PyCon DE 2013—Serving the German, Austrian and Swiss Python Development Community
Mark your calendar for October 14-19.
Co-organizing PyCon DE 2013 is the Cologne Python User Group and the DLR Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahr (German Aerospace Center).
PyCon DE 2014 will take place in Berlin, dates to be announced.
PyCon DE brings together Python developers at all skill levels for several days of tutorials, talks, sprints, code retreats and community building. Planning is now underway for the event’s third year.
“PyCon DE 2011 was the first big Python conference in Germany, Austria and Switzerland,” says Jan Ulrich Hasecke, a founding member of Python Software Verband e.V, which organized the 2012 conference.
“This year we exceeded all of 2011’s numbers—more visitors, more sponsors, more talks. We had 235 attendees total, and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. But the biggest success is our growing and prospering community.”
PyCon DE 2012 included 12 pre-conference tutorials, a 1-day barcamp (Open Space-styled conference), two days of sprints, a 1-day code retreat and a session for research and higher education institutions using Python.
The event’s keynotes:
“Programming As a Cultural Technique,” by Blogger and scientist Jörg Kantel:
“Hunting Down the Universe,” by Benedikt Hegner from The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN):
“Building New Communities,” by Steve Holden, author, teacher and consultant:
Chairing the 2012 conference team was Mike Müller, supported by members of the Leipzig User Group, Python Software Verband e.V.and others in the community. Sponsors of PyCon DE 2012 are listed at
Along with being a founding member of Python Software Verband e.V., Hasecke served on its board from 2004 to 2012. He authored the Python Image Brochure and produced marketing materials in German for Python, Python Web Frameworks and Plone. He has co-organized several Python related events in Germany.
Hasecke is a member of the Plone foundation, has translated the Plone UI into German and has written the German User Guide for Plone, available under Creative Commons. More information about Hasecke is available at