EuroPython 2017: Tips for Submitting a Proposal

EuroPython — Europe’s Python conference since 2002.

EuroPython is around for 15 years now and it’s the major European Python conference with ~1.200 attendees. It’s a big gathering of all the diverse Pythonista tribes from Astronomers to Zope developers.

Having more than 180 talks & sessions, 20 trainings, two days of sprints and other activities around the Python ecosystem there is a place for every topic and apart from the big topics as data science, webdevelopent, DevOps, Django or AI, also spots for niche and non-mainstream topics.

This EuroPython will also feature a PyData — specialised sessions for data science and AI.

It’s a premier spots for start-ups and big companies to present themselves and recruit new staff.

EuroPython moved this year to Rimini, Italy — close to Bologna, Florence and Venice.

How do I get my submission selected for EuroPython 2017?

Democracy rules! There is a user voting and a program work group — a group of volunteers — chaired by Alexandre Savio and myself. The work group takes care of managing the program of the conference and procures diversity of topics and tribes in the conference program.

Some rules-of-thumb:

  1. Chose a precise, descriptive and appealing title for your submission — but do not oversell.
  2. Make your description as well precise and to the point. People do care about your background but are not really intersted in your full CV. Clearly describe what you expect from the audience (knowlege) and state the takeaways for the audience of your talk. Avoid being chatty.
  3. Name what your are talking about — if you talk about flask, mention flask in your description and the title. Many people indeed did forget that in the past.

I really, really want to participate — how can I improve my chances?

  1. Submit multiple papers with different topics. There is a one-talk per speaker policy so in the end you will one have to give one talk.
  2. Don’t waste too much time to think what other people might find attractive. Submit papers for topics your expertise is valuable to others.
  3. Your audience are professionals, it’s not a lecture. Come up with something people can use in their real life.
  4. Nevertheless feel free to also suggest something expecting the audience to think outside the box. New ideas must rise.
  5. Be authentic and honest, don’t promise too much — it’ll only backfire to you.
  6. Use cases are a big bonus. Be brave and also talk about failures and mistakes you made on the way. Often theres in more value in learning from mistakes than in the shiny success story.
  7. Support your proposal by spreading the word, our attendees do have a big say in the selection process.
  8. Don’t submit last minute. Submit before the deadline, this still gives you the possibilty to make improvements before the call closes.
  9. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice, more on this here.
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