BoF and Poster Sessions for PyCon India 2021
PyCon India provides a lot of opportunities to get together, interact and have discussions with fellow pythonistas. In an effort to promote community growth we emphasize on interactive and engaging sessions like Birds of a Feather (BoF) and Poster Presentation.
Submit your proposal through BoF and Poster Submission Page. You can choose the category from the 'Proposal Type' dropdown.
Here is a brief overview of both Categories.
Birds of a Feather sessions (or BoFs) are informal gatherings of like-minded individuals who wish to discuss a certain topic without a pre-planned agenda. BoFs provide an inclusive and informal environment in which participants can share ideas freely. BoFs can be serious, and a great way to gather the people from the community in a common space to deep dive on a topic, but they can also bring opportunities to learn while having a lot of fun!
PyCon India 2021 being an online event BoFs will be in the form of informal or relaxed panel discussions with active participation from the audience.
The proposer of the session will act as moderator and start the session. The moderator will ensure that the discussion is both guided and cohesive and will encourage audience participation. We would like to invite the community for ideas and moderators for BoF topics. Please include a small description of the BoF and possible panelists in the proposal.
- BoF Duration is 60 minutes
- CFP for BoF sessions closes on 27th June 2021, 23:59 UTC+05:30
- BoFs will be conducted on 18th and 19th September 2021
- Moderator will submit the topic for BoF and suggest panelists.
At PyCon India we create opportunities to present/share ideas, topics or projects (large and small). Poster Presentation provides such an opportunity to have one-to-one interaction with fellow pythonistas.
Posters are graphical summary of projects or ideas. They are usually presented with an A0 size poster, but any creative ways are always welcome. The poster session provides an opportunity to network with the conference attendees and acts as a starting point for further discussions. While talks generally need to appeal to a wide section of the community, posters can cover niche topics. Typically, the session is held in the large event hall to facilitate as many brief and interactive presentations as possible.
This being an online event, a poster presentation will be done with a pre-recorded video of 5-10 minutes which will be followed by a short Q & A session. . Proposer will also submit a poster (in pdf) which can be shared with the audience.
- CFP for Poster session closes on 27th June 2021, 23:59 UTC+05:30
- Poster presentation session will be conducted on 18th and 19th September 2021
- Along with the description submit a draft copy of the poster in pdf format.
What is the difference between a talk and a poster?
Talks and posters are different ways of interacting with the conference audience. A topic can be presented as talk if the intention is to explain the topic in detail. A poster on the other hand, is similar to a lightning talk, in that it quickly introduces the audience to a topic, and acts as a trigger point for further discussion.
There are some specific cases where posters are better suited than talks:
Due to the nature of the poster presentation format, it is better suited for demos and is especially useful for hardware projects.
If you are a first-time conference attendee, or a first-time speaker at a conference, posters let you engage with the audience without getting intimidated by the large crowd.
Niche topics that are domain heavy, are better suited as posters. Examples: Python in local language computing, Python in embedded Linux build automation, Python used in the scientific study of ailments, etc.
Can I submit both a talk and a poster proposal?
You can submit a talk and poster proposal for the same topic. If your talk does not get selected, you can use the poster session, to introduce your topic, and engage with the audience. Given the limited space and time at the conference, only one of them will get selected though.
What makes a good poster?
First, ensure that you select a good title. Conference attendees will use it to determine which posters to attend. Make sure it brings in an audience who will be interested in your poster.
Second, for the poster itself, here are a few tips for creating the poster:
- While textual representation is good, the graphical representation will attract more eyes
- Provoke the reader's curiosity which will open up space for further discussions
- Provide links for the attendees to know more about the topic and connect with you / the community
How is the poster session conducted in an online conference?
This being an online event, poster presentation will be done with a pre-recorded video of 5-10 minutes which will be followed by a short Q & A session. . Proposer will also submit a poster (in pdf ) which can be shared with the audience.
Do you have sample poster proposals to get started?
You can check the poster proposals from other conferences:
Can I do a poster in a local language?
Yes! Since attendees can choose which poster they want to attend, your poster can be in a local language. This makes sense only if there will be a sufficient no. of participants who are familiar with the language. This can also be done, if the topic is itself about projects/libraries on regional language computing. Please be noted that the proposal itself needs to be in English, for the reviewers to be able to comprehend your proposal.
Code of Conduct
At PyCon India we value the participation of every member of the community and want all attendees to respect each other and have an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Thus all the participants including speakers, organizers, and volunteers are required to conform to the PyCon India Code of Conduct
Questions and Discussions
Ping us on Zulip or IRC (#pyconindia)
Or contact the coordinators through email:
Praveen - GNOVI AT GSSBGM DOT EDU DOT IN
Subhendu - SUBHO DOT PRP AT GMAIL DOT COM
The team: firstname.lastname@example.org
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