PyCon Italia - Frequently Asked Question
PyCon is the most important Italian conference about the Python programming language. In fact, The name "PyCon" comes from merging the words "Python" and "Conference". PyCon Italia is the Italian edition of the international USA conference us.pycon.org. A list of all PyCon conferences is also available pycon.org.
Because there was nothing like that before, and because both Italian companies and universities are fairly slow at spreading and adopting this language, despite its attained maturity with its 19 years lifespan and its widespread adoption in the world.
PyCon Italia is organized by Python Italia APS, a no-profit social promotion company, with contributions from Python Software Foundation and the patronage of the Florence municipality.
At present, the only activity of Python Italia is the yearly organization of PyCon. In the next future, the association might get busy with other Python promotion activities.
PyCon Italia has been held yearly, during the May-June timespan, in Florence since 2007. PyCon Quattro (2010 edition) will be held again in Florence on May 7, 8 and 9. To stay up-to-date about PyCon, follow the blog or subscribe to the newsletter.
Because Florence is easily reached from all places in Italy by car, train or plane. Moreover, being Florence a turistic city, attendees have the chance to match the conference with a weekend in one of the most important art cities of the world. Lastly, even if organizers are from a number of Italian cities, many of them are located around Florence and can better take care of all the logistics.
Conference costs are covered for almost 2/3 by sponsors; we calculated that if PyCon Due (held in 2008) was funded by tickets only, tickets would have been €155 each. This figure could more than double if organizers did not work on a voluntary base. On the contrary, during PyCon Due we managed to lower the ticket price to a mere €35 for students (which by the way is less than the cost of the included meals!), thanks to sponsors and volunteering.
Briefly said, because it is a good investment. Sponsors are able to promote their brand thanks to the PyCon website geting lots of visits during the year, and boasting a 7/10 Google Rank. Moreover, sponsors looking for programmers get the chance, during the recruiting sessions, to meet skilled professionals looking for employment. Lastly, a company wishing to promote a Python related service or product may deliver a sponsored talk about their technology.