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We have issued our Call For Proposals

Monday, September 28, 2015
Have you ever dreamed of speaking in front of a conference crowd?

Or of teaching a several-hour PyCon tutorial, that gives you the opportunity to lead an audience deep into the details of a technology so that they emerge with new and useful skills?

Or have you wanted the chance to present a poster, regaling passers-by with the details of your project while being able to answer their questions one-on-one instead of under time pressure in front of a big group?

Then know that the PyCon 2016 conference has issued its official Call For Proposals!

PyCon 2016 — Call For Proposals

Everyone, from veteran Python community members to newcomers who might never have attended a conference, is welcome to propose their idea for a talk, a tutorial, or a poster that will help share ideas, technologies, and experiences with the conference and the wider community.

Note that the tutorial deadline this year is earlier than the talk and poster deadline. Because tutorials are 4 to 6 times longer than a talk and are a more weighty investment for the conference, the instructor, and for the students — who pay individually to attend a tutorial — our tutorial deadline this year will end about a month before the talk deadline. This will permit the tutorial committee the time that they need to interact with their field of proposals, while giving normal talk and tutorial speakers an extra month in which to put together proposals that are as cutting-edge as possible in those cases where they involve current technology.

Links from the Call For Proposal page lead to the details of proposing talks, tutorials, and posters. Good luck as you conceive, write up, and propose your ideas, and please ask us any questions that you find we have left unanswered!

PyConZA 2015: 1 & 2 October, Johannesburg

Sunday, September 27, 2015
South Africa’s fourth PyCon kicks off in just three days' time in Johannesburg!

The conference takes place at the Witwatersrand University on the 1 & 2 October, with sprints at JoziHub on the 3 & 4 October.

Schedule highlights include:

See za.pycon.org for all the details and the full schedule.

Thank you to our Launch-Day sponsors

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The new PyCon 2016 website is now live! The conference volunteers have worked hard to include all of the essential details about the schedule, venue, and hotels ahead of the Call for Proposals next week and the opening of Registration in mid-October.

Our launch-day sponsors this year — those organizations that have already pledged support toward keeping PyCon affordable for as wide a range of attendees as possible — are from a broad array of fields that illustrate just how widely Python is used in today’s world:

For more details, see the detailed sponsor descriptions on our Sponsors Page. We look forward to seeing every one of these sponsors at the conference.

In the meantime, the PyCon volunteer staff will be busy rolling out new information about the conference every week here on the site as well as on our social media accounts — so stay tuned!

Important Dates:


  • September 28 — Call For Proposals for talks, tutorials, posters, and the Education Summit
  • October 14 — Registration opens
  • October 17 — Financial aid application opens
  • November 30 — Tutorial proposals due


  • January 3 — Talk, poster, and Education Summit proposals due
  • January 18 — Financial aid applications close
  • January 31–February 10 — Financial aid grants awarded
  • February 22 — Talks, tutorials, posters, and Education Summit schedule announced
  • May 28–29 — Tutorial Days
  • May 30–June 1 — Main conference plus Expo Hall, Job Fair, and posters
  • June 2–5 — Sprints

Sign up today or Tuesday to be a Launch Day sponsor

Monday, September 21, 2015
The long months of summer are finally at an end — for those of us in northern climes — and this Wednesday, on the first day of Autumn, the new PyCon website for Portland 2016 will launch!

The conference is a bit more than eight months away, and it is time for us organizers to start sharing the details that will help community members plan their travel schedules, time, and involvement in the largest annual gathering dedicated to the Python programming language.

In case your organization is interested in sponsoring PyCon and wants to already be listed as a sponsor on Launch Day when the website goes live, we have gone ahead and opened up the prospectus and application a few days before the rest of the site!


Interested sponsors can also contact us at pycon-sponsors@python.org with any specific questions. And please do not panic if your company’s budget process or organization’s schedule does not allow you to already be planning for the 2016 conference season! Launch Day is not a deadline — our “Apply to be a Sponsor” page will be open through the end of the year and well into 2016. But for sponsors who are able to go ahead, decide, and step forward as a supporter, being listed on the website from day one allows for maximum exposure to our community.

Thank you to the sponsors who are already signed up. We look forward to your involvement in PyCon 2016!

