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.

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.

Announcing Acronis as the Partner Sponsor

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The Organising Committee of PyCon MY 2016 is delighted to announce that Acronis will be the partner sponsor for PyCon MY 2016.

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PyCon MY 2016 is happening this year from 26 August 2016 to 28 August 2016 at  International University of Malaya-Wales (IUMW), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Get Ticket Now .

PyCon APAC 2017 in Kuala Lumpur

PyCon APAC started in Singapore in 2010 as a way for the regional python users and developers to get together at a place closer to home. By inviting keynote speakers and key python personalities from other parts of the world to the PyCon APAC, it has opened up opportunities for the regional python users and developers to collaborate and learn from one another.

After Singapore in 2010 to 2012, PyCon APAC moved to Tokyo in 2013, and was hosted twice by Taipei until 2015 and is in Seoul for 2016.

On the second day of #pyconapac2016 in Seoul, we have made the announcement that the regional PyCon APAC for 2017 will return to South East Asia and be hosted in Kuala Lumpur.

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Our friends in APAC. KR, HK, PH, TW, VN, JP, SG and MY. With Ewa Jodlowska (3rd from left)  from the PSF.

We are excited for this opportunity and believe it will much benefit the young but growing python community in this part of the world. Looking forward to seeing you in Kuala Lumpur in 2017!