Wagtail Space US 2019

Philadelphia, July 25-26 @ The Wharton School

Join us at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania!

Wagtail Space US will comprise talks, training and an optional sprint. The event is free, although we invite corporate participants to make a small donation towards the travel expenses of non-funded core team members and those who would otherwise not be able to come for financial reasons.

Thursday 25 July 2019

08:00 - 09:00 Registration and networking!
09:00 - 09:30 Welcome
09:30 - 09:55 The State of Wagtail: 2019 (Tom Dyson)
10:00 - 10:25 Writing (code) for authors: creating a novel interface for Wagtail admin (Brian Smith & Eric Sherman)
10:30 - 10:55 Solving your problems by spelunking the Wagtail code (Harris Lapiroff)
11:00 - 11:15 Break!
11:15 - 11:40 Thoughtful Code Review (Naomi Morduch Toubman)
11:45 - 12:10 Contributions can be more than code (Kalob Taulien)
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch! (Pizza provided)
13:30 - 13:55 Architecting for a multi-domain site (Ben Beecher)
14:00 - 14:25 Everyone can fly a flag (Will Barton)
14:30 - 14:45 Break!
14:45 - 15:25 Making Wagtail Accessible (Thibaud Colas)
15:30 - 15:55 Building a Wagtail-based site and authoring environment with accessibility in mind (Zarina Mustapha)
15:55 - 16:10 Break!
16:10 - 16:35 Why we chose Wagtail for CodeRed CMS (Vince Salvino)
16:40 - 17:00 Saving Lives With Wagtail: Recovery Meetings Across the World (Timothy Allen)
17:00 - 17:30 Sprints and pairing prep: Topics, Teams, and Goals

Friday 26 July 2019

09:00 - 12:00 Sprint and pair!
09:00 - 17:00 Trainings!
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch out with old and new friends!
13:30 - 15:30 Sprint and pair!
15:30 - 17:00 Sprint demos and lightning talks!

Saturday 27 July 2019

09:00 - 17:00 Sprints and pairing, continued (optional, somewhere in central Philadelphia)

The Wharton School

Wagtail Space US will be held in Wharton's Huntsman Hall at 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, on the beautiful campus of the University of Pennsylvania. We will have several classrooms with projectors and excellent WiFi. If you attended DjangoCon US 2016, it is in the same building!


Can't make it in person? We have a live stream available at us.wagtail.space/streaming.


We have room G-65 on the ground floor of Huntsman Hall, in the southwest corner of the building. The room has a 78-person capacity, is fully accessible, and has three projectors.


Simply connect to the AirPennNet-Guest network and enter your email address to connect.

Lodging & Travel


A good address to search is 4200 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, four short blocks from the venue, a 5 - 10 minute walk. If you're looking for something in a fancy metropolitan area, Rittenhouse Square is about a 15 minute walk (or 5 minute bus ride on Route 21, which runs every 6 minutes during rush hour). Search AirBnB near 2000 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.


Kayak aggregates various options at different price points throughout University City.

Homewood Suites by Hilton

The Homewood Suites by Hilton University City, PA hotel is adjacent to the University of Pennsylvania campus. Stroll through the beautiful area and enjoy the 19th century architecture, exciting restaurants, and an eclectic mix of shops.

From the Airport

Regional trains are available from the airport to 30th Street Station every half hour for $8.00. A taxi ride to University City would be approximately $28.50.

By Train

30th Street Station is Philadelphia's Amtrak rail hub, and a five minute taxi ride from the venue. Trains from Boston, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, DC all arrive at 30th Street Station.

Getting Around Town

Public transportation in Philadelphia is through SEPTA, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, and all of their buses are all accessible. More information about accessibility and SEPTA is available on their website.

Unfortunately, there is no free parking at the venue itself. There is a parking garage across the street. The maximum daily fee is $30; on this page it is tagged as the "Walnut 38 Garage". There is free on-street parking available a few blocks from the venue, and metered on street park right outside, but you'll have to get a new parking ticket every three hours.

Taxis are plentiful in the city, and Uber and Lyft are very active for ride-sharers.


We're very grateful to The Wharton School, Twilio and Torchbox for their sponsorship. We thank Four Digits, who hosted the original Wagtail Space, for open sourcing their beautiful site for all future Wagtail Spaces.

Code of Conduct

Everyone at Wagtail Space US must agree with this code of conduct to attend any place (conference, workshop, party, hotels, Slack, social media, etc.) that is associated with Wagtail Space. Everyone means attendees, speakers, sponsors, Wagtail Space US organisers, volunteers, sketch noters, videographers, photographers, venue staff, etc.

This code of conduct will be enforced strictly; everyone is expected to cooperate so we can have a safe and inclusive event.

Need Help?

If you have any questions about the Code of Conduct or need to report a violation/concern, please contact Marteki Reed (@marteki) or Tom Dyson (@tomdyson). You can direct message either or both of us privately through the Wagtail CMS Slack (where we discuss the event in the #wagtail-space-us channel) or approach us in person at the event.

You can also contact or approach any of the organisers, and they can contact us so you can get the help you're requesting.

When reporting an incident, please be as specific as possible with your contact info so we can reach you. It also helps to be detailed with as much information as possible, if you have it: names, witnesses, what happened, and any other context that can help.

If you need an escort or any other accommodations to feel safe or comfortable, please let us know so we can provide assistance.

The Quick Version

  • Wagtail Space US is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sex, identity, expression, orientation, age, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, immigration status, family status, religion (or lack thereof), education, social class, economic class, or technology choices.
  • We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.
  • Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media.
  • When organisers receive a report, they will review what happened and document the resolution. Depending on the severity of the offense, anyone violating these rules will receive either a warning, expulsion from the event at the discretion of the Wagtail Space US organisers, banning from future events, or legal action (with the consent of the victim). If you receive a warning to stop harassing behavior, you must comply immediately.

The Less Quick Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sex, identity, expression, orientation, age, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, immigration status, family status, religion (or lack thereof), education, social class, economic class, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the Wagtail Space US organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, expulsion with no refund, or banning from future Wagtail Space events.

Wagtail Space US organizers will be happy to help participants contact security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a Wagtail Space US organizer immediately. Organizers can be identified as they'll be wearing branded clothing and/or badges.

We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and Wagtail Space US-related social events.