PyCon AU 2017 | News https://2017.pycon-au.org Recent content from PyCon AU 2017 PyCon AU 2017 Registration is closed https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/registration-closed/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/registration-closed/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text"></div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>Thanks everyone, we can't wait to see you all later this week!<br/></p></div></div> </p> Main conference is sold out; tutorial-only tickets now available https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/main-conference-sold-out-tutorial-only-tickets-now-available/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/main-conference-sold-out-tutorial-only-tickets-now-available/ Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text"></div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>We are happy to announce that with six days to go, the main conference days of PyCon Australia 2017 are officially sold out!</p><p>If you didn't get a ticket in time, there are still ways to take part. There are Friday-only tickets available to attend the <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/specialist-tracks/">Specialist Tracks</a>, for $150. <br/></p><p>There are also places available for the Thursday morning tutorials, <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/tutorials/build-tooling-workshop/">Build Tooling</a> and <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/tutorials/python-101/">Python 101</a>. These are also $150 and can be purchased with a Friday ticket or stand-alone. Hop to the<a href="https://pycon-au.org/dashboard/"> order form</a> if you want to buy a ticket.<br/></p><p>We can't wait to see you all at <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/about/venue/">MCEC</a> next week!<br/></p></div></div> </p> Conference over 90% sold; Extra Monday sprints tickets available https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/conference-over-90-sold-extra-monday-sprints-tickets-available/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/conference-over-90-sold-extra-monday-sprints-tickets-available/ Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text"></div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p><a href="https://pycon-au.org/tickets/category/11"></a>The PyCon Australia team is happy to announce that we have added some extra tickets to the <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/sprints/">Monday sprints</a>. So if it was not available on the order form when you registered but you'd like to attend, have another look!<a href="https://pycon-au.org/tickets/category/11"> https://pycon-au.org/tickets/category/11</a></p><p>Once you have selected a ticket, be sure to 'check out' again so that 'Monday sprints' is listed as a paid item on your <a href="https://pycon-au.org/dashboard/">dashboard</a>. Sprints tickets are $5/day.</p><p>As <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/news/sprints-venue-confirmed-arts-centre/">previously announced</a>, the sprints will be held at the Pavilion at the Arts Centre, unlike the rest of the conference which is at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. All venue related information can be found on <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/about/venue/">the venue page</a>.</p><p>Finally, we wish to note that the conference is over 90% sold, and if you have an unpaid invoice we encourage you to finalise it soon in order to secure your spot.</p><p>We're looking forward to seeing everyone in August!<br/></p></div></div> </p> Announcing keynote speaker Pip Cleaves https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/announcing-keynote-speaker-pip-cleaves/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/announcing-keynote-speaker-pip-cleaves/ Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text"></div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p><img class="richtext-image full-width" src="/site_media/media/images/pipcleaves450.width-800.jpg" width="450" height="450" alt="Pip Cleaves (450px)"><br/></p><p>The PyCon Australia team is happy to announce that our second keynote speaker for 2017 is <b>Pip Cleaves</b>!</p>Pip Cleaves is the National Education Manager for <a href="https://codeclubau.org/">Code Club Australia</a>, a not for profit organisation that has supported the development of over 18,000 clubs and 65,000 students to code every week. She also works as a Sessional Lecturer in the Education and Arts Faculty at The Australian Catholic University. <br/><br/>She has worked extensively within the education industry nationally and globally, and in education technology since 2005. She also runs a small business to provide professional learning to educators around technology.<br/><br/><p>“I’ve had a keen interest in how to empower kids with computers that are becoming more and more sealed off from them. This year PyCon Australia is hosting the <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/education-seminar/">Python in Education Seminar</a> for the third time, to build bridges between the Python community and educators. I’m looking forward to hearing about how Code Club Australia is introducing kids to the joys of programming and tinkering. I’m also interested to find out how the Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum is progressing,” said Richard Jones, conference chair.<br/></p><p> We can't wait to hear Pip's keynote address and discover what works to #getkidscoding. Will you join us? </p><p> Registrations for PyCon Australia 2017 are still open and tickets are two-thirds sold. <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/attend/">Book your conference ticket today!