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PyCon Pittsburgh. April 15-23, 2020.

Python Trainers Summit

Python Trainers Summit

The Python Trainers Summit is a new hatchery program for PyCon 2020! It will take place all day Friday, April 17, 2020. Room 409 at the conference venue.

The summit will be open to all to drop in or stay all day, and talks/events aligned with the general conference break schedule.


As Python grows as a language, both in popularity and complexity, so too must training for existing users. While this area does fall under education, one-off short form training and professional development have unique needs, questions, and expertise. Being related to education, but not always identifying primarily as educators, many trainers are isolated from the broader community of expertise on teaching and learning. Many operate as independent freelancers, so they may lack a network of colleagues to connect with and learn from. This means that they are missing out on key discoveries and practices from the traditional education community, and the educator community is missing out on the expertise of teaching adult professional learners.

Who is a trainer?

For our purposes, a trainer is anyone who provides structured training and education around Python, or is interested in doing so. We are specifically planning to focus on training contexts outside of a formal classroom with summative assessment (e.g. grading) and toward degrees. This includes corporate trainers, bootcamp instructors, content creators, makerspace instructors, classroom educators, etc. This is meant to target and scope the conversation while including as many people as possible.


This summit seeks to forge connections within the trainers from all practices to formalize their community of practice and connect them with others working within education contexts. This summit will provide the space and platform for professional trainers to engage with the more formal education practices, and those educators to connect with the needs of corporate and professional development audiences.


Given that this is a pilot event, we want to see your creativity in your proposals! The most important goal is that this event is useful to the trainer community. Below are some ideas:

Submit a proposal!

The schedule for the day will match up with breaks and talk changes for the broader talk tracks.

Types of proposals:

Example content:

Submit a proposal

Proposals can be submitted here: Proposals will be accepted through March 6. Acceptances will go out around March 13. These dates are subject to extension depending on submissions.

Questions? Comments?

Feedback is always welcome! Elizabeth Wickes (she/her, proposed and is chairing this event.