Announcing PyCon APAC 2017 Keynote Speaker Luis Miguel Sanchez

We have two announcements in this post: The first one is that unfortunately due to personal reasons, Wes McKinney has decided to withdraw from keynoting at our PyCon APAC conference this year. This is unfortunate, as we know many of us are looking forward for Wes’s talk but we hope everything will go fine for Wes.

Nevertheless we still needed to find another keynote speaker to replace Wes, and so that brings us to the second announcement: We are now very much excited to announce that Luis Miguel Sanchez will be keynoting for our PyCon APAC 2017.

Luis Sanchez

Luis is the Founder of SGX Analytics, an NYC based Data Science/Data Strategy advisory firm. As Senior Data Strategist and Data Scientist, Luis specializes in designing and coding machine learning and artificial intelligence systems for business applications, for clients ranging from startups to hedge funds to Fortune 500 corporations. Prior to founding SGX, Luis was Founder and CEO of Ttwick, a semantic search startup which was eventually acquired by Elliott Management Associates. Previously, Luis held executive and senior quant positions at Barclays Capital, Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank and AIG, where he launched numerous financial products linked to exotic data sets. As an investment banker, he developed algorithmic trading applications and structured finance products using Python. Luis has been coding since 1983, and is passionate about data science, capital markets, insurance, and AI applied to creativity. He is the organizer of the NYC based Algorithmic Art Composition meetup group. Some of Luis’s original algorithmic music compositions (all coded in Python) can be found on the Amazon and iTunes stores, and Apple streaming. He is featured in the Data Science Handbook as one of the top 25 Data Scientists in the US.

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.

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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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.

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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 10 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.

 

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.

Updated 2017-04-30

Anyone can submit a proposal, and you do not need to purchase a ticket to send in one. If your CfP is chosen, you are required to purchase a ticket, and if we can’t confirm your ticket purchase we’ll have to drop you from the list of speakers.

Purchasing a ticket before sending in your proposal indicates that you’re committed to attend the conference as a participant, and will make our jobs easier that we can skip the confirmation process for your ticket.

The schedule for the CfP selection process and announcement are as follows:

No ticket CfPs (1st batch) closing date is 6/16 (Fri). We will contact you by 6/23 (Fri) if we would like you to speak, and will ask you to purchase a ticket. The dateline for you to purchase a tickets and confirm your travel plans will be communicated in the email that we send you.
The CfP itself will close on 7/7 (Fri). If you are sending a CfP between 6/17 to 7/7,  you will need to purchase a ticket.
Tentative date for us to announce the talk schedule is on 8/1 (Tue).

All dates are in MYT (Malaysian Standard Time).

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.