Change the future

Call For Proposals

Now that PyCon is upon us, see the Speaker's Resources page.

PyCon 2013, occurring once again in sunny Santa Clara, California, will now be accepting poster proposals through January 15, 2013. As with years past, we're looking forward to receiving your best proposals for posters.

The PyCon 2013 Call for Tutorials and Talks is now closed. The deadline for submitting a poster proposal is January 15, 2013.

Important: To submit a poster proposal, sign up or log in to your account and proceed to your account dashboard!

About PyCon 2013

The 2013 conference will run from March 13, 2013 to March 21, 2013, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, just 15 minutes from San Jose, and one hour from San Francisco. On the schedule we have the main conference running Friday March 15 through Sunday March 17, which is preceded by two days of tutorials and followed up by four days of sprints.

Continuing a trend started years ago, attendance records were once again broken last year, and the schedule was the best we've assembled. Can you help us top 2013?

Who Should Submit a Proposal?

You. Your friends. Your friends' friends. Anyone with any level of Python knowledge is a candidate for a great topic at this conference. As we get attendees of all kinds, we need speakers of all kinds. In all ways and manners, we try to assemble the most diverse conference we can, and we do that with your help.

Whether you got started with Python last month or you've been around for 20 years, we think you've got something to share. The Python community is stronger than ever and we're still reaching new areas, new industries, and new users. Be a part of growing Python by helping us change the future.

What Kind of Sessions can I Give?


Posters are a recent addition to the Python schedule, but they're a definite hit and back for another round in 2013. The poster session provides a more interactive, attendee-driven presentation than the speaker-driven conference talks. Poster presentations have fostered extensive discussions on the topics, with many that have gone on much longer than the actual "session" called for. That is exactly what we wanted!

The idea is to present your topic on a 4' x 4' poster board and as attendees mingle through the rows, they find your topic, read through what you've written, then strike up a discussion on it. It's as simple as that. You could be doing Q&A in the first minute of the session with a group of 10 people.

As with the other proposal types, we're really looking to you to talk about what's going on in this community and tell everyone where it's going. If you're doing something awesome, share it.

For more information about Posters and the Poster session, see

Conference Registration and Travel

PyCon is entirely volunteer-organized and run, and works hard to keep costs as low as possible. This includes having an “everyone pays” policy: everyone, from the conference chair on down, pays for their own ticket and travel expenses. That said, we do appreciate those who share their knowledge at the conference: Speakers with accepted proposals will receive early bird pricing and have a guaranteed spot at the conference even if we hit the attendance cap. For registration pricing see:

If early bird pricing and travel would still be a burden, PyCon also has a large financial aid program to help those who can’t afford to attend PyCon. Speakers will be prioritized in the financial aid program. For more details, see

Timeline and Deadlines

Posters will be accepted on a rolling basis until January 15, 2013, or until the allotment of posters has been filled.

Other Important dates:

  • Sept 28, 2012: Talk and tutorial proposals due.
  • Dec 1, 2012: Selected talks and tutorials announced.
  • Dec 15, 2012 : Conference schedule announced
  • December 31, 2012: Financial aid applications due.
  • January 15, 2013: Financial aid awards announced.
  • January 15, 2013: Poster proposals due
  • February 1, 2013: Posters announced.
  • March 13-14, 2013: Tutorial days at PyCon.
  • March 15-17, 2013: PyCon main conference.
  • March 18-21, 2013: PyCon sprint days.

Thank you!

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