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.

Summary

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.

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Financial Support from Python User Group Singapore

Our neighbor’s Python User Group Singapore started the PyCon APAC conference for the first time in 2010, and have been a strong supporter in pushing the conference to be held around Asia Pacific region.

They have been strong moral and financial supporters for PyCon APAC conferences in different host cities, and they are also supporting us for this year.

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We have received financial support in the amount of SGD3000 from the PUG SG for our PyCon APAC this year.

We would like to show our appreciation and thank you for their continuous and generous support!

Get your Guidebook for PyCon APAC 2017

PyCon APAC 2017 has gone mobile!

We have finished building the conference information on Guidebook! Get the guide to access the most up-to-date information about our event, including schedules, speaker information and much more.

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PyCon APAC 2017 Financial Aid Analysis

We did a quick analysis on the take up of our first Financial Aid program for PyCon APAC this year. Hopefully by shedding light on the statistic of the applicants for the FA program, it will increase awareness on such a program, and encourage more new comers to take advantage and join us in future PyCons.

The Analysis

PyCon APAC 2017 is the third PyCon event to be held in Malaysia. As we have a bigger budget to work with for this year’s event, we decided to run a Financial Aid program. The aim of the program is to provide financial assistance of MYR500 to as many attendees as possible to help them participate in the event.

Of the total, 71% are male. We found slightly more than half of them to be from the 21 to 29 year old group. A quarter are below the age of 21, the youngest of which is 19. Another 24% are above 30 years old.

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Surprisingly, only 38% of the applicants are Malaysians. The majority of non-Malaysian applicants came from India. More than 60% are working while the remainder are studying or pursuing postgraduate degrees.

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Around 38% of the applicants have attended a previous PyCon event; for one candidate this will be his 4th PyCon event. For the remainder, this will be their first PyCon.

Nearly two-thirds of them have advanced knowledge of Python, having produced products to do with Python or with Python. Two of the candidates are speakers for PyCon APAC 2017.

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And that’s it. We thought it would be interesting to provide a breakdown of the candidates who applied for this Financial Aid program. Of the batch, 15 were selected. Our committee also made sure that all 15 attendees receive coupon codes that allow them to purchase PyCon APAC 2017 tickets at a discount.

Hopefully with the sharing of this data, we will be able to encourage more Python enthusiasts to apply for future similar programs.

Announcing the 2nd batch of our Financial Aid recipients

We would like PyCon to be accessible to everyone who wants to come and get involved, but one of the hurdles to accessibility is the financial burden that attending a conference imposes on attendees.
So one of the new things that we’re trying to do for PyCon APAC 2017 is to give out financial aid to selected participants. You can read more about our Financial Aid program philosophy here.

We have already received and approved 10 recipients in the 1st batch of Financial Aid. For the 2nd batch of Financial Aid recipients, we originally had a budget for another 2 recipients, but after getting strong support from our regional friends, we now have managed to make additional space for another extra 3 recipients, making it 5 recipients for this batch. One recipient from the 1st batch have informed us that he could not attend PyCon APAC, so we moved his grant to another person from the 2nd batch.

After announcing that we are looking for 2 more recipients for our financial aid program, we were surprised to receive quite a number of applications still. So instead of selecting 2, we selected a total of 6 applicants to receive this financial grant.

Congratulations to the following applicants from the 2nd batch:

1. Aw Yeong Yi Wen (9X0X16-XX-XXXX)
2. Lai Jie Yan (9X1X02-XX-XXXX)
3. Mohd Alif Al-Hafizd bin Zaimee (9X1X19-XX-XXXX)
4. Robbi Nespu Bin Mohd Mokhtar (9X0X12-XX-XXXX)
5. Yong Kai Xin (9X1X19-XX-XXXX)
6. Zohreh Dehghani Champiri (T963XXXXX)

Once again, all successful applicants are reminded to bring their Photo ID for identification to collect the financial aid. The fund will be provided to you on-site at the conference itself. We reserve the right to not process the disbursements in the event that any of the applicants fail to attend the conference.

