Python user groups 2013

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Between June 1 2013 and Dec 1 2013:

  • At least 3 intro / diversity events get run after consultation with the fellow in each of the first and second half of the fellowship
  • At least 3 user groups improve their speaker diversity in the first half of the fellowship and at least 5 user groups improve their speaker diversity in the second half of the fellowship


Within the first month:

  • Will announce the project to the group-organizers mailing list.
    • By Mon June 10.
      • Will actually send Fri June 14; blog post will go live today.
  • Write an outline for the informational index page that has info for user group organizers.
    • If time this month, turn that into a high-clarity web page.
    • Will probably try to get in person feedback from Michelle Rowley when I visit Portland for Open Source Bridge.
    • Will publish the source to the website as a git repository on presumably Github, to accept pull requests and other feedback.
    • Outline by June 17.
  • Identify 20 Python user groups and get in touch with their organizers, presumably by email, indicating these goals of the meta-organizer fellowship, linking to the guide, and asking if they'd like to participate and/or chat about the guide.
    • To help me do the contacting in batch, first I'll be making a spreadsheet or similar table of these groups, with estimates for their sizes.
    • Initial contact by Wed June 26.

Info website

Let's start by making it Asheesh's tips for a great user group.

Those are:

  • Think about newcomer-friendliness in your topics
  • Don't do it alone (see also Yannick summary)
  • Host lightning talks
  • Have a social thing after the talks
  • Run a BPW clone
  • Keep track of your success
    • Random sampling is a good tool in general, if you can't reach everyone
  • Funding tips
    • PSF wants to fiscally sponsor you probably/possibly
    • Get your Meetup fees refunded

What else?


I also already know some text changes I should make, having used the text as part of convincing ChiPy to do project nights.

Pinging user groups

Being tracked in Trello. Specifically:

Groups where I think I can make a difference

  • ChiPy
    • Pinged someone there to have a Hangouts conversation. Hoping to hear back by Mon Aug 26.
    • This could lead to 1/3 speaker diversity goals.
    • Other relevant groups
    • Project night status: they want to have one, but I don't know who can "run" it. I just pinged aeva to see if it makes sense as a one-off to organize something that's theoretically a PS:1 + ChiPy collaboration.
  • SF Python
    • Pinged them with a possible speaker.
    • This could lead to 1/3 speaker diversity goals.
  • DC Python
    • 1 woman speaker in the past year
    • It seems likely that I can help connect them with speakers. Next unmet speaker slot is in December.
      • Though I wonder if it'd be interesting to have, like, DC Python Data Science lightning talks at the upcoming data science-y one.
    • Encouraged to apply for Meetup reimbursement on 2013-10-03; no answer yet.
    • Other relevant groups:
  • Baltimore Python
    • Had phone call; maybe will run a Project Night soon.
    • Encouraged to apply for Meetup reimbursement on 2013-10-03; no answer yet.
  • ~200 peoplle Vancouver Python
    • I sent them a ping. Could be a good target for a project night.
    • I should send them a fresh ping.
  • Paris Python
    • Probably they'd love to do a project night. Yay Sylvain Zimmer.
  • ~200 Python Ireland
    • Super healthy group: women leader, seems to be fairly diverse in attendance and speaking.
    • 20-40 attendees per meeting
    • Could possibly add a project night. Pinging.

Groups where further research is required:

Groups that seem OK:

  • FIXME: Add socal linux stuff per #openhatch conversation 2013-08-30



Started: June 1, 2013

Mid-way: Nov 1, 2013

Extended end: March 1, 2014

Delivered: First half

First half:

Groups running intro & diversity events:

  1. SF Python started running Project Nights
  2. An introductory Python lecture in a new user group in Bhubaneswar, India, run by Tarashish Mishra. This led to the creation of PyBBS).

Groups with gender diversity improvements in speakers:

1. SF Python

Delivered: second half

(Star indicates not yet happened, but seems very likely to happen.)

Groups running intro & diversity events:

  1. Python Dominican Republic ran a Project night
  2. ChiPy (Chicago) is running a Project Night, Feb 27
  3. (*) A multi-week intro Python event Seattle is going to be organized by Mako; I've linked him to the PyLadies Seattle group and the Seattle Python Users group, and will work to foster a collaboration if I don't see one forthcoming in the next few days.
  4. (*) PyLadies NYC is working on a Linux Night (their idea!) and I'm helping them with scripts and general support.

Groups with gender diversity improvements in speakers:

  1. (*) PDX Python is working on recruiting newbie Python programmers for a newbies lightning talks series, which is expected to include women speakers (which have been infrequent there, despite the 15-20% women at meetings).


Groups running intro & diversity events:

  1. (*) PyLadies Boston is excited about running a Django tutorial, though Jennifer there says it's likely to occur after PyCon
  2. (*) (?) Python Barcelona is likely to do lightning talks in March, which may include women speakers

That's the status right now, if I recall correctly. The second half has about three weeks left.