</a> </p></div></div> </p> Announcing keynote speaker Katie McLaughlin https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/announcing-keynote-speaker-katie-mclaughlin/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/announcing-keynote-speaker-katie-mclaughlin/ Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text"></div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p><img class="richtext-image full-width" src="/site_media/media/images/katiemclaughlin.width-800.jpg" width="450" height="450" alt="Katie McLaughlin"><br/></p><p>The PyCon Australia team is happy to announce that our first keynote speaker for 2017 is <b>Katie McLaughlin</b>!</p><p>Katie has been a part of the tech industry for over ten years and a familiar face at local conferences for several years now. Attendees at last year's conference may recall her illuminating tour of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVqbL8Sl4YM">the world of emoji</a>. </p><p>As well as being an accomplished speaker, Katie is a long time volunteer and community builder in the world of open source. She has organised, chaired, and committeed her way through many a group and is a Senior Apiarist on the <a href="https://pybee.org/">BeeWare</a> project. She was a recipient of this year's O’Reilly Open Source Awards and is also organising this year's <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/djangocon-au/">DjangoCon AU Specialist Track</a>. Phew!<br/></p><p>A programming polyglot, she has worked in over a dozen languages and believes in choosing the right tool for the job. Which makes it extra lucky for us that she chooses to spend so much time in the Python world!<br/></p><p>"Katie has a considered perspective on both the technical and cultural features of software projects. Much of the strength of the Python ecosystem comes from its community, and Katie is perfectly placed to share her experience on what works and what doesn't," said Richard Jones, conference chair. <br/></p><p> We are excited to hear Katie’s keynote address and contemplate (software) failure and abandonment. Will you be there? </p><p> Registrations for PyCon Australia 2017 are still open and tickets are two-thirds sold. <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/attend/">Book your conference ticket today!</a> </p></div></div> </p> Call for A/V volunteers https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/call-v-volunteers/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/call-v-volunteers/ Sat, 08 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">Help make your favourite community conference happen by volunteering!</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p> Gain a new perspective on PyCon Australia 2017, working behind the scenes to make the event happen. The team behind PyCon Australia is an all volunteer team and we need your help to make the show run as smoothly as possible, so we’re now calling for on the ground volunteers to complete the team. </p><p> We aim to recruit volunteers to assist us with the following: </p><p> <b>A/V staff</b> - Run our video recording system (complete training provided). This is a full-time position and not suitable for attendees. It comes with a free pass to the conference. </p><p> <b>Session Chairing</b> - These roles will be sorted out in the near future, so stay tuned for a later announcement.<br/></p><p><b>Registration / Badge check / Childcare runners - </b>We currently have enough volunteers to fulfil these roles, thank you!<br/></p>Volunteers will be provided with a free t-shirt (not guaranteed - subject to availablity) and full-time volunteers' food and drink requirements will be looked after. This is a great opportunity to experience a Python conference first-hand and to connect with like-minded Python enthusiasts.<br/><br/><p>There will be training sessions for volunteers as follows:</p><ul><li>A/V volunteers - 4pm Thursday 3rd August, at MCEC</li><li>Non A/V volunteers - 6pm Thursday 3rd August, at MCEC</li></ul><p> To sign up as an A/V volunteer, iust <a href="mailto:contact@pycon-au.org">e-mail us</a>! <br/></p><ul></ul></div></div> </p> MicroPython / ESP32 Sprint https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/micropython-esp32-sprint/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/micropython-esp32-sprint/ Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text"></div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>We are happy to share that Nick Moore and Damien George will be hosting a sprint for MicroPython / ESP32 during the PyCon Australia <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/sprints/">sprints</a>. This is a great opportunity to get hands-on with some hardware and a healthy dose of Python!</p><p>Check out <a href="http://nick.zoic.org/art/micropython-sprints-pyconau/">Nick Moore's post</a> about the sprint for more details and <a href="https://www.meetup.com/MicroPython-Meetup/events/241386881/">RSVP on Meetup</a>.</p><p>Places for Monday sprints are almost sold out so be sure to <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/attend/">register</a> ASAP!<br/></p></div></div> </p> Sprints venue is confirmed - the Arts Centre https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/sprints-venue-confirmed-arts-centre/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/sprints-venue-confirmed-arts-centre/ Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text"></div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>We are happy to announce that the venue for the <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/sprints/">Monday and Tuesday sprints</a> is now confirmed - it will be the Pavilion at the Arts Centre. See the <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/about/venue/">Venue page</a> for details on location, transport and more.<br/></p></div></div> </p> The schedule is published! https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/schedule-published/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/schedule-published/ Thu, 06 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text"></div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>We are happy to announce that <a href="https://pycon-au.org/schedule/">the schedule is now online</a>. So if you find that there are four talks on at the same time and you want to see them all, you've got plenty of time to dig out your favourite operations research algorithm in order to find your optimal attendance! Happy planning.