PyCon Canada is an initiative to strengthen the Canadian Python community.

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What is PyCon Canada?

Our main goals:

  • Support the efforts of Montreal Python as they prepare to host PyCon North America in 2014 and 2015. This is the first time that the main PyCon conference is going to be outside of the US. Let's take this opportunity to showcase the Canadian Python community, and step up to the challenge as speakers and volunteers.

  • Strengthen the Canadian Python community by providing more opportunities for us to share knowledge and ideas, encourage support and education for speaking at conferences, and increase the visibility of developers, organizations, and companies within the community.

PyCon Canada is entirely run by volunteers who are passionate about these goals. We hope to see you at the 2013 conference!

We're also proud to host development sprints which provide a gateway for new contributors and a way for you to give back to the open-source community.

Diversity Grants

PyCon Canada is committed to encouraging diversity and inclusion. In partnership with PyCamp, are offering $500 CAD grants for individuals or groups who are underrepresented in the Python community. These grants can be used to cover any costs related to attending PyCon Canada, including travel, accommodation, and registration. The application deadline to apply for a grant is July 1, 2013.

We are also encouraging submissions from groups of applicants who wish to apply together. If you'd love to come to PyCon Canada 2013 but can't see yourself attending without your friends, this a great way to make that happen!

Please use the online form to submit an application for a diversity grant.

If you'd like to speak at PyCon Canada, submissions are due June 21, 2013.

Educator Grants

If you are a highschool educator in computer science or a related field, we would invite you to apply for one of our "educator grants" by contacting us at and:

  • Telling us a bit about yourself

  • Supplying a short paragraph on why you would like to attend

  • Giving your estimated cost of travel to and from Toronto for the period of Aug 9-11th, 2013 (i.e. cost of your transportation only)

We are especially interested in applications from teachers who are from remote communities or who would otherwise have difficulty accessing and attending a top-tier tech conference in North America.

We hope that by attending PyCon Canada 2013, highschool educators can take the lessons learned and relationships forged at our conference and disseminate them to their students and colleagues in their home communities.

If you have any questions about this program, please don't be shy—contact us at!

Code of Conduct

The PyCon Canada organizing team is committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all attendees; all of our volunteers and staff are trained to handle conduct violations swiftly and tactfully.

Please familiarize yourself with the Code of Conduct before the conference, and if you witness or experience a code of conduct violation at PyCon Canada 2013, let one of our organizers know right away. We will immediately take whatever steps are necessary to address the situation.

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