Call for proposals

We’d love you to present at the most online PyCon AU ever!

We’re looking for talks on everything Python, open source, and tech-related. If it would be of interest to someone, anyone, in the Python community, it’s of interest to us! In addition to the detail below, make sure you checkout the FAQ and speaking page on the PyConline AU website.

We welcome submissions from everybody, including those:

  • who have never given a conference talk before,
  • who are new to Python,
  • who have built interesting things in Python,
  • who have broken interesting things with Python,
  • who have helped build Python, and
  • who have expertise to share with our community from fields outside of Python (and outside of technology).

Our CFP process also encompasses submissions to the Specialist Tracks (Education, Data Science & Analytics, Security & Privacy, DjangoCon Australia, and DevOops), so you can submit your talk to the main conference and the Specialist Tracks with one click. To submit your proposal to one or more of the Specialist Tracks, please tag it with the track names of your choice, which are provided for you in the screens that follow. You can select more than one!

If you have questions about the CFP process, you can reach us at program@pycon.org.au.

Please note that we are 100% online this year. Things are obviously different this year. All talks will be delivered by either pre-recorded or live video stream. If you need equipment, assistance, or advice on getting set up to record or stream, please get in touch with us.

Talk slots and timing

We have three types of talk slot:

  • 25 minute talks: This is the standard talk length. If in doubt, you should aim for this.
  • 15 minute short talks: For a quick overview, a bit more than a lightning talk, a bit less than a full talk.
  • 55 minute deep dives: For more information on these, see below.

If you choose to take questions, the time allocated for that will be part of your allotted time. We are open to other formats beyond slide-based talks. If you’ve got an idea for a panel, a live coding exercise, a guided tour of your programming environment, anything that you think would interest the Python community, feel free to pitch it!

A note on Deep Dives

Sometimes 25 minutes isn’t enough to get into the real meat of something. If you’ve got a topic you feel requires more detail than would fit in our standard talk slot, you can ask for a Deep Dive slot. Our expectation for these is that presentations in these slots will be highly technical, highly detailed, or both. They should move beyond basic introductions and leave their audience with a much deeper understanding of the topic at hand. They may also expect an audience with an existing familiarity with the subject.

Examples of possible Deep Dive talks might be (but are not limited to):

  • “What comes after the tutorial?” talks - walkthroughs how to solve complex, real world problems with Python
  • “Internals” talks - Detailed walkthroughs of the internal architecture of a well known project, describing how it is architected to provide the clean external interface for users
  • “Professional skills” talks - taking your skills as a team-based software developer to the next level
  • “Theory” talks - providing explainers of the mathematical or conceptual underpinnings of a subject domain

Proposals for Deep Dive presentations will be very rigorously assessed so please include plenty of information as to what the extra time will be used for.

Anonymity

Our submission process is anonymous. This means our first-round reviewers will not know anything about your identity while assessing your proposal. Please avoid including identifying information like your name or your pronouns (he/she/they) anywhere in your abstract or description so that our reviewers can assess your talk by itself. If you add such details, please be advised that our CFP curators will edit all identifying information from your submissions before the reviewing process begins.
Make sure to read our anonymity guidelines before your final submission! This FAQ contains important tips on what “anonymous” looks like, and provides information on our review process.

Benefits

Proposals which are accepted will receive one free ticket to PyConline AU 2020, or two if two speakers are presenting together. You are welcome to propose a talk with more than two speakers, but please be aware that if it is accepted, only two complementary tickets will be allocated.

Speaker expectations

All speakers will be expected to have read and adhere to the conference’s code of conduct. In particular for speakers: slide contents and spoken material should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate, nor is language or imagery that denigrate or demean people based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, physical appearance, disability, or body size.

Getting (extremely) online

This year we will also be expecting our speakers to present remotely. This will present a different set of challenges compared to presenting in person. We will be using a mix of talks that are live streamed on the day, and talks that we will pre-record with accepted speakers beforehand. As part of the call for proposals, you’ll have the option to express your preference, but note that if you choose to only present live or only pre-recorded, that could reduce the likelihood of your talk being selected.
You will need a computer with a webcam, microphone, web browser and Internet connection, regardless of your choice of live vs. pre-recorded. We’ll also be holding sessions before the event to help you get set up, check that everything works, and help you get the best quality stream you can, so you’ll need to attend those. If your talk is being pre-recorded you’ll also need to attend an online session for the recording to take place, and some presenters of live talks will be asked to join our pre-recording sessions as back-ups as well.
If you’re concerned about your ability to record or stream your talk, or to join in for questions or discussion, please also reach out. We are actively looking for ways to ensure that speakers have access to the equipment they need and advice on how best to present to a camera rather than a room. Bear in mind that audio quality is far more important than video quality. If we can hear you and see your slides, that’s awesome. Anything else is icing.

Mentors and feedback

If you’ve never presented at a conference before and think you might like to try it, we want to hear from you! In order to support speakers, we will offer mentorship and feedback to those who would like it. The list of mentors is coming soon, but you can request mentorship by contacting program@pycon.org.au and we’ll put you in touch with a mentor as soon as we can. Similarly, if you would like feedback on your proposal, contact us once your proposal is submitted and one of our mentors will reply with feedback.

You can enter submissions until 2020-07-13 21:30 (Australia/Adelaide), 4 days, 14 hours from now.