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 to participate
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!
The open space area at gather town.
Main session will be held at day 2 15:45 ~ 16:35, and its okay to be held at anytime during the conference
There can be up to 9 Open Spaces running in parallel. There are no other conferences on day 2 (15:45 ~ 16:35) so that you can enjoy the Open Spaces well.
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 to host
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)
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
Support: how to avoid burnout