<br/></p></div></div> </p> Welcoming IRESS, a returning Platinum Sponsor! https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/welcoming-iress-returning-platinum-sponsor/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/welcoming-iress-returning-platinum-sponsor/ Mon, 03 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">The PyCon Australia team is sending out a warm welcome to IRESS as a returning Platinum sponsor for 2017. ☺️🌟🍰🎉</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>The PyCon Australia team is sending out a warm welcome to <b><a href="https://www.iress.com/au">IRESS</a> </b>as a returning Platinum sponsor for 2017. ☺️🌟🍰🎉</p><p><img class="richtext-image full-width" src="/site_media/media/images/iress-pyconau.width-800.png" width="700" height="500" alt="IRESS sponsor"><br/></p><p>IRESS had this to say:</p><p><i>IRESS is a principal supplier of share market and wealth management systems in Australia, Asia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom. We produce innovative, sophisticated solutions for serious financial market and wealth management participants. We are a rapidly growing Australian based company with over 1300 staff globally. </i></p><p><i>We are constantly looking for talented Python developers as Python is a language used by all development teams and is the primary development language used on our core product XPLAN.</i></p><p>It's great to see a business like IRESS recognise the value of sponsoring a local community conference as a way of meeting those talented Python developers! And we are thrilled that the investment of previous years is paying off as IRESS has an ongoing relationship with the Australian Python community.<br/></p><p>There are several elite (Gold) sponsorship opportunities available which we are excited to share with the right companies. Could one of them be you? If so check out our <a href="https://pycon-au.org/sponsorship.pdf">sponsorship prospectus</a> (pdf). Both elite and standard sponsorships offer on-stage, on-video and hallway banners as well as complimentary professional-level tickets. For any enquiries or questions, we're at <a href="mailto:sponsorship@pycon-au.org">sponsorship@pycon-org.au</a>.</p></div></div> </p> Catering update: No dinner, yes lunch! https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/catering-update-no-dinner-yes-lunch/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/catering-update-no-dinner-yes-lunch/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">Information on what catering will be available during the conference.</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text">PyCon Australia is just five weeks away now, and we are putting the final touches on everything to try and create an awesome experience for all our attendees.<br/><br/>In past years there has been a Saturday night dinner. As those who have bought tickets already would have noticed, there is no option for that in this year's registration form. Based on feedback from last year, we decided that a catered lunch would be more valuable to attendees than the formally organised dinner. <br/><br/>Catering provided at the conference is as follows:<br/><ul><li><a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/tutorials/">Thursday 3rd August (tutorials)</a> - morning tea and afternoon tea. Tea/coffee station available during the day. <b>Lunch not provided</b></li><li><a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/specialist-tracks/">Friday 4th August (Specialist Tracks)</a> - morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea. Tea/coffee station available during the day.</li><li>Saturday 5th August (main conference + Django Girls workshop) - morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea. Tea/coffee station available during the day.</li><li>Sunday 6th August (main conference) - morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea. Tea/coffee station available during the day</li><li><a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/sprints/">Monday 7th August (sprints)</a> - lunch. Tea/coffee station available during the day.</li><li><a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/sprints/">Tuesday 8th August (sprints)</a> - Tea/coffee station available during the day. <b>Lunch not provided</b></li></ul><p>Food will also be provided for any children in the <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/about/child-care/">conference childcare</a> on Friday/Saturday/Sunday.<br/></p><p>In the <a href="https://pycon-au.org/tickets/profile">attendee profile</a> form there is a field for "<i>Food allergies, intolerances, or dietary restrictions</i>". Please ensure you have completed this correctly so that we can cater for you. Don't put in a 'joke' answer here, it just makes you look clueless and inconsiderate.<br/></p><p>If you want to take a break and grab your own lunch, there are many options near <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/about/venue/">the main venue MCEC</a> (Thursday-Sunday).  See <a href="https://2016.pycon-au.org/wiki/FoodOptions">Food Options</a> from the 2016 wiki. The <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/sprints/">Sprints</a> (Monday-Tuesday) venue is almost finalised and will be announced soon, but the options we are considering have plenty of food options nearby too.<br/></p><p>If you have any questions about food or anything else, be sure to <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/contact/">get in touch</a>. Otherwise, <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/attend/">grab your ticket</a> and we look forward to welcoming you in August!