Our Call for Proposals is now closed!

8 May 2017

Well the sun has set on May 7th in Pago Pago, and we too must reluctantly draw a curtain across the Call for Proposals for the PyCon Australia conference coming up this August. It's with regret because of the enthusiastic response we have seen from the Python community across Australia and indeed the world.

Over 200 submissions have made their way into our inboxes, from at least 17 different countries and all corners of the globe (assuming the Mawson Station submission is still in the mail to make the 7th continent. Carrier penguin?). We've had a clear 25% increase on submissions compared to last year, and anecdotally the program committee reports that the standard of talk proposals is higher than ever. Thank you all for raising the bar!

No, really - thank you. A sincere thank you to everyone who has submitted a talk. We literally can only do this because you offer your time and effort so generously to share your knowledge and experiences with the Python community. Even for seasoned speakers, let alone first timers, hitting 'Submit' carries a moment of vulnerability and we hope to honour that by giving your proposal the consideration it deserves.

Now comes the hard part, the challenge we are privileged to have - whittling this amazing feast of offerings down to a select menu offering a balanced palate, bold and reliable, educational and fun, tasting the classics and the cutting edge.

We aim to have the program finalised by the end of May, give or take some time for the usual acceptance wrangling. The first look at the program should therefore be coming out in June.