  We may have a bunch at the end, or we 
may throw some in between longer presentations--not sure yet, we'll see 
how it goes.  In the grand tradition of lightning talks, they'll be 
scheduled exclusively on the day of the summit.  We'll provide a 
whiteboard or other drawable surface in case you don't show up with 
slides, and wild gesticulation isn't enough.

Second: we're using a Google Form to collect signups.  This one form 
lets you request an invitation to the summit, and also optionally 
propose a talk.  Please note: filling out the form does not guarantee 
you an invitation.  Space is limited; if you're a core developer, your 
request for invitation *will* be honored, but we may need to restrict 
attendance for others.  (Sorry!)  Barry and I will email the invitations 

Signups are open as of now, and will remain open for six weeks, closing 
April 12th.  But it'll only take you a minute to fill out the form, so 
you might as well do it right now!  Signing up sooner will make our 
lives easier, too.

You'll find a link to the signup form on the summit's official web page, 


One final note.  Again this year we're inviting Jake Edge from Linux 
Weekly News to attend the summit and provide press coverage.  In case 
you missed it, Jake did a phenomenal job of covering last year's summit, 
giving the reader a very thorough overview of what happened.


Some attendees were worried last year about sharing private or 
proprietary information in front of a reporter.  Jake, Barry, and I want 
to assure you that it's just not a problem.  Jake's not there to 
embarrass anybody or get anybody in trouble.  He said he'd be happy to 
work with any attendees about any discussions you want considered "off 
the record".

We hope to see you at the summit!

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