Introducing the State of Django Panel!

We’re pleased to announce a new event for DjangoCon US 2018–the State of Django Panel. :sparkles: We’ve gathered folks from across the Django community to discuss where we are and where we’re going. The panel will close out the last day of talks. Some topics may include:

  • Continuing to grow the Django community
  • Creating a welcoming space for beginners
  • Priorities for ongoing development of Django core
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Success stories (e.g. Django Girls, regional events)
  • Ways to improve Django events
  • What we can learn from other software communities
  • What makes the Django community special? What are we doing well?

We would also like to hear what you are interested in seeing the panel discuss! Please fill out this form to submit your question for the panelists.

Meet Your Panelists

Moderator: Simon Willison

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Simon Willison is an engineering director at Eventbrite, a Bay Area ticketing company working to bring the world together through live experiences. Simon joined Eventbrite through their acquisition of Lanyrd, a Y Combinator-funded company he co-founded in 2010. He is a co-creator of the Django Web Framework, and has been blogging about web development and programming since 2002 at

Panelists: (In alphabetical order by first name)

Andrew Godwin

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Anna Makarudze

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DSF Board Member
Django Girls Organizer

Frank Wiles

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DSF President
REVSYS President/Founder

Jeff Triplett

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DEFNA President
DjangoCon US Organizer
PSF Director
Revsys Developer

Josue Balandrano Coronel

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DEFNA Board Member
Celery core member
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Kati Michel

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Eldarion Web Developer and Community Manager
DEFNA Board Member
DjangoCon US Website Chair

Kojo Idrissa

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Jr. Developer
DEFNA North American Ambassador
DjangoCon US Orientation, Sprints and ⚡️Talk Chair

Rachell Calhoun

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Django Developer
Django Girls GR and PyLadies GR Organizer
Django Girls Translation Manager & Support Member