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PyCon USA Registration is Open and Tutorials Are Up

The 2012 Python Conference USA opened Registration today. The official announcement doesn’t mention it, but I’m pretty sure there’s an attendance cap on this conference too of 1500 just like last year. You should sign up early not only because of the limited attendance, but because there are “Early Bird” rates which are cheaper!

The complete schedule isn’t done yet, but you can whet your appetite by checking out the list of tutorials that were released last week.

I have enjoyed all the PyCons I’ve attended so far. They are a great place to learn new things, show others your talent, network with like-minded people and just relax too. This year, the conference will be in Santa Clara, California. If you can’t afford to go, they even offer Financial Assistance. So why are you waiting?

PyCon 2012: Calling all Speakers

PyCon USA is looking for people to come and give talks, tutorials and poster sessions. So whether you are one of those people who just loves to talk or you’re more of a visual person, there’s a place for you. For the talkers, and I mean serious talkers, I would recommend the tutorial or regular talk sessions. If you’re not a talker or you want to get better, then you’d want to choose a 30-minute talk, a poster session or just get your feet wet with a lightning talk, the last of which you’d have to sign up for onsite.

Don’t know what to talk about? PyCon’s got your back. They wrote a whole article on the topic. There’s also an article on tutorial topics and a brand new article about the poster session. So if you don’t know what to talk about, those posts should get your creative juices flowing.

Regardless of what you choose, you only have until October 12th to get your submission in. What are you waiting for? Christmas? That’s too late! Get on this right now!

Note: If you just hate talking, join the PyCon organizers mailing list and help in some other way. It’s not tax deductible, but it might give you warm fuzzies.

PyCon 2012 Website Launched

PyCon 2012’s website just went live today. They already have a bunch of sponsors and information about the conference on the website. Of course, they haven’t done a call for speakers yet, so don’t expect to find a list of talks or tutorials for several months. However, the website itself looks pretty slick. You can read the full press release on the official PyCon blog. They are really hyping their diversity statement and code of conduct. I think those are pretty self-explanatory, so I’m not going to discuss them here. You can check them out yourself.

Now is the time to start thinking about whether or not you’d like to give a talk or tutorial at PyCon and start putting together your proposal(s). I’m sure this year will be pretty big, so there will probably be lots of submissions. What that means is that you need to go the extra mile to make yourself stand out from the crowd. Grab your thinking caps and start mulling!

You might even start talking PyCon up to your boss in hopes of getting them to send you there and sponsor the event. I’m sure that PyCon can always use another sponsor.

FYI: I am a PyCon fan, not a marketer. I have enjoyed going there the past few years and always hope that they do well.