PyCon JP 2015 Registration Open

Monday, June 01, 2015

We are pleased to announce availability of PyCon JP 2015 tickets. PyCon JP 2015 is the biggest Python event in Japan, consisting of keynotes, talks, dev sprints and tutorials (paid separately). As with every year, we expect the event to be very international. There will be sessions in both Japanese and English.

You can purchase the ticket for the main conference (10-11th October) from the below website.
Please note that the after party is included in the price. You're all encouraged to connect and network with fellow pythonistas!

We have four types of ticket.
  • Business: 15,000 JPY(Early Bird 12,000 JPY)
  • Personal: 10,000 JPY(Early Bird 8,000 JPY)
  • Student with party: 5,000 JPY
  • Student without party: 2,000 JPY
We also have Patron Sponsor tickets (20,000yen). Proceedings from Patron tickets will be used to provide discounted student tickets. It is your chance to show your support for the community!

PyCon JP 2015 Call for Proposals

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The annual PyCon JP 2015 will be held at Plaza Heisei in Tokyo. The schedule is as below.

  • Tutorial: 2015 October 9(Fri)
  • Conference: 2015 October 10(Sat)-11(Sun)
  • Development Sprints: 2015 October 12(Mon / Public Holiday in Japan)

We are currently seeking proposals for talks for this event. Visit the PyCon JP 2015 Call for Proposals page for more information. Submission deadline is 15th July.

As with every year, we are expecting many international participants to the event, so English talk proposals are absolutely essential. We plan to make at least one out of three talk tracks fully English. This is your chance to introduce the topic you love to Pythonistas in Japan!

For more information visit our official website. Any questions and comments are welcome, email to us (2015 at pycon dot jp).

Update on the PSF Elections - new election starting

Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Due to some procedural problems with the current election for the Board of the Python Software Foundation, the Foundation has taken some steps to make sure that the elections are freely open for nominations and that there are no conflicts of interest. Specifically, today the board adopted the following resolutions:

RESOLVED, due to procedural deficiencies, the Board Election ballots issued on May 1st (AOE)/May 2nd (UTC) be deemed null and void.

RESOLVED, that David Mertz be removed as election administrator, and that Ian Cordasco be appointed as election administrator.

David has been the election adminstrator for quite a while, and designed the "e-vote" system that we use along with Massimo DePierro. He has put in a lot of time and effort, and we thank him for it. David in particular volunteered for a complex voting administration task that needed to be handled as the PSF expanded internationally beyond a primarily US-based membership that could previously realistically vote (in person, or by proxy) at physical meetings held annually at PyCon

Without David's efforts as Election Administrator over that time, it would not have been feasible to expand the membership as we have, including the conversion to an open membership model in the 2014 update to the PSF bylaws.

For anyone who has received a ballot already, or has received a ballot reminder, please ignore it. We will be canceling the election as quickly as possible.

We also wanted to make sure that the procedure for upcoming board elections was clear, particularly with regard to the timelines for nominations and voting eligibility. To address that, we also adopted the following resolution concerning the timing of future votes for the board. For those who aren't familiar with the term "AOE", it means "Anywhere on Earth." As long as it is not before the end of the day in your local timezone, you are ok.

RESOLVED, that the Python Software Foundation adopt the follow procedure for Board elections:
    - Day 1: There is announcement of an upcoming board election via public announcement and email to existing voting members.
    - Day 10 (AOE): Nominations and voting eligibility closes for the upcoming board election. The list of voting members is updated.
    - Day 14-15: Ballots are sent out to voting members.
    - Day 25 (AOE): Election closes.

We also are starting a new election using this procedure, so the timeline for the election is as follows:

    - May 5: Announcement of a new election via this blogpost and an email to the voting members.
    - May 15 (AOE): Nominations and voting eligibility closes for the upcoming board election. The list of voting members is updated.
    - May 19-20: Ballots are sent out to voting members.
    - May 30 (AOE): Election closes.

This means that in an effort to be inclusive, the nominations will again be open for anyone until May 15 AOE. If you missed the opportunity to nominate for the 2015 Python Software Foundation Board, you will have that chance.


Van Lindberg
PSF Chair