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Marc-Andre Lemburg

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EuroPython 2021: Financial Aid Applications Open

We are happy to announce the start of our financial aid program for this year’s EuroPython.

EuroPython 2021 Financial Aid

As part of our commitment to the Python community and to increase our reach to lower income countries, we will provide financial aid for people in need to enable them to attend EuroPython 2021.

Financial Aid Sponsor for EuroPython 2021:

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The EuroPython Society (EPS) is sponsoring €10,000 worth of financial aid this year.

We offer financial aid in the following two ways:

  1. Discounted ticket. Get a standard conference ticket for the conference with a very affordable price.
  2. Free ticket. For exceptional cases, we offer the standard conference ticket for free.

Conference tickets include access to conference days (Wed-Fri), sponsored workshops, Beginners’ Day workshop and sprints.

Please note: Access to our regular training sessions and workshops is not included in the conference ticket.

Grant Eligibility

EuroPython is a wonderful place to meet and share your experience with Python developers from Europe and all around the world. Our goal is to support people who want to help improve the Python community: conference speakers, active developers from smaller Python communities and open source contributors.

Our grants are open to all people in need of financial aid. We take into account the following criteria during the selection process:

  • Contributors: Potential speakers/trainers of EuroPython (those who have submitted a proposal), volunteers and other contributors to EuroPython and/or Python community projects.
  • Economic factors: We want everybody to have a chance to join EuroPython, regardless of economic situation or income level.
  • Country based: As EuroPython 2021 will be run online and there may be participants joining outside of Europe, we understand not all countries have the same income levels and cost of living.
  • Diversity: We aim to be the most diverse and inclusive event possible.

How to apply

Please see our financial aid page for details on how to apply.

Enjoy,
EuroPython 2021 Team
EuroPython Society
EuroPython 2021 Website

EuroPython 2021: Ticket sales started

We're pleased to announce the start of the EuroPython 2021 ticket sales:

Buy EuroPython 2021 Tickets

Updated ticket structure

For EuroPython 2021, we'll have more than 10 training sessions and workshops spread across two days. There is a combined ticket available for those who wish to attend both.

We also added a new livestream-only ticket for getting access to the live streams. It's free, but you'll miss out on the interactivity.

Ticket types

  • Combined tickets: Access to the whole seven day conference, including training sessions, workshops, conference days and sprints.
  • Conference + sprint tickets: Access to conference days and sprints.
  • Sprint-only tickets: Free access to the sprint days only.
  • Livestream-only tickets: Free access to the live streams of the conference sessions only. No access to the conference system.

Ticket tiers

  • Business tickets: For people using Python to make a living and people who want to support our grants program.
  • Personal tickets: For people enjoying Python in their free time or as a freelancer.

More details

For full details, which include ticket prices, a comparison features and the link to the ticket shop, please see our registration page.  Our financial aid program will be available starting Wednesday, April 21.

Participate in Talk Voting

With a conference or combined ticket, you will also be able to tell us what you’d like to see at EuroPython 2021 by voting on the submitted talk proposals. Talk voting will start after the end of the Call for Proposals (CFP).

Guido van Rossum Core Developer Grant

For Python Core Developers, we have put a special grant in place, which will allow core developers to get free combined tickets to the conference.

If you want to sign up, please check our grant page for details on how to apply.

Quick Summary

EuroPython 2021 will be run online from July 26 - August 1:

  • Two workshop/training days (July 26 - 27)
  • Three conference days (July 28 - 30)
  • Two sprint days (July 31 - August 1)

The sessions will be scheduled to ensure they are also accessible for those in the Asian and Americas time zones.

Enjoy,
EuroPython 2021 Team
EuroPython Society
EuroPython 2021 Website

EuroPython 2021: Launching the conference website

https://ep2021.europython.eu/

During the last few weeks the team has been hard at work making final changes to the website, and we are excited to announce the launch of the conference website for EuroPython 2021 today !

We have also migrated the accounts from last year's website to the new one, so you should be able to login right away. That said, we still recommend changing your password as best practice. If you don't have an account yet, you can easily create one to be ready for ticket sales.

Quick Summary

EuroPython 2021 will be run online from July 26 - August 1:

  • Two workshop/training days (July 26 - 27)
  • Three conference days (July 28 - 30)
  • Two sprint days (July 31 - August 1)

The sessions will be scheduled to ensure they are also accessible for those in the Asian and Americas time zones.

