Current Travel Policy

Part of the effort to have better community relations, the Python Software Foundation attempts to have a presence in international conferences. Our goal is to have the Director of Operations or a Board Director attend four international Python conferences throughout the year.

Slides & Notes from previous PSF talks

Below are reports from the PSF representatives that attended a Python Conference.

* By Betsy Waliszewski: PyCascades 2018 - (speaker notes); (slide presentation)

Resources for Directors


Europython 2018

Location: Edinburgh, UK

Date: 24-27 July, 2018

PSF Representatives Present: Naomi Ceder, Eric Holscher

Report from Naomi Ceder

Europython had about 1200 attendees. Monday and Tuesday were used for trainings and tutorials, Wed-Fri were talks, and Sat and Sunday were sprints. This was a bit of departure from the former model of having trainings, tutorials, and talks all spread over the 5 weekdays. From what I heard from various attendees, the new way will be a bit more practical.

As sponsors the PSF had a booth. Stepháne Wirtel had the booth set up with the large PSF banner, Naomi brought about 1500 stickers, and Eric and Naomi operated the booth, covering most break and lunch times. We gave away all of the stickers, and had a lot of good conversations with people. While we didn't actually sign up many new members, we did hear from a number of them that they intended to become supporting members.

As sponsors, Naomi and Eric lead a PSF session during the talks. We had about 40 people turn up, and after a very brief summary (about 10 minutes) we opened things up to questions, which were pretty standard. I think they liked the question and answer and most people had a positive response. Tweets about it were, e.g., and

We only got a few questions over the course of the week about Guido, and that didn't seem to me to be a huge worry for people. On Wednesday as part of the conference, the entire audience was videoed reciting a thank you message for Guido.

Naomi also presented the Distinguished Service Award to Marc-André Lemburg during a plenary session on Thursday. We managed to keep it a surprise, and MAL was visibly moved and received an extended standing ovation.

Diversity: On Friday, Naomi (in her role as Trans*Code founder) and Nina Zakharenko on behalf of Microsoft, hosted a breakfast for women and non-binary people, with a panel on diversity/inclusion in Python. As far as I know this was the first gathering of its kind at a Europython. The numbers for women and other visible minorities were still relatively low, although there were more openly LGBT+ folks than I'd seen at any previous Europython.

Other Notes

There was an organizers meetup there, which Naomi attended. They discussed strategies for sharing sponsorship information and coordinating conferences in Europe. Amazingly, none of them were members of the organizers slack channel, so we'll be adding them when they get the emails assembled, and we'll probably want to add a European organizers channel as well.


Location: Portland, OR Dates: July 16-19, 2018 PSF Representative: Betsy Waliszewski

Report from Betsy Waliszewski

The PSF was given a complimentary booth as part of their support for open source non-profits. Estimated attendance was 3200+. There were 55 Sponsor /Exhibitors + 26 Open Source Booths = 81. For comparison, PyCon had 71 exhibitors + 16 Open Source Booths = 87.

4 PSF board directors (Anna Ossoski, Jackie Kazil, Chris Neugebauer, and Van Lindberg) attended and helped out in the booth. For the first time, we were able to take direct donations and also encouraged attendees to sign up as supporting members. We didn’t take in a huge amount of money, but it was great to be able to encourage attendees to donate on the spot. We did get several signups for supporting membership.

I was able to connect with several potential PSF sponsors (that I had been emailing) to set up calls: Capital One, Twitter, Digital Ocean, and Redis. I also spoke with 7 sponsors about sponsoring PyCon 2019. I will be following up in the coming weeks.

2018 marks 20 years for OSCON. The conference focuses on projects in areas of innovation including AI, infrastructure, blockchain, edge computing, architecture, and emerging languages. This year they introduced “live coding” sessions (no slides). They also introduced the OSCON Business Summit designed for executives, business leaders, and strategists.