<br/></p></div></div> </p> Full list of talks now available https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/full-list-talks-now-available/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/full-list-talks-now-available/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">Find out what's on offer over 3 days and 4 streams!</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>We are happy to announce that the full* <a href="https://pycon-au.org/schedule/list/">list of talks</a> to be given at PyCon Australia 2017 is now available!</p><p>We are working on having the schedule published within the next few days as well.</p><p><a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/attend/">Tickets are now on sale</a> and <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/about/fin_assist/">applications for financial assistance</a> are open until 30 June.<br/></p><p>* Subject to change without notice, etc.<br/></p><p><br/></p></div></div> </p> Financial assistance applications are now open https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/financial-assistance-applications-are-now-open/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/financial-assistance-applications-are-now-open/ Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">Applications close 30 June.</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><h1><br/></h1><p>PyCon Australia offers a generous financial assistance programme, so that some attendees and speakers have some -- or in rare cases, all -- of their expenses such as flight, hotel and admission provided to them from the conference budget.</p><p>We strongly encourages people to apply for financial assistance -- even if we can’t cover all of your expenses, we will give you free or discounted admission based on need. <br/></p><p>Essentially, the financial assistance programme is the PyCon Outreach programme -- it's the community holding up the community and making itself accessible at this major event through these financial grants. It is the very spirit of the conference: make the information, knowledge, friendships and connection available to everyone.</p><p>The generous contribution of the <a href="https://www.python.org/psf/summary/">Python Software Foundation</a> has helped us in offering this programme. Financial assistance is core to the mission of the PSF -- The mission of the Python Software Foundation is to promote, protect, and advance the Python programming language, and to support and facilitate the growth of a <a href="http://www.python.org/psf/diversity/">diverse</a> and international community of Python programmers.</p><p>Applications close on Friday 30 June 2017 and you will receive a response by 4 July. However applications will be approved progressively so please apply early and your application may be approved early. </p><p>For details about what can be covered and a link to the application form, make your way to<a href="https://pycon-au.org/about/fin_assist/"> https://pycon-au.org/about/fin_assist/</a> !  </p></div></div> </p> Tickets are now on sale! https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/tickets-are-now-sale/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/tickets-are-now-sale/ Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">Early bird offers won't last long, so get in quick!</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p> We are delighted to announce that online registration is now open for PyCon Australia 2017. The eighth PyCon Australia is being held in Melbourne, Victoria from August 3rd - 8th at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will draw hundreds of Python developers, enthusiasts and students from Australasia and afar. </p> <p> Starting today, early bird offers are up for grabs. To take advantage of these discounted ticket rates, be among the first to register. Early bird registration starts from $60 for full-time students, $250 for enthusiasts and $495 for professionals. Offers this good won’t last long, so we recommend registering right away. Last year early birds sold out in under 48 hours! <br/></p><p><a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/tutorials/">Tutorials</a> are also expected to be a strong seller, so if your company is sending 3+ people, please look into our <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/news/corporate-concierge-ticket-service-now-open/">corporate concierge service</a> and get in touch ASAP.<br/></p> <p> We strongly encourage attendees to organise their accommodation as early as possible, as demand for cheaper rooms is very strong during the AFL season. </p> <p> PyCon Australia has endeavoured to keep tickets as affordable as possible. <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/about/fin_assist/">Financial assistance is also available</a> (applications opening very soon). We are able to make such offers thanks to our <a href="https://2017.pycon-au.org/sponsors/">Sponsors</a> and <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/attend/contributor/">Contributors</a>.</p><p></p>To begin the registration process, and find out more about each level of ticket, visit <a href="https://pycon-au.org/attend/">https://pycon-au.org/attend/</a>. <br/><br/>To jump straight to the order form, visit <a href="https://pycon-au.org/tickets/register">https://pycon-au.org/tickets/register</a>.<br/> <p> </p><h3>Important dates <br/></h3> <ul><li> 9 June: Registration opens - Limited numbers of ‘early bird’ prices available</li><li>Some time very soon: <a href="https://2016.pycon-au.org/about/financial_assistance">financial assistance</a> applications open<br/></li><li>30 June: Last day to apply for financial assistance<br/></li><li>3 July: Last day to order conference<a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/attend/t-shirts/"> t-shirts</a></li><li>3 August: PyCon Australia 2017 begins!