Shhh… I’m Hunting Talks

Well, it’s that time of year again. The PyCon 2012 Call for Proposals has ended. This means it’s time for the Program Committee to spring into action, evaluating all of the proposals, preparing to champion their favorites, and participating in the interactive meetings that eventually decide the fate of PyCon 2012’s slate of talks, tutorials, and poster sessions.

But… who is the Program Committee?

I asked that question last year. “Who are these people? Is this something I can participate in?” It turns out that *anyone* can join the Program Committee. The genius in the way it works is its simplicity: if you want to be on the Program Committee, you join a mailing list, send an intro email, and you’re added as a committee member.

My first year on the Program Committee was a fantastic experience that served to educate me about the selection process, and to further my conviction that the Python community is the most welcoming, open and inclusive group I’ve ever had the pleasure of being involved with.

So, if you haven’t already, I encourage you to join the Program Committee for this year’s round of meetings to help build what will undoubtedly become the biggest and best PyCon yet.