2011-07-27

PyCon Australia 2011: Registration Back Online

After a brief hiatus, registrations for PyCon Australia 2011 are back online!  We have extended some registration deadlines to compensate for the outage.

PyCon Australia is Australia's only conference dedicated exclusively to the Python programming language, and will be held at the Sydney Masonic Center over the weekend of August 20 and 21. See below for more information and updates on:

    1. Registration Back Online
    2. Call for Volunteers
    3. Convore Group
    4. Thanks to our Sponsors

Please pass this post on to those you feel may be interested.



Registration Back Online

Registrations are back online after a brief PayPal outage:

   http://pycon-au.org/reg

Our apologies to those inconvenienced.  PayPal put a temporary lock on our account while they were reviewing our status as a non-profit.  Many thanks to the hard-working folks at Linux Australia for following up with all the necessary paperwork.

To compensate for the outage we have adjusted some of our registration deadlines.  The new dates are:

 1st August:   T-Shirt order finalised
 8th August:   Special dietary needs finalised
 15th August:  Last chance to get tickets!

Remember, registrations must close on Monday the 15th of August, and we will not be accepting registrations at the door.

So don't delay, register now at:

   http://pycon-au.org/reg


Call for Volunteers

A community conference such as PyCon just can't run without the work of
many generous volunteers.  If you're interested in helping out, please
send us an email at:

   pycon-reg@pycon-au.org

We're currently looking for people to help with the following:

Session Staff
   (see http://pycon-au.org/2011/helping/session_staff/)

Bag Packers
   (Friday afternoon; also just general setup of the venue)

Registration Desk



Convore Group

We've set up a group on Convore for anyone wanting to chat about the conference:

   https://convore.com/pycon-au-2011/

There are already some good tips from Sydney-siders who know the area around the venue.  If you have any more, please share!

Don't forget, you can also follow us on Twitter for the latest updates:

   https://twitter.com/pyconau
   https://twitter.com/#!/search/pyconau



Thanks to our Sponsors

Thanks once again to the following companies for their continuing support of Python and for helping to make PyCon Australia 2011 a reality:

   Gold:  Google                          <http://www.google.com.au/>
   Gold:  ComOps                          <http://www.comops.com.au/>

   Silver:  Anchor                        <http://anchor.com.au/>
   Silver:  Enthought                     <http://www.enthought.com/>
   Silver:  Python Software Foundation    <http://www.python.org/psf/>
   Silver:  WingWare                      <http://www.wingware.com/>
   Silver:  Arclight                      <http://www.arclight.com.au/>
   Silver:  Bitbucket by Atlassian        <http://bitbucket.org/>
   Silver:  Microsoft                     <http://www.microsoft.com/>


Thanks also to Linux Australia, who provide the overarching legal and organisational structure for PyCon Australia.

2011-07-15

PyCon Australia 2011: Schedule Announced

The official schedule for PyCon Australia 2011 has been announced!

This year's conference will feature 3 fantastic keynotes, 7 introductory classroom sessions, and 26 presentations on topics as diverse as web programming, benchmarking, social issues and API design.

PyCon Australia is Australia's only conference dedicated exclusively to the Python programming language, and will be held at the Sydney Masonic Center over the weekend of August 20 and 21. See below for more information and updates on:

    1. Conference Schedule Announced
    2. More Sponsors Announced

Please pass this message on to those you feel may be interested.


Conference Schedule Announced

The detailed conference schedule has been completed and can now be viewed at the following URL:

   http://pycon-au.org/2011/conference/schedule/


There's even an iCal version for you to plug the schedule straight into your calendar of choice:

   http://pycon-au.org/2011/conference/schedule/ical/

Thanks again to all our presenters for some outstanding talk proposals this year.

