Announcing 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.

As the money that is used for the financial aid program comes from the community (ticket sales and sponsorship), we are publicly announcing the recipients of the program in this blog post:

First off, thank you to all the candidates who have submitted their application to our financial aid program. After much consideration, the committee has narrowed down the final list to these 10 successful applicants.

Congratulations to the following applicants:

  1. Abd Muhammad Tasnim b Abd Hamid (9X0X24-XX-XXXX)
  2. Akul Mehra (L980XXXX)
  3. Aliyu Isah Agaie (A0633XXXX)
  4. Harshdeep (K335XXXX)
  5. Hwang Hsien Shiung (9X0X05-XX-XXXX)
  6. Karkera Shilpa Shashikant (G710XXXX)
  7. Praveen Patil (M546XXXX)
  8. Russell Tatenda Munodawafa (EN46XXXX)
  9. Satwik Kansal (332XXXX)
  10. Wong Jerng Foong (8X0X02-XX-XXXX)

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 and we look forward to seeing you all at the conference.

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Program Schedule for PyCon APAC 2017 Announced

We’re excited to finally announce the Program Schedule for PyCon APAC 2017.

We will have a full 2 days of conference goodness, with 15 sessions in on the first day and 13 sessions on the second day, spread between two tracks.

On the third day of the conference, we have a development sprint session scheduled, with details to be updated at a later date. If you would like to volunteer yourself and your project for the development sprint, please contact cfp@pycon.my

Automation Testing Workshop by WHC

Women Who Code, which we’re tying up with to help increase female participation and exposure to PyCon APAC 2017, will be having their next series of workshop: Python 104: Automation Testing on Sat Jul 29, 2017.

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The trainers for the workshop are our friends from Xoxzo, and is primarily only open to women.

You can find further details and get tickets for this event from: http://wwckl-python104.peatix.com/

Subsidized tickets are SOLD OUT

We’re announcing today that the subsidized ticket has reached it’s allocated budget and is now SOLD OUT.

To reiterate on what is a subsidized ticket:

Subsidized 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.

The subsidized ticket WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE via a different arrangement for

PyCon APAC 2017 Conference T-Shirt on sale

In order to reduce waste, unlike previous PyCon in Malaysia we are selling the conference t-shirt separate than the conference ticket. T-shirts are MYR35.00 a piece.

You can purchase the conference t-shirt here: http://pycon-apac-2017-tshirt.peatix.com

We have prepared S, M, L, XL and XXL sizes for you. You can find the size guide on the Peatix page. Purchased t-shirts will be given out during the conference day.

This is what the t-shirt will look like:

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State of our Call For Proposals

We’re going to go through the current CfPs that we have, and write down a short summary to give you an idea of what kind of PyCon APAC you might be coming to in August.

Please keep in mind though that this post doesn’t endorse or means that PyCon APAC will accept any of the proposals we’ve received so far: That will be done by the Program Team based on the CfP schedule and will be announced on the 1st of August 2017.

Data Science and Machine Learning

Topics around Data Science and Machine Learning have the highest numbers of CfPs that we’re currently receiving. For example,

  • Using Machine Learning in Structured Finance & Insurance
  • Data Mining of News

are some of the talk title that we have received. Coupled with the fact that Wes McKinney will be keynoting for us, there seems to be a strong interest in data science and analytics this year.

Business Applications, Python Libraries and Best Practices

After Data Science, Business Applications, Python Libraries and Best Practices topics are the second highest proposals that we have received so far. Titles like

  • Write Elegant Concurrent Code in Python
  • Velocity. Agility. Python.

Many people are keen to share how that have used python to get their jobs done and how it enriched their lives.

We’re still open for CfPs, so please send in one!

Annoucing Python Software Foundation (PSF) as our Platinum Sponsor

We are happy to announce that the Python Software Foundation (PSF) continues to support and encourage PyCon in the APAC region by becoming a Platinum Sponsor for PyCon APAC 2017!

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The mission of the Python Software Foundation is to promote, protect, and advance the Python programming language, and to support and facilitate the growth of a diverse and international community of Python programmers. The majority of the PSF’s work is focused on empowering and supporting people within the Python community. The PSF has active grant programs that support sprints, conferences, meetups, user groups, and Python development efforts all over the world. In addition, the PSF underwrites and runs PyCon US, the primary Python community conference. Being part of the PSF means being part of the Python community. Recently we changed the PSF to an open membership organization, so that everyone who uses and supports Python can join. To learn more, visit https://www.python.org/psf/membership.

 

Financial Aid for PyCon APAC 2017

For PyCon APAC 2017, in order for us to increase opportunities to attend the conference, we have a Financial Aid program ready.

