Announcing Our Keynotes: Julia Solórzano

We’re honored to announce our second keynote speaker for DjangoCon US 2023: Julia Solórzano!

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I recently sat down to chat with Julia about her upcoming keynote. She is passionate about the history of Django and the community that has grown around it. She is excited to share her thoughts on the past, present, and future of Django. She teased me with some of the details of her talk, and I can’t wait to hear more!

Here’s a little more about Julia:

Julia Solórzano is a Security Experience Supervisor based in Durham, NC. She leads security, user experience and engineering teams, and coaches people to help them reach their full potential to create amazing things. Outside of working on, her most recent work includes the Department of Veterans API program and the U.S. Web Design System. She is also a professor at Georgetown University where she teaches technology design and development.

Earlier in her career, Julia published a book called Lightweight Django with O’Reilly Media. She has also worked with clients such as Mozilla, the Python Software Foundation, University of Chicago and Product(RED).

Julia’s talk is titled “Django the Dinosaur: A Story About A Web Framework.”

Here’s the abstract from Julia herself:

Django is one of the first and longest running open source web frameworks in the world. This talk will expand on how Django has sustained itself over the years and where it needs to go in the future. Since its beginnings in the basement of a small paper in Kansas to where it stands now, this keynote will review the past, present and future of Django in our current digital age.

Topics to be covered are:

  • History of Django
    • LJW: Where it all started
    • First DjangoCon US 2008
    • Django OS growing up
  • Current Django
    • The Code
    • The Community
  • Current changes in industry
    • The rise of AI
    • Cybersecurity
  • Future Django
  • Conclusion

If you are interested in learning more about Julia, you can find her on the web at:

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We at DCUS 2023 are excited to have Julia join us in Durham this October!

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