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Educational Resources for Community Conduct/Creating Safe Spaces

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Introduction to IRC

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Intro to Python, April 6 - Recap

Barbara Shaurette

This one-day workshop covered some computing and programming concepts, then launched straight into the basics of the Python programming language. Read more →

Get Your Mac Ready for Python Programming

A PDX PyLady

For a beginner, by a beginner: I'll explain what each line of code is doing so you can learn a little bit about working with a command line interface in the process. Read more →

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Web Development

Django is one of the most popular web frameworks. It’s a great option if you want to use Python to build web apps. Start with the official Django polls tutorial or the Django Girls blog tutorial. Two Scoops of Django: Best Practices For Django 1.11 was co-written by one of the co-founders of PyLadies!

Some popular Django hosting options:

Other web frameworks

Experiment with all of them! Here are a few links to get you started.

  • Pyramid (merger of Pylons and repoze.bfg)
  • Flask
  • A huge list of Python web frameworks


Are you interested in doing a women’s Python workshop of your own in your city? Email any of the organizers and we’ll help you get the word out. Here are some resources:

Workshops for Women


Workshops are just one part of PyLadies' effort to increase the female count in the Python world. PyLadies is a community of female developers who care about helping other women get into Python.

We plan to put together a package of materials to help you build your own local women’s Python community. We’ll be posting a “PyLadies Kit” here soon.

PyLadies, PyCon, and You

This document is curated by PyLadies and shared with the entire Python community.

PyCon Talk Proposals and CFP

PyCon 2018 Call for Proposals (CFP)

PyCon blog post about CFP

PyCon 2018 Important Dates

A list of important dates, including financial aid, can be found on the PyCon website.

  • Tutorials CFP deadline: November 24, 2017
  • Talk, Poster, and Education Summit CFP deadline: January 3, 2014
  • CFP Poster Close: November 1, 2014

Financial Aid

Choose your own speaking adventure

PyCon offers many opportunities for speaking:

  • Formal, traditional spaces:
    • talks (30 minutes, a few 45 minute slots)
    • tutorials (3 hours of interactive teaching)
    • lightning talks (bitesized talks of 5 minutes each)
    • posters (an opportunity to talk one on one with others)
  • And the informal spaces:
    • Birds of a Feather sessions (BoFs)
    • sprints
    • open spaces
    • the ever popular hallway track

Whatever you choose, remember “your” Python experiences, whether beginner, advanced or somewhere in between, are valuable. Please consider sharing “your” voice with the community.

Official resources and links from PyCon

  • Topics and Advice
  • Speaker Mentors are available! Indicate your interest on your Speaker Profile when you submit your proposal.
  • PyCon links to Brandon Rhodes’s example proposals


Watching talks for inspiration

Past PyCon talks can be found at

Crafting a good talk proposal

Encouraging talk submissions

Tutorials and How-tos

User Groups

A great way to continue learning Python is to work on your own, then attend presentations and ask questions at local user groups. Attend as many as you can!

If you are unable to find a local group, you can still communicate with people around the world on the #pyladies IRC channel, on FreeNode.

  • Guide to getting started on IRC

IRC is a great way to get in touch with open source developers around the world. Here’s a guide to setting up an IRC nickname and joining the friendly #pyladies channel, a great way to get familiar with how IRC works.


Text Editors

  • gEdit (Linux & Mac OS X)
  • Notepad++ (Windows)
  • Sublime (Windows, Max OS X, and Linux)
  • Sublime for Python and Web Developers: How to squeeze more power out of one of the most popular, light weight text editors for Python.
  • Sublime Short cuts: Learn to get more out of the latest text editor.
  • More “advanced” editors are emacs, vim (although @audreyr knows how to use both of those pretty well and still swears by gEdit for everything)


  • PyCharm
  • Eclipse with PyDev plugin
  • Wingware

Highly recommended Python package tools

Speaking at PyCon, DjangoCon, etc

Speaking at conferences about Python is a great way to give back to the community with your own knowledge.


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