Python after the BDFL

Python was invented by Guido van Rossum, who for almost two decades led the development of the scripting language as Benevolent Dictator For Life (BDFL). In July 2018, Guido surprised the community by standing down from that position, and challenged the core development team to come up with a new governance model.

This talk discusses the methodology used to achieve the new model, the alternative proposals that were made and the model eventually adopted It also introduces the initial and current members of the new governance body, and reports on experience since its inception.

About Steve Holden

Steve Holden has been involved with Python for over twenty years, and in computing generally for over fifty.

Steve spent eight years as a Python Software Foundation director and three as its chair. He was the founder of PyCon and chaired the first three runs of this conference that has run for seventeen years and spawned countless regional and national events of a similar nature, all run by community members.

He currently works as Chapters Lead at Labster, responsible for the recruitment, training and compensation of all technical staff.


  • 19:30 Doors open
  • 20:30 Opening of the evening by Koen de Jonge
  • 20:35 Presentation by Steve Holden
  • 21:20 Questions
  • 22:00 Closing of the evening
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