Pinax starter project for conferences
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Symposion Starter Project

This repository stores the Pinax Symposion conference starter project. This project is open source and the license can be found in LICENSE.


To get setup with symposion_project code you must have the following installed:

  • Python 2.6+
  • virtualenv 1.4.7+
  • C compiler (for PIL)

Setting up environment

Create a virtual environment where your dependencies will live:

$ virtualenv --no-site-packages myconference
$ source myconference/bin/activate

Make the project directory your working directory:

$ cd symposion_project

Install conference project dependencies:

(myconference)$ pip install -r requirements/project.txt

Setting up the database

This will vary for production and development. By default the project is set up to run on a SQLite database. If you are setting up a production database see the Configuration section below for where to place settings and get the database running. Now you can run:

(myconference)$ python syncdb

Running a web server

In development you should run:

(myconference)$ python runserver

For production, this project comes with a WSGI entry point located in deploy/ and can be referenced by gunicorn with deploy.wsgi:application.


You can create a file alongside to override any setting that may be environment/instance specific. This file is ignored in .gitignore.