Sponsor PyCon APAC 2017

PyCon APAC is the annual gathering for the regional Asia-Pacific community using and developing the open-source Python programming language. For 2017, PyCon APAC will be held in Kuala Lumpur from August 26 to August 27 and is organized by PYCON MY, a partnership formed by community members registered in Malaysia.

PyCon APAC is organized by volunteers from the Python community and your sponsorship helps keep PyCon APAC affordable and accessible to the widest possible audience.

Depending on your level of sponsorship, packages include complimentary conference passes, booth space and speaking opportunities.

Some short data on who you can expect will be coming and what you can learn from PyCon APAC

Audience profile:

Developers, technologists, programmers, educators, bloggers, authors, web developers, CTOs, managers, entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers and domain experts

Come learn about:

Python internals, beginner and advanced skills. Use cases and case studies. Python used in a variety of industries including startups and the enterprise. Python powering some of the Web’s biggest sites. Speeding up your Python applications. The growing Python ecosystem and community.

For details on the different types of sponsorship opportunities, and about our work for the past local PyCons, download the prospectus.

You can contact us concerning the Sponsorship Packages here:

  • sponsorship@pycon.my and Vivan Raaj (vivraaj@gmail.com) our Sponsorship Manager.
  • Iqbal Abdullah, PyCon APAC 2017 Conference Chair
  • Hilmi Bakhari, PyCon APAC 2017 Conference Co-Chair
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Speak at PyCon APAC 2017

We Are Looking for speakers for PyCon APAC 2017

PyCon APAC 2017 will be held at Connexion Conference and Event Center in Kuala Lumpur from Aug 26th to Aug 27th 2017. We are now looking for speakers for PyCon APAC.

There are 3 types of format you can choose for your talk:

A standard talk session is a 30-minute session with a 10-minute Q&A at the end. Workshop is a 40-minute tutorial session and it can be a hands-on approach with the audience. Lightning talk is a 5-minute super quick session to talk on topic of your own interest.

Your talk can be for Beginners, Intermediate or Advance python users and developers.

We welcome many topics concerning the usage of development of python, and with this being a regional conference we will especially be interested in talks that showcases specific use cases your locale. An example of the topics that we’re looking for are

  • Web programming, including frameworks i.e Django, Flask, Pylons etc.)
  •  Python in education, science and maths
  • Machine learning and data science
  • Python libraries, extending and embedding python in hardware
  • GUI and games
  • Best practices
  • Network programming
  • System administration
  • Project case studies
  • Community building and human interaction
  • Programming tools
  • Packaging
  • Anything else basically which doesn’t really fall into the types of topics above

Your talk can be conducted in English or Bahasa Malaysia although due to the regional aspect of APAC please note that there will be participants who will not understand Bahasa.

Updated 2017-04-30

Anyone can submit a proposal, and you do not need to purchase a ticket to send in one. If your CfP is chosen, you are required to purchase a ticket, and if we can’t confirm your ticket purchase we’ll have to drop you from the list of speakers.

Purchasing a ticket before sending in your proposal indicates that you’re committed to attend the conference as a participant, and will make our jobs easier that we can skip the confirmation process for your ticket.

The schedule for the CfP selection process and announcement are as follows:

No ticket CfPs (1st batch) closing date is 6/16 (Fri). We will contact you by 6/23 (Fri) if we would like you to speak, and will ask you to purchase a ticket. The dateline for you to purchase a tickets and confirm your travel plans will be communicated in the email that we send you.
The CfP itself will close on 7/7 (Fri). If you are sending a CfP between 6/17 to 7/7,  you will need to purchase a ticket.
Tentative date for us to announce the talk schedule is on 8/1 (Tue).

All dates are in MYT (Malaysian Standard Time).

So if you have something that you want to share with everyone about your favorite python thing, please send in your talk proposal!

PyCon MY tie-up with Women Who Code (WHC)

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One of the new things we wanted to do for PyCon APAC 2017 is to increase women participation in the conference, with the greater aim to reach out and increase participation of women folk into the technology sector. Up until now we the PyCon MY conferences only had 10% of women participation with no women speakers, and this is also to the fact that we do not have any connections to women-centric technology groups.