I was not able to attend any sessions, as I was managing the booth. As always, the event was very well run. I saw many, many old friends and made some new ones. Many attendees were aware of the PSF, but didn’t have a clear understanding of what we do. It was valuable to be able to provide information about our mission and accomplishments. I would estimate that 99% of the people I talked to either use Python, did so in the past, or have an “affinity” for Python :-).


Location: London, UK

Date: 8-10 June, 2018

PSF Representative Present: Naomi Ceder

Report from Naomi Ceder

PyLondinium is a new conference, the brainchild of Mario Corchero, held in Bloomberg's new offices in the City. Mario's idea was to leverage Bloomberg's sponsorship to 1) have a very low cost conference (regular tickets were £35) and 2) give all of the ticket proceeds to the PSF. Thanks to the support of Bloomberg and other sponsors, they achieved this, with final attendance around 250 (the initial target was 200), and after expenses a net contribution to the PSF of over $12,000.

Diversity: On Friday, June 8, PyLondinium hosted a PyLadies tutorial using the Django Girls curriculum (about 30-35 attendees) and a Trans*Code hackday (about 20 attendees). Attendees to both of those events were offered free tickets to the rest of the conference. As founder of Trans*Code I attended most of that session, but also gave a brief welcome talk to the PyLadies group. On the main conference days 6 of 23 speakers and one keynote (me) out 4 were women, and I'd estimate that probably 25-30% of attendees were women.

Other Notes

Blog post: In discussing with Ewa, we decided that I will do a blog post on the event and their contribution to the PSF.

PyCon Colombia 2018

Location: Medellín, Colombia

Date: 8-11 February, 2018

PSF Representative Present: Naomi Ceder, Lorena Mesa, Manuel Kaufman

Report from Naomi Ceder

PyCon Co is in its second year, and is looking to become a major conference in the region. They had 325 attendees, with 3 days and 2 tracks of talks, several keynotes and a Django Girls event and several workshops. It was a very well run conference, and it was encouraging to see that they had at least some Colombian sponsors. They had also put real effort into diversity, and 5 of 7 keynote speakers were women.

For most of the conference I was at a table with the PSF banner and there was a lot of interest in the PSF. As usual I was giving little PSF member stickers to those signed up and (again, as usual) I gave out a lot of those. Manuel Kaufman also hosted a talk specifically on the PSF, where Lorena and I answered questions from the audience. This attracted probably 75-100 attendees.

I left the PSF banner with them, and they were quite excited to have this for events around Colombia.


Location: Vancouver, BC

Date: 22 to 24 January 2018

PSF Representative Present: Betsy Waliszewski

Report from Betsy Waliszewski

PyCascades was held in Vancouver, BC on Granville Island at the Granville Island Stage. The single track conference was very well planned and organized and sold out about a month before the event - 400 attendees. They had 19 sponsors - amazing for a first-time conference. They scored some well-known speakers, including Guido van Rossum (keynote), Thomas Ballinger, and Brett Cannon. Our own Eric Holscher was on the organizing committee and Lorena Mesa handled the lightning talks.

Beverages, pastries, and snacks were provided - you were on your own for lunch (there were lots of great places to eat on the island).

I staffed a table next to registration and gave a short presentation on the second day at the end of lightning talks. I attended the Speaker Appreciation dinner at a fantastic Lebanese restaurant - a very nice evening!

I love participating in regional events like this. They’re small enough that you have a chance to speak to just about everyone over the course of two days. I saw some old friends and made some new ones. Many attendees were not clear on what the PSF does, so I was happy to enlighten them! I got some leads on PSF sponsorship and will be following up in the coming weeks.

  1. Zillow
  2. Coffee vs Bagel
  3. Galvanize
  4. Eventbase
  5. Nusutus
  6. Rover

It's really wonderful to see new Python conferences popping up. I hope the trend continues.


Python Brasil

Location: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais- Brazil

Date: 6 to 11 September 2017

PSF Representative Present: Paola Katherine

Report from Paola Katherine

Python Brasil happened in 6 days.

