Call for Proposals

Want to share your expertise? PyCon DC 2005 is looking for proposals to fill the formal presentation tracks.

Previous PyCons have had a broad range of presentations, from reports on academic and commercial projects to tutorials and case studies, and we hope to extend that range this year. As long as the presentation is interesting and potentially useful to the Python community, it will be considered for inclusion in the program.

Important Dates

Submission deadline Dec. 31, 2004
Acceptance deadline Jan. 15, 2005
Electronic copy deadline Mar. 14, 2005

PyCon Topics

Suitable topics for PyCon presentations include, but are not limited to:

  • Core Python
  • Databases
  • Documentation
  • GUI Programming
  • Games Programming
  • Jython and IronPython
  • Network Programming
  • Open Source Python Projects
  • Packaging Issues
  • Programming Tools
  • Project Best Practices
  • Python Integration (including C/C++ or other languages)
  • Python Success Stories
  • Python in Business
  • Python in Education
  • Science and Math
  • Web-based Systems

Submission Format

Proposals should ideally be 250 to 1000 words long (i.e. one to four pages in manuscript format), containing the following information:

  • Author name(s)
  • Contact information
  • Requested timeslot (thirty or forty-five minutes)
  • Summary of proposed presentation
  • Presentation outline

ASCII format is preferred (plain or reST), with HTML as a secondary alternative. If you have any queries about submission, or if you would like to discuss the possibility of submitting in a different format or style, please send mail to the conference organizers at pycon at python dot org.

Submission Mechanics

Use the PyCon Online Proposal Submission to send us your proposals and ideas.

If your paper is accepted, you have the option of including a companion paper along with your presentation. The paper will get published on the PyCon web site. Presentations and papers may be in text (plain or reST), HTML, or PDF; HTML and PDF are preferred.

We suggest, but do not require, that authors place their papers under a Creative Commons license. Please visit the CC 'Choose a License' page to select a license that meets your requirements.

A page in the Wiki contains suggestions and advice for speakers:

Other Presentations

If you don't want to make a formal presentation, there will be a significant amount of Open Space to allow for informal and spur-of-the-moment presentations for which no formal submission is required. Open Space consists of thirty-minute blocks that are allocated during PyCon. These blocks can be used for presentations, round table discussions, hands-on tutorials, or anything else. Typically, people propose ideas for the sessions which are then voted on by attendees.

There will also be several Lightning Talk sessions for talks no longer than five minutes.