With great excitement, the PSF wishes to announce the site for the subsequent two North American PyCons: the beautiful city of Havana, Cuba! Following our two years in Montréal, and anticipating a great 2016-2017 conference in Portland, Oregon, PyCon has truly become “PyCon North America.”
With recent easing of travel restrictions from the United States, the possibility of going to Cuba was immediately embraced by the PSF and PyCon organizers. At last, we would be able to bring the joy and power of the Python community and coding skills to a nation that already has a deep understanding of the values of collaboration over competition, of community over individual achievement, of free and open availability of knowledge over corporate owned intellectual property. Not to mention its beautiful climate, palm trees, beaches, good food, music, and dancing.
As many Python insiders know well, the Castro brothers, Fidel and Raúl, have long been fans of FLOSS and of Python in particular. According to a representative of the Cuban Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment, upon being told that the PSF was looking at Havana as a possible PyCon site, President Raúl Castro replied:
Lo práctico gana a la pureza. Los errores nunca deberían dejarse pasar silenciosamente. A menos que hayan sido silenciados explícitamente. Frente a la ambigüedad, rechaza la tentación de adivinar.
For an American perspective, we asked the Chair of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, Canadian-born Cuban-American Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), about the Python language, so widely used by NASA and the scientific research he oversees. Cruz replied through a spokesperson,
I’ve always stood for the core American principles of Free Enterprise, Free Software, and a Free Republic. It heartens me to see the largest conference about my favorite programming language held both in the nation of my birth, and now in the one where my father was born.
Havana is not new to hosting conferences—in fact many international organizations convene at such venues as the International Conference Center, the Catholic University of America, and the University of Havana.
Venue for PyCon 2018
In 2015 Havana will host PyCon sister conferences such as:
- International Convention of Anthropology
- International Social and Multidisciplinary Focus for Quality Dentistry Congress
- World Series Boxing
- International Conference on Law and Informatics
- International Tropical Pig Industry Seminar 2015
Looking forward to seeing you in Cuba in 2018. ¡Sí se puede!
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