</li></ul></div></div> </p> Corporate concierge ticket service now open https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/corporate-concierge-ticket-service-now-open/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/corporate-concierge-ticket-service-now-open/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">Previously available only to elite level sponsors, our corporate concierge ticket service is now open to all volume buyers on the Contributor level.</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>Previously available only to elite level <a href="https://pycon-au.org/sponsors/">sponsors</a>, our corporate concierge ticket service is now open to all volume buyers on the <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/attend/">Contributor</a> level.</p><p><br/>If your company is looking to send 3+ developers to PyCon Australia, we can work with you by offering: </p><ul><li>Single-sale, multiple registration: we invoice you once, you get a number of full-discount vouchers to Contributor-level tickets. Individual attendees can register using these vouchers, at their convenience, up to one week before the conference.</li><li>Reserved seatings for the tutorials. We will reserve you seats at the tutorials of your choice, so your developers can register even after tutorials are officially sold out. <i>This offer has limited availability: reserved tutorial tickets are subject to quotas, and may sell out.</i></li><li>Your logo as a sponsor! Your company logo will appear on our website, conference screens and banners as a valuable contributor to our conference, at the "Standard" sponsor level.<br/></li></ul><p>Save yourself from the registration rush, avoid having to juggle a trickle of expensed tickets from your company's employees, and defer personnel decisions until the last minute. Buy the tickets first, name the developer attendees later!<br/><br/>The cost of Contributor tickets to PyCon Australia 2017 is $900 per attendee. For more information, please visit <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/attend/">pycon-au.org/attend</a>.</p><p> </p><p>To take this offer up or for any questions, please email <a href="mailto:sponsorship@pycon-au.org">sponsorship@pycon-au.org</a>. See you at the conf!<br/></p></div></div> </p> Program sneak peek https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/program-sneak-peek/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/program-sneak-peek/ Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">Not sure if attending PyCon AU is worth your while? This list of talks should give you an idea!</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>Ticket sales are not yet open, but we expect them to open within the next week or so. In the mean time, this list of accepted talks may help if your manager needs some convincing as to the relevance of attending PyCon Australia! (Some of these may appear in <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/specialist-tracks/">specialist tracks</a> on Friday.) These are all following the <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/tutorials/">Thursday tutorials</a> on Python 101, testing, build tooling and Bayesian inference and machine learning.<br/></p><ul><li>"Horrors of Distributed Systems" by Andrew Godwin</li><li>"Hot reloading Python web-servers at scale" by Chenyang Wu</li><li>"Python in Primary School" by Emily de la Pena</li><li>"How to write a container daemon in Python" by Anthony Shaw</li><li>"Covered in Bees! Deploying an app to 6 platforms in 20 minutes" by Russell Keith-Magee</li><li>"Concurrency and Parallelism From The Ground Up" by Amber Brown</li><li>"Secrets of a WSGI master" by Graham Dumpleton</li><li>"Time is an illusion" by Dave Collins</li><li>"Teaching Python: Adapting to Diversity" by Margot Phillipps</li><li>"Front-end integration testing for back-end developers" by Nick Coghlan</li><li>"Messy Sensor Data: A Programmer’s Cleaning Guide" by Xavier Ho</li><li>"Passing the Baton: Succession planning for your project" by VM (Vicky) Brasseur</li><li>"We're no strangers to VoIP: Building the National Rick Astley Hotline" by Paul '@pjf' Fenwick</li><li>"Learn by Doing: Getting Students into FOSS" by Josh Simmons</li><li>"Harnessing the APIs you didn't know existed" by Katie Bell</li><li>"MicroPython Energy Monitoring" by Joel Stanley</li><li>"Visualising data in Python" by Clare Sloggett</li><li>"Building the next-generation Conversational AI with Python and Deep Learning" by David Low Jia Wei</li><li>"Let's Run Python on a Supercomputer" by David Perry</li><li>"Improving Your Documentation: A talk for developers who want to write stuff good" by Charelle Collett</li><li>"iPad App Development with Python" by Chris Robinson</li><li>"PEP 498: The Monologue" by Mariatta Wijaya<br/></li></ul><p>Other topics covered include profiling, web service workers, CFFI, Lego Mindstorm robots, gradual typing, microservices, serverless, mocking, asyncio, state machines, authenticaition, security, Python data structures, and so much more! Phew!!! We are so excited to bring you the full schedule in the very near future!</p> <p>The <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/attend/">prices</a> page lists all the inclusions with each type of ticket. Employer-paid Professional tickets are $660 (once Early birds are sold out). Additionally, <b>we invite you or your employer to consider upgrading to a <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/attend/contributor/">Contributor✨</a> ticket</b>. At $900, it includes all the perks of a Professional ticket along with exposure as a <a href="https://pycon-au.org/sponsors">sponsor</a>, and the warm fuzzies of knowing that you are supporting Australia's finest Python conference (and more importantly, its attendees). </p> <p>For the weekend keyboard warriors who are paying their own way, Enthusiast tickets start from $360 (once Early birds are sold out). And if that figure feel like a stretch too, we encourage you to <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/about/fin_assist/">apply for financial assistance</a>. Keep your eye on that page for when applications open; they will close at the end of June. We don't want anyone attending the conference to be so stressed about money that they can't enjoy it.