Conferences can often fall into the trap of becoming reruns of their past selves — the same speakers with the same topics covered — so it's nice to see PyCon Australia adopting the "Call for Topics" approach that PyCon US has been using.
"This is like the reverse of a traditional Call for Proposals; instead of proposing a presentation, you can propose a topic that you'd like to see a presentation on at the conference, or possibly a presenter that you really want to see present," wrote PyCon Australia liaison Chris Neugebauer in the official blog post.
The conference will still be putting out the regular Call for Proposals next month, but, as Neugebauer points out, not everyone that reads the proposals call considers themselves good enough to present, and being invited can help get them over the line. I think it's a great way for conferences to stay fresh and get feedback apart from the standard "OMG! Awesome!" post-conference high.
PyCon is going south this year, and will be held in Hobart over 18-19 August.
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets — he claims he once read an entire one.