After two great years in Portland, PyCon is shipping off to Cleveland for the 2018 and 2019 renditions of the Python community’s largest gathering. PyCon 2018 will take place May 9 through 17 with two days of tutorials, three days of talks, and four days of development sprints.
The new site features a design centered on the historic landmark Terminal Tower, a 52 story skyscraper that overlooks downtown Cleveland. When it opened in 1930, the tower was the fourth tallest building in the world and the tallest building outside of New York City. Though its height no longer tops the charts, the tower and surrounding Tower City area remain highly important to the city. What once was a beacon to guide ship captains to Cleveland’s port and airplane pilots to its airport, the tower now includes 508 LEDs that light up for the holidays, sports teams in town, and city events. The surrounding area is filled with shopping, restaurants, a movie theater, and more.
You’ll also find details about PyCon, and up next we’ll be filling out the details of our call for proposals and our registration process, as well as information about the venue. As we get closer to the event, everything we’re planning will have a place on the site and you’ll hear about it here on the blog. Look forward to more posts throughout the rest of this year and into 2018!
Call for Sponsors
PyCon would not be a fraction of what it is today if it weren’t for the hundreds of sponsors who have pledged their support of this community and this event over the years. 2018 is no different, and Python’s continued growth and global reach make yet another sellout of over 3,000 attendees inevitable.
Sponsorship has enabled us to turn PyCon from a few days of presentations to a week filled with events. Our Young Coders events introduce programming to children; the 5K Fun Run gets us to wake up early and run or walk for a good cause; and events like the PyLadies Auction have raised tens of thousands of dollars for women’s outreach. There are so many more great things for PyCon attendees to be involved in that we’ll be sharing in the coming months.
Sponsorship also helps us provide financial aid to attendees who would otherwise not be able to make it. The support of our community has allowed us to offer generous grants based on individual need from travel, to accommodation, to conference tickets, and helps us shape a conference that is diverse on a number of axes from technical to geographic.
As with any sponsorship, the benefits go both ways. Organizations have many options for sponsorship packages, and they all benefit from exposure to an ever growing audience of Python programmers, from those just getting started to 20 year veterans and every walk of life in between. If you’re hiring, the Job Fair puts your organization literally within reach of a few thousand dedicated people who came to PyCon looking to sharpen their skills. See the full prospectus at https://us.pycon.org/2018/sponsors/prospectus/ and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We look forward to sharing more news on the call for proposals, financial aid applications, registration, and more, so stay tuned!