6,7,8 - Talks

9,10 - workshops/ 9-Django Girls

11 - Sprint

I attended all three days of the conference and 1 day tutorial, where I was organizing Django Girls.

Django Girls went along with the tutorials and had 49 participants and 19 coaches. Being 100% female participants and 80% of women coaches.

The tutorials and Sprint happened at a university located in the city center.

The main conference was in a hotel, very well organized, had 572 participants.

The conference location was good, close to shopping, which facilitated for lunch.

The Brazilian community is quite big and in my keynote I talked a little about the PSF and doubts arose. Some of them like the PSF earn money, like helping PSF, how to join, among others.

There was a vote for the new board of the Python Association Brazil. I believe that with this new board there is a greater connection between the PSF and Brazil.

One final note - I believe that many have changed their thinking regarding PSF, I saw that many think in one day if you plan to go to a PyCon US, but is somewhat impractical because it is quite expensive. I saw a national movement for a PyCon Latam, there was much acceptance. I saw that future may have a Pyladies Conf in Brazil.

PyCon ES

Location: Cáceres, Spain

Dates: Sept 22 - 24, 2017

PSF Representative Present: Naomi Ceder

Report from Naomi Ceder

I attended all three days of the conference, actually traveling to and from London with the lead conference organizer, Mario Corchero. The first day (Friday) was a combination of Django Girls and tutorials, and I attended and spoke at the Django Girls event, which had 45 attendees, from teenaged to 50's, and was well organized and successful.

The main conference was in a beautiful 15th century convent that had been converted into a meeting space. It was well organized and had about 450 attendees. In particular they had come to PyCon US this year and they deliberately followed the notion of having a green room, session chairs, and session runners, and the organizers and the speakers I talked to thought that was a big improvement in keeping the conference flowing. Overall I was quite impressed with the vibrance and activity of the Spanish Python community.

I was quite impressed by the size and level of organization at PyConEs. They had good sponsorship support (many of the organizers work in Bloomberg London, so Bloomberg was a key sponsor) and they had put a lot of thought, time and effort into making the event a success.

One final note - they were quite appreciative of the PSF's support (including sending someone, but also the sponsorship) and they gave the PSF one of their yearly Most Valuable Pythonista awards at the closing ceremony (I accepted on behalf of the PSF). They also wanted to donate a portion of their profits to the PSF. I did tell them that we would be just as happy if any profits were used as seed money for the next conference (which will be held in Málaga), but they were quite keen to make a donation in appreciation.

PyCon Nigeria 2017

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Dates: September 15-16, 2017

PSF: Marlene Mhangami

Report from Marlene Mhangami

This was the very first PyCon held in Nigeria. Its interesting to note that the organizers of the event were inspired to start their own PyCon after attending PyCon Namibia (I felt that this was a testament to the benefits of collaboration amongst various African countries as a way to see long term growth.) The event was very well organized with over 100 people in attendance and a good amount of sponsorship most notably from a range of local companies.

A large number of the attendees present were students and I was happy to see some girls from the junior schools (9-11 years old) who had attended Django girls events not only just attend but speak! The Nigerian Python community was very responsiveand after my keynote speech titled 'the growth of the Python in Africa' I had many questions on how people could participate more in the PSF and the help with growth of Python.

I was able to meet with Aaron Yankey to start discussions about preps for a PyCon Ghanga 2017. I was also thrilled to meet a young lady named Karima who had lived in Egypt for some time and had actually been introduced to Python there! Karima mentioned that there were several companies in Egypt using the language, and that at the university she had attended they taught a course in it. She did however mentioned that the community there had know idea the PSF existed because none of the information on the website is in Arabic. I have been in contact with Karima post-confrenece and we are discussing ways to encourage community events there in the coming months.

Overall the conference was very well run and I enjoyed it very much. The talks were on a wide range of topics with an emphasis on creating projects that benefit the community (for example better and inexpensive ways to monitor diabetes, starting open source projects in Africa, and using code to benefit girls in impoverished areas.) A very vibrant and engaged community!

