CFP closed at  October 22, 2018 12:10 UTC

PyCascades is a new regional PyCon in the Pacific Northwest, celebrating the West Coast Python developer and user community. Our organizer team includes members of the Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland Python user groups.

February 23rd and 24th, 2019 Seattle, WA, USA

CFP Description

PyCascades 2019 will be held February 23rd and 24th, and we’re proud to host more than 600 attendees and speakers from all around the world.

Considering speaking at PyCascades? Great! We’re looking forward to reading your proposal! Never considered speaking at PyCascades? We think you should! We love proposals from:

  • People who’ve never spoken before (we’ve got mentors for you!)
  • People new to Python
  • People who use Python in their spare time
  • People who want to talk about something that isn’t specifically Python

What gets your excited? What cool art did you build? What’s something you wish someone had told you years ago? What interesting problem have you solved recently? Talks can be about anything people at a Python conference would be interested in hearing about.


  • CFP Opens: Monday, August 20th, 2018
  • CFP Closes: Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Speaker Invitations Sent: Monday, November 12, 2018

Submission Guidelines

As you’re writing your proposal, keep in mind:

  • Talks will be 25 minutes long.
  • You do not need to allocate time for questions. PyCascades does not provide time for Q&A, though you are encouraged to stay near the stage during speaker changeover and answer questions individually.
  • By submitting a proposal, you agree to follow the code of conduct. In particular, speakers should be conscious of the fact that they are in a professional context with audience members from many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate, and neither are language or imagery that denigrate or demean people based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, physical appearance, disability, or body size. We’d also ask that you also be mindful of jokes told at the expense of other languages, platforms, or tools. This is a conference for people who love Python, not people who hate Ruby/Windows/iOS/etc.
  • Talks do not need to be about Python, but your talk is more likely to be selected if it is relevant to the Python community.
  • You can (and, in fact, are encouraged to!) submit as many talk proposals as you’d like, but only one talk per speaker will be accepted.


Your proposal must include the following sections:

  • Title: This is what will be shown in the schedule.
  • Elevator Pitch: A 300 character description of your talk. If your talk is accepted, the abstract will be published on the conference website. This is the place to tell people:
    • What you’ll be talking about.
    • What they’ll learn from your talk.
    • What background experience they should have to get the most out of your talk.
  • Description: an in-depth explanation of your talk, read only by reviewers. The description should contain an outline of your talk (preferably with a time breakdown, but not required), and anything else you think would be relevant for reviewers to take into consideration. Please do not include any personally identifiable information in the description, as this will effectively de-anonymize the proposal.
  • Speaker Profile: The speaker profile section will be hidden from the reviewers when they read through all the talks. After discussing the talks and narrowing down the selection, the profile section will be revealed and the team will make a final decision.

The following sections are optional:

  • Notes: This is where you would tell the reviewers anything they need to know about your talk that doesn’t fit in another section. Will you need extra equipment? Have you given this talk before? Etc.
  • Tags: You can add a list of comma separated tags to give reviewers a quick overview of the topics you’ll be covering. There is a list of suggested tags for you to choose from and you can add your own. Tags are not required, but the reviewing team loves tags and we encourage using them.

First time speaking? First time submitting a talk proposal?

Great! We’re excited that we can host you!

Need some help writing your talk proposal? We have experienced mentors available who can help edit and provide feedback on your proposal. If your proposal is selected, the mentors can also provide feedback on content of your talk as well.

If you would like help from our mentors, we have office hours from 7-8pm (UTC -7h) on Thursdays in the #cfp-mentorship-2019 channel on slack. You can also email and she will connect you with a mentor.


Amanda Sopkin: Amanda is a full-stack software engineer for the rentals team at Zillow working to make the process of renting better for renters and property managers. In addition to working as a software engineer, she attends hackathons as a coach for Major League Hacking to help students have a great experience at the events they attend. Amanda has spoken on topics in mathematics and software engineering at Pycon, DevSum Sweden, HackCon, and various other events around the country. Amanda holds a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois.

Dustin Ingram: Dustin is a Developer Advocate at Google, focused on supporting the Python community on the Google Cloud Platform. He’s also a member of the Python Packaging Authority, maintainer of the Python Package Index, and organizer for the PyTexas conference. He’s spoken at PyCon, PyGotham, PyOhio, FloridaPy, SciPy, and more.

Mariatta Wijaya: Mariatta works as Software Engineer at Zapier. She is one of the founders of PyCascades, a Python Core Developer, and helps organize Vancouver PyLadies. Mariatta has spoken at Python conferences across three continents. She’s prioritizing to mentor the underrepresented group in tech, especially women of color, as well as any first time speakers.

Melissa Smith: Melissa is a Software Engineer at New Relic in Portland, specializing in UI development. Before moving into software, she was a communications professional (and before that, English grad student!), and has spoken at, organized, and volunteered with academic and tech conferences from Virginia to Indonesia. She looks forward to using this background to help potential speakers brainstorm and organize content for their talks.

Nick Denny: Nick is co-founder of a Seattle-based startup called APImetrics where he writes mostly Python and has given talks at several events, including PyCascades 2018.

Nina Zakharenko: Nina is a cloud developer advocate at Microsoft, focusing on Python. Before joining Microsoft, she was a software engineer with a decade of experience who honed her technical chops writing software for companies like Reddit, meetup, and HBO. In her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and riding her bike in her home base in Portland, OR.

Rachael Tatman: Rachael is a data scientist at Kaggle and also has a PhD in linguistics from UW and she’s given a lot of talks in both industry and academic settings. She’s looking forward to mentoring folks working on any type of data science talk!

Sev Leonard: Sev builds data management tools for cancer researchers at Oregon Health & Science University. He has spoken at PyCon, PyDX, PyCascades, and various meetups on the topics of micropython, object oriented development, and data wrangling. Sev is excited to help folks with their proposals, especially fellow trans and non-binary speakers. He is particularly good at scoping content, editing, and helping craft elevator pitches.

More resources

VM Brasseur has compiled a list of public speaking resources to help speakers write talk proposals, prepare, and give their talk: Public Speaking Resources

Allison Kaptur has compiled a list of PyCon talk proposals to help potential speakers see how to write a talk proposal that will get accepted: Example proposals

Financial Aid info

If you need financial aid to help cover the cost of traveling to and attending PyCascades, please fill out the opportunity grant form.

Speaker Perks

All speakers will be given a ticket to the conference and a PyCascades t-shirt.