PyCon for students?

Michael Hrivnak mhrivnak at
Fri Jul 27 21:46:11 CEST 2012

Having a conference during the summer is generally more expensive,
because you have to compete with tourists for lodging and such.  For
this reason, summer-time conventions are often in places where nobody
wants to be during the summer, like Phoenix.

That said, Santa Clara probably isn't a cheap location in March, and
they could probably find a non-scorching and non-touristy city that's
no more expensive during the summer.

So it's a balance between wanting a location that is affordable vs. a
location that will give extra incentive for people to attend.

Also, professional python devs like to take their vacations during the
summer too, so there is potential for conflict with that.

Lastly, the main conference is Friday-Sunday, and I think many
students could make that work.  It also probably overlaps with a lot
of spring breaks.


P.S. Instead of doing "whatever" during the summer, many students have
important internships that they don't want to skip out on any more
than regular classes.

On Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM, Devin Jeanpierre
<jeanpierreda at> wrote:
> Hey guys,
> I recently saw a post saying that PyCon for students' price was
> dropped to $100. If you are trying to attract students, why not move
> PyCon to take place during the summer? As far as I know, summer vs
> spring makes no difference to any members of the general working
> population (except for teachers and such, who have the same schedule
> as students), but for students it's the difference between missing a
> week of school (or, worse, exams), and being able to do whatever
> because it's the summer vacation.
> -- Devin
> --

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