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Tutorial Registration Is Open, Sign Up Today!

Posted by Brian Curtin at 12:28 PM Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Registration for our tutorials is open and ready for signups! If you’re ready to sign up, head to and get started.

The tutorials take place April 9 and 10, the two days preceding the conference, with four opportunities to learn from some of the Python community’s best teachers. Each day has two sessions; a morning and an afternoon offering, split by lunch, with each of the sessions having a short snack break. The cost is $150 per session, which is a steal when you look at who is teaching these classes.

This year we have a good mix of full time trainers, experienced presenters, and a couple of first time tutorial givers. The amount of experience we have on stage teaching these classes all in one space is hard to top. All together, it makes for a wide selection of topics that we hope the community finds beneficial.

If you’re interested in learning about popular web frameworks, we have tutorials on Django, Pyramid, web2py, and Flask. If data analysis is your thing, there are courses on scikit-learn, pandas, NumPy, IPython, and more. There are a lot of other topics and choices — take a look and see for yourself!

If you’ve already registered for conference tickets, you can go back into your registration and append tutorials!


EuroPython 2014 Call for Proposals Open

Posted by diana at 7:55 AM Monday, January 13, 2014

EuroPython 2014

By Andreas Jung:

The next EuroPython conference will be held from July 21 – 27, 2014 at the Berlin Congress Center (BCC) in the heart of Berlin.

The EuroPython conference is the second largest global conference for the popular programming language Python, after the PyCon US conference in North America.

The BCC is located at the central Alexander Square. It offers ideal facilities for a developer conference on 3,000 m2. The organizers are expecting up to 1,200 participants, continuing the growth of the EuroPython conference series. The very successful EuroPython last year attracted almost 900 Python enthusiasts. It was hosted in Florence, Italy for the third time running.

The call for proposals (talks, posters or trainings) is now open and runs until Feb 9th 2014.

Find the full call for proposals here:


Sign Up for the 5K Charity Fun Run!

Posted by Brian Curtin at 4:31 PM Monday, January 06, 2014

We’re bringing the 5K Charity Fun Run back! Last year we had 148 people join us to raise nearly $6,000 for Autism Speaks, theAmerican Cancer Society, and the Epilepsy Foundation. This year’s first beneficiary is the Electronic Frontier Foundation, or EFF. John Perry Barlow, one of the EFF’s co-founders, will be delivering a keynote during the conference!

The run happens Saturday April 12 at 7 AM, beginning near the Montreal Science Center. The event is open to people of all abilities. We’ve had people come out for a morning stroll, people who train for ultra marathons, and several people have used the event as a way to get back in shape via the Couch to 5K program.

The run is being sponsored by Lapio, who run the signups and time tracking for the event. Check out and get signed up today!

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Financial Aid Applications Due!

Posted by Brian Curtin at 2:10 PM Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Just a quick reminder: Applications for our Financial Aid programare due on January 1, 2014. As long as it’s the first of the year somewhere in the world, we’ll be accepting applications!

Check out our previous post about how the application works and what financial aid is for. We’re looking forward to evaluating all of the applications and notifying recipients by January 15, 2014.

Happy New Year from the PyCon organizers!


Startup Row is back

Posted by Yannick Gingras at 4:09 PM Monday, December 30, 2013
Startup Row is back – our offer to showcase the most promising Python startups out there!
The concept is very simple: if you convince us that your young company is the next big thing, we are going to give you a free booth for one day in our Expo Hall and two free passes to the conference.
Startup Row gives you a unique opportunity to connect with a global, highly technical crowd.  Among the 2000+ PyCon attendees, could be a new co-founder, your next investor, a future business partner, or even hundreds of new users, depending on who your target market is.  These are stories we’ve heard from previous Startup Row nominees.
The technological landscape of tomorrow is yours to make.  Come and show us that it’s one where Python shines.
The rules are simple:
  • You must have less than 15 employees, including founders, and be less than two years old.
  • You must use Python somewhere in your startup. Backend, frontend, testing, wherever.
  • If selected, you have to come and staff your booth for the Expo Hall hours on your appointed day.  We will do our best to give you the day that works best for you (either Friday or Saturday).
  • No repeats. If you were on startup row last year, your startup is not eligible. We want to give a chance to as many startups as possible.

Startups will be selected by our panel of judges based on their business potential.  Ambitious new approaches to solving old problems count, so are world changing applications of cutting edge technology.  There are few wrong answers here.

All submissions must be received by March 1st, 2014.


Financial Aid Applications Due January 1

Posted by Brian Curtin at 12:15 PM Monday, December 23, 2013

With the announcements of the tutorialtalkposter, and severallightning talk selections, registration for PyCon 2014 is really on the rise. Before the announcements, we were just shy of 800 tickets sold, and our early bird registration rates were valid for those first 800. We’re now on to the regular rates through the start of the conference, and sales are moving along nicely.

As we’ve mentioned before, PyCon’s ticket price hasn’t changed in quite some time. We think this conference provides a great value at a great price, but we’re cognizant of the total cost of attending an event like this. That’s why we’ve been setting aside a budget to make the conference more affordable for our attendees by way of our Financial Aid program. Applications have been open since August, and will close on January 1, 2014. We’re aiming to have grant awards decided by January 15, 2014.

Coming to PyCon isn’t just the $350 ticket cost, unless you live in Montreal or wherever the conference may be that year. For the majority of our over 2,000 attendees, travel and lodging are an additional cost. While breakfast and lunch are included in the ticket cost, dinner isn’t. None of this is specific to PyCon, but we want to share this event with as many people as we can, so there are funds available to help make your trip more affordable.

