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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.

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
  • Rasyadi Rabuan, PyCon APAC 2017 Conference Co-Chair

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.

Before you can send a proposal though, we would require that you purchase a ticket first, to indicate that you’re committed to attend the conference as a participant. At the same time we unfortunately can not guarantee that your proposal will be accepted, but we’ll try our best to fit you in.

This Call For Proposal will be open until 22nd July 2017, or when we think we have enough proposals for the conference. Expect to be notified if your proposal was accepted within 3 weeks after the CFP is closed.

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

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.

PyCon APAC 2017 dates and venue announced

As initially announced here PyCon APAC 2017 will be held in Kuala Lumpur, organized by PYCON MY PLT.

We are happy and excited to announce that the dates and the venue for this year’s PyCon APAC conference are as follows:

Dates: Aug 26 (Sat) to Aug 27 (Sun) 2017 
Venue: Connexion Conference & Event Centre in Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur.

We’ll also have a one day sprint event, on Aug 25 (Fri) OR Aug 28 (Mon) 2017, depending on venue availability. This will be a separate event than the conference and we’ll update on the details of the venue nearer to the date.

The overall theme for this year’s PyCon APAC is Taming Python: Being this year’s regional PyCon conference, we hope to showcase how python is being used to solve problems unique to each locale, or how we use python to solve our many different problems.

PyCon MY 2016 is a wrap!

From Aug 26th to Aug 28th 2016, we  held our third annual PyCon MY in the International University of Malaya-Wales (IUMW) City Campus on Jalan Tun Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

Aug 26th: Workshop Day.

Aug 26th was Workshop Day. This year we had Boey Pak Cheong from Pytech Resources conduct the training, themed Building with Python. The workshop was geared towards newcomers of python, but have some knowledge of programming in other languages. The training used python3 as a base.

A total of 16 people purchased the tickets for the training, priced at MYR150.

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Workshop attendees working on making sure their setup is working.

We had a slight confusion on the start time of the workshop because we had made a mistake by announcing the start time was at 8.30AM on the online schedule instead of at 10AM as per the purchased tickets. Fortunately, nearly all of our attendees came based on the time of the Peatix ticket. We apologize for the confusion.

Aug 27th and 28th: Conference Days.

Conference Day started at 9AM with attendees coming in to register as early as 8:50AM. We had a small issue of some attendees getting lost in the campus trying to find the registration desk. We had anticipated this and had placed volunteers to be easily visible at points where we think will be problematic, but unfortunately it didn’t work out very well. This is something we’ll need to work out better in future PyCons.

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Tarek Ziade from Mozilla presenting his keynote

Tarek Ziade from Mozilla started the first conference day with his keynote: Python, the not-so-secret weapon at Mozilla

Tarek talked about the thousands of ways python is being used in Mozilla, and why python is chosen in those cases.

We had HDE Inc. from Tokyo over as our Platinum Sponsor, and it’s sponsored talk session was by Jonas Obrist who talked about asyncio.

For the 1st conference day, we had a total of 9 talks across 2 tracks and 3 lightning talks at the end.

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Jonas Obrist from HDE with the sponsored talk session

PyCon MY Dinner on Aug 27th

We had a dinner after the 1st day of conference, to give our speakers and staff an opportunity to get together over food after a day of conference.

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PyCon Dinner

The second day of conference was kicked of with the keynote from Steve Holden titled Python As a Positive Influence.

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For the 2nd conference day, we had a total of 7 talks across 2 tracks and 3 lightning talks at the end. Unfortunately we had 2 last minute cancellations by our speakers, so we have to move the schedule earlier by around 40 minutes.

Before the second day’s lightning talks, we had a briefing session about next year’s PyCon APAC which MY will be hosting. Many attendees came to listen to the briefing showing great interest in how the organizing will be done, and we even had some people come forward to volunteer themselves to help out.

Wrapping up

This year’s PyCon MY talks ranged from topics such as why python is being used in web development, to board game building, to educational uses of python for high school student, to python being used to easily prototype custom protocols, to even community building and diversity.

What we would like to see more in future PyCon MY is more gender diversity for speaker and attendees, on top of more python use cases example in education and scientific or research use cases using python.

We unfortunately had a few last minute cancellations from our slotted speakers and had to move the schedule up and finish slightly early than planned.

Pictures of the conference are released under Creative Commons (CC-BY) license and can be accessed here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskG1kkxW

PyCon APAC 2017

For next year, we will be hosting the Asia Pacific version of PyCon, known as PyCon APAC. Follow us on Twitter @pyconmy, or join us on our Facebook group for updates!