PyCon 2014 (Montreal, April): Call for Proposals is open!

This is a guest post by AdaCamp DC alumna Jessica McKellar, organizer of the Boston Python Workshop for women and board member of the Python Software Foundation.

The Ada Initiative’s founders attended PyCon 2013 and ran our first feminist hacker lounge there, and we’re thrilled to hear that the PSF and PyCon are continuing their strong track record of outreach to women.

The PyCon 2014 call for proposals is open, and we want to see talk submissions from you!

About PyCon

PyCon is the largest annual gathering for the Python community. It is a volunteer-run, supportive, happy, diverse conference for people of all programming backgrounds, from beginning to advanced Pythonistas and for professional and hobbyist programmers alike. The conference has tutorials, talks, poster sessions, development sprints, and more.

PyCon and the Python Software Foundation have taken a strong stance on supporting diversity outreach and cultivating a welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds. In December, the PSF passed a resolution requiring a public Code of Conduct for all conferences receiving PSF sponsorship. PyCon has had a Code of Conduct inspired by the Ada Initiative’s template since 2012.

PyCon 2013 saw a record number of women giving tech talks, and the Ada Initiative had its first ever Feminist Hacker Lounge at the conference!

Speaking at PyCon

PyCon is in beautiful Montreal in April of 2014. Need help getting to PyCon? No problem: the conference has a robust financial aid program (and the best way to ensure assistance is to be giving a talk).

Talks are 30 or 45 minutes long. Beginners can give talks. Hobbyists can give talks. You, yes you, would give a great talk on something that excites you about Python. Proposals are due by September 15th.

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Need some inspiration? Have a look at the talk list from last year.

A project you’ve been working on, a fun library, a cool language feature, how you use Python at work: these are all good talk opportunities.

Pick a topic and get started!