Call for Presentations

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Our PyCon Australia 2019 Call for Presentations (CFP) are from Wednesday, April 3 2019 to Sunday, May 5 2019 AoE.

We're looking for talks on everything Python, open source, and tech-related.

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 four Specialist Tracks (Education, Science and Data, Security and Privacy, and DjangoCon Australia), 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 below. You can select more than one!

If you have questions about the CFP process, you can reach us at speakers@2019.pycon-au.org.

Please note that talk acceptance does not include financial assistance to attend the conference. If you require assistance with the costs of travelling to the conference and staying in Sydney during the conference, you must submit a separate financial aid application through our website.

Talk slots and timing

This year we have two different time lengths available for speakers:

  • 30 minutes: for specialist track talks and the majority of general track talks
  • 70 minutes: for our Deep Dive talks. Further information on the Deep Dive sessions can be found below.

Both of these time slots include time for questions, if you would like to take any when your presentation is finished. We are not looking for workshops this year, but look forward to seeing a great variety of talks!

Deep Dive talks

One piece of feedback we received on last year's program was an interest in seeing more "expert" level content. To address this we're including Deep Dive talks this year during the conference main track on August 3 and 4. These talks are dedicated to highly technical content, aimed at those who are already familiar with the basics and are looking to level up their professional usage of Python.

The audience for a deep dive talk is someone who is already familiar with the problem domain, and the core Python libraries related to that domain.

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

To reflect the complexity of the subject matter being presented, Deep Dive talks will be 70 minutes in duration, rather than 30.

For more details, please see the Deep Dive talks page on our conference site.

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 FAQ 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 PyCon Australia 2019. You are welcome to propose a talk with more than one speaker, but please be aware that if it is accepted, only one complementary ticket will be allocated.

Please note that talk acceptance does not include financial assistance to attend the conference. If you require assistance with the costs of travelling to the conference and staying in Sydney during the conference, you must submit a separate financial aid application through our website.

Speaker expectations

All speakers will be expected to have read and adhere to the conference Code of Conduct, listed below and also at our website. 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, and neither are language or imagery that denigrate or demean people based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, physical appearance, disability, or body size.

Mentors

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 offer mentorship and feedback to those who would like it. You can find out more about what mentors can do for you and find contact details at our speakers' guide page.

Deadline

Our CFP is open until Sunday, May 5 2019, Anywhere on Earth (AoE). AoE is UTC+12, which correlates to 10pm Sydney time the next day. PreTalx is scheduled to close at this time, a countdown for which is available right below ⬇️

You can enter submissions until 2019-05-06 22:00 (Australia/Sydney), 1 week, 5 days from now.