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Mar 3, 2021

Dask User Summit 2021

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Dask is organizing a user summit in mid-May.This will be a remote event focused on bringing together developers and users of Dask and the distributed PyData stack in different domains.

User Summits like this are particularly important for a project like Daskwhich serves such a diverse set of use cases.Dask’s user communities include industries like finance, government, health,geoscience, imaging, machine learning, and more. These communities often havevery similar problems, but don’t often communicate with each other.

User summits provide a venue for disparate domains to connect over sharedtechnology challenges. Often a solution designed for one domain is useful forothers. As technologists, this sharing is critical in order to promoteconsistent and high quality software solutions across domains, rather thansilo’ed solutions.

History

We organized a summit a year ago, focusing mainly on developers.This was a fantastic time and resulted in a surprising amount of consensus building and forward movement both in technological and domain-specific directions.

For more on our summit last year, see this post.

Organization

We’ve asked NumFOCUS to organize this event for us.NumFOCUS runs the highly successful and community oriented PyData conferenceseries, and had great success with their remote-first PyData Global conferencelate last year.

Tickets are intended to be reasonably priced on a sliding scale, with assistance given to any in need.

Open CFP

I would like to encourage people submit proposals to talk at summit.dask.org.

I would like to especially extend an invitation to those who are new tothe Dask community, or new to speaking in general. This year we’re especiallytrying to highlight use cases of Dask, rather than developers pushing thetechnology forward (although these talks are of course welcome as well).

If you have an idea for a talk then please submit something and we’ll worktogether on making it fit. Alternatively, if you have a colleague that youthink would enjoy or grow from speaking then I encourage you to encourage themas well.

Workshops

Finally, I’m excited about an experiment that we’re running this year withworkshops. These are intended to be two-hour blocks of time dedicated toa particular topic, organized by a specific community member (perhaps you?).If you have a consistent theme for a set of 3-5 talks then this option givesyou the ability to curate and control a dedicated block of the conference. Youcan invite your colleagues and collaborators. We’ll handle the conferenceinfrastructure while you handle the content.

We stole this structure from workshops at larger academic conferences. Wethink that it fits Dask well specifically because of the federated nature ofour community. We hope that it gives space for sub-communities to assemble andbetter establish cohesive working groups.

Themes in the past have included topics like Pangeo, RAPIDS, workflowmanagement, imaging, and performance.

Apply to speak

Again, I encourage you and your colleagues to submit applications to speak thisyear in May. The proposal page is athttps://summit.dask.org/present/#guidelines