More updates

  • Ticket sales will start on Monday, April 19. We have refined the ticket structure for EuroPython 2021 to make it easier to understand and added a table outlining the differences between the various ticket types.
  • Financial aid will once again be available, since we've grown our team. We'd like to enable more people from lower income countries to attend. Applications can be filed starting Wednesday, April 21.
  • The Call for Papers (CFP) will be opened on Monday, April 26. If you want to prepare, you can already have a look at the CFP page on the website. The CFP will stay open for two weeks. A mentorship program for first time speakers is planned as well.
  • Sponsorship packages are already available for review. If you decide to sponsor until May 7, you can get a 10% Early Bird discount on your packages.

We will send out more detailed posts on the above items in due course. Please subscribe to our newsletter if you want to make sure to get all information.

Enjoy,
EuroPython 2021 Team
EuroPython Society
EuroPython 2021 Website

Presenting our EuroPython 2021 logo

Over the last couple of weeks, we have worked with our designer Jessica Peña to come up with a logo which reflects both our desire to come together online during the pandemic and shows how well our community is interconnected around the world.

Here's our brand new logo for EuroPython 2021 Online:

Hope you like it 😃

We will soon make EuroPython 2021 merchandise available with the new logo in our EuroPython merch shop, so you can order t-shirts, sweatshirts, caps and mugs to show your support and love for the conference.

Enjoy,
EuroPython 2021 Team
EuroPython Society
https://www.europython-society.org/

20th Anniversary of EuroPython

This year's conference will mark the 20th edition of the EuroPython conference.

Since we started touring Europe in 2002 in Charleroi, Belgium, we have come a long way. The conference has grown from the initial 240 to around 1200-1400 attendees every year. The organization had started with a small group of people in a somewhat ad-hoc way and has now grown into a well structured team backed by the non-profit EuroPython Society (EPS), while still keeping the fun spirit of the early days.

EuroPython 2002 was the first major all volunteer run event for Python. A lot of other conferences have since emerged in Europe and we're actively trying to help them wherever we can, with our grants program, growing conference knowledge base and our Organizers' Lunch, for which we regularly invite representatives of all European Python conferences to get together to network, exchange experience in organizing events community building and understand how we can most effectively help each other.

To celebrate the anniversary, we took a deep look into our archives and have put together live website copies of the last few years, going back all the way to EP2009, which was held in Birmingham, UK. For previous years, archive.org stored some pages of the websites, so let's do a quick tour of 20 years of EuroPython:

EuroPython 2021

Online Event, July 26 - August 1, 2021

EuroPython 2020

Online Event, July 23 - 26, 2020

EuroPython 2019

Basel, Switzerland from July 8 - 14, 2019

EuroPython 2018

Edinburgh, UK from July 23 - 29, 2018

EuroPython 2017

Rimini, Italy from July 9 - 16, 2017

EuroPython 2016

Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain from July 17 -24, 2016

EuroPython 2015

Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain from July 20 - 26, 2015

EuroPython 2014

Berlin, Germany from July 21 - 27, 2014

EuroPython 2013

Florence, Italy from  July 1 - 7 2013

EuroPython 2012

Florence, Italy from July 2 - 8, 2012

EuroPython 2011

Florence, Italy from June 20 - 26, 2011

EuroPython 2010

Birmingham, UK, from July 17 - 22, 2010

EuroPython 2009

Birmingham, UK, from June 28 - July 4, 2009

EuroPython 2008

Vilnius, Lithuania, from July 7 - 12, 2008

EuroPython 2007

Vilnius, Lithuania, from  July 9 - 14, 2007

EuroPython 2006

CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, from June 30 - July 9, 2006

EuroPython 2005

Göteborg, Sweden, from June 27 - July 3, 2005

EuroPython 2004

Göteborg, Sweden, from June 7 - 9, 2004 + sprints

EuroPython 2003

Charleroi, Belgium, from Jun 25 - 27, 2003

EuroPython 2002

Charleroi, Belgium, from June 26 - 28, 2002

What a blast :-)

Hope to see all of you again at EuroPython 2021 and even more so at the next in-person event (hopefully EuroPython 2022 in Dublin).

Enjoy,
EuroPython Society
https://www.europython-society.org/

EuroPython 2021: Volunteering

Update 2021-03-06: The call for volunteers is closed now. Many thanks to all the volunteers who signed up ! We may do another call closer to the event, in case we find that we need more help.

The EuroPython 2021 organization is starting and we're looking for more help with running the conference.

