First off, PyTennessee is shaping up to be so much more than we envisioned when the organizers set out to create it. We received fantastic speaker proposals and amazing keynoters stepped up as well. Young Coders filled up, got help to expand it, filled up again, and we got a fantastic teacher for it. Sprints are shaping up to be awesome as well with experienced leaders, food and plenty of bugs to fix. Our sponsors stepped up and have made this dream a reality, and so many things that will be happening that weekend would not even remotely be possible without them. Sponsors have supplied some amazing surprises for attendees as well. Sponsors have also provided over $1,500 in financial aid for speakers and attendees. Speaking of attendees, we have over 210 people registered for the event!
Only one goal remains that we hoped to accomplish at PyTennessee, we want to make every single session at the conference available on PyVideo.org. We are $7,000 short of obtaining that goal. Video is the single biggest expense at the PyTennessee event. In fact it represents ~25% of the entire conference budget. Quality videos are a great asset to those who can not attend the conference for whatever reason, and for the attendees who had to choose between which talks to see at the conference. If you or your company can help, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, we are a 501(c)3, and can provide all the document required for the full tax benefits of your donations and sponsorships.
Finally, I hope everyone is getting excited for what will be a wonderfully weird event. Don’t forget to get your hotel reservations in early if you are using a PyTN room block. The cut off for tickets with T-Shirts is January 10th, so make sure if you’ve not gotten your ticket, you do that soon as well. I look forward to meeting you all, and I know you’re gonna have a great time. If you need anything, or have any issues please let me know.
PyTN 2014 Chair