Monday, October 05, 2009

PyCon talk review

We've got a record number of volunteers working on PyCon's Program Committee - the group that reviews talk proposals and decides which ones go on the schedule. And it's a good thing, because we've also got a record number of proposals - 179! (For comparison, PyCon 2008 got 118.)

Right now, we're in the fun part - going through the proposed talks and yelling, "Oooh! Ooooh! I want that one!" Just looking through the proposed talks is a great Python education all by itself - you find out about useful packages and techniques you'd never known were out there.

The tough part comes later - when we have to winnow the list down. Without exception, there are talks I want to see that won't make the cut. Accepting all the good talks would be great, but we'd need a week of PyCon, and three days for the core conference are all we figure most attendees can spare. (My proposal for a round-the-clock talk schedule met only chuckles. Then again, with late-night Open Spaces, we already come dangerously close to a round-the-clock schedule...)

1 comment:

John M Camara said...

If the AV recordings are going to be as good or better than last year, an additional track could be added as anyone could see talks they missed after the conference. It would be a shame to loose out on some quality presentations due to not enough time slots. Plus any additional content made available on the web is likely to help improve Python's popularity.