Some months ago Aahz started the diversity list which has had discussions on a diversity statement which will be put forth to the PSF for approval (or did GvR ack it already? I am too lazy to wade through the emails now) which would be incorporated on the main python.org site. The diversity wiki page has a bunch of reading links already -- a lot more exhaustive than the UW wiki page. Way nicer page to point as 101 lessons for cluless humans!

The py-world is large space and while it may not be possible to jet halfway across the globe to attend a pyconf in the US or EU, we have a better way to communicate seamlessly via blogs -- planets aggregating blogs have always been an easy way to showcase and increase the voices within any community. Yeah, planet.python.org it is, but not all the folks around the world are there and what about folks who dont want to have the overhead of maintaining a blog --yeah, ask this lazy blogger about that feeling ...pfft !

Presenting "python-open-mike" -- your chance to be heard. So all ye python users having anything pythonic to say can simply email their thoughts to : <post@python-open-mike.posterous.com> to be heard. Its that simple.  Btw, there was a call for moderators for open-mike so if you are reading this and want to volunteer, shoot a mail to diversity AT python.org

Now onto the next big event this month :: INpycon ! Gee, september is here already !?Its the first conf that i'm helping organise simply because i like the chilled out +ve attitude -- a scarcity if you know what i mean ;)

Well, the sponsors team was lucky to bag Zeomega and Thoughtworks, which have already pitched in generously as sponsors. However we are still open to the idea of more corporate sponsors that are into Python. So if your company uses Python extensively and you would like to pitch in financially, here are some open sponsorship slots :

Premium Sponsors: (INR.50k+) - you are welcome to contribute more

What you get :
 - Name, Blurb on our website
 - Link back to company from our website
 - Dedicated Banners at venue
 - Mentions on our main banner under 'Sponsors'
 - Stall at venue
 - Access to contact information of delegates
 - Company brochures in swag kits

Associate Sponsor: (INR.25k)
 - Name on our site with a link back to their site
 - Name on our main banner under 'associate sponsor'

Associate: (INR.10k) [Mostly for individual donations]
 - Name on our site (no link back)

So if you want to become a part of the local Python community and sponsor this event, please mail me " vid AT svaksha d-o--t c-o-m " or leave a comment on this blog. (PS. I check emails more often than blog comments so the former will gt you a faster response from me.)

Btw, online registrations for the first Indian Pycon scheduled to take place from 26-27September 2009 at IISc, Bangalore has not yet closed. If you have not registered as a delegate log on to the pycon-india website to register online. Now!!

UPDATE : http://python-open-mike.posterous.com/my-post-on-python-wants-diversity-and-inpycon