Monday, July 20, 2009

Why You Need to Register for PyOhio

From our fearless leader, Catherine Devlin:

Here it comes! PyOhio starts this Saturday. (Actually, sprints start Friday night!)

Are you ready? Have you registered? Please register right away at 4 top reasons:

1. Only pre-registered attendees will be eligible for fabulous swag prizes.

2. The organizers need to figure out how much food to order. If we get it wrong, there could be food riots. That would be bad.

3. Sponsors want hard attendance data. They are not impressed when we say that PyOhio draws "a bunch of people".

4. It's possible that we could run out of space. If that happens, it's same-day walk-ins who will have to walk the plank.

We have 126 registered right now, already handily topping last year's total of 92. I know there are lots more of you out there, though - so register!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Sprinting at PyOhio 2009

New for 2009, PyOhio is going to have development Sprints on Friday and Saturday evenings. There is no additional cost to participate in Sprints and while the location has not been specifically nailed down, they will either be at the conference site or very close by. We are currently looking for Sprint Leaders (that's you!) to help manage at least a few different Sprint topics.

What are Sprints?

There is no running involved, and no phone companies are attached to this activity.

Sprints are a relatively free-form and ad-hoc environment where projects can commonly even spring up on site, but we'll try to seed the pot with some interesting projects.

What does a Sprint Leader have to do?

Primarily, your responsibility would be to explain to likely sprinters what your project is and what work needs to be done. If you have a python software project that would benefit from a few developers banging out new features, doing bug fixing, testing, writing documentation, etc., then you are a candidate for being a Sprint Leader!

If you have any interest in being a sprinter on a topic (even if you're not willing to lead that topic), or even better, taking charge of a given Sprint topic, please check out our Sprints page or contact us at