PyCascades News

Code of Conduct Transparency Report

Posted by The PyCascades Team on March 19, 2018, 11:15 a.m.

PyCascades is an inclusive, friendly, and welcoming community. We want to encourage the underrepresented group members to participate in our events. As a part of our ongoing efforts to promote inclusivity and diversity in our community, we adopted, publicized, and enforced the Code of Conduct.

  • We required all attendees, speakers, and sponsors, to adhere to our Code of Conduct during registration to the conference.
  • The speaker’s information package included a reminder that their presentation should conform with our Code of Conduct.
  • We publicized our Code of Conduct and the hotline number during the welcome address.
  • We posted printed signs of Code of Conduct and the hotline number in multiple locations in the venues.


Following the conference, here is an anonymized list of CoC-related incidents that occurred during the conference:

  • One of the speakers made a comment that was considered to be bashing of another programming language. The speaker was notified, and they apologized. The specific comment has been removed from the final talk video.

This report is anonymized and published for the sake of maintaining transparency, and to encourage folks in our community to report incidents that might disrupt the atmosphere we work hard to provide.


We’d like to thank the Django and Write The Docs community, both have been pioneering such efforts. Their dedication to inclusive, safe spaces in tech communities and events is an inspiration to us, and we hope to see similar efforts in other communities.


Posted by The PyCascades Team on Dec. 21, 2017, 11 a.m.

We've sold all our tickets! We thank you for your support and enthusiasm to PyCascades. See you all in Vancouver!

Google Cloud Platform

Thank you Google Cloud Platform for stepping up as our Title sponsor. Their sponsorship not only helps with the running cost of the conference, but also allows us to provide financial aid, improving diversity at our event.

We're proud to present a diverse lineup of speakers and topics. We have in our lineup new and seasoned speakers, as well as respected members and leaders of the Python community. Check our talk schedule

Other exciting announcements!

  • Lightning Talks - Yes they’re on the agenda! Stay tuned for details on how to sign up! Join the #lightningtalks channel on Slack!
  • Welcome wagon - We’ve prepared a guide for all things PyCascades just for you!
  • Accommodations - If you are still looking for a place to stay and wants to find a roommate, join the #room-sharing channel on Slack!
  • Pre-conference social - We're planning a pre-registration event the evening before the conference. Stay tuned for more details.

PyCascades 2018 Speaker Lineup

Posted by Mariatta on Oct. 11, 2017, 1:08 p.m.

We are thrilled to annouce the speaker lineup for PyCascades 2018!

If you have not made up your mind yet of whether to attend PyCascades, we hope the following list will convince you.

- "BDFL Python 3 Retrospective" by Guido van Rossum
- "Racial Bias in Facial Recognition Software" by Stephanie Kim
- "Setting Expectations for Open Source Participation" by Brett Cannon
- "Character Encoding and You�" by Rachael Tatman
- "Python for Feature Film" by Dhruv Govil
- "RaspberryPy to RustyPi: Translating a Python API to Rust" by Anna Liao
- "A Web App in Four Frameworks" by Nicholas Hunt-Walker
- "The AST and Me" by Emily Morehouse-Valcarcel
- "Python & Spreadsheets: 2018 Edition" by Kojo Idrissa
- "Shipping secret messages through barcodes" by Karina Ruzinov
- "Can you please pass the data? IoT communication with MicroPython" by Sev Leonard
- "Don't Miss This Event!" by Corinne Hutchinson
- "Taming the Hydra: How we Learned to Love Testing a Giant Python Codebase" by Yusuke Tsutsumi
- "Navigating unconscious bias" by Anna Schneider
- "Python is not Java or C++" by Thomas W Ballinger
- "Bad Accessibility Happens – That Doesn’t Have to Be The End" by Lindsey Dragun
- "Gradual Typing of Production Applications" by Łukasz Langa
- "It's a Kind of Magic" by Nick Denny
- "Those Who Care, Teach!" by Kenneth Love
PyCascades will be one-of-a-kind event you don't want to miss. Registration is now open, and we are over forty-percent sold!
PyCascades is a new regional Python conference in the Pacific Northwest, celebrating the West Coast Python developer and user community. 
Help make PyCascades a successful event! Sponsorship helps fund running cost of the conference, financial aid, on-site childcare, sprint, and to support the local Python communities. 

Speaker Announcement: Guido van Rossum

Posted by Mariatta on Sept. 12, 2017, 10 a.m.
We are excited to announce our first confirmed speaker: Guido van Rossum.


Guido has 27 years of experience using Python, and is also known as Python's BDFL - Benevolent Dictator For Life. 
You can follow him on Twitter and check out his website.
Guido will give the talk: BDFL Python 3 Retrospective. Various topics of retrospective on Python 3. What is working, what failed, what is still a work in progress as the language evolves?
Welcome to PyCascades, Guido. It is an honour to have you on our stage!
Registration for PyCascades is now open, and we are almost one-third sold!
PyCascades is a new regional Python conference in the Pacific Northwest, celebrating the West Coast Python developer and user community. 
Help make PyCascades a successful event! Sponsorship helps fund running cost of the conference, financial aid, on-site childcare, sprint, and to support the local Python communities. 

We Need Your Help!

Posted by The PyCascades Team on Sept. 6, 2017, 2:37 p.m.

In order to make PyCascades as accessible and enjoyable as possible, we would like to raise $25K by September 18 so that we can:

  • Promote diversity by contributing to our financial aid & diversity fund!
  • Improve the overall conference experience (e.g. onsite childcare, food/drinks)

One way to do this is by becoming a sponsor! Benefits include:

  • Tickets to the conference
  • Connect with the Python community in Canada and US! (So far 45% of our attendees are from the US and 35% are from Canada)
  • Promote your brand within the community

Join other companies such as Rover as our sponsor! We have several packages to choose from:

Please contact for more information!

Alternatively, you can also support us via your donations! All you have to do is following the link and find the "Donate" option to enter in the amount you would like to give:

Thank you for your support! Our team is run entirely by volunteers and we cannot do this without you!

Tickets now available!

Posted by The PyCascades Team on Aug. 14, 2017, 9 a.m.

We're pleased to announce that tickets for PyCascades 2018 are now available! Purchase your tickets here:

We've worked hard to make this conference accessible to as many people as possible. To that end, there won't be any Early Bird pricing, just low standard pricing for everyone! Ticket quantities are limited, so please make your purchase as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Also, our Call for Proposals is still open until August 29. If you have been thinking of submitting a talk proposal, we've love to hear from you!

Thank you for supporting PyCascades. Hope to see you at the conference!