PyCon 2012 Announces Call for Speakers

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Tutorial, Talk, and Poster applications are expected to break all previous records, so get yours in by October 12 for the March 2012 conference.

The PyCon staff and Python Software Foundation announce the call for speakers for the tutorial, conference, and poster sessions for PyCon 2012 (Santa Clara, CA, March 7-11, 2012). Proposals will be accepted through October 12, 2011 at, but do not wait until the last minute. Submissions last year set a record of over 250 proposals received, and the Program Committee expects a high number of applications for this year as well.

Tutorials, which run two-a-day on Wednesday, March 7 and Thursday, March 8, are a fantastic way to bring your teaching skills to the community through three-hour classroom-style sessions. With attendance ranging from 20 to 60, they are a great way to share your knowledge of Python and its supporting ecosystem in an intimate setting. Previous tutorial topics have included web frameworks, GIS, data mining, science and engineering, GUIs, and beginner topics on learning Python. For more information, see the tutorial section.

Proposals for main conference talks, taking place Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11, are expected to break yet another record. PyCon has played host to a wide variety of topics over the years, and this year is no different: we're looking for your best presentations on any range of topics in the Python world. From distributed computing to text processing to interpreters and everything in between, we want to hear from you. The program will include talks for attendees with a range of experience levels, from beginner to advanced. We are also bringing back the popular "extreme" track from 2011, for talks that look dig deeply into advanced topics! See the speaker page for the full details.

The poster session, a science fair-style event that runs throughout the conference afternoons, is also accepting proposals. Last year's event was a huge success with a steady stream of attendees viewing 35 posters, including many interactive exhibits. The poster session gives presenters an open platform and a 4'x4' board to showcase their projects, and attendees have a chance to mingle with the best and brightest and engage with the presenters. Posters will be accepted on a rolling basis until January 15, 2012, up to the estimated limit of 40 posters. More poster session info can be found on the site.

Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals early, as the program committee will be reviewing and commenting on proposals as they roll in throughout the two month window. Early submission will allow for more opportunities for feedback from the committee and a chance to work with applicants to improve their proposals, thus creating the best conference possible.

As the proposal window opens, PyCon thanks our generous and growing list of sponsors, lead by Diamond sponsors Google and Dropbox, and Platinum sponsors SurveyMonkey, Microsoft, Nasuni, and Gondor by Eldarion . Thanks also go to our Gold sponsors Caktus Consulting Group, CCP Games, Linode, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Canonical, DotCloud, Loggly, Revolution Systems, ZeOmega, ActiveState, bitly, JetBrains, Snoball, and Disqus. We’d also like to welcome and thank our newest silver sponsors Olark, Bitbucket, and Bigdoor for their support. To see all of the sponsors and what they’re up to, visit our sponsor page.

About PyCon
Presented by the Python Software Foundation, the world's largest Python conference brings together a diverse group of developers, enthusiasts, and organizations to explore new challenges, launch new businesses and forge new connections within the Python community. PyCon provides attendees with the opportunity to delve into the dynamic programming language employed by well-known companies such as Google, Cisco, Oracle, Microsoft and Dropbox. PyCon helps people learn new tools and techniques, present their own projects, and meet other Python fans. Press passes to the conference are available for members of the press who would like to see PyCon in person.

Jesse Noller, Conference Chair
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Brian Curtin, Publicity Coordinator
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