DjangoCon US 2017 in Spokane, Washington

We are pleased to announce that the DjangoCon US 2017 conference will take place in Spokane, Washington from August 13-18, 2017!

  • August 13: Tutorials (Paid)
  • August 14-16: Talks
  • August 17-18: Sprints

We have a lot of amazing things planned that we’ll announce over the next few weeks. Until then, here’s what you can do to help!

Start working on those proposals, and we hope we’ll see you at DjangoCon US!

DEFNA Phase II

DEFNA is excited to announce further resources in its work to support the education and outreach of Django. We have established an annual fund to provide grants for local Django events in North America. The purpose of the grants is to allow organizers to increase awareness of their events to attract increased participation, and to be able to obtain the resources needed to put on a successful event. Whether you are doing a one day coding workshop, a half day introductory course, or a Django meet up, let us know what you are doing, and how we can help your event.

To apply for a grant, please send an email to contact (at sign) defna (dot) org with the following information:

Name of event

Date(s) of event

Name(s) of organizer(s)

Purpose of event

Grant amount requested

Purpose of grant

Please put “Request for Django Grant” and include the name of your event in the subject line of your email.

We look forward to furthering our work with the Django community!

DjangoCon US: Call for Venue Proposal 2017

We’re almost ready for DjangoCon US 2016, so It’s time to think about 2017! Where will we be next year? We need your help in making that decision!

So you want your city to host DjangoCon US! Hurrah! We’re delighted by your interest. Here’s what you need to know, and what we need to know, to consider your proposal.

For 2017, we are looking at moving the conference to dates in the first half of August. This removes the calendar conflict with Labor Day, and makes it easier on people who have to be mindful of the start of the school year when scheduling their conference attendance.

We need some information about your city, about the venue, the hotel, and travel. Your proposal doesn’t have to be super-fancy, just informative. The proposal should include the following:

  1. Names of organizer staff in the host city. While DEFNA will handle the business aspects of the conference, we need the help of a team of local volunteers to manage preparation and the onsite coordination of the event. We realize you won't have an entire team assembled, but let us know who the core organizers in your city will be.

  2. A short list of possible conference venues (or just one, if you have found the Venue of Conference Dreams), with the following information:

    • Name
    • Location
    • Transportation options (how do people get there from the airport?)
    • Attendance capacity
    • Layout of function space:

      • Keynote room (also Sessions Track A) to accommodate up to 450 people, classroom style (tables with chairs)
      • Room for Sessions Track B to accommodate up to 200 people, classroom style (tables with chairs)
      • Room for Sessions Track C to accommodate up to 100 people, classroom style (tables with chairs)
      • Space for sponsors to set up exhibit booths/tables; at least 12, and up to 16, sponsors with either 6’ tables or 10’ x 10’ booth spaces. If more sponsor booth space is available, that's a plus.
      • Green room for speakers to prepare (generally a room that will seat 25 for a workshop is the right size)
      • Location of registration tables
      • Location of meals and breaks with sufficient seating and tables. If serving and/or seating areas cannot accommodate 450 people at once, indicate the room capacity and timing to move 450 people through.
      • Location of supplemental beverage stations for daylong service.
      • Secure overnight storage for vendor booth supplies and conference registration desk items.
    • Catering:

      • Tutorials day—100 people: Breakfast, morning break, lunch, afternoon break, and all day beverage service. (All day beverage service includes water stations, coffee, assorted black and herbal teas, and a variety of soft drinks.)
      • Main conference, 3 days—450 people per day: Breakfast, morning break, lunch, afternoon break, and all day beverage service. (All day beverage service includes water stations, coffee, assorted black and herbal teas, and a variety of soft drinks.)
      • Sprints, 2 days—75 people each day: Breakfast, morning break, lunch, afternoon break, and all day beverage service. (All day beverage service includes water stations, coffee, assorted black and herbal teas, and a variety of soft drinks.)
      • Catering must have options for vegetarians and vegans of equal quality and variety as main menu. Estimate 15% vegetarian and 5% vegan.
    • Costs for:

      • Function space
      • Catering
      • Audio-visual services
      • Any other fees or costs the venue requires.

      A good conference venue is/has the following:

    • Easy to reach from the airport and the conference hotel

    • Free parking if a car is required for access
    • The ability to serve lunch to 350—450 people in a 90 minute window.
    • Most venues require use of their in-house catering service. If the venue does not offer catering services, check whether the venue restricts catering access to an approved vendor list, and what, if any, requirements they have for outside catering vendors.
    • Adjoins or within walking distance to a suitable hotel which can accommodate 350-450 attendees
    • Excellent Internet connectivity
    • Accessible to as many attendees as possible
    • Reasonable access to transit for sightseeing

      The venue does not have to be a hotel or corporate conference center. Many universities offer conference services, and there are also municipal/county level event venues which can be likely sites for DjangoCon US.

  3. A short list of possible sprint venues, with the following information:

    • Name
    • Location
    • Transportation options (how do people get there from the hotel?)
    • Attendance capacity
    • Cost of function space, catering, and audio-visual services. Sprints are often hosted by local companies as sponsorship of the event, which is preferable, as it saves the cost of renting a venue.

      A good sprint venue is/has the following:

    • Easy to reach from the conference hotel
    • Free parking if a car is required for access
    • A room to hold 50-75 people, with work tables, chairs, power, and internet connectivity
    • See catering requirements above. Eating tables should be separate from work tables if at all possible.
    • Excellent Internet connectivity
  4. Hotel. The ideal hotel is adjacent to the conference venue, or a very short walk away. For the hotel, we need:

    • Name
    • Location
    • Transportation options (how do people get there from the airport?)
    • The conference room rate (should be discounted from the standard rate)
    • A block of rooms starting the two nights before tutorials, and running through the last night of the sprints. The breakdown of the room counts would be estimated at:

      Friday Saturday Sunday Tutorials Monday Main Conf Tuesday Main Conf Wednesday Main Conf Thursday Sprints Friday Sprints
      1015100100100803015

      The block should include the guaranteed ability to add 20% more rooms for any given night if needed without moving to an overflow hotel.

    • Concessions policy (comp room nights per actualized room nights)

    • A sample contract showing the terms of booking the block of rooms. Again, do not sign any contracts. DEFNA will handle the business side of things. We just need to see the terms the hotel proposes for the group block.
  5. Provide estimates on costs associated with flights, accommodation, meals, ground transportation, etc. for an overview of total cost for attendees.

  6. Information about what makes the city a good choice for DjangoCon US and an attractive destination for attendees.

  7. Any additional ideas for making the event especially useful and/or memorable.

Since we are considering a number of proposals, no one from your group should sign a binding contract or make any kind of legal or financial commitment.

If DEFNA chooses your group's proposal, your group is responsible for putting DEFNA in contact with the venue management to finalize the event agreement.

In order for us to make a decision in time to announce next year’s venue at the end of the Philadelphia conference, please submit your proposal no later than July 10, 2016.

Thanks so much! We look forward to hearing about all the fantastic places we can go next year!

DjangoCon US 2016 in Philly

We are pleased to announce that the DjangoCon US 2016 conference will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from July 17-22, 2016 at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania:

  • July 17: Tutorials
  • July 18-20: Talks
  • July 21-22: Sprints

We have a lot of amazing things planned that we’ll announce over the next few weeks. Until then, here’s what you can do to help!

Start working on those proposals, and we hope we'll see you at DjangoCon US!