</p><p>It's just eight weeks to PyCon Australia, so get excited!<br/></p></div></div> </p> Welcoming WSP Digital, our first Platinum Sponsor! https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/welcoming-wsp-digital-our-first-platinum-sponsor/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/welcoming-wsp-digital-our-first-platinum-sponsor/ Mon, 05 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">We are thrilled to welcome on board WSP Digital, who are our first elite sponsor for 2017!</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>The PyCon Australia team is sending out a warm welcome to <b><a href="http://www.wspdigital.com/">WSP Digital</a></b> as the first Platinum sponsor for 2017. ☺️🌟🍰🎉</p><p><img class="richtext-image full-width" src="/site_media/media/images/WSPsponsorimage_.width-800.png" width="800" height="476" alt="WSP Digital - PyCon Australia sponsor"><br/></p><p>WSP Digital had this to say:<br/></p><p><i>WSP Digital is the software engineering division of WSP, a publicly listed global consulting engineering company with over 40,000 employees in more than 50 countries. We work with WSP’s other engineering disciplines and directly with customers to deliver custom web and mobile applications, systems integration and IoT implementations.</i></p><i> </i><p><i>Python has been their language of choice for over 6 years - in that time we've deployed Python code for clients including VicRoads, Qantas, Myer, Coles, Telstra, BOC, State and Federal Government departments and many others. We have active projects using Django, Twisted, Celery, Channels, Pandas and many other open source tools from the Python community, so we’re very happy to have this opportunity to make a small contribution in return.</i></p><i> </i><p><i>Our Melbourne office employs 35 software engineers, business analysts, test engineers and project managers, including a number of interns and graduates. We take great pride in providing an environment that encourages software engineering excellence through collaboration, informed debate and learning - we believe that our commercial success is directly related to the quality of what we produce and the talent and commitment of our team.</i></p><p>It's wonderful to see a business materially recognise the huge benefit they gain from tools made freely available by the Python open source community. Open source tools allow us all to skip most of the infra and get straight to building the functionality which actually make money for the business!<i><br/></i></p><p>There are several elite sponsorship opportunities available which we are excited to share with the right companies. Could one of them be you? If so check out our <a href="https://pycon-au.org/sponsorship.pdf">sponsorship prospectus</a> (pdf). Both elite and standard sponsorships offer on-stage, on-video and hallway banners as well as complimentary professional-level tickets. For any enquiries or questions, we're at <a href="mailto:sponsorship@pycon-au.org">sponsorship@pycon-org.au</a>.</p><p><br/></p><p><br/></p></div></div> </p> Ticket prices https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/ticket-prices/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/ticket-prices/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">Registration will be open very soon. We're publishing the ticket prices now so you can get ready!</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>The PyCon Australia 2017 team is very excited about ticket registration opening in the very near future. We don't want to jinx ourselves as we sort out the final kinks in our system, but we expect early bird tickets to go on sale within the next two weeks.</p><p>In the meantime, you can find the ticket prices at the <a href="https://pycon-au.org/attend/">Prices &amp; Inclusions</a> page.</p><p>We have a lot of options to consider, so to try and make it a bit simpler, we made this flowchart below to assist in your decision making. Now did that clear things up or is it more confusing than ever? 🤔</p></div></div> <div class="block-raw_html"><a href="http://hiperactivo.com/~kandinski/pyconautickets.original.png"><img src="http://hiperactivo.com/~kandinski/pyconautickets.width-800.png" width="650px" alt="Click to embiggen" /></a></div> </p> PyCon Australia sponsorships: put your name behind a much-loved, high quality event! https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/pycon-australia-sponsorships-put-your-name-behind-much-loved-high-quality-event/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/pycon-australia-sponsorships-put-your-name-behind-much-loved-high-quality-event/ Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">PyCon Australia holds a special place in many people’s hearts, as they return year after year. We'd love to welcome your company on board too!</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>PyCon Australia holds a special place in many people’s hearts, as they return year after year. We'd love to welcome your company on board too - any enquiries or questions, please chat to us via <a href="mailto:sponsorship@pycon-au.org">sponsorship@pycon-au.org</a>.</p><br/><p>Last year our post-conference survey had around 180 responses. Over 80% of survey responses agreed or strongly agreed that the conference was good value for money, the program was satisfying and informative, and would recommend attending to a friend or workmate. We had a broad mix of attendees identifying as hobbyists, web developers, general software developers, as well as scientists, science software developers, sysadmins, teachers and students.</p><br/><p>Over 60% of respondents travelled from outside Melbourne to attend. Over 60% had never attended a local Python meetup and nearly 90% did not attend any other Python-centric conference. The numbers are pretty clear: if you want to meet local Pythonistas, PyCon Australia is the place to do it.