PyCon DC 2003

A wrapup of what happened at this year's Python conference, a DIY conference organized by Python enthusiasts to catch up on new projects and discuss the future.
Conclusion

The first PyCon was a success. People liked the relatively loose schedule that allowed time for private and spontaneous meetings. They were enthusiastic about the new ideas: open space and the sprints. The only complaints I heard were of a "we'll do better next time" variety: the food was the same every day; there was too much food (Guido's picture) considering some registrants had to leave early and others don't show up at all; the registration system for on-site registrants didn't work right; the last day was a little slow; the 15-minute refereed paper-sessions were too short. But none of these were show stoppers, and it was an impressive achievement for Python's first amateur-run conference. More than one person commented that this will likely become Python's "working" conference, the one where development gets done or planned, while others, such as OSCon, will serve mainly to promote Python to those going to those conferences anyway.

A final note to Pythoneers: the theme of PyConDC 2003 was Popularizing Python, and that's also a goal of the Python Software Foundation this year. Now you have learned. Go forth and do something with it.

email: mso@oz.net

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Links to the Refereed Papers - Updated

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Re: PyCon DC 2003

Anonymous's picture

Nice article, but two mistakes:

  • Zope3 does as yet does not use Twisted in any way. There are
    plans to this effect but nobody has yet stepped up to do the
    work.
  • PyCon while very nice was not Python's first amateur run
    conference. There were various smaller ones in the past,
    but EuroPython 2002 was entirely volunteer run and had
    in fact more attendees than PyCon. You can imagine that
    hearing this claim (now the second time) is rather frustrating
    to those volunteers (me included). I guess it
    could be taken as a compliment that so many people
    apparently think EuroPython was professionally organized. :)

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