PyCon is more than where Donglegate began. This year, PyCon boasted a record number of talks delivered by women. As always, they provided a generous financial aid program promoted by many diversity-minded groups.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
An inclusive developer conference in March for the community using and developing the open-source Python programming language, PyCon 2013 was home to free workshops for children 7+ to learn Python from Katie Cunningham and Barbara Shaurette, a feminist hacker lounge hosted by the Ada Initiative, a huge PyLadies lunch and many booths in the expo area for the groups like PyLadies and CodeChix. These booths were not exclusive – in the span of half an hour, I watched several men purchase PyLadies shirts and get more information about the initiative.
A female developer evangelist calls out a couple of misbehaving males for making sexist jokes at a conference, getting one of them fired. All hell breaks loose online. What lesson, if any, can we learn from this unsavory incident?
By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)
You’re minding your own business pursuing professional enlightenment at a tech conference when two dudes behind you break out the frat house humor and start making jokes about ‘big dongles.’ What do you do?
It is not important that you haven’t spoke at PyCon or another conference before. But do prove that why you should now. Taken from Brainstorming: Writing a PyCon Proposal.
By Lynn Root (Founder, PyLadies San Francisco)
While this post is for PyCon, the US-based conference for Python developers, users, educators, and everyone with an interest in Python, this advice can apply to any language-centric conferences, even the topic suggestions themselves.
“Hey you! Ever thought about submitting a proposal?”
“What? oh no, no no no.”
“What would I talk about? I have nothing to say!”
So how about this:
By Jessica McKellar (Software Engineer, Ksplice, Oracle)
I want to share an email I received recently from a woman named Pam. It is a response to an email I sent to the DevChix mailing list, calling on DevChixen to attend PyCon, the largest annual Python conference, and submit posters for the PyCon poster session:
“Holy wow. I’ve had your email starred since you sent it, and only just now realized that you’re the Jess who was at PyStar Philly. Because of this email:
- I decided to try to go to PyCon