Call For Conference Talk Proposals

Thanks to everyone who submitted a talk proposal for Pycon India 2010. Submissions are closed now and reviews are in progress.

You could have submitted a talk proposal here.

If you have any questions, see the PyCon India CFP FAQ.

We have retained the following information for your reference, though we no longer accept new submissions for Pycon India 2010. Thanks once again for the amazing response to the call for proposals!


Important dates

  • Call for proposals opens: June 12, 2010
  • Proposal submission deadline: July 31, 2010
  • Proposal acceptance: August 15, 2010
  • Final presentation upload to PyCon India website: August 31, 2010

Permission to record/release presentations

In PyCon India, we intend to record all presentations live and release the recordings for free on the Internet so as to benefit the wider Python community. When you are submitting a proposal, you automatically give the Indian Python Software Society, the organizers of PyCon India, the permissions to record/edit and release the audio/video of your presentation.

No exceptions will be made in this regard. If you do not want a recording of your presentation to be made, don't submit a proposal.

The released media will be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, version 3.0.

Topics for PyCon India

Topics for presentations for PyCon India include but is not limited to,

  • Core Python (including Python 3.x)
  • Python standard library
  • Other Python libraries and extensions
  • Other Python implementations (such as PyPy, IronPython etc)
  • Concurrency
  • Databases
  • Scientific Programming
  • Network programming
  • Game programming
  • Education and Training
  • Embedding/extending
  • GUI programming
  • Packaging Python Code
  • System administration
  • Business applications
  • Documentation
  • Software development tools
  • Testing
  • Web programming
  • Mobile computing
  • Open source Python projects

You can get more ideas from the wiki page at

Talk Format

The typical length of a talk should be no more than 45 minutes. The presentation style should be concise, to the point with sufficient examples to clarify the discussion to the audience, if needed. You can also opt for a talk which is 30 minutes long. Such talks should typically discuss how to do a certain thing related to Python in a concise way.

The talk length includes the time for audience interaction implicitly. You should prepare your talks so as to leave at least 5 minute room at the end for taking audience questions.

Proposal submission mechanism

Preparing your proposal

A talk proposal should include the following.

  1. Talk title - This should encapsulate the topic of your talk.

  2. Duration: If you are giving a short 30 minutes talk, mention 30, otherwise mention 45.

  3. Main Category - The main category to which your topic belongs.

  4. Category Indicators (optional) - Choose one or more additional category indicator tags for your talk - for example: "packaging", "mobile", "web" etc.

  5. Level – Indicate the level of Python knowledge of the intended audience namely Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced. (If any specific knowledge or skills are required or beneficial, indicate that in the talk summary - for example, "exposure to network programming with Python is required").

  6. Summary – A brief summary of the talk in no more than 100 words.

  7. Description:

    1. Detailed outline for the reviewers

    2. Notes for reviewers, if any.

Items 1-6 are public data associated to your talk and will be used to display your talk details on the PyCon India website, if your talk is accepted.

Here is a sample proposal you can use as a template, to write your own.

Submitting your proposal

Once you are ready with your proposal, go to the PyCon India online proposal submission page to submit the proposal.

The submission form, has a profile field for the authors. Please make sure you fill this with a one paragraph bio of the author of the proposal. If there are more than one authors for the proposal, make sure to include the proposal of the main author at least. The bio can consist of information such as where you live, your projects, your primary job, your known contributions to Python, books you have written, talks you have given etc.

It will be better if you have the information for the larger text fields (summary, description-outline, description-notes) prepared in advance, so that you can copy/paste the content into the form rather than editing it online.

Please make sure you click the "submit" button only once after verifying all the data you entered for the proposal. Multiple submissions for the same proposal could render your proposal submission invalid.

We look forward to seeing you at Bangalore!