The Application

Once you’ve created an account on the PyCon 2014 site, which you can do here, you’ll see the application available in your dashboard. This is a departure from our previous Google Spreadsheet applications, but this is much easier to work with for everyone involved, and it’s nicely integrated into our site and your profile.

Grant Types

As there are several expenses to cover for a trip to PyCon, we have grants to cover several of the common ones. Registration, both for the Friday through Sunday conference and for the Wednesday and Thursday tutorials, can be covered by a grant. Travel, be it by plane, train, or automobile, can also receive coverage. While PyCon really is a 24-hour conference, you’ll probably want to rest at some point, and we can help cover hotel costs. We negotiate discounted room rates for all of our attendees, and we pair up recipients of hotel grants to share a room. This means we can help more people using less rooms.

We’ve also teamed up with PyLadies once again to offer a grant to women attending the conference. Along with other groups, they’ve been instrumental in changing the face of PyCon, and we’re happy to work with them again.

Profession and Involvement

We like to know who you are, so the following questions help us get to know a bit about you, what you’re doing with Python, and how you can help PyCon, and how PyCon can help you.

We start by asking what you do. We love students, and we’ve been doing everything we can to make this experience an option for them. We cut our student ticket prices in half, and through this financial assistance program, we hope to bring more of them in.

If you’re employed, let us know what you do. If you’re a Rocket Scientist, let us know. If you’re unemployed, let us know that as well.

We also ask about your involvement within the Python community. Do you organize or attend local meetups? Do you contribute to any open source projects? Have you mentored other Python users? Anything you’ve done that has benefited the Python community is something we’d like to know about.

What do you want out of PyCon?

Everyone comes to PyCon for different reasons. Some people are hoping to turn from beginners to intermediates. Some are coming for specific tutorials. Some are coming to experience the environment and spend a few days at the sprints. Whatever it is you’re looking to get out of your PyCon trip, let us know.

We’re also looking for anything specific you want to learn. While there’s plenty of information available right now about what’s going to be at PyCon, there’s still our on-site organized open spaces andBirds of a Feather sessions. Give us a hint at what you hope to leave Montreal with.

How you use Python

If you have public code available, we’d love to see it. We’d also like to know what you’re using Python for. Tell us about your experiences and what type of software you’re working on.

We’re also interested in knowing your experience level. PyCon is a conference that aims to please attendees of all levels, whether you just found Python yesterday or you’re a 10 year veteran. If you’re a beginner, it’d be great if you can share how you’ve gotten into Python and what has helped you along the way.

Be sure to let us know if this would be your first PyCon!

Are you speaking?

Be sure to let us know if you have an accepted presentation in the conference. We want to make sure the people who are supposed to be on stage make it to the conference, so mark your application as such.

Remember: Applications for Financial Aid are due January 1, 2014! Apply today!


Talks, Tutorials, and Poster selections announced!

Posted by Brian Curtin at 1:53 PM Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The wait is over: selections for PyCon 2014’s talks, tutorials, and posters are now available! It took a lot of effort from a lot of people to review another record breaking year of submissions, but once again, the result is a stunning set of presentations.

Both the tutorial list and schedule are now available, with tutorial registration expected to be available later this week (we’ll post/tweet when it’s up). The 36 slots available on the schedule were filled from 71 proposals, making up yet another set of courses to get beginners started, and to help each type of Python user level up their skill set. The tutorials take place Wednesday April 9 through 10, and the schedule is comprised of morning and afternoon sessions over those two days. Each tutorial costs $150 and gets you three-hours of teaching and includes a 20 minute snack break.

The list of accepted posters is also available. Taking place on Sunday April 13, the poster session is a great event for both presenters and attendees in a more personal setting. Focused around a poster board, the speaker stands by to share their presentation, and conversation and focus is driven by the attendees who flow around the room. See an interesting graph as you’re walking by? Ask what it’s about, and that becomes the next few minutes of focus. It’s a really fun event and we’re happy to have it on the schedule for another year!

The talks, talking place Friday April 11 through 13, took a dedicated team of reviewers several rounds and hours per week of debate to assess the 564 proposals. “The committee spent months going over each one, and it was extraordinarily difficult to choose just 95 from such an excellent pool,” said Program Committee co-chair Luke Sneeringer. In the coming weeks, these 95 selections will be arranged into schedule form, yet another tough task for Luke and co-chair Alex Gaynor. As with past years, making the decision of which talk to choose out of the five concurrent presentations won’t be easy, but we’ll once again be recording all of the talks for you to view afterwards.

If your proposal(s) weren’t selected, we hope you’ll consider sharing your work with the many other Python conferences within our community, and our strong group of local user groups around the world. We hope to see expansion in the regional conferences likePyOhio and PyTexas, and are happy to see the first PyTennesseestarting up in February.

Early Bird Rates

As of this writing, there are 45 early bird tickets remaining! Our first 800 tickets have been offered at discounted rates of up to 25%, so try to snag one of the last few before registration rates return to their normal amounts. We’ve kept all registration rates the same since…well, I don’t actually know, but at least since I’ve been going in 2008, so probably before then.

Financial Aid

While we strive to keep PyCon as affordable as possible by not increasing our registration rates and working deals with hotels in the area, it’s still a flight and a few days away from home and work for a majority of our attendees. If financial assistance would make a trip to PyCon a possibility for you, we encourage you to apply for our our financial aid program at Applications are due by January 1, so please apply as soon as possible. We try to help as many people as we can, and hope we can make your trip happen.

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