When we set out to plan the conference, we were not sure what number of attendants to expect. We were also informed by more experienced organizers, that when you go over ~300 people, organization starts growing exponentially harder. So, for our first conference, we aimed towards that number. We based our financial plan and venue on that estimation, with slight margins for higher and lower demand.
Excited and hopeful, we opened the registration and to our great surprise, after 2 weeks or so, the tickets were completely sold out. The demand was overwhelming. This is, in general, a good thing, but to our regret, it also means that there are Pythonistas who wish to attend but weren’t able to get tickets in time. We did what we could to add more tickets, but in the end, we could only add a small number.
As you might know, this is the first major Python conference in Israel. Our team of volunteers had all the best intentions, but had to remain conservative in our estimations and strict with the budget (as there was no past data to learn from and no left-over funds from previous years). This year it is too late to make the changes that will allow more of you to participate. We have already started taking notes in order to make sure that the next conference will be better, and in particular more accessible.