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Announcing SolutionX as our Silver Sponsor

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We are happy to announce SolutionX as our Silver sponsor for PyCon MY 2018!

Here’s some words from SolutionX.

SolutionX Software Sdn. Bhd. is a software house established since year 2001. Our organizational goal is to bring technologies into the hands of our customers to assist them in solving their business challenges. We achieve this by working closely with our customers, understanding their needs, before finally determining and developing suitable technologies to be employed to fulfill their business requirements.

We are very thankful to SolutionX for supporting the PyCon community by sponsorship to PyCon MY 2018!

PyCon MY is happening from 25 August to 26 August 2018 at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (our venue partner).

Speak for PyCon MY! Submit your proposal here 4th August 2018.
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Announcing Jewel Paymentech as our Silver Sponsor

 

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We are happy to announce Jewel Paymentech as our Silver sponsor for PyCon MY 2018!

Here’s some words from Jewel.

Jewel Paymentech is a FinTech focused on providing risk solutions for the payments industry. Our solutions are in place at leading banks, payment facilitators, payment gateways, and online marketplaces in this region.

Founded in Singapore in 2014, Jewel also has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. Python is the core language upon which all of our solutions have been based on, and we are glad to support PyCon MY 2018!

We are very thankful to Jewel for supporting the PyCon community by sponsorship to PyCon MY 2018!

PyCon MY is happening from 25 August to 26 August 2018 at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (our venue partner).

Speak for PyCon MY! Submit your proposal here 4th August 2018.

Announcing Omnilytics as our Gold Sponsor

 

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We are happy to announce Omnilytics as our Gold sponsor for PyCon MY 2018!

Here’s some information regarding Omnilytics.

We are an industry standard, market analytics service for fashion and beauty brands worldwide. Focusing on data science, data acquisition, data analysis and blockchain technologies, we are a technology company at its core.

The company is built by a dedicated team who share a passion to help fashion brands and retailers grow with retail intelligence. The team practices agility and works in a ROWE environment, where speed, accuracy and precision is key.

Currently, Omnilytics is used by global retailers and brands, such as Shiseido, Adidas and Salvatore Ferragamo. We are headquartered in Malaysia, with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and London.

We are very thankful to Omnilytics for supporting the PyCon community by sponsorship to PyCon MY 2018!

PyCon MY is happening from 25 August to 26 August 2018 at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (our venue partner).

Speak for PyCon MY! Submit your proposal here 4th August 2018.

Cytron Discount Code for all PyCon Attendees!

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We are so thrilled to announce Cytron will giveaway RM 20 discount codes to Rapsberry Pi 3 / Rapsberry Pi 3 B+ Model for all PyCon MY 2018 attendees!

Founded in 2004, Cytron provides series of reliable off-the-shelf development boards, electronic modules, mechanical parts, tools and accessories to assist makers, inventors and engineers in experimenting with their ideas especially in building robots.

Big thanks to Cytron for supporting us!

PyCon MY is happening from 25 August to 26 August 2018 at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (our venue partner).

Speak for PyCon MY! Submit your proposal here 4th August 2018.

Beginner’s Guide to Speak in Tech Conf

It’s nerve-wrecking to speak in tech conferences, especially if this is your first attempt. First off, we as PyCon community like to emphasize that we are all for inclusive culture. In other words …

We are all awesome. You included.
– weareallaweso.me

If you are still mulling over whether you should do it, here are some reasons why:-

  • Self-branding – I have nothing interesting to say! Find something you care about. Your background and experience are unique. Know your worth, tell your story.
  • Build a local community – But I am an introvert! It’s not about you (well, not all of it). It’s about sharing your knowledge with others and diversity – especially if the topics that are important to you were mis-represented or under-represented.
  • Get Exposure – Conferences are where you meet interesting and amazing people you’ll never have meet in your network. Enough said.

Here are some quick tips:-

What can you talk about?

  • Deep dive on a specialty
  • Production / experimental pet projects / experience in the pasts
  • New trend or technology you care about
  • Propose a solution to a common problem

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PyCon MY is happening from 25 August to 26 August 2018 at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (our venue partner).

Speak for PyCon MY! Submit your proposal here 4th August 2018.

Group Ticket for PyCon MY 2018

PyCon MY is announcing a new ticket type for Group purchase of minimum 3 people or more. Each one will received RM 25 discount from the regular RM 200 ticket. In short, the group ticket may potentially saves at least RM 75.

This initiative is to welcome more people to attend PyCon MY in groups – encouraging those who has not attended tech conferences before to join our PyCon family. We are looking forward to see more new faces!

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PyCon MY is happening from 25 August to 26 August 2018 at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (our venue partner).

More updates here on program schedule and development sprint in the coming weeks!

PyCon MY 2018 Keynote Speaker Choong Yue Lin

We are excited to announce our second keynote speaker for PyCon MY 2018, Choong Yue Lin, founder of Women Who Code Singapore (psst, she’s Malaysian though).

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Yue Lin is experienced C coder for more than 10 year. She has now turned her attention to Python. She has conducted various Python Workshops, covering topics from Python basics to Data Scraping to Image Processing.

She has been honing her skills in Machine Learning with Python. She currently also manages an Open Data project in Python.

PyCon MY is happening from 25 August to 26 August 2018 at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (our venue partner).

More updates here on program schedule and development sprint in the coming weeks!

 

 

PyCon MY 2018 Keynote Speaker Khairil Yusof

We are very honored to announce Khairil Yusof as our keynote for PyCon MY 2018!

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Khairil is the Programme Consultant of Sinar Project with broad experience in managing, developing and implementing innovative development programmes for government, international organizations and civil society, that directly or indirectly involve digital technologies with limited resources in politically or technically constrained environments.

He has extensive cross-practice and cross-sector experience implementing programmes for UN agencies, governments and civil society in Asia-Pacific including digital rights, human rights, labour rights and environment. Also strong technical background in software development and systems administration with open source software, specifically FreeBSD and Linux operating systems, Python language and Plone CMS.

Current area of interest is in applying innovative methods of open data and standards, for transparency and anti-corruption.

Even though he is not as skilled in languages as his fellow team mates, but he primarily speaks Python, and a smattering of Go. In what little (if any) personal time left after spending time with his kids, he plays basketball, dabbles in gardening, playing keyboard and following what’s happening in the different fields of design.

PyCon MY is happening from 25 August to 26 August 2018 at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (our venue partner).

More updates here on speakers, program schedule and development sprint in the coming weeks!

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.

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!