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Sounds fun, but can anyone shed some more light on the event? Why Miami? In what ways does PyCodeConf plan to differentiate itself from PyCon US?

[disclosure] PyCodeConf co-curator here.

We chose Miami because it is on the East Coast putting it in the middle of travel for West Coast US, East Coast US, and European travelers. Miami was chosen specifically because it doesn't have the weather issues that arise in the back portion of the year that are part and parcel of living on the East Coast. It could be 100 deg or 3 ft of snow, it is anyone's guess for most cities capable of hosting a conference in fall. Miami was also chosen because it is not the "goto" place for conferences so it will be an experience, which is what we are working at setting up. Also the fact that it is not just a commuter event means that those attending will be there for all of the social events without the strong urge to run home for the evening.

As for differentiation, we love what the PSF is doing with PyCon. Our target is a smaller, tighter focused, more intimate experience. From top to bottom the event is focused on showcasing where things are going within Python, so talks will be far more "risky" and "futuristic" than the average PyCon talk. To clarify, this is not a dig on PyCon, just a differentiation point - both formats are needed. The conference itself will have a more social feel about it than other conferences with fully planned out schedule including evening social events (see CodeConf or JSConf for models). Also with PyCon 2012 moving west, PyCodeConf is a great way to get your Python fix if you are on the East Coast.

Hopefully this helps.

PyCon US is funded by, and run by the Python Software Foundation, is over 10 years old, and runs for almost two weeks if you count sprints. pyCodeConf is a different animal entirely.

I say this as the chair of PyCon US for the next two years, I also think that pyCodeConf may be for-profit, but I'm unsure.

For more details on PyCon management/etc, you can see: http://jessenoller.com/2011/05/25/pycon-everybody-pays/ which I did recently.

I don't mean to derail this thread too much, but it makes me sad to see PyCon move to the west coast. Basically all of the conferences are already there and PycCon was one of the best conferences on the east coast.

Though, to be fair, all of the conferences are their for good reason.

I remember feeling that way when I submitted a successful bid to bring PyCon to Atlanta, GA, having lived in Atlanta and run the Atlanta Python User Group. I believe our main competitor was the Bay Area and we "won". It turns out Atlanta was pretty cool, it had a walkable city, etc.

Now that I live in the Bay Area, I have to admit, I like that it is now in my backyard again :)

Yeah, once I'm done school I in all likeliness will move to the Bay area. Just too much is happening there (well, here. I'm here for the summer) to miss it.

PyCon moves all over: It was in chicago, then atlanta, now santa clara and after that? Montreal Canada. We don't favor coasts, just bids.

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