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<h2>Reflecting the Bay in the North Bay Python 2017 speaker lineup</h2>

<p><span class="date">Wednesday, August 30, 2017</span>&mdash;The organizing team wants North Bay Python to reflect the demographics of the world around us, including the speaker lineup. We are working to make that happen, and we could use your help.</p>

<p>We are <a href="">currently seeking talk proposals</a> for our inaugural conference in Petaluma, CA on December 2-3, 2017. The deadline to submit a proposal is September 29, 2017.</p>

<p>This is an opportunity for new and seasoned speakers alike, for students and professionals, for developers and researchers, for managers and hobbyists.</p>

<p>To aid those who are interested in speaking, we are happy to share ideas, help refine proposals, and provide mentorship to prospective speakers.</p>

<p>We're providing that support via email to <a href=""></a> and <a href="">chat</a>, as needed and during the twice weekly office hours we host on Wednesdays at 3pm and Fridays at 7pm Pacific. People can tweet at us for help, too.</p>

<p>In order to decrease bias when selecting talks, our <a href="">proposal scoring process</a> anonymizes speaker details. Accepted speakers receive a free pre-event training. We offer financial aid for speakers on a case-by-case basis.</p>

<p>We are doing all we can to build a great program and help excellent people get on stage.</p>

<p>You can help, too:</p>

  <li><strong>Take the stage!</strong> You should <a href="">submit a proposal</a>. Yes, you.</li>
  <li><strong>Amplify someone else's voice.</strong> Encourage someone who's never given a conference talk to submit a proposal.</li>
  <li><strong>Help submitters prepare their proposals and talks:</strong> proofread, act as a rehearsal audience, offer slide design tips...</li>
  <li><strong>Pay our bills.</strong> Recommend <a href="">a sponsor</a> or throw your support behind this not-for-profit volunteer-run event as <a href="">an individual donor</a>.</li>

<p>Have other thoughts or ideas? Please reach out to <a href=""></a>.</p>

<p>Thank you for helping to make North Bay Python excellent. This is a volunteer-run conference running under the auspices of <a href="">Software Freedom Conservancy</a>, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and none of this is possible without our advisors, our community partners, our sponsors, and you.</p>

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<h2>Now accepting talk proposals for North Bay Python 2017</h2>

<p><span class="date">Monday, August 21, 2017</span>&mdash;The North Bay Python team is excited to announce that the <a href="/program/call-for-proposals" title="North Bay Python Call for Proposals">call for proposals</a> (CFP) is now open! We are seeking speakers of all experience levels to contribute to our inaugural conference. The CFP will close on September 29, 2017.</p>
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<p>Feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, or ideas you have. You can find us on <a href="" title="North Bay Python on Twitter">Twitter</a>, <a href="" title="North Bay Python on Facebook">Facebook</a>, and <a href="" title="IRC Web Client for #nbpy Channel on Freenode">IRC</a>, or you can <a href="" title="">email us</a>. Please, get started today! The <a href="/program/call-for-proposals" title="North Bay Python Call for Proposals">call for proposals</a> closes on September 29, 2017.</p>

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<h2>North Bay Python joins Software Freedom Conservancy</h2>

<p><span class="date">Wednesday, August 16, 2017</span>&mdash;We are proud to announce that North Bay Python is now a member project of <a href="" title="Software Freedom Conservancy">Software Freedom Conservancy</a>, a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to ethical technology and the development and promotion free and open source software. Conservancy will act as our fiscal sponsor, allowing our team to operate without managing our own corporate structure and administrative services.</p>
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In the interest of transparency, we have documented our [selection process](/program/selection-process). Portions of this page were drawn from ideas seen on [DjangoCon EU](, [SeaGL](, [Fog City Ruby](, and others. Thanks to all for their inspiration and permission to borrow!

## Dates
## Dates<a name="dates"></a>

+ **August 21**: CFP opens
+ **September 29**: CFP closes
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+ **Week of October 16**: Speaker confirmations due; program finalized and announced
+ **December 2–3**: Conference happens!

## Speakers
## Speakers<a name="speakers"></a>

North Bay Python is dedicated to featuring a diverse and inclusive speaker lineup.

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North Bay Python is a conference in support of the local programmer community outside of the core San Francisco Bay Area tech scene. We aim to feature a mix of local and non-local speakers to offer a program with broad appeal. **All speakers will receive complimentary registration to the conference, and requests for further financial compensation to assist with travel will be considered on a case-by-case basis independent of the proposal's merits.**

## Talk Formats
## Talk Formats<a name="talk-formats"></a>

**Most of the talk slots will be short**&mdash;approximately 25 to 30 minutes, including Q&A. If your ideas would benefit from a longer slot, please explain in your submission how you would use the additional time.

## Topics
## Topics<a name="topics"></a>

**We are a single track conference. This means that your talk needs to hold the attention of beginners and experienced developers alike.**

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+ Unexpected places Python gets used (Embedded systems! Health science!)
+ ... and anything else we might not have thought of!

## Resources
## Resources<a name="resources"></a>

This [public speaking]( repository, maintained by [VM Brasseur](, has many useful resources to help you polish your proposals and talks.

### Office Hours and Mentorship
### Office Hours and Mentorship<a name="mentorship"></a>

First time speakers are welcomed and encouraged. In order to support speakers, we offer mentorship and feedback, are running office hours, and hosting a speaker training on the Friday before North Bay Python. Above all we want you to be successful and have a good time telling other attendees about your ideas!

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+ Connecting you with rehearsal audiences or even just watching you present over a video conference as practice
+ Anything else that'd help you be at ease and excited about bringing your ideas to our audience!

## Submitting
## Submitting<a name="submitting"></a>

To help us evaluate proposals and build our program, we would like as much detail as you can provide on your talk. At a minimum this should include: **a brief description (~400 characters) suitable for inclusion in a schedule page; a brief prose abstract (intended as the content for a talk detail page on the program site); and, if you'd like, a rough outline of the structure including estimated timings for each section of your talk.**

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  <a class="btn btn-lg btn-primary" href="/dashboard">Submit a Proposal</a>

## How to Write Your Proposal
## How to Write Your Proposal<a name="how-to-write-your-proposal"></a>

If you have an idea (or don't!) and want to speak, here's a very rough process of what you should do next:

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