PyCon APAC 2017 interviews on BFM 89.9

PyCon APAC 2017 is just a month away! Ramping up to the conference, we’re working with our media partner, BFM 89.9 The Business Station, a local Malaysian terrestrial radio station to increase awareness about the conference, and also to introduce our two keynote speakers.

Jeff Sandhu producer and presenter for Tech Talk will be broadcasting interviews with our keynotes speakers and the PyCon APAC 2017 organizers:

Jessica McKellar and Luis Sanchez at 11AM MST (+8 UTC) on 3rd of August 2017 (He will start with Jessica at 11AM and move on to Luis at 1130AM) while the broadcast for the interview with the PyCon APAC 2017 organizers will be aired at 11AM MST (+8 UTC) on the 10th of August 2017.

Don’t miss it out live if you’re within the broadcast area for BFM 89.9, but if you are, you can still download the podcast after the broadcast from BFM’s site.

If you haven’t, you can get tickets to PyCon APAC 2017 here.

We would also like to thank BFM 89.9 for the opportunity and their help. They have a great team and it’s great working with them!

About BFM 89.9

BFM is Malaysia’s only independent radio station, focused on business news and current affairs.
BFM’s purpose is to build a better Malaysia by championing rational, evidence-based discourse as a key element of good policy decisions.

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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.

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/

The State of PyCon APAC 2017

Hi everyone!

We’re ramping up to hold the first PyCon APAC in KUL on the 26th and 27th of August this year (with development sprints scheduled on the 28th Monday) so I wanted to drop a note on how things are coming along with preparation.