EuroPython 2019 Team

For EP2021, we are using a slightly different approach compared to previous years:

  • All new volunteers will first join the Plaza – our central get-together place for all team members – and only later enter the various workgroups (WGs) we have for running the conference.
  • Additionally, we will have on-boarding calls with everyone to get to know each other and give an overview to the structures, information and groups we have available, as well as the timeline.

If you are interested in helping, please write to volunteers@europython.eu. Our team will then answer any questions you may have and get you signed up for the next on-boarding call.

To get an idea of the various work fields, please have a look at our workgroup overview.

Enjoy,
EuroPython 2021 Team
https://www.europython-society.org/

EuroPython 2021: Getting ready

We're happy to announce the pre-launch website for this year's EuroPython 2021:

EuroPython 2021
EuroPython 2021 – https://ep2021.europython.eu/c

The site comes with an FAQ page, which lists all the information we have for you at the moment. We're repeating the most important part here:

EuroPython 2021 will be held online from July 26 - August 1, 2021,
using the following structure:

  • two workshop/training days (July 26 - 27)
  • three conference days (July 28 - 30)
  • two sprint days (July 31 - August 1)

The next steps are preparing the main conference website, adding content, organizing the call for papers (CFP), setting up the ticket system, the financial aid program, getting everything tested and deployed.

Want to join the fun ?

We'll have busy weeks ahead of us. If you want to help, please consider contacting us with details on where you would like to contribute. Please write to volunteers@europython.eu.

Distributed conferencing

We are also looking into setting up what we call EuroPython Nodes, where attendees can join small groups around the world to attend EuroPython 2021 together. Please see our FAQ entry for details. The idea is still in flux and we'd like to get some feedback from user groups or companies interested in participating.

PS: We have also moved our blog off of Tumblr and onto our own infrastructure. Hope you like the new design.

Enjoy,
EuroPython 2021 Team
https://www.europython-society.org/

EuroPython 2021: Format Poll

We are currently working out the format for this year’s online EuroPython conference. The conference will be run using online conference tools during the week of July 26 - August 1 and we would like to learn about your preferences regarding the overall structure.

For this reason, we’re running a poll to gather input from our (potential) attendees:

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EuroPython 2021 Format Poll

Please add any comments you may have to the comment field. We’d love to hear about new online conference platforms you may have seen (last year, we used Zoom and Discord), suggestions on social event formats, etc.

Enjoy,

EuroPython 2021 Team
https://www.europython-society.org/

Results on 2021-01-11:

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As a result, the board decided to plan for the following structure:

  • 2 workshop / training days (Jul 26-27)
  • 3 conference days (Jul 28-30)
  • 2 sprint days (Jul 31, Aug 1)

EuroPython videos all on archive.org

Over the last few weeks, Anthon van der Neut, our media work group chair for EP2015 and EP2016, put in a lot of effort into getting all our conference videos on archive.org, the Internet Archive.  Archive.org is not meant as an alternative for YouTube to watch the videos, but it allows you to retrieve the original uploads, and as such also functions as a backup location for the us and the community.

He first downloaded all videos from our YouTube account (over 2.5TB as of this writing), then enriched the meta data based on the talk information we have on the websites, fixed issues he found, and then uploaded the videos and meta data to our archive.org account. Overall, around 40 hours of work went into this.

We now have more than 1000 conference videos available on our archive.org account, covering EP2014 - EP2020.

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EuroPython videos on archive.org

Thanks, Anthon, for making this possible !

Enjoy,

EuroPython 2021 Team
https://www.europython-society.org/

EuroPython "Ask me Anything" - November Edition

Dear Community,

after our first successful “Ask me Anything” (AMA) session in September we want to run another meeting this Thursday to answer any questions you may have, share our knowledge or help you in planning your online event.

Some of the topics we can cover:

  • our tools research and findings
  • our concepts for running an online conference or event
  • our experience with running EuroPython online
  • what we could do to support you
  • how our Zoom license sharing works
  • how you can apply for a grant
  • how the EuroPython Society works
  • how we run the EuroPython organization with fully remote work groups

and, of course, anything else :-)

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If you’re interested in joining the call, please send your name and email to helpdesk@europython.eu and we’ll send you the invite for the call on

Thursday, Nov 19, starting at 19:30 CET.

When requesting the invite, please also consider adding more context, in case we’d have to prepare for the answers, so we can better prepare and make the meeting more effective.

Please note that we will be recording the meeting and put it up on our YouTube account after the call, just like we did last time.

BTW: We are making our conference resources available on our website, in case you have missed our blog post earlier this year.

Many thanks.

Enjoy,

EuroPython 2020 Team
https://ep2020.europython.eu/
https://www.europython-society.org/