PyCon APAC 2017: Development sprint report

About Development Sprint

Development Sprint was held on 28th August 2017 at Makmal Mikro 1, Blok A, Fakulti Sains Komputer & Teknologi Maklumat, Universiti Malaya.

Our sprint lead is Mr. Bhavani Shankar, a senior consultant for Accion Labs Pvt and he is also a community contributor for Ubuntu.

The sprint was consists of two parts:

  1. Python package for Ubuntu (before lunch)
  2. API testing using opencafe (after lunch)

Development Sprint by the numbers

We managed to get 12 attendees out of 23 tickets sold.

Rooms for Improvement

This is our first sprint session in PyCon MY, so the shortcomings are inevitable.

In term of communication, based on my cursory observation, most of the participants had problem understanding the speech because of the sprint lead’s thick accent.

In term of content, I believe that the slides are too short and not really go in depth.

In term of time management, we ended our session too early. The session was supposed to end around 6PM but we ended at around 4PM.

In term of accommodations, we were not prepared to cater for people with disabilities and food restrictions (vegetarian). We had to make last minute plan on bringing the sprint lead and his wife to nearby vegetarian restaurant.


We can do this again in future, but with much better planning. However, I personally believe that we (Pycon MY) should stick to workshop format unless if the sprint manager has experience working/participating on a sprint before.


PyCon APAC 2017: It’s a wrap!

It’s a wrap! We’ve ended our annual PyCon APAC 2017 which was hosted in Nexus, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur

Special thanks to

All our sponsors and community partners that helped made PyCon APAC 2017 affordable and a success!

Day 2 - PyCon APAC 2017 Closing

A big special thanks to Women Who Code Kuala Lumpur, who helped us to get connected with the women tech community and ramping up interest for the conference.

PyCon APAC 2017 by the numbers

  • 4th PyCon in Malaysia and the 8th PyCon APAC
  • 67 CfP submissions
  • 29 sessions
  • 27 speakers
  • 2 keynote speakers
  • MYR12,700 given back to the community via
    • 15 financial aid recipients
    • 40 subsidized tickets
  • 201 tickets sold
  • 188 attended
  • 12 sponsors
  • 75% of attendees are here for APAC for the first time
  • 80% of attendees are working people, while 9% are students. The rest are unknown
  • 45% of attendees are from overseas
  • 15% of participants are female
  • 60% of participants are python users for less than 2 years

PyCon APAC 2017 slides and photos

We’re adding links to the speaker’s slide decks to our PyCon APAC 2017 Program Schedule page as we receive them. Speakers, please email us a link to your slides or send them over and we’ll add them to the slides page.

Our photographer is editing the photos and once they are ready, we’ll have them uploaded to our Flickr account. We’ll let you know on Twitter when they are ready!

What’s next for 2018?

The PyCon APAC community is deciding where PyCon APAC 2018 will be held. If you are interested in hosting the next PyCon APAC in your city, please contact the APAC community.

Again, thank you so much for participating in PyCon APAC 2017. See you next year!