A conference for

Developers of package management software

Software packagers

... and communities

We’re working hard on the organization of the first “PackagingCon”. A conference for developers of software package management software, as well as software packagers and communities! Packaging Con is going to be a two-day virtual event with contributors from all over the planet. Our mission is to bring different eco-systems together: from Python’s pip to Rust’s cargo to Julia’s Pkg, from Debian apt over Nix to conda and mamba, and from vcpkg to Spack we hope to have many different approaches to package management at the conference.

When and where:

The PackagingCon conference will be virtual and will span two days, the 9th and 10th of November 2021.
Tickets will be sold at a pay-what-you-want basis, with suggested prices.

Conference Schedule, Attendee Information & Job Board

We are excited to announce the conference schedule for the talks accepted at PackagingCon 2021! Below, you will also find information for attendees. Please also take a moment to see job listings by our Sponsors.

Accepted Talks

We are excited about the accepted talks at PackagingCon 2021! You can find the full list of talks that will be held under:

Register for PackagingCon

Register now to receive updates for PackagingCon 2021. We will keep you in the loop on all things PackagingCon!

Suggested Ticket Prices:

While PackagingCon has no costs for venue or catering, there are still costs associated with bringing the event online. Additionally, revenue from the event will be used for next year’s conference and to support open source scientific computer programming through NumFOCUS, a nonprofit organization that sponsors 43 Open Source Projects, and organizes community-driven educational programs for users and developers of open source scientific tools.

For this reason, we have chosen to sell tickets with a pay-what-you-can pricing model.

  • $20 for students
  • $50 for professionals
  • $100 for professionals (reimbursed by employer)

Packaging Con 2021: Call for Presentations

The Submissions have been closed but we are still open to accepting Lightning Talks.

Organizing Committee:

Are you interested in helping out with the organization of PackagingCon 2021? We would love to hear from you: send us an email.

  • Wolf Vollprecht (QuantStack, mamba)
  • Todd Gamblin (LLNL, Spack)
  • Rok Garbas (Tweag I/O, Nix)
  • CJ Wright (Citadel, conda-forge)
  • Cheng H. Lee (Anaconda, Inc., conda)
  • Logan Kilpatrick (Julia, Pkg)

Important Dates

  • Submissions open: 20 July 2021
  • Submissions close: 31 August 2021
  • Notifications: 13 22 September 2021
  • Conference date: 9 & 10 November 2021

Submissions are due at 23:59 ``anywhere on Earth’’ on the specified date. Specifically, this is 23:59 IDLW, i.e., UTC–12:00. You can use this converter to figure out the deadline for your time zone.

Note: US and European timezones will be targetted for the main conference event.

Code of Conduct

In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, pledge to make participation in Packaging Con a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

By participating in the conference you agree to abide to the NumFOCUS Code of Conduct.


The PackagingCon conference could not happen without support from amazing sponsors.
Are you interested in becoming a sponsor?
If so, please see our sponsorship prospectus or contact us at info@packaging-con.org