Thank you for your submissions. See you at the conference.

PyCon APAC 2017 Conference Dinner

We will be having a conference dinner event as part of PyCon APAC 2017. The event is open to anyone who purchases a ticket, and not limited to conference attendees, so you are welcome to bring along your family, partners or friends to the dinner and mingle with the conference crowd!

Details of the dinner are as follows:

Date: Sat Aug 26, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM MYT
Venue: The Spread at The Gardens Hotel and Residences, Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur.
Ticket Price: MYR100 per person.

Tickets for the conference dinner can be purchased from: http://pycon-apac-2017-dinner.peatix.com

Development Sprint for PyCon APAC 2017

For PyCon APAC 2017, we are organizing a one day development sprint event, where developers regardless of skill level get together with project maintainers to work on open source projects.

Development sprint events are a great way for you to meet and actually work with experienced developers on interesting projects. More than often, conference development sprint events are where many new people start making their name working on open source projects. It’s a great place to start if you have ever thought of contributing to Open Source projects, but did not know where to start.

Development sprints for PyCon APAC 2017 will be held at the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Time: 10AM to 6PM
Sprint Venue: Makmal Mikro 1, Blok A, FSKTM, University Malaya.

The sprint event is free, and you are not required to purchase a PyCon APAC 2017 ticket, but space is limited: Please be considerate to other people that really is interested to join the sprints, and only get tickets if you can confirm that you can attend the event.

If you’re interested to participate in the sprints, please get your free tickets here: http://pycon-apac-2017-sprint.peatix.com

Sprint Lead

The development sprint will be lead by Bhavani Shankar from Ubuntu:

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Bhavani Shankar is a cerebral palsy affected guy who has around 8
years of experience in the IT industry, presently working as a senior
consultant in Accion Labs Pvt limited in an automation specialist
role.

Apart from his work at Accion Labs he is an active ubuntu community
contributor from the past 10 years in various roles from being an
active contributing member to a developer to being on the governance
councils in the ubuntu community.

More info about his ubuntu work

Launchpad Profile: https://launchpad.net/~bhavi
Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BhavaniShankar

We will announce more leads for the sprint as they become available.

Financial Aid reopened: 2 more grants

Update: With only 4 weeks away from the PyCon APAC 2017 event, we have some good news to share.

We have decided to extend the Financial Aid Program to provide RM500 for another two individuals to attend the event. Thus, we will be receiving applications to be considered for the financial aid program for the next 2 weeks. The new closing date is 8 August 2017 (12.00am).

If you are interested, click on this link for the instructions and details on what this financial aid program entails: https://pycon.my/2017/03/27/financial-aid-for-pycon-apac-2017/

PyCon APAC 2017 interviews on BFM 89.9

PyCon APAC 2017 is just a month away! Ramping up to the conference, we’re working with our media partner, BFM 89.9 The Business Station, a local Malaysian terrestrial radio station to increase awareness about the conference, and also to introduce our two keynote speakers.

Jeff Sandhu producer and presenter for Tech Talk will be broadcasting interviews with our keynotes speakers and the PyCon APAC 2017 organizers:

Jessica McKellar and Luis Sanchez at 11AM MST (+8 UTC) on 3rd of August 2017 (He will start with Jessica at 11AM and move on to Luis at 1130AM) while the broadcast for the interview with the PyCon APAC 2017 organizers will be aired at 11AM MST (+8 UTC) on the 10th of August 2017.

Don’t miss it out live if you’re within the broadcast area for BFM 89.9, but if you are, you can still download the podcast after the broadcast from BFM’s site.

If you haven’t, you can get tickets to PyCon APAC 2017 here.

We would also like to thank BFM 89.9 for the opportunity and their help. They have a great team and it’s great working with them!

About BFM 89.9

BFM is Malaysia’s only independent radio station, focused on business news and current affairs.
BFM’s purpose is to build a better Malaysia by championing rational, evidence-based discourse as a key element of good policy decisions.

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