EuroPython 2017

Location: Rimini, Italy

Dates: July 9-14, 2017

PSF Representative: Ewa Jodlowska

Report from Ewa Jodlowska.

Sustain OSS

Location: San Francisco, CA

Date: June 19, 2017

PSF Representative Present: Betsy Waliszewski

Betsy Waliszewski

On Monday, June 19, I attended and participated in the Sustain OSS event: It was described as a one-day conversation for Open Source Software sustainers and maintainers. It sold out with 100 participants from all over the world.

Organizers included Pia Mancini (, Chad Whitacre (, Justin Dorfman (Sticker Mule), Andrew Nesbitt (, and Richard Littauer (GitHub Developer Program Manager).

Alan Gunn (Gunner) helped plan and facilitate (paid) the event: He is Executive Director of Aspiration and focusses on “open approaches to capacity building and knowledge sharing in social change efforts.”

Even though the event was billed as an “unconference”, with no keynotes or talks, Gunner managed the agenda and the topics, which were based on a questionnaire sent to all participants, as well as the process of breaking out into groups for discussion. This happened several times during the day, with groups meeting back together to discuss the outcome of each session. We were encouraged (some said too aggressively) not to use electronic devices during the day.

The morning collaborative working session was about answering the question “What is Sustainability”. We were broken into 6 groups to talk and were encouraged to practice ‘lateral knowledge sharing’ and to be respectful of others. We came back together to report out on the results, with each group leader giving the highlights of what was discussed. The group decided who would take notes (being mindful of stereotyping - expecting the female to do this).


After a short break, we met again as a group. Session topics were announced. People were encouraged to create their own topics if they didn’t find one they liked. We self-selected what session to participate in. Some examples of the sessions were:

  1. Best practices on when to take money and when to walk away
  2. What skills do maintainers need?
  3. Diversity and real inclusion in sustainability
  4. How to sustain the human side - onboarding, avoiding burnout, best practices
  5. Team roles
  6. Mentoring new contributors
  7. Organizational structures
  8. Multi-stakeholder: balance between cooperation and competition
  9. Revenue resources

We came back together again to report on the highlights of each topic discussed.

After lunch, we met once more as a group to self-select sessions to participate in:

  1. Onboarding mentors
  2. Legal solutions
  3. Contributing to open source
  4. How can you find out who is using your project?
  5. Myths about sustainability
  6. Cryptocurrency
  7. Measurement and scale of projects
  8. Sustainability pathways
  9. What can large companies do to help support open source?
  10. Language tools for open source projects
  11. Building a balance of power

We met one last time to report on highlights and for a closing plenary. All session notes were collected are being collated to be sent to participants.

I’m glad I attended this non-traditional event. I was able to meet old friends and make new connections with other non-profit groups. Since I was only able to participate in 2 sessions, I’m looking forward to seeing the notes on the others.

Eric Holscher also attended and it will be interesting to hear his takeaways.



PyCon CZ

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Dates: June 8 - 10, 2017

PSF Representative Present: Naomi Ceder

Report from Naomi Ceder

Due to issues requiring a change of venue, the conference had to ajdust its schedule about a month before the conference. I was only able to attend the second day of the conference and part of the sprint day.

Attendance was good, in the area of 300, and the conference seemed to have a reasonable amount of sponsorship. This was a very relaxed, but still well run conference. I gave a keynote on some of the issues facing the Python community going forward, both in terms of community and technically.


PyCon Jamaica

Location: Kingston, Jamaica

Web: PyCon Jamaica

Dates: November 17 - 18, 2016

PSF Representative present: Lorena Mesa

Report from Lorena Mesa

Attendance was 60+. Attendees were blend of professionals from the community and students. While the number of women at the conference wasn't too sizable, of the 7 speakers 2 were women (I being one of the speakers).

