Speaking at PyBay2020

The Python language and ecosystem is evolving rapidly. Python’s popularity continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, thanks in no small part to the Python core development team, the open-source community, and their partners in enterprise. New language features and open-source frameworks continue to push the envelope in what can be done with the language. Python projects are being deployed on platforms that were never anticipated - from server-less to mobile to embedded devices. Vibrant new communities centered around Python and Python-built tools are growing worldwide.

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FAQ for Speakers

What areas are you seeking talks and workshops?

  • Python Fundamentals & Popular Python Libraries - delight us with core or third party libraries found in the Python ecosystem both popular and lesser known.
  • Speed, Scale, and Performance - inspire the community in ways to supercharge their project with improved speed, scale, and performance.
  • Devops, Automation, and Testing - help fellow pythonistas to automate all the things.
  • Machine Learning, AI, and Data - share the latest: ETL tools, libraries for analysis and visualization, machine learning and AI technologies are all welcome.
  • Web, Internet of Things, and Hardware - captivate the community with knowledge in web frameworks, IoT, and hardware.
  • People and Project Management - share best practices in managing projects and working with people, we’re all human after all.
  • Feel free to browse 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019's talk lists or watch SF Python's talk videos for inspiration.

    Why should I speak at PyBay?

    PyBay is the year's largest gathering of SF Bay Area Python developers! With more than 750 developers attending and a growing YouTube channel with an international audience, speaking at PyBay2020 is your extraordinary opportunity to:

  • Speak alongside Python community luminaries such as Raymond Hettinger, Alex Martelli, and Simon Willison.
  • Showcase your use of Python technologies to elevate your engineering brand or attract and recruit Bay Area engineers.
  • Attract customers for your developer tools or consumer or enterprise product.
  • Promote your open source project, or tell the world about the latest updates.
  • Highlight your professional knowledge and skills.
  • Practice your public speaking.
  • Expand your network!

  • Additionally, your talk may be selected for SF Python's meetups throughout the year. These monthly meetups are attended by 175+ Bay Area Python devs.

    How long should my talk be?

    Talks can be either 25 or 40 minutes long. There will be additional time for Q&A.

    How long should my workshop be?

    Workshops can be either half-day or full-day (two 3.5-hours sessions with a lunch break). See 2019's workshop schedule for inspirations.

    How can I increase my chance of being selected?

    We place a high value on how much the attendees will learn and favor talks that go into details rather than staying at a high level. We also favor talks with a broad appeal vs. a narrow audience.

    For talks about open source projects you've developed, you probably are familiar with what to cover.

    For talks about how Python is used at your company, we prefer those that clearly address or relate to real-world issues and examples. Including source code and having a narrative structure explaining how to reproduce what you’ve done are very much appreciated. If you're proposing a talk on one of the tools you or your business has created, consider talking about how it was built—and perhaps even tell us “war stories” from its creation or initial deployment that people can learn from.

    If you want to do a live demo, please state in your proposal your plans for handling any technology failure.

    Can I get some help in preparing my proposal, and if accepted, my talk?

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Luis Meraz, PyBay2020 Program Chair for help.

    What is the selection process?

    The PyBay organizing committee will collectively review all talk submissions and select those that offer a good variety and depth to the content of the conference.

    The first phase of selection is blind; we'll only consider talk information and not speaker information. In the second phase of selection, we'll consider speaker information if needed. Our goal is to determine the program largely by talk content while still ensuring a diversity of talks and speakers.

    Key dates:

  • April 25 at noon PST: Call for proposals closes
  • April 18 - May 13: Voting period
  • May 5 - May 13: Be on the look out for questions from the voting committee via email or text
  • End of May: talk list released on pybay.com
  • Do you cover speaker's registration and travel expenses?

    We value your contribution to the community, at the same time, we need to make sure we are operating on sound financial grounds and have funds to allocate towards diversity and inclusion scholarships.

    For your registration fee, our plan is to get you covered via the following ways:

  • Scholarships - just let us know if you need help!
  • Sponsors - Grace, our conference chair is actively looking for sponsors to cover speakers' registration. Last year, Bloomberg's generosity allowed us to reduce speaker's registration to $175 (half of the cost of a hobbyist). We are hopeful that Bloomberg and/or other companies can contribute in this way again.
  • Your employers - some companies are great to the developer communities and have budgets for their employees to speak at conferences. If your company can support your speaker registration fee, we'd be so grateful as that allows us to allocate funds to support other speakers and diversity and inclusion scholarships.

  • Please note that our budget will not allow us to cover registration fee for lightning talks and open spaces presenters.

    For your travel, we have not been able to raise enough money to cover this in the past. We hope this will change with our improved benefits package for sponsors. Here is the reimbursement plan for funds collected towards speakers travel: If total receipts from speakers = $10,000, total raised = $5,000, PyBay will reimburse 50% of submitted receipts. If total raised = $15,000, PyBay will allocate the $5,000 surplus to provide diversity and inclusion scholarships.

    Bottom line, if speaker travel reimbursement is a condition of your speaking at PyBay, we cannot in good faith tell you it will be covered at this time. But we hope that someone reading this will be able lead us to companies who can help out! :-)

    Learn more about the benefits of sponsoring speakers registration or travel contact us to sponsor

    Are there other ways to speak at PyBay?

    YES! Aside from teaching a workshop and/or giving a 25- or 40-minute talk, you can:

  • Contact Grace, our conference chair, to inquire about sponsor's talk slot
  • Sign-up to deliver 5-mins lightning talks during the main conference days
  • Sign-up to host 30-60+ mins meetups in July and during the main conference days
  • What will I need to bring if I am speaking?

    We will have Thunderbolt, USB-C, and HMDI-HDMI cables, but if you have your own cables to convert your laptop’s output to HDMI, that is preferred.