Folks, I'd like to take on the project of running pyTexas this year, and I have a head of steam for an ambitious event this year, including an outreach to students, to allow for both a beginner and an expert track this year. I don't intend to do this alone, of course, and soon will be calling for volunteers to take on various responsibilities.
Waco has the advantage of being centrally located, and Jeremy Langley, a DFW Python member who works at Baylor in Waco, has scheduled rooms for us in the science building there on Aug 28 to accommodate up to 90 people. We have started discussions about network access, and tomorrow I'll meet with Jeremy to see the building and take pictures.
Last year's pyTexas in Fort Worth unfortunately did not have many attendees traveling from Austin and Houston, despite a strong schedule of interesting speakers. Based on limited feedback, I believe that was due to the late announcement on the meetup lists. I want to rectify that this year and give everyone plenty of advance notice for the event, as well as an opportunity to volunteer.
This year we're aiming for a one day event which will allow for a day trip from DFW, Houston, or Austin. The rooms will be accessible from 7am till 10pm, so that gives us enough window for attendees to arrive in late morning and still have a full afternoon and evening of activities.
The Aug 28 date is confirmed at this point, but please give me feedback if you would prefer a different date. Hopefully this will be enough advance notice for everyone, but if a lot of people want to change the date we can consider it.
Soon we'll have a wiki signup page in place, but in the meantime please don't hesitate to email me directly with ideas, questions, or just to express an interest in what you would most like to get out of pyTexas. And, of course, I would urge all Texas Python user group members to join the Texas Python mailing list.