The PyCon UK CFP has closed, and we're bowled over by the number of excellent submissions we've had.
The conference committee will be mulling over the programme over the next couple of weeks, and we'll have some very difficult decisions to make. In the meantime, we'd like to thank everybody who's submitted a proposal.
Tickets are just £5 and include a picnic lunch. Parents and guardians accompanying children do not require a conference ticket.
From the organisers of Django Girls at PyCon UK:
"Are you female and want to learn how to make websites? Don’t know where to start? We have good news for you! We are holding a one-day workshop at PyCon UK 2017 for beginners. We believe the IT industry will benefit greatly from encouraging more women into technology. We want to give you an opportunity to learn how to program and become one of us - female programmers!
Learning how to code can seem like an impossible task, so a Django Girls workshop at PyCon UK will show 30 programming beginners how it can be done and get them excited about the world of technology.
The Django Girls workshop is a crash course aimed at total beginners. You don’t need to know anything about programming, just bring your own laptop, have a sufficient understanding of English so you’re able to follow our English tutorial and be able to commit to the all-day workshop. You will work through the tutorial in a small group of three attendees and one coach so you’ll be able to do it at your own pace.
Django Girls was born in July 2014 in Berlin and today, Django Girls is a volunteer run organisation with hundreds of people contributing to bring more women to the Python and Django communities. Our goal is to bring more amazing women into the world of technology and increase the diversity in the Django community."
To register your interest in attending, please fill in the application form.
The Call for Participation for PyCon UK closes on 10th August. The committee will aim to publish a list of selected events by 24th August.
We always see a sharp rise in ticket sales immediately after the programme is announced. To make sure you dont miss out, you should get your tickets now!
PyCon UK and PyData London are joining forces to deliver a track of talks, workshops, and other events about data science at PyCon UK in October.
The UKPA is a membership organisation, and in the first instance, anybody who attends PyCon UK 2017 is entitled to membership. For now, membership entitles you to vote to elect the organisation's trustees. You can indicate that you would like to join the UKPA when you buy a ticket for the conference, or if you already have a ticket, when you fill out your profile.
We are looking to elect up to six trustees for the UKPA at the first AGM on the Saturday of the conference. The trustees will be responsible for the charity's management and administration, and will be responsible for appointing a chair for PyCon UK 2018.
If you would like to put yourself forward for election as trustee, please complete the nomination form by Thursday 12th October.
You can read more about the decision-making behind the formation of the UKPA here.
The conference will be at Cardiff City Hall Thursday 26th to Monday 30th October, and we hope that we'll see many of you there.
There'll be plenty more announcements over the coming weeks, so keep an eye out on the mailing list.
Please share this with your friends and colleagues, and if you have any questions, get in touch.
From Peter Inglesby, PyCon UK chair:
"I've been producing UK Python News since last autumn, and it's now in a state where I'd be happy to hand it over to somebody else.
There are number of different aspects to the work:
If you'd like to chat more about what taking on any of this would involve, please drop me a line at email@example.com."
Following a slight holiday-related hitch, tickets for PyCon UK 2017 will now go on sale slightly later than planned on July 2nd on the conference website.
We'll also open the Call for Participation then, and we'd like to see proposals of all sorts for talks, workshops, posters — or anything else — from all parts of the community. We're especially interested in proposals from first-time speakers, and we'll be able to provide mentorship and advice to all speakers who request it.
On the same day, we'll be opening applications for financial assistance, and we have allocated a significant proportion of our conference budget towards ensuring that attending the conference is as affordable as possible.
Finally, we're also looking for conference sponsors. Sponsoring the conference is the best way for your company to engage with the UK Python community, whether you want to recruit Python engineers, promote your products, or raise your profile. Sponsors get free conference tickets, a space to exhibit during the conference, promotion online and in this newsletter, and (for higher-level sponsors) guaranteed space on the programme. If you're interested, please take a look at our sponsorship prospectus.
Tickets for PyCon UK 2017 will go on sale on June 25th, and the Call for Participation will be launched on the same day.
The conference will take place at Cardiff City Hall from Thursday 26th to Monday 30th October. If you've never been to a PyCon before, you can take a look at what we did last year, or catch up with videos of talks on YouTube.
A new Meetup group has been formed in London for teachers, learners, and makers interested in programming the BBC micro:bit or other small computers in MicroPython.
They plan to meet monthly and their first meeting is on Monday May 8th.
UK Python News now has a sign-up form on the PyCon UK website. Please tell your friends and colleagues!
There will be a Django Girls workshop in London on Saturday 18th March. Applications are open until 3rd March.
From the PyData London team:
"PyData London's Call for Proposals is open, and we're seeking talks on data science and data engineering from all levels (first-timers super welcome through to those with many years of experience). The conference will run during May 5-7th in central London with 330 attendees.
Topics we'd like to see proposed include data pipelines and storage to solve data engineering tasks, machine learning and statistics to answer questions, visualisation to explain results and everything around these topics. For inspiration see our schedule from last year and the talks that we have at our monthly meetup.
The Call for Proposals runs until mid-to-late February (closing date to be confirmed), the earlier you submit the more feedback you'll get and the more likely you are to be accepted."
There will be a Django Girls workshop in Manchester on 11th February. Applications are open until 3rd January.
If you were sad not to get a free t-shirt and mug at PyCon UK this year, be sad no longer! We're now selling conference swag, with proceeds going towards the 2017 financial assistance budget. Next year we'll try to make these available before the conference!
A date for your diary: PyCon UK 2017 will (provisionally!) take place in Cardiff from Thursday 26th to Monday 30th October.