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DjangoCon Europe 2017 in retrospect

DjangoCon Europe 2017 upheld all the traditions established by previous editions: a volunteer-run event, speakers from all sections of the community and a commitment to stage a memorable, enjoyable conference for all attendees.

Held in a stunning Art Deco cinema in the centre of the city, this year's edition was host to over 350 Djangonauts.

The team of always-smiling and willing volunteers, led by Emanuela Dal Mas and Iacopo Spalletti under the auspices of the Fuzzy Brains association, created a stellar success on behalf of all the community.

Of note in this year's conference was an emphasis on inclusion, as expressed in the conference's manifesto. The organisers' efforts to expand the notion of inclusion was visible in the number of attendees from Africa and south Asia, nearly all of whom were also given a platform at the event. This was made possible not only by the financial assistance programme but also through the considerable logistical help the organisers were able to offer.

The conference's opening keynote talk by Anna Makarudze and Humphrey Butau on the growing Python community in Zimbabwe, and an all-woman panel discussing their journeys in technology, were just two examples of a commitment to making more space for voices and stories that are less often heard.

DjangoCon Europe continues to thrive and sparkle in the hands of the people who care about it most, and who step forward each year as volunteers who commit hundreds of hours of their time to make the best possible success of it. Once again, this care has shone through.

On behalf of the whole Django community, the Django Software Foundation would like to thank the entire organising team and all the other volunteers of this year's DjangoCon Europe, for putting on a superb and memorable production.

The next DjangoCons in Europe

The DSF Board is considering bids for DjangoCon Europe 2018-2020. If you're interested in hosting the event in one of these years, we'd like to hear from you as soon as possible.

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