Frequently Asked Questions
PyCon India is the annual gathering of Pythonistas, run by the Indian Python community, to foster adoption of the Python programming language. PyCon India 2019, will take place in Chennai, between Oct 12 and 15. This is 11th edition of the conference and about 1200 people are expected to participate in this event, from all over the country.
PyCon India 2019 is actually 3 events rolled into one mega event.
The Conference Days are on Oct 12 and 13, 2019 at the Chennai Trade Centre. On the conference days, people connect with each other, discuss their experiences and present their ideas.
Talks with slides is where people do a 25 min talk, on a topic. These talks are selected through a CFP process, before the event. There will be 3 talk tracks, where presentations will happen in parallel.
Poster session is a 1-hour session, right after the lunch break, on the first day of the conference. One of the halls is temporarily converted into a poster exhibition hall, where presenters use a graphic poster and a laptop to present their topic.
Open spaces is where people have informal presentations and discussions along side the talk tracks. Open spaces slots can be booked at the venue, on the day of the event.
Lightning talks is a 1-hour session, right after the lunch break, on the second day of the conference. Lightning talks are rapid 5 min presentations, that is presented to the entire conference crowd, a great way to get a message across to the entire audience.
Sponsor stalls are where you can meet companies supporting the conference. These companies use Python and are looking for Python developers. You can visit their stalls to get to know more about them, and the openings in their organization.
The Workshop Day is on Oct 14, 2019 at the IITM Research Park. (Please note that Workshop overlaps with Devsprints) On the workshop day, people can attend hands-on workshops, and learn about a topic from an expert. A separate ticket needs to be purchased for each workshop you would like to attend.
The Developer Sprints is on Oct 14 and 15, 2019 at the IITM Research Park. During the Devsprints people contribute to open source projects, guided by mentors. This is a nice way to get started with contributing to Python and other open source projects. A separate ticket is required to attend the Devsprints.
Q. Where can I find updates related to PyCon India 2019?
All announcements related to the conference are posted to PyCon India Announce mailing list.
If you would like to volunteer, and contribute to the organization of PyCon India, join the InPyCon mailing list.
Q. I want to present at the conference. What should I do?
Call for Proposals is now open. Please visit the CFP page to submit your talk / workshop / poster proposal.
Q. I want to volunteer for the conference. What should I do?
Q. Will the Internet and WiFi setup be good enough for a large crowd? Should I get a datacard?
We try really hard to arrange good Internet at the venue. Most of the times it is adequate. But the unpredictable amount of usage during the event sometimes causes problems. So it is fine if you don’t carry a data card, but there is no harm in being prepared for the worst.
Q. I am a speaker / volunteer at the conference. Do I need to buy a ticket?
Yes. At PyCon India, everybody buys tickets. Even the event organizers buy tickets. Your ticket helps keep the event affordable for all.
Q. What does the Conference ticket (Oct 12 and Oct 13, 2019) include?
A full conference pass for two days that includes access to all keynotes, talks, poster session, lightning talks and open spaces.
High-Tea and Snacks
PyCon India T-shirt and goodies
Q. Is there a different ticket for the Workshops?
Yes. A separate ticket has to be purchased for each workshop.
Q. Is there a different ticket for the Devsprints?
Yes. A separate ticket, involving a token fee, has to be purchased for the devsprints. There is limited space at the venue, and the token fee, is just to ensure that the ticket registrations are taken seriously.
Q. There is a change in my plan so I can’t attend the conference. Can I get a refund?
Conference tickets cannot be cancelled, but instead can be transferred. The procedure to do so, will be updated shortly.
Q. Is accommodation included in the ticket?
No, it doesn’t include accommodation.
Q. I have bought the ticket for the morning workshop but I want to attend evening workshop can I do that?
Please cancel the ticket and re-register. You will just incur the charges of the ticketing platform.
Q. Would there be any spot registration at the venue?
No, there won’t be any spot registrations available at the conference venue.
Q. Can I switch between workshops during the session?
No. Each track is planned at their full capacity.
Q. I am a student who is graduating this year before the conference date. Which ticket should I buy?
Students should show their valid ID card on the day of the conference during registration to be eligible for the student ticket. So you should buy the regular ticket if you won’t have your ID during the conference.
Q. What is a contributor ticket?
PyCon India is a conference run with contributions from volunteers and supporters from the community. Hence, as organizers, we provide multiple avenues for people to contribute to the event. People can contribute their time by volunteering in the various conference activities. People can also make a financial contribution by purchasing a contributor ticket.
Contributor tickets helps us meet the expenses of running the conference, and in the long run can reduce the dependence on sponsors. People who purchase a contributor ticket will be credited in our blog, towards the end of the conference.
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