Call for PyCon Applications and Sponsors

December 15, 2011 | Tag: » PyCon

As previously mentioned, the PyLadies are working with the PSF to ensure that PyLadies who want to attend PyCon 2012 can do so.  To that end,we are accepting applications for grants to attend PyCon in Santa Clara, CA from March 7-15.

Let’s make PyCon as diverse as the Python Community as a whole – if not more! Many thanks to the PSF for partnering with us on this initiative.

Attendees: If you are a female Python developer who wants to attend but needs financial assistance in order to do so, please fill out this form as soon as possible.

The application period for this year has ended. If you have not received a reply from us about the status of your application, please email esther @ pyladies com immediately.

Sponsors: If you are interested in providing financial assistance to a budding Python developer in need, please contact esther @

We did something similar this past year for DjangoCon, and plan to continue this program for as long as we can sustain it. If you can help us, you will helping to change the community, and maybe even a couple of lives!

How grant recipients will be chosen

Priority will be based on the following factors:

  • Genuine financial need
  • Talk proposal acceptance (those invited to speak at PyCon will have higher priority)
  • Level of experience in programming
  • Contributions to open-source
  • Contributions to Python diversity advocacy efforts
  • Desire to attend
  • Impact that attendance will have on her life, especially for first-time attendees

Sponsors will receive:

  • an email report from us about the person you’re sponsoring, and why you made the right decision
  • your link listed on a page that we’ll be putting up for sponsors
  • your logo displayed on that page, if you donate substantially more than others (amount TBD) and/or better placement
  • a personal guarantee from me that the PyLadies and I will mentor the person you sponsored.  We will help them through their Python career and put friendly pressure on them to contribute to open-source =)

By Esther Nam