[python-uk] And now for something completely different - the PyCon UK Poster Session!

Nicholas H.Tollervey ntoll at ntoll.org
Sat Jun 6 17:46:51 CEST 2015


Hi,

Here's my take... please feel free to ignore it as the mad ramblings of
a fruitcake. Nevertheless...

Don't let the word "poster" guide your thoughts.

Some of the best "posters" at this year's PyCon in Montreal were
actually a hardware device or laptop sat on a small table with several
print outs, post it notes, old drawings and so on that were stuck to the
wall behind the presenter. The presenter for the poster would show off
the device/software 1-1 to people while others could just browse the
info on the wall.

Perhaps better to think of the "poster" as a short cut or synonym for "a
space on the wall" - to which you can stick anything (within reason).

Perhaps all you need is a cheap whiteboard and some felt tips..? Maybe
you can think of something more artistic. Perhaps "art installation" is
the way to go (pictures at an exhibition)?

Get creative! Use your imagination! Surprise us! Delight us! Make us
smile at your imaginative interpretation of poster!

Lateral thinking = good. Maybe ask yourself, what would a poster session
at Hogwarts look like..? How about choosing a currently popular concept
and bringing it to life: Internet of Things the poster session!

Don't just write stuff down and print it on a poster (which, as you
point out, could get quite expensive). For some projects that's perhaps
the most appropriate thing to do - but personally, it strikes me as
being to poster sessions as Powerpoint karaoke with bullet-points is to
a conference talk. Pictures, sketches, stuff to press, things to do,
ways to engage - that's what *I* would love to see. Tell us your story!

It's an opportunity to present something that you're passionate about to
the wider Python UK community. Let that passion shine through..! PyCon
UK is a friendly and supportive place. You're among friends - be brave,
take risks and have fun. If things go wrong, people will help and
support you.

Our conference can only be improved by such contributions.

N.

On 06/06/15 12:36, Tom Wright wrote:
> Hmmm... that means you can buy a television for the price of three
> posters....
> 
> On 6 Jun 2015 11:12, "Nicholas H.Tollervey" <ntoll at ntoll.org
> <mailto:ntoll at ntoll.org>> wrote:
> 
>     This is going to be a wonderful thing. I've always enjoyed the poster
>     sessions at PyCon (US/NorthAmerica) and EuroPython. Glad to see it make
>     an appearance at PyCon UK. Many thanks to Naomi for making this happen.
> 
>     Get submitting! :-)
> 
>     N.
> 
>     On 06/06/15 11:01, Naomi Ceder wrote:
>     > And now for something completely different - the PyCon UK Poster
>     Session!
>     >
>     > We are pleased to announce the very first PyCon UK poster session.
>     > Poster sessions, which are popular at scientific and academic
>     > conferences, give the presenter a chance to stand in front of a one
>     > meter square "poster" illustrating their topic, and interact with
>     > attendees as they pass by - answering questions, trading ideas,
>     etc. in
>     > a much more "up close and personal" setting.
>     >
>     > Poster sessions are a good way for people to get started
>     presenting at a
>     > conference, since one is only talking to a few people at a time. They
>     > are also a good venue for niche projects that might not get on a talk
>     > program, or for testing the waters with very new ideas.
>     >
>     > This year PyCon UK will be holding its first poster session, accepting
>     > up to 20 posters. For more information, and to find out how to
>     submit a
>     > poster, please visit our poster session page
>     > at http://www.pyconuk.org/posters/ or contact Naomi Ceder
>     > at naomi.ceder at gmail.com <mailto:naomi.ceder at gmail.com>
>     <mailto:naomi.ceder at gmail.com <mailto:naomi.ceder at gmail.com>>
>     >
>     > (And please feel free to forward, repost, tweet, blog, or otherwise
>     > share the word!)
>     >
>     > --
>     > Naomi Ceder
>     > https://plus.google.com/u/0/111396744045017339164/about
>     >
>     >
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