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Call for Proposals is CLOSED

Proposals now only accepted for MiniConfs

PyCon Australia 2015 is pleased to announce that its Call for Proposals is now open!

The conference this year will be held on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd August 2015 in Brisbane. We'll also be featuring a day of Miniconfs on Friday 31st July.

The deadline for proposal submission is Friday 8th May, 2015.

PyCon Australia attracts professional developers from all walks of life, including industry, government, and science, as well as enthusiast and student developers. We’re looking for proposals for presentations and tutorials on any aspect of Python programming, at all skill levels from novice to advanced.

Presentation subjects may range from reports on open source, academic or commercial projects; or even tutorials and case studies. If a presentation is interesting and useful to the Python community, it will be considered for inclusion in the program.

We're especially interested in short presentations that will teach conference-goers something new and useful. Can you show attendees how to use a module? Explore a Python language feature? Package an application?


Four Miniconfs will be held on Friday 31st July, as a prelude to the main conference. Miniconfs are run by community members and are separate to the main conference. If you are a first time speaker, or your talk is targeted to a particular field, the Miniconfs might be a better fit than the main part of the conference. If your proposal is not selected for the main part of the conference, it may be selected for one of our Miniconfs:

DjangoCon AU is the annual conference of Django users in the Southern Hemisphere. It covers all aspects of web software development, from design to deployment - and, of course, the use of the Django framework itself. It provides an excellent opportunity to discuss the state of the art of web software development with other developers and designers.

The Python in Education Miniconf aims to bring together community workshop organisers, professional Python instructors and professional educators across primary, secondary and tertiary levels to share their experiences and requirements, and identify areas of potential collaboration with each other and also with the broader Python community.

The Science and Data Miniconf is a forum for people using Python to tackle problems in science and data analysis. It aims to cover commercial and research interests in applications of science, engineering, mathematics, finance, and data analysis using Python, including AI and 'big data' topics.

The OpenStack Miniconf is dedicated to talks related to the OpenStack project and we welcome proposals of all kinds: technical, community, infrastructure or code talks/discussions; academic or commercial applications; or even tutorials and case studies. If a presentation is interesting and useful to the OpenStack community, it will be considered for inclusion. We also welcome talks that have been given previously in different events.

First Time Speakers

We welcome first-time speakers; we are a community conference and we are eager to hear about your experience. If you have friends or colleagues who have something valuable to contribute, twist their arms to tell us about it! Please also forward this Call for Proposals to anyone that you feel may be interested.

The most recent call for proposals information can always be found at: http://pycon-au.org/cfp

See you in Brisbane in July!

Important Dates

  1. Call for Proposals opens: Friday 27th March, 2015
  2. Proposal submission deadline: Friday 8th May, 2015
  3. Proposal acceptance: Monday 25 May, 2015 to be advised

Main Conference Speaker Benefits

Speakers at the main part of the conference (i.e. not Miniconf speakers) are eligible for free conference registration and a free seat at the conference dinner. If you, or your organisation, can afford to register, such payments will go directly towards our Financial Assistance pool to help people who could not otherwise afford to attend the conference.

You will not be automatically registered; you will need to register yourself and failure to do so may result in loss of your talk slot(s).

Suggested Topics

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

  • Core Python, including Python 3 topics
  • Other implementations: PyPy, IronPython, Jython.
  • Web programming (Django, Pyramid, Flask, etc)
  • Python libraries and extensions
  • Business applications
  • Concurrency
  • Databases
  • Documentation
  • Education
  • Embedding and extending Python
  • Game programming
  • GUI programming
  • Network programming
  • Open source Python projects
  • Packaging issues
  • Programming tools
  • Project best practices
  • Science and maths
  • Social issues
  • System administration with Python
  • Testing

Talk Format

The preferred length for talks is 25-30 minutes. You can request a 45-minute extended slot, but proposals requiring 45 minutes will be reviewed more stringently. 45-minute slots are, as a rule of thumb, reserved for how-to talks rather than talks about things you made, saw, or did.

An Open Space room will also be available for follow-up sessions.

Session lengths include time for audience questions. You should budget at least five minutes for questions; for example, a 30-minute talk will be 25 minutes of presentation and 5 minutes of questions.

Presentation Recording

Every session at PyCon Australia will have professionally-produced video recordings for release to our YouTube channel.

If you do not wish to have your talk recorded then please note this in your submission. Doing so will not influence the selection process in any way. You have the option to change your mind at any time.

How to Submit

Use the PyCon Australia Online Proposal Submission system to send us your proposals. You must first create an account on the website (and be logged in) in order to submit a proposal.

The primary author should submit the proposal. Additional authors can be added to a proposal on request (they must have accounts too).

The proposal must include the following:

  • Talk title.
  • Duration/Type: choose 30 minutes for most presentations, 45 minutes for extended presentations or Tutorial.
  • Abstract:
    • Public abstract for website and programme.
    • Private notes for reviewers.
  • Target Audience: indicate the intended audience and difficulty level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced. Add more detail in the summary and/or description, such as specific experience required.
  • Project details: If applicable provide information about the project related to your proposal.
  • Further information about yourself
    • Biography to appear on the website and programme.
    • Your experience: This will only appear to reviewers.

Submit a proposal now!