The deadline for PyCon 2012 tutorial, talk, and poster proposals is under 14 days away, so be sure to get your submissions in by October 12, 2011 (as always, if it's October 12th anywhere in the world, submissions are still open!).
Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced veteran, PyCon is depends on you, the community, coming together to build the best conference schedule possible - PyCon is first and foremost about the community, driven by volunteers both on an organizational level, and by speakers.
Our call for proposals lays out the details it takes to be included in the lineup for the conference in Santa Clara, CA on March 7-15, 2012. I should note that this year we have gone away from consistent groups of invited speakers - meaning, all talks, regardless of who submits them are not guaranteed a speaking slot. All talks are judged and reviewed on the merits of the talk and the speakers themselves.
If you’re unsure of what to write about, our recent survey yielded a large list of potential talk topics, and plenty of ideas for tutorials. We’ve also come up with general tips on proposal writing to ensure everyone has the most complete proposal when it comes time for review. As always, the program committee wants to put together an incredible conference, so they’ll be working with submitters to fine tune proposal details and help you produce the best submissions. Even if you are still incubating a talk idea: submit the proposal now in rough form and we can assist you in fleshing out and refining the proposal during the review process.
We’ve had plenty of great news to share since we first announced the call for proposals. Paul Graham of Y Combinator was recently announced as a keynote speaker, making his return after a 2003 keynote. David Beazley, famous for his mind-blowing talks on CPython’s Global Interpreter Lock, was added to the plenary talk series.
We recently eclipsed last year’s sponsorship count of 40 and are currently at a record 54 organizations supporting PyCon. If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring PyCon, we’d love to hear from you, so check out our sponsorship page.
And as always - quick thanks to all of our awesome PyCon 2012 Sponsors:
- Diamond Level: Google and Dropbox.
- Platinum Level: New Relic, SurveyMonkey, Microsoft, Eventbrite, Nasuni and Gondor.io
- Gold Level: Walt Disney Animation Studios, CCP Games, Linode, Enthought, Canonical, Dotcloud, Loggly, Revsys, ZeOmega, Bitly,ActiveState, JetBrains, Caktus, Disqus, Spotify, Snoball, Evite, PlaidCloud and Mozilla
- Silver Level: Imaginary Landscape, WiserTogether, Net-ng, Olark, AG Interactive, Bitbucket, Open Bastion, 10Gen, gocept, Lex Machina,fwix, github, toast driven, Aarki, Threadless, Cox Media, myYearBook, Accense Technology, Wingware, FreshBooks, and BigDoor
- Lanyard: Dreamhost
- Sprints: Reddit
- FLOSS: OSU/OSL, OpenHatch
Thank you - and as always, feel free to reach out to the team or any of the staff with any questions you might have.