I just posted the following announcement of my proposal for a Python Miniconf to be held at linux.conf.au 2009 to Australian Python mailing lists. I’m posting it here in case anyone has missed it:

Linux.conf.au 2009 is to be held at the University of Tasmania's Sandy Bay campus in Hobart, Tasmania over the week of January 19-24; and the call for presentations [1] and mini-confs [2] is now open. I am currently in the process of producing a proposal for a Python Miniconf to be held at LCA, so I thought I should detail my plans to a greater audience for the purpose of feedback/suggestions. The miniconf would be a single-day conference on the broad topic of Python programming.  Broadly speaking, the topics I would like to see presented would range through: - Recent developments on Python core (presented to a more Python-oriented audience than may happen at LCA proper) - Frameworks and libraries (e.g. Django, which I believe is hitting 1.0 this year) - Techniques of Python programming (e.g. using advanced/new/etc features of Python effectively) - Discussions of Python use in the "real world" (e.g. Industry use, education, etc, etc, etc). - Anything else Python-related: please make suggestions! [3] The intention is that there would be 5 "organised" talks of ~45 minutes length (although if there is sufficient interest/free space, I could split blocks into 2x25 minute talks), with a 50-minute block of lightning talks to conclude the event, with the possibilty of some loosely-organised get-together of pythoners after the day's proceedings have finished. If you are interested in participating in the Python miniconf (which requires you to also be interested in attending Linux.conf.au), please e-mail me [3].  I would particularly like topics of talks that people would be able to give (vague/general is fine at this early stage in preparation), so that I can include them in the miniconf proposal (so the earlier I receive them the better!). Thanks in advance for any help that you may be able to offer me. -- Christopher Neugebauer P.S. if I have missed any user groups/potentially interested parties, could you please forward this message on -- I've already dealt with most relevant mailing lists in Australia, but international lists may also be interested, due to the nature of LCA as an international conference. [1] http://marchsouth.org/media/news/6 [2] http://marchsouth.org/media/news/15 [3] for the benefit of google groups users: chrisjrn [ a t ] gmail.com