</p><br/><p>Your company may not think of itself as a “Python shop”, but if you care about machine learning, data science, DevOps, web development, education, scientific programming, chances are pretty high there is some Python somewhere in your stack.</p><br/><p>We have several elite sponsorship opportunities available and we are excited to offer them to  companies who want to reach skilled Python developers from across the country and beyond! Both our Platinum and Gold sponsors can make use of desks in the Community/Industry room. Additionally, Platinum sponsors have an opportunity to address the conference for five minutes.</p><br/><p>Both elite and standard sponsorships offer on-stage, on-video and hallway banners as well as complimentary professional-level tickets. This is just a sample - all the sponsor perks are listed in detail in our <a href="https://pycon-au.org/sponsorship.pdf">sponsorship prospectus</a> (pdf).</p><br/><p>Sponsors also have additional opportunities to get their name in some very coveted spaces - we have add-on packages for sponsoring attendee lanyards, coffee and catering, among other options.</p><br/>We're also happy to consider an in-kind or custom sponsorship request. For any enquiries or questions, we're at <a href="mailto:sponsorship@pycon-au.org">sponsorship@pycon-org.au</a>.</div></div> </p> New in 2017: Tutorials https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/new-2017-tutorials/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/new-2017-tutorials/ Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">For the first time, in 2017 PyCon Australa will offer 3 hour tutorials.</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>You asked for it, now we are answering!</p><p>After the dust had settled on PyCon Australia 2016, the team took an evening to go through the feedback provided from the post-conference attendee survey. (Thank you to everyone who completed it!) One theme came through very strongly: a desire for longer, more in-depth tutorials, to allow attendees to get to grips with a topic in detail.</p><p>Therefore we are excited to announce that at PyCon Australia 2017, for the first time, we will be offering extended tutorials. These will go for three hours and run on Thursday 3rd August. To cover the additional venue hire and offer the presenters an honorarium in recognition of their efforts, there will be an additional cost to attend a tutorial. You can register for them as an "add on" to the normal conference registration process (not open yet, but pretty soon!).</p><p>Capacity is limited with only 60 places per tutorial. We hope the breadth of topics covered by our experienced presenters will offer something for everyone. On offer will be:</p><ul><li><a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/tutorials/python-101/">Python 101</a> with Anthony Briggs<br/></li><li><a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/tutorials/practical-testing-pytest/">Practical testing with pytest</a> with Brianna Laugher<br/></li><li><a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/tutorials/build-tooling-workshop/">Build Tooling Workshop</a> with Rita Garcia<br/></li><li><a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/tutorials/machine-learning/">Bayesian inference and machine learning</a> with Ed Schofield</li></ul><p>We look forward to seeing you there!<br/></p></div></div> </p> Our Call for Proposals is now closed! https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/our-call-proposals-now-closed/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/our-call-proposals-now-closed/ Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">With a record breaking response to our CFP, now the fun really begins!</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>Well the sun has set on May 7th in <a href="https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/usa/pago-pago">Pago Pago</a>, 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. <br/></p><p>Over 200 submissions have made their way into our inboxes, from at least 17 different countries and all corners of the globe (assuming the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mawson_Station">Mawson Station</a> 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 <b>you</b> all for raising the bar!</p><p>No, really - <b>thank you</b>. 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.<br/></p><p>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.</p><p>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.<br/></p><br/></div></div> </p> PyCon AU 2017 will offer childcare https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/pycon-au-2017-will-offer-childcare/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/pycon-au-2017-will-offer-childcare/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">For the first time, in 2017 PyCon Australia will have childcare available for attendees to use during the main conference.</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>The PyCon Australia 2017 is very happy to announce that we are committed to providing childcare for attendees to make use of during the main conference days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). We hope that this will enable more parents and guardians to participate more fully in the conference and consequently the Python community.</p><p>Details will appear on the <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/about/child-care/">Childcare</a> page as they are finalised. Registration for childcare will be part of the conference registration (ticket purchase) process. <br/></p></div></div> </p> How speakers can apply for financial assistance https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/how-speakers-can-apply-financial-assistance/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/how-speakers-can-apply-financial-assistance/ Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">If you are submitting a talk to PyCon AU and want to find out how to apply for financial assistance, read on!