PyCon Au 2013 status report

So here's where we've achieved in April:

- Registrations have been open for a month now, we're about to equal
our record for Early Bird registrations, and should reach out limit of
80 Early Bird tickets this week.
- Our CFP closed in early April, presentation submissions were up 25%
-- a record haul by quite some amount. International interest has
increased a lot too, benefiting from on-the-ground promotion I did at
PyCon US in March (many thanks to the Python Software Foundation for
funding my trip).
- We've announced our first keynote speaker, Alex Gaynor (core Django,
PyPy and CPython board member; PSF & DSF board member); our second
keynote presenter is confirmed, and we'll be announcing that in due
course.
- Our programme committee met on Friday, we've selected our programme
in its entirety. We have a great selection of local and international
speakers lined up. Speaker acceptances will go out shortly.
- We're finalising the details of our financial aid scheme. We hope
that this will make PyCon Australia more accessible to people who
could not otherwise afford to attend.

For those of you reading along at home, registrations are still open,
and we really want you to come along. This is going to be the biggest
PyCon Australia yet, and is going to feature one of the strongest
programmes of any regional PyCon anywhere -- all the details are up at
http://2013.pycon-au.org/register/prices