UK Python Conference: Oxford, April 16-17 2004

Discussion in 'Python' started by Guest, Feb 4, 2004.

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    Guest Guest

    At long last I am pleased to announce that there will once again be a
    UK Python event this year. This is being organised as a track
    within the ACCU (Association of C and C++ Users) conference. It
    will be held at the Randolph Hotel in centre of Oxford on Frday 16
    and Saturday 17th. The dates were chosen so people could take less
    time off work or get cheaper flights across Saturday. It follows
    a 2-day Open Source event with Eric Raymond, Paul Everitt and
    a host of other interesting speakers.

    A provisional programme and details are available at
    Python stuff is "bottom right", open source top right.

    The general theme is "where Python goes next". In keeping with
    the other ACCU tracks, it is an event about the language and about
    programming. Speakers provisionally include Eric Raymond, Alex
    Martelli, Samuele Pedroni, Armin Rigo, Duncan Booth, Chris Withers
    David Ascher, Marc-Andre Lemburg, Michael Hudson, myself and
    (to be confirmed) David Ascher. There may be a PyPy sprint
    concurrent with the event.

    Tha ACCU event will be unlike any other Python event and has certainly
    been organised differently, so let me add a few personal remarks on how it
    came about ths year....

    First, whether we call it a track or "the UK Python conference" is up to
    the community :)

    The ACCU conference I supposed to be a place where professional programmers
    can take a week out to follow all the latest and greatest developments in
    languages, methodologies and tools. The Python track aims to follow this
    theme. I would like to express my gratitude to the ACCU for putting on
    an event at their own financial risk, with their own professional staff,
    and which puts Python on an equally serious foooting with C++ and Java in
    the development world.

    This is explicitly NOT
    (1) a budget event (it's actually about GBP 100 per day if
    you sign up fast)
    (2) a place to show off specific neat Python apps or projects
    (3) a democratic, commnunity run event
    EuroPython fills all those roles perfectly and we don't want to conflict
    with it.

    The lack of (3) is more an accident of peoples' schedules than
    a planned conspiracy. The ACCU does not normally issue calls for papers;
    the committee recruits from their membership which comprises the top
    echelons of the C, C++ and Java worlds (e.g. Stroustrup, Coplien, and
    various ISO working groups which are co-hosted). They assumed I'd do the
    same, I assumed we were all going to do a call for papers, and in December
    we cleared up the confusion, panicked, and did it the ACCU way :)

    A number of issues were up in the air until last week which prevented
    an announcement. We will now be promoting the event heavily. There will
    be considerable space for mini-talks in the breaks, for BOFs, a possible
    PyPy sprint, and for low-cost sponsorship options for open source projects
    and consulting firms. I'll be posting updates at approximately weekly

    Best Regards,

    Andy Robinson
    ReportLab (and ACCU Python track chair)
    Guest, Feb 4, 2004
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