On the suggestion of Shawn, we contacted Women Who Code KL (WHCKL), and we met with Chee Yim in Nov 2016 and asked for their help.

The result of the meet was that WHC and PyCon MY will collaborate in working together to bring more workshops and training opportunities for the WHC group. These workshops will be organized by the WHC, but PyCon MY will invite trainers to train participants in python and it’s tools through topics which WHC has found having strong interests. WHC will also promote PyCon APAC 2017 to their group, and hopefully with us both working together, we’ll have more interests from the women technology groups to come and join us in PyCon APAC.

As for now, we have workshops with WHC scheduled for March, May and July. We’ll have more details and will make announcements when we have more details.

Thank you Che Yim and WHC!

Tickets for PyCon APAC 2017 on sale

The tickets for this year’s PyCon APAC is now on sale via Peatix.

The tickets will be on sale until 11:59PM August 12 2017 MYT, or until we run out of tickets, whichever comes first.

Ticket prices comparatively are much more expensive that they were last year for the local PyCon. We wanted a proper conference place, suitable for a APAC and overseas crowd so this year we’ve decided to go with Connexion@Nexus Conference and Events Center, which is known to host many international event. The venue itself has taken up nearly 60% of the total budget for the conference.

It is our hope though that many more people from the local community be still able to join us for PyCon APAC, so this year we’re doing something different, by having a Financial Aid Program, to be announced sometime in March, and also introducing a subsidized ticket, alongside the normal priced tickets.

The subsidized ticket is basically a half-priced ticket, from the actual cost of a person to attend the conference. You will get everything a full-priced ticket will get: Access to the conference, morning coffee/tea and snacks, lunch and coffee/tea breaks. Your attendance are being supported in half by our generous sponsors.
As such, we would like to ask you (the community) to only purchase the subsidized ticket if you can’t afford the full-price ticket but you really would want to come to PyCon APAC 2017. This will usually mean you’re a student, or you’re coming from out-of-town, or you’re coming with your own pocket money and you’re coming to learn about the wonderful language and the people that make it happen.
If you’re sending in a talk proposal, please feel free to also purchase the subsidized ticket.
The subsidized ticket is limited in number, so please think carefully before purchasing these.
Note that NO OFFICIAL RECEIPTS will be given out for subsidized tickets.

As we would like to give every opportunity for locals to attend PyCon APAC, if you’re coming from outside of Malaysia, or you’re coming paid by your company and need a receipt, or if you’re coming to pitch your business or recruit people, or if you’re already successful in leveraging python in your business or life, or if you simply can afford it, we would like to ask you to purchase the full-price ticket.

Looking forward to meeting you at PyCon APAC 2017 in August!

For this PyCon, conference tshirts will be sold separately via a separate ticket to reduce wastage. We will open sales for the tshirt tickets at a later date.

Here’s the link to the Peatix site again in case you missed it.

Announcing PyCon APAC 2017 Keynote Speaker Wes McKinney

Note from organizers 2017-06-22: Wes has withdrawn from keynoting for PyCon APAC 2017, and in his place we have invited Luis Miguel Sanchez to keynote for us.


 

We are excited to announce our first keynote speaker for PyCon APAC 2017, Wes McKinney, well known as the author of Python for Data Analysis: Data Wrangling with Pandas, NumPy, and IPython

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Wes McKinney

Wes is a software architect at Two Sigma Investments in New York City.He is the creator of the pandas project and wrote the book “Python for Data Analysis”. He is a PMC member for the Apache Arrow and ApacheParquet projects. Wes was previously a software engineer at Clouderaand, before that, the co-founder and CEO of DataPad.

We’re delighted to give him hearty welcome to Kuala Lumpur for PyCon APAC and looking forward to seeing him soon.

PyCon APAC is happening this year from 26 August to 27 August 2017 at Connexion@Nexus Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.