It’s March already, the days are flying by and EuroPython in Prague will soon be here! So, what’s been going on?
🐍 EuroPython 2023 Conference Update
Since our last newsletter, where we announced our venue will be in Prague, we’ve put together a page containing links and details about the city, its infrastructure and the sorts of things you could explore outside the conference. You can find it here: https://ep2023.europython.eu/where (and we welcome suggestions for additions to this guide).
🧨 Call for Proposals (CFP)
EuroPython 2023 Call for Proposals (CFP) will be open between Monday, 6 March 2023 and Sunday, 19 March 2023
https://ep2023.europython.eu/cfp. More details will be published soon when we open our CFP.
EuroPython reflects the colourful and diverse backgrounds, cultures and interests of our community, so you (yes, you!) should go for it: propose something and represent!
No matter your level of Python or public speaking experience, EuroPython's job is to help you bring yourself to our community so we all flourish and benefit from each other's experience and contribution.
If you’re thinking, “but they don’t mean me”, then we especially mean YOU.
- If you’re from a background that isn't usually well-represented in most Python groups, get involved - we want to help you make a difference.
- If you’re from a background that is well-represented in most Python groups, get involved - we want your help making a difference.
- If you’re worried about not being technical enough, get involved - your fresh perspective will be invaluable.
- If you think you’re an imposter, join us - many of the EuroPython organisers feel this way.
- This is a volunteer led community, so join us - you will be welcomed with friendship, support and compassion.
You are welcome to share your questions and ideas with our programme team at firstname.lastname@example.org
👩🏫 Speaker Mentorship
As a diverse and inclusive community EuroPython offers support for potential speakers who want help preparing for their contribution. To achieve this end we have set up the speaker mentorship programme.
We are looking for both mentors and mentees to be a part of the programme.
To become a Mentor you need to fill in the application form here and If you are a mentee in need of help contributing to EuroPython, especially if you are from an underrepresented or a marginalised group in the tech industry, please fill in the form here. We will get in touch with you to update you on working with a mentor and how to participate in the workshops.
Along with this we will also run an Ask Me Anything for the CFP and a workshop for first time speakers
More details on https://ep2023.europython.eu/mentorship
We are thrilled to announce our first keynote speaker for 2023, the New York Times bestselling author Andrew Smith.
Andrew has recently finished a book, due out later this year, about what it feels like to learn how to code. His language of choice was Python and, as part of his research, he became (and continues to be) involved in several different aspects of the Python and wider FLOSS community.
Andrew often appears before live audiences and on radio and TV, and has written and presented a number of films and radio series, including the 60-minute BBC TV documentaries Being Neil Armstrong and To Kill a Mockingbird at 50, and the three-part BBC Radio 4 history of the lives of submariners, People of the Abyss. The last decade has seen his focus shift more squarely to the digital revolution and its social implications, with high profile magazine and comment pieces appearing in The Economist’s 1843 magazine, The Financial Times and the US and UK editions of The Guardian. Smith also features in Stanford University's History of the Internet podcast series.
Find out more about Andrew via his website: https://www.andrewsmithauthor.com/
Andrew interviewing Buzz Aldrin
🎫 Ticket Sales
As usual, there will be several ticket options, so you can choose the one most suitable for you. Ticket sales are expected to start on 21 March. We are aiming to keep the ticket prices at an affordable level for all tiers, despite cost increases and inflation. Check out our ticket page to find more information: https://ep2023.europython.eu/tickets
💶 Financial Aid
As part of our commitment to the Python community, we offer special grants for people in need of financial aid to attend EuroPython. These grants include a free ticket grant, a travel and accommodation grant of up to € 400, and a visa application free grant of up to € 80.
We will review grant applications and award grants in two rounds this year. The submission deadline for the first round will be on 23 April 2023 and the deadline for the second round will be on 21 May 2023. If you submit your application in the first round, you will automatically be considered in the second round as well. So, apply early to increase your chances.
The Financial Aid Programme is now open for application. For more information and a link to the application form, check out https://europython.eu/finaid.
🥇 Speakers Placement Programme
We provide for mentees to provide speaking opportunities at a local event or meetup before or after EuroPython to help boost their confidence. If you are an event/ meetup organiser who is looking for speakers, please kindly fill in this form and we would be happy to introduce our mentee to you if there’s a match.
📞 Call for Trans*Code Volunteers
EuroPython Society champions diversity & inclusion. Following the success and fun we had at our Trans*Code event in Dublin, we are hosting, a Trans*Code event again at EuroPython 2023 in Prague - an informal hackday & workshop event which aims to help draw attention to transgender issues and opportunities.
The event is open to trans and non-binary folk, allies, coders, designers and visionaries of all sorts. Check the interviews with our 2022 Trans*Code participants to get an idea and enjoy the warmth.
This year, we are again privileged to have Noami Ceder on board to help and advise us with the organisation. We want to make EuroPython 2023 an exceptionally welcoming place for trans people and folks from under-represented groups in tech. We need more volunteers to achieve our goal! If you identify as trans or non-binary and would like to volunteer your experience and time to help us organise the event, please write to email@example.com; or to Naomi Ceder at firstname.lastname@example.org (if you need to discuss something more private). If you are an ally, help us spread the word and lend us your support.
🎉 EPS New Fellows
We are overjoyed to announce the EuroPython Society Fellows in the first quarter of 2023: Naomi Ceder, Cheuk Ting Ho, Francesco Pierfederici and Jakub Musko. We are grateful for the significant contribution every one of them has made to our EuroPython community. You can read about their achievement here: www.europython-society.org/europython-fellow/
🐍 Upcoming Events in Europe
- Pycon Limerick https://python.ie/ 🇮🇪
- Pycon Estonia https://pycon.ee/ 🇪🇪
- Pycon Italia https://pycon.it/en 🇮🇹
- PyCon DE & PyData Berlin https://2023.pycon.de/ 🇩🇪
- Pycon Lithuania https://pycon.lt/2023 🇱🇹
🦊 Project Feature - FoxDot
This amazing project helps with livecode music using Python and converts your favourite programming language into a musical instrument
Foxdot does this by providing a programming environment that provides a fast and user-friendly abstraction to SuperCollider. It also comes with its own IDE, which means it can be used straight out of the box; all you need is Python and SuperCollider and you're ready to go!
We had a very nice lightning talk about this project at EuroPython 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7q4lB49IGM and a full length one at Pycon US 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUIPcXduR8E
🎗️ Clacks of Remembrance
In the Terry Pratchett novel "Going Postal", a telegraph-style system known as "Clacks" was used to pass the name of a deceased character endlessly back and forth, keeping their memory alive. But where the book had "GNU John Dearheart" -- the prefix being a basic code to instruct clacksmen to pass on, not file, and return the message -- we add meta headers to our base template in a silent but appropriately geeky tribute and act of remembrance to those in our EuroPython family we have lost.
We invite you to take a moment to “View page source” and remember our departed friends.
$ pip install pyjokes Collecting pyjokes Downloading pyjokes-0.6.0-py2.py3-none-any.whl (26 kB) Installing collected packages: pyjokes Successfully installed pyjokes-0.6.0 $ pyjoke
Why do sin and tan work? Just cos.
Add your own jokes to PyJokes (a project invented at a EuroPython sprint) via this issue: https://github.com/pyjokes/pyjokes/issues/10