PyCon 2016 in Portland, Or
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What is PyCon?

The PyCon 2016 conference, which took place in Portland, is the **largest** annual gathering for the community using and developing the open-source Python programming language. It is produced and underwritten by the Python Software Foundation, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing and promoting Python. Through PyCon, the PSF advances its mission of growing the international community of Python programmers. Because PyCon is backed by the non-profit PSF, we keep registration costs much lower than comparable technology conferences so that PyCon remains accessible to the widest group possible. The PSF also pays for the ongoing development of the software that runs PyCon and makes it available under a liberal open source license. PyCon is a diverse conference dedicated to providing an enjoyable experience to everyone. Help us do this by following our code of conduct. # PyCon is really four events in a row
  • Tutorial Days
    Saturday May 28 – Sunday May 29, 2016. Learn something new and relevant in intensive 3-hour sessions. The evenings are free for socializing and Open Spaces.

  • Conference Days
    Monday May 30 – Wednesday June 1, 2016.

    See what's going on in the Python world, meet your fellow Pythonistas, share your knowledge and experience, make contacts, brainstorm projects, discuss prospects. The sky is the limit!

    • Scheduled talks

      Each day begins with a plenary keynote, followed by a full 5-track schedule that fills the venue ballrooms with talks and panels on a wide variety of topics, satisfying a wide range of interests and approaches to programming.

    • Open Spaces

      PyCon features an unconference in parallel of the scheduled talks, with dedicated rooms that attendees can schedule for informal presentations or discussions. These rooms are open spaces that let attendees customize their experience at PyCon to match specific interests. The rooms are available for all three conference days.

    • Lightning talks

      At the end of each day we dedicate time to a quick series of 5-minute talks on almost any topic. The fast-paced volleys of lightning talks are fired in the main ballroom in front of a large audience, making them a very effective way to reach out to the community.

    • Expo Hall

      On Monday and Tuesday, the vast Expo Hall will be filled with booths where you can meet companies who use Python, support Python, and who hire Pythonistas. Many non-profits and community organizations will also have booths, and want to say hello! Some sponsors will be recruiting, so come prepared with business cards and resumes if you are on the job market.

    • Poster Session

      On Wednesday, the Expo Hall is re-configured as our poster session space, where academics, hobbyists, and community members will answer questions and illustrate their work using large graphic posters. Presenters will describe and discuss their discoveries, creations, and projects with the PyCon attendees.

    • And don't forget the hallway track — the opportunity to meet friends new and old in the spacious public areas of the conference venue!

  • Development Sprints
    Thursday June 2 – Sunday June 5, 2016.

    • Help advance your favorite open source project, whether a library, community site, or even the Python language itself! We provide the space and the infrastructure — network, power, tables, chairs — you provide the enthusiasm and the brainpower. All experience levels welcome. The sprints are free!

    • More information on the Sprints page!

  • Summits:

    In addition, there are two invitation-only summits scheduled during the tutorials which will bring developers of the various implementations together to discuss technology and strategies: the Python Language Summit and the Python in Education Summit.

# Contacts - Ewa Jodlowska, Director of Operations
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- Brandon Rhodes, Conference Chair
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- PyCon Staff
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