[PyCon-AU-announce] PyCon AU to return, in person, in 2023

Katie McLaughlin katie at glasnt.com
Tue Mar 15 09:48:24 AEDT 2022

Hello Pythonistas.

We will not be running PyCon AU in 2022. We’ll see you, in person, in 2023.

Just as the PyCon AU 2022 team were getting seriously underway, the Omicron
wave struck Australia. At that time, we didn’t know how long or how severe
the wave would be; and, we won’t know how Australia will cope with other
waves that will eventually follow.

The process of making a PyCon AU happen starts many, many months ahead.
It’s hard for us to offer an appealing Call for Proposals or Call for
Sponsors, to be confident that we’re spending the community’s money wisely,
or for our volunteer organising team to be enthusiastic about the many,
many hours of hard work they’re putting in, with so much uncertainty about
what sort of event we could even run, if any.

We’re actively prioritising a sustainable planning cycle entering 2023 over
the risk of burning out our small pool of new and existing conference
organisers. We want the team and community to be refreshed and ready to
make the next in person PyCon AU as good as it can be. For those reasons,
our online (PyConline) will not be returning for 2022.

As we aren’t holding a national gathering this year, we want to take the
time to highlight all the wonderful local Python user groups around the
country and nearby. As local restrictions allow, these meetups will be run
with their own local organising teams.

Read our full statement, and details of meetups near you in 2022,

Katie McLaughlin
on behalf of
PyCon AU Steering Committee and PyCon AU 2022 Site Committee
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