The U.S. Python Conference, PyCon 2012, officially launched today, and includes a strong, specific code of conduct. At the Ada Initiative, we were thrilled and surprised to hear the good news (during a brief break from figuring out payroll and stuffing envelopes). At this rate, by the end of the year it might be easier to go to an open source conference with a code of conduct than one without!
PyCon 2012 will be March 7th – 11th in Santa Clara, California. We encourage people to speak at and attend a conference run by people who obviously care about all of their attendees. For example: “All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds.” Yay!
We hear through the grapevine that there will be more announcements from conferences organizers in the coming months. Due to staff restrictions (translation: we are spending all our time on organization and fund-raising for the next few months), we won’t be able to do more than write custom codes of conduct for your conference, answer questions from organizers, help attendees express their opinions coherently, and the like.
At this point, we don’t have the resources to start campaigns or reach out to specific conferences, we wait for conference organizers and community members to come to us and ask us for what they need. But judging from this exciting year, that may be all we need to do.
Thanks to all our donors and sponsors. Without your support, we could not have helped lay the groundwork for this exciting change in the open technology and culture community. Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming plans!