November 17th were tutorials, including a an Introduction to Python 3 which I taught that had 15 attendees many of whom were undergraduates at the University of the West Indies where the tutorials were held. From what I was told, the UWI computer science program doesn't teach Python but Pascal however there is a growing interest to teach Python at the university. Conference chair David Bain runs a Python web consultancy in Jamaica and has commented on the growing interest in Python amongst undergraduates at both technical programs in Kingston. Other topics include Intro to Plone and Intro to Big Data Analytics with Python and Apache.

At the closing of tutorials were lightning talks wherein I did an introduction to the PSF for tutorial attendees.

November 18th was the main conference day. There wasn't a designated job hall as the conference was a single track event in one room at the Hope Zoo in Kingston. I represented the PSF in the conference venue, setting up right by registration to answer questions about PSF. Many were curious about how they could reach out to leverage the PSF's resources to help build a broader community in Kingston. Not many knew of the PSF.

While I didn't hold a formal PSF meeting for the conference, as the schedule didn't permit time for it, several attendees were interested in learning more about the PSF after the fact. I've already been in email communication with a few.

As a first year conference I think the turnout, while somewhat modest, included some of the most passionate organizers I've met. The attendees include an interesting swath of professionals using Python in the public sector (e.g. web consultancies, mechanical engineers), students, and those in government advocating for Python's use. I think next year it could be worthwhile to try to promote a Python & education track at the conference as there appeared to be a strong interest in teaching Python at the local universities.

Python Brasil[12]

Location: Florianopolis, S.C. Brazil

Dates: October 13-18, 2016

PSF Representative present: Naomi Ceder

PSF Members: Luciano Ramalho, Bruno Rocha, Fernando Masanori

Report from Naomi Ceder

Attendance was just a touch over 500 for the main conference. Somewhere around 30-40% of the presenters were women, which seemed to get great support. I'd guess that the percentage of female attendees was about half that.

October 13-14 were tutorials, including a PyLadies tutorial for some 30 women of whom only 2 had ever done any coding, and Django Girls with 50 women. I arrived late in the afternoon of Oct 13, and attended the social events that evening and the DjangoGirls and social events the next day.

October 15-17 were the main conference days. We didn't set up booth space, but instead we planned a PSF introductory meeting. What I learned in talking to people is that very few had any idea of how membership in the PSF worked.

The morning of October 16 I gave a keynote on diversity. The talk went well and sparked a lot of discussion at the conference and a lot of interaction with me. I also gave a morning lightning talk very briefly outlining the PSF and advertising a special PSF introductory meeting later that afternoon.

The afternoon PSF meeting was attended by 50-70 people. I outlined the main functions of the PSF very briefly and explained the membership model and the grants process. One of the attendees set up his laptop as a sign-up station and I think we had 30 (or possibly more) people sign up as basic PSF members, and I encouraged at least 15 to self-certify as voting members. At this meeting I distributed the bulk of stickers I had, both the Python3 and PSF stickers as well as the little PSF Member stickers I got from MAL at EuroPython. Stickers were definitely an effective incentive.

Oct 18 was the sprint day - I had to leave the evening of the 17th, but from social media shares it looked like they had a good turn out, sprinting on the PyLadies web site, BeeWare, and other projects.

It was a well run conference, and one of the most pleasant and fun conferences I've been to.


PyBay 2016

Location: Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, CA

Dates: August 19-21, 2016

PSF Representatives present: Betsy Waliszewski, Carol Willing

Report from Betsy Waliszewski

Report from Carol Willing

PyCon APAC 2016

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Dates: August 13-15, 2016

PSF Representatives present: Ewa Jodlowska, Younggun Kim, lvh, Don Sheu

Top tweets from the event:

Ewa's slides shown at the PSF booth:

Report from Ewa Jodlowska

August 13, 2016

August 14, 2016

August 15, 2016

Europython 2016

Location: Bilbao, Spain

Dates: July 16-24, 2016

PSF Representatives present: Naomi Ceder, Lorena Mesa, Ruben Orduz

Report from Naomi Ceder

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