PyGotham 2018

NYC October 05, 2018, October 06, 2018

CFP closed at  May 22, 2018 03:59 UTC

PyGotham 2018 is taking place from October 5-6 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. It will feature three tracks of talks on Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th.


PyGotham is a New York City based, eclectic, Py-centric conference covering many topics. There’s a diverse speaker list, and some things which will be quite different. PyGotham attracts developers of various backgrounds and skill levels from the New York metropolitan area and beyond. Activities include two full days of talks, lightning talk sessions, and a social event.


PyGotham began in 2011 and was comprised largely of the NYC Python community. Since then, the conference has taken place (almost) every year and grown significantly. While the conference has gotten larger, PyGotham has always been and remains a conference for developers and run by developers.


PyGotham is a production of Big Apple Py and made possible by a very generous and overworked group of volunteers. To reach them, send a message to

CFP Description

Anyone interested in speaking is encouraged to submit a proposal. There are no restrictions on topics, but we recommend they be of interest to Pythonistas. Talks will fill slots of 25 minutes and 40 minutes, including time for questions and answers.

Who Should Submit?

Everyone is encouraged to submit a proposal. We are looking for speakers of all different speaking and Python experience levels, from first-timers to experienced veterans.

The audience’s experience level will be just as diverse, so feel free to cater your talk to a specific experience level.

Looking for Ideas?

One of the best ways to come up with an idea is to think about something you want to learn about. It’s a great way to learn about the topic and you’ll be able to share your experiences with the audience.

Another great source of topics is challenges you’ve recently overcome. Did you recently use a unique profiler to identify a performance bottleneck? Perhaps you had to dive deep into a protocol or library and discovered something everyday users might not know. Experiences like these are usually full of great tips and tricks to share.

Still looking for ideas? Here are some ideas to help get you started:

  • What’s new in web frameworks in 2018
  • How to design software for safety and reliability
  • Ethics of big data and software development
  • Effective use of linters and other static analysis tools
  • Recent changes to standard Python tools

Also see the talks from 2017, 2016, and 2015 for ideas.

Talk Selection

PyGotham’s talk review process encompasses two phases: immediately after the CFP closes, we will have a round of public, anonymous voting, so that we can get a feel for which of the talks are of greatest interest to our audience. After that, the program committee will assemble the final schedule using the ratings as a guide.

We will share information on how to sign up for voting and the program committee on near the end of the CFP.