</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>PyCon Australia offers a generous financial assistance programme, so that some attendees and speakers have some -- or in rare cases, all -- of their expenses such as flight, hotel and admission provided to them from the conference budget.</p><p>PyCon Australia strongly encourages people to apply for financial assistance -- even if we can’t cover all of your expenses, we will give you free or discounted admission based on need. The application process is simple, and straightforward. It’s also very liberal -- the only caveat is that <strong>accepted speakers are given priority</strong> so that we don’t lose a good talk because of financial need. We also don’t ban anyone from applying.</p><p>Essentially, the financial assistance programme is the PyCon Outreach programme -- it's the community holding up the community and making itself accessible at this major event through these financial grants. It is the very spirit of the conference: make the information, knowledge, friendships and connection available to everyone.</p><p>The generous contribution of the <a href="https://www.python.org/psf/summary/">Python Software Foundation</a> has helped us in offering this programme. Financial assistance is core to the mission of the PSF -- The mission of the Python Software Foundation is to promote, protect, and advance the Python programming language, and to support and facilitate the growth of a <a href="http://www.python.org/psf/diversity/">diverse</a> and international community of Python programmers.</p><p>If you are submitting a proposal, when creating your <a href="https://2017.pycon-au.org/speaker/create/">Speaker Profile</a>, to apply for  financial assistance you must tick one or both of the boxes that say <b>Travel assistance required</b> and <b>Accommodation assistance required</b>. That is the entire process!</p><p>You will be informed about the outcome of your application at the same time as your proposal acceptance.<br/></p><p><img class="richtext-image full-width" src="/site_media/media/images/speakerform_HMmdKgX.width-800.png" width="800" height="210" alt="Speaker form highlight"></p>If your proposal is not accepted and you wish to apply for financial assistance to attend the conference, you will need to apply through the process for attendees.<br/>If you have any questions about this process, please email us at <a href="mailto:contact@pycon-au.org">contact@pycon-au.org</a>. For non-speakers, keep an eye on the <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/about/fin_assist/">Financial assistance page</a> which will have the latest information about the application process.<br/></div></div> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"></div></div> </p> Tips for writing a great conference proposal https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/tips-writing-great-conference-proposal/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/tips-writing-great-conference-proposal/ Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">The Call for Proposals is open now, but how do you know if you should submit? Check out our tips!</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>As you may have heard, the PyCon AU 2017 <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/cfp/">Call for Proposals</a> is open now. Perhaps you've considered submitting a talk, but you're not sure how much to detail to add, or if your topic is too niche, or are you <a href="https://adainitiative.org/2013/08/28/is-impostor-syndrome-keeping-women-out-of-open-technology-and-culture/">even expert enough</a> to be talking about it?</p><p>We want to encourage a broad range of people to submit a broad range of topics, so over the next couple of weeks we will be writing a few pieces to help demystify the CFP process. The first, by Program Chair Tennessee Leeuwenburg, is up now. Read it all here: <a href="http://2017.pycon-au.org/program/proposal-tips/tips-writing-great-proposal/"><b>Tips for writing a great proposal</b></a></p><p><br/></p><p><br/></p></div></div> </p> Call for Proposals is now open https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/call-proposals-now-open/ https://2017.pycon-au.orghttp://2017.pycon-au.org/news/call-proposals-now-open/ Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">Our Call for Proposals is open now until 7th May. Submit early, submit often and help us spread the word!</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><h2>Welcome all -- coders, tinkerers, contributors, presenters, thinkers, teachers and artists... our call for proposals is finally here!</h2><p>In just a few more months, PyCon AU will be in full swing. We have developed both our community engagement and technical depth year on year, consolidating in people’s hearts and minds the value of coming along to this fantastic event. Those who have presented or attended before can attest to the high calibre of our speakers, the quality of our technical content, and also the welcoming and inclusive approach to new speakers and people from a broad variety of backgrounds.</p><p>Please follow <a href="https://2017.pycon-au.org/program/cfp/">this link</a> for more details on how to submit a proposal for PyCon AU 2017.</p><p>Regardless of whether you are intending to submit a proposal, please help us spread the word on Twitter, Facebook and email, by sharing a link to this page, along with the hashtag #pyconau.</p>Finally, although the website gnomes and bugfinding goblins have been working hard to achieve a smooth user experience, Murphy is as harsh lawmaker, and it’s possible you might need to contact us with questions or raise issues. Please email <a href="mailto:program@pycon-au.org">program@pycon-au.org</a> should you need to reach us.</div></div> </p>