Philosophy/Outreach

Everyone – even the conference chair – pays for PyCon registration. That way, we can assist those who might otherwise not be able to attend. This includes major diversity and outreach programs to attract new speakers, students, and attendees.

The financial aid program is about the community nurturing itself by making itself more accessible at PyCon. It is true to the spirit of PyCon, by helping to make the information and interactions available to everyone.

Previous PyCon MY didn’t have a financial aid program due to budget constraints, but for PyCon APAC 2017, we do.

Financial aid recipients have some part of their expenses (which can include travel, hotel and registration) paid for with the PyCon budget. We actively encourage people to apply for financial aid. The PYCON MY PLT welcomes and encourages applications from students. While we wish we could give grants to everyone who applies, we do not have the funds to do that. Our goal is to get the most people to PyCon APAC by optimizing the funds we have.

Our financial aid will be granted based on the following, in no particular order:

  • Financial need: Tell us what’s stopping you from joining us?
  • Desire to attend: Do you really really want to come to PyCon APAC in Malaysia?
  • Level of experience in programming: How long have you dabbled in Python?
  • Contributions to open source
  • First-Time Attendance: Have you ever attended a PyCon in Malaysia or anywhere else?
  • Priority to under-represented groups, i.e students, overseas and female attendees
  • You’re submitting a talk

Financial reimbursement will only be provided for:

  • Travel expenses
  • Accommodations
  • Ground Transportation
  • PyCon APAC subsidized ticket 

Financial reimbursement does not cover:

  • Food
  • Miscellaneous expenses

Note that financial aid will be given in the form of a reimbursement and proof of purchase (such as receipts) will be required for the reimbursement process. It is the attendee’s responsibility to provide these proof. 

To ensure a high attendance rate, our goal is to provide financial aid to as many attendees as we can. This means instead of sending aid for 1 person who requires a larger amount, we’d prefer to split and send the same total amount to multiple attendees instead.

All reimbursement will be provided during or after the event itself. Disbursement of funds will be onsite during the conference, by check only, in MYR. No funds will be disbursed prior to the event. The check can be cashed at any CIMB bank branch in Malaysia.

Only those that have filed their disbursements will be allowed to pick up a check. For obvious reasons, no reimbursements will be processed for attendees who fail to attend the conference. We hope to see you there and thank you in advance for interest and much appreciated co-operation.

How many grants do we have?

In an effort to ensure as many people as possible can attend PyCon APAC 2017, we will be providing financial aid to 12 (10 has been announced) attendees with a maximum grant of MYR500 per applicant.

Are there any prerequisite to applying for the Financial Aid?

No, but we do put more weight on applications from students and under-represented groups like women.

After filling in the form with your particulars, we will need you to send in your photo ID (passport, student card if you’re a student or identity card if your’re Malaysian) for verification purposes to financial-aid@pycon.my. Please send in documents in English or Bahasa Malaysia only.

When is the closing date and announcement of successful applicants?

Application for this financial aid is open to all until 0000 MST, 10th July 2017. The 10 successful applicants will be announced on 9th August 2017.

Please apply via the PyCon APAC 2017 – Financial Aid Application and don’t forget to send a copy of your identification document to financial-aid@pycon.my. Applications without identification document will be considered invalid.

Announcing PyCon APAC 2017 Keynote Speaker Jessica McKellar

We are excited to announce our second keynote speaker for PyCon APAC 2017, Jessica McKellar, well known for her work in diversity and inclusion of women and minority groups in tech.

Jessica McKellar
Jessica McKellar

Jessica McKellar is an entrepreneur, software engineer, and open source developer from San Francisco. She is a former Director for the Python Software Foundation, PyCon North America’s Diversity Outreach Chair, and a maintainer for several open source projects, including OpenHatch and the Twisted event-driven networking engine. For her outreach efforts in the Python community, she was awarded the O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2013.

Jessica is currently a founder and the CTO for an early-stage enterprise software startup. Previously, she was a founder and the VP of Engineering for a real-time collaboration startup acquired by Dropbox. Before that, she was a computer nerd at MIT who joined her friends at Ksplice, a company building a service for rebootless kernel updates on Linux that was acquired by Oracle. These diverse experiences earned her a place in the Forbes 30 under 30 class of 2017 for enterprise software.

We hope to give a warm welcome to Jessica to Kuala Lumpur and introduce her to our vibrant APAC community!

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

 

Python 101 for women by WHC

Women Who Code, a women’s technology groups which is helping us with our outreach program to women for PyCon APAC is having a Python 101 introduction course on python.

The uptake was very quick and unfortunately, at the time of this post the event has already been sold out.

If you’re a woman in technology, and have interest in learning python, we suggest that you follow or get in touch with WHC for more news of their upcoming python series.