Wednesday, May 26, 2010

PyTexas survey

If you live in the Texas region, please help with PyTexas 2010 planning by filling out the new survey. This will tell us things like whether the planned Aug 28 date works for you, whether you have a user group in your area, and more importantly your t-shirt size :-).

P.S. We need Python teachers for our beginner track!  This same survey is planned to reach a large number of area students, and they will likely be interested in learning Python fundamentals, web development in popular frameworks like Django, BFG, etc. Please watch for the upcoming call for proposals, and feel free to contact me directly.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

PyTexas 2010 t-shirt

Take a gander at this primo swag item we're planning for PyTexas:
I'd like to put this on a plain white t-shirt with black ink, so that the image is part of the fabric (not stuck on top like some t-shirts). Maybe that will cause it to fade a bit after many washings, but that's ok. Faded t-shirts are kind of cool in their own way.

Credit goes to Kat Metzger of the DFW Python user group, who sketched out several great PyTexas t-shirt ideas when the discussion started last Friday night. We voted on the sketches during the Saturday afternoon DFW Python meeting, and by Saturday night the graphic was done. On Sunday, we tweaked some details about text size and placement, and it was good to go. That was a lot quicker that I had expected, and I'm grateful to Kat for having the idea, and delivering this excellent design on such short notice.

This is not a done deal yet. Since PyTexas has no money, we'll have to brainstorm some ways to pay for the t-shirt manufacture. I've started speaking with one manufacturer, and soon we'll have a cost estimate for 200 shirts.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

PyTexas offers free sponsorships!

An oxymoron, you say?

Maybe, but free sponsorships make sense for PyTexas. After all, none of the organizers have time to mess with money; we just want our attendees to have plenty of swag! We are especially voracious for t-shirts, free books, mugs, and stickers.

This event will consist of a mix of Python veterans, newbies, and university students.

So, if you want your company or organization name advertised at PyTexas, please contact me and I'll provide a shipping address for your boxes of swag.  We'll also post your logo on the wiki if you send swag. You can find my contact info here.