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Annual launch cycle for Python, new Python Software Foundation fellows from Africa, and extra updates

The Python Software Foundation (PSF) is a nonprofit group behind the Python programming language. I’m lucky to be a PSF Fellow (honorable member for all times,) a Python core developer, and the liaison between my firm, Red Hat, and the PSF. Part of that liaison work is offering updates on what’s occurring within the Python group. Here’s a take a look at what we’ve got happening in December.

Upcoming occasions

A major a part of the Python group is its in-person occasions. These occasions are the place customers and contributors intermingle and be taught collectively. Here are the large bulletins of upcoming alternatives to attach.

PyCon US 2020

PyCon US is by far the biggest annual Python occasion. The subsequent PyCon is April 15-23, 2020, in Pittsburgh. The name for proposals is open to all till December 20, 2019. I’m planning to attend PyCon for the convention and its famous post-con sprints.


EuroPython is the biggest Python convention in Europe with about 1,000 attendees within the final years. EP20 might be held in Dublin, Ireland, July 20-26, 2020. As a liaison for Red Hat, I’m proud to say that Red Hat sponsored EP18 in Edinburgh and donated the sponsoring tickets to Women Who Code Scotland.


PyData is a separate nonprofit associated to the Python group by means of a give attention to information science. They host many worldwide occasions all year long, with upcoming occasions in Austin, Texas, and Warsaw, Poland earlier than the tip of the yr.

New PSF fellows from Africa

The PSF promotes a number of members to fellow each quarter. Yesterday, twelve new PSF fellows have been announced.

I’d like to spotlight the 4 new fellows from Ghana, who’re additionally the organizers of the primary pan-African PyCon Africa, which came about in August 2019 in Accra, Ghana. The Python group in Africa is rising at a tremendous velocity. PyCon Africa 2020 might be in Accra once more, and I’m planning to spend my summer time trip there.

Annual launch cycle for Python

Python used to launch a brand new main model about each 18 months. This timeline will change with the Python three.9 launch. With PEP 602, a brand new main model of Python might be launched yearly in October. The new cadence means fewer adjustments between releases and extra predictable launch dates. October was chosen to align with Linux distribution releases corresponding to Fedora. Miro Hrončok from the Python upkeep workforce joined the dialogue and has helped to discover a handy launch date for us; for extra particulars, please see

Steering council election

The Python Steering Council governs the event of Python. It was established after Guido van Rossum stepped down as benevolent dictator for all times. Python core builders elect a brand new steering council for each main Python launch. For the upcoming time period, 9 candidates have been nominated for 5 seats on the council (with Guido being nominated, however withdrawing). See for all of the particulars. Election outcomes are anticipated to be introduced mid-December.

That covers what’s new within the Python group for December. Stay tuned for extra updates sooner or later and mark your calendars for the conferences talked about above.

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