 Standard Talks:

   A Python on the Couch  (Mark Rees)
   Behaviour Driven Development  (Malcolm Tredinnick)
   Benchmarking stuff made ridiculously easy  (Tennessee Leeuwenburg)
   Bytecode: What, Why, and How to Hack it  (Ryan Kelly)
   Developing Scientific Software in Python  (Duncan Gray)
   Fun with App Engine 1.5.0  (Greg Darke)
   Hosting Python Web Applications  (Graham Dumpleton)
   How Python Evolves (and How You Can Help Make It Happen)  (Nick Coghlan)
   Infinite 8-bit Platformer  (Chris McCormick)
   Networking Libraries in Python.  (Senthil Kumaran)
   Pants - Network Programming Made Easy  (Evan Davis)
   Say What You Mean: Meta-Programming a Declarative API  (Ryan Kelly)
   State of CPython and Python Ecosystem  (Senthil Kumaran)
   Sysadmins vs Developers, a take from the other side of the fence  (Benjamin Smith)
   Teaching Python to the young and impressionable  (Katie Bell)
   The NCSS Challenge: teaching programming via automated testing  (Tim Dawborn)
   Weather field warping using Python.  (Nathan Faggian)
   Zookeepr: Home-grown conference management software  (Brianna Laugher)

 In-Depth Talks:

   Ah! I see you have the machine that goes "BING"!  (Graeme Cross)
   Easy site migration using Diazo and Funnelweb  (Adam Terrey)
   How to maintain big app stacks without losing your mind  (Dylan Jay)
   Introduction to the Geospatial Web with GeoDjango  (Javier Candeira)
   Pyramid: Lighter, faster, better web apps  (Dylan Jay)
   Web micro-framework battle  (Richard Jones)

 Discussion Panels:

   Panel: Python 3  (Nick Coghlan, Raymond Hettinger, Richard Jones)
   Panel: Python in the webs  (Malcolm Tredinnick, Russell Keith-Magee, Dylan Jay, Richard Jones)

 Classroom Track:

   Python 101+  (Peter Lovett)
   Python's dark corners - the bad bits in Python and how to avoid them  (Peter Lovett)
   Confessions of Joe Developer (Danny Greenfeld)
   Meta-matters: using decorators for better Python programming  (Graeme Cross)
   Python for Science and Engineering, Part 1  (Edward Schofield)
   Python for Science and Engineering, Part 2  (Edward Schofield)
   The Zen of Python  (Richard Jones)



More Sponsors Announced

We are delighted to announce that Bitbucket by Atlassian has joined us as a Silver Sponsor.  Thanks once again to the following companies for their continuing support of Python and for helping to make PyCon Australia 2011 a reality:

   Gold:  Google                          <http://www.google.com.au/>
   Gold:  ComOps                          <http://www.comops.com.au/>

   Silver:  Anchor                        <http://anchor.com.au/>
   Silver:  Enthought                     <http://www.enthought.com/>
   Silver:  Python Software Foundation    <http://www.python.org/psf/>
   Silver:  WingWare                      <http://www.wingware.com/>
   Silver:  Arclight                      <http://www.arclight.com.au/>
   Silver:  Bitbucket by Atlassian        <http://bitbucket.org/>

Thanks also to Linux Australia, who provide the overarching legal and organisational structure for PyCon Australia.

2011-07-11

PyCon DE 2011 - Only Four Days Left to Submit your Proposal

The deadline for talk proposals ends July 15, 2011. That is only four days.

Don't miss the chance to become actively involved in the first PyCon DE.

You would like to talk about your Python project to the German-speaking Python community? Just submit your proposal.

About PyCon DE 2011

The first PyCon DE will be held October 4-9, 2011 in Leipzig, Germany.

The conference language will be German. Talks in English are possible. Please
contact us for details.

The call for proposals is now open. Please submit your talk by July 15, 2011
online. There are two types of talks: standard talks (20 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A) and long talks (45 minutes + 10 minutes Q&A).

More details about the call can be found on the PyCon DE website.

2011-07-01

PyCon DE 2011 - Deadline for Proposals extended to July 15, 2011

The deadline for talk proposals is extended to July 15, 2011.

You would like to talk about your Python project to the German-speaking Python community?
Just submit your proposal within the next two weeks.

About PyCon DE 2011

The first PyCon DE will be held October 4-9, 2011 in Leipzig, Germany.

The conference language will be German. Talks in English are possible. Please
contact us for details.

The call for proposals is now open. Please submit your talk by July 15, 2011
online.
There are two types of talks: standard talks (20 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A) and
long talks (45 minutes + 10 minutes Q&A).

More details about the call can be found on the PyCon DE website.

Registrations are open for Pycon India 2011

We, the organizers of Pycon India 2011 are happy to announce that delegate registrations for the conference are open from today. Early-bird registrations are open till August 1 2011, so please register early to save money.

We are providing the facility for online payments this year as well.

Go to http://in.pycon.org/2011/register to register for Pycon India 2011, today.