DjangoCon US 2024 Topics Inspiration List

Published March 3, 2024

New Features and Future Outlook

Django Core

Django Software Foundation


  • Where we stand in bringing more diversity to: our steering council, core dev, contributor base, community

  • Update on Djangonaut Space

  • New initiatives: Hidden Figures of Python Podcast (women make up “only 17% of invited guests among the popular podcast series”)

Python Packaging and Open Source

How to Raise Your Game

  • Lesser known, but highly useful Django features

  • Practical Django profiling, optimization

  • Security (OWASP 10 and Django, how Django does security)

  • Testing (pytest, Playwright, Selenium, etc).

  • Type hinting

  • Patterns and architectures

  • Practical async (going beyond the docs and a few tutorials to using day to day)

New-ish or Experimental Technologies

  • React/HTMX debate (see Chris May’s great talk last year about using HTMX, Alpine.js, and Streaming HTML and the work to be done)

  • Using JavaScript and Django together: Alpine, Svelte, etc.

  • Tailwind

  • WASM

  • PyScript

  • Co-Pilot, ChatGPT, etc. for Django devs

  • What tools I haven’t heard about, but would want to know about

Alternative Django Use Cases

  • Orchestration/workflows

  • Multi-tenancy


  • Database/Django performance tuning at scale

  • Database tradeoffs: Postgres, CockroachDB, SQL, etc.

  • Datasette

Opinionated Django

  • Django deployment options and tradeoffs in 2024

  • Different ways of doing things in Django and when to use which option

  • The best tools/packages to have in your Django toolbox in 2024

  • Favorite workflows, Git, CI/CD, GitHub Actions, local/prod, developer experience tools, etc.


  • Django Ninja compared to Django Rest Framework

  • Fast API

How to Use/Better Popular CMS

  • Wagtail

  • Butter CMS


  • Flexing your problem solving chops

  • Recursion (looking at you, Al Sweigart)

  • Great learning resources and the people who created them

  • Strategies for effective learning

Novel Uses for Django

  • Experimental apps

  • Prototyping with Django for fun and profit

  • Historically relevant apps

  • Your interesting Django story/adventure

  • Lessons from managing/scaling Django in a unique or difficult way in your company

  • Using Django for social good

Team, Leadership, Building

  • Product management (features, prioritization, OKRs, teamwork, etc.)

  • Lessons from software engineering management

  • Interesting mental models, productivity methods, learning approaches, the counter-intuitive

Python/Django and Open Source

  • Adventures in open source Django development

  • How to get started with open source, Django open source, packaging