PyCascades (and other conferences) Talk Proposal Workshop

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The PyCascades organizers reached out and asked if we could have a PyCascades Talk Proposal Brainstorm night at PyLadies.

PyCascades is a region Python conference organized by members of the Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland Python communities. The next PyCascades is in Portland in Feb 2020.

At this talk proposal brainstorm night, we will have Alan Vezina (PyCascades 2019 chair), Chris Wilcox (PyCascades 2020 Speaker Mentor), Maria McKinley (2019 PyCascades Speaker), Christy Heaton (Experienced Python conference speaker), Stephanie Kim (2018 PyCascades Speaker), and Catherine Nelson (Seattle PyLadies Organizer, Experienced conference speaker) to mentor you during brainstorming sessions.

The information learned here should be useful for any CFP you are interested in.


6:00 - 6:15: arrive, get food, network.
6:15 - 6:20: intro to PyCascades by Alan Vezina.
6:20 - 6:30: Intro to Talk Proposals and the role of the speaker mentor by Chris Wilcox et al.
6:30 - 7:45: Breakout groups lead by all of our event mentors.
7:45 - 8:00: Recap and Clean up.

About Event Mentors:

Christy Heaton
Christy is a GIS Analyst who enjoys using Python for spatial data analysis and mapping. She has taught Python at UW, organized Maptime Seattle, and presented at PyCon and local mapping and Python conferences.

Stephanie Kim

Stephanie Kim has experience speaking at PyCascades 2018, various PyData conferences, O'Reilly AI, ODSC East/West, and is a developer solutions engineer at Algorithmia helping data scientists deploy and optimize their machine learning models into production. She is a former organizer and founder of Seattle PyLadies, and regularly codes in Python, but isn't afraid of Scala or R.

Maria McKinley
Maria Mckinley has taught at the UW and at Disney, where she is a software engineer. She gave a talk at PyCascades, and has given several at the local python meetup (PuPPy).

Catherine Nelson
Catherine is a data scientist at SAP Concur who enjoys giving talks about ML and Python. She’ll share some successes and a few failures of submitting talk proposals to a variety of conferences.

Chris Wilcox
Chris is a developer at Google in Seattle, WA, USA and works on the Google Cloud Platform Client Libraries team, focusing on dynamic languages and their users. Before joining Google, Chris spent 6 years working on compilers, cloud platforms, and developer tooling for Microsoft. He brings a passion for enabling developers everywhere through better tools and libraries. In his spare time you can find Chris running or cycling nowhere in particular or riding his motorcycle.

Alan Vezina

Thank you Insight Data Science for hosting and sponsoring the space!

Thank you PyCascades for sponsoring food! PyCascades is a regional Python conference organized by members of Python community in the Pacific Northwest. The third PyCascades will be in Portland, February 8-9, 2020.