Open Space

Open Spaces are self-organizing meetup events that happen simultaneously with the main conference. Open Spaces are organized during the period of PyCon by attendees, which provides a way for you to define, organize, plain out the meetup as you preferred. Enjoy the Open Space while making new friends, chat about any topic you’d like at the same time. For those who have participated in previous PyCon Taiwan, Open Spaces may sound familiar to you. Yes! it’s basically the good old BoF (Birds of a Feather), but with a name that is more comprehensive to new conference attendees.

How do I participate in an Open Space?

It’s pretty easy: Just show up :) Instead of Academia Sinica, this year’s PyCon will be hosted online at Gather Town Service. Therefore, the Open Space has its dedicated space. Just find a subject that interests you, greet with the host, and enjoy!

Where and when are the Open Spaces?

Location: The open space area at gather town. Time: Between the morning keynote started and afternoon keynote started of day 1 (08:55 ~ 16:15) and from the morning keynote ended till Lightning Talk of day 2 (10:30 ~ 16:40). There can be up to 10 Open Spaces running in parallel. There are no other conferences on day 2 (14:30 ~ 15:20) so that you can enjoy the Open Spaces well.

What Open Spaces are there?

We don’t know either! It’s up to you and fellow attendees 😉 Just like the attendees, Open Spaces are very versatile. There are no limits to the subject of the Open Space! An Open Space can be a mani/pedi party, a feminist hacking space, an AcroYoga space, or even a board games room. It can also be a discussion about any of the technical subjects, from computer security to your favorite Python project to professional occupation such as SRE.

How do I host an Open Space?

Just go to the open space area at gather town, fill in the subject, time and your name and you’re all set! For those who want to get the event started immediately, simply find a desk and rename your name with your topic.

Ideas for Open Spaces

Here are a few ideas for potential Open Space topics and activities: Hacker space (maker projects) that use Python (e.g. in Raspberry Pis, IOT, home automation, robots / drones / blimps autopiloted with Python) Hacking / networking / devops Data visualization / science Natural language processing and generation (e.g. chatbots) Quantified self Diversity initiatives, for example a feminist hackerspace A space for organizers of conferences, workshops, diversity initiatives (Django Girls, PyLadies, etc.) Framework-specific Open Spaces, e.g. Django or Flask How to contribute to open source, a help / mentoring group for beginners Git Support: how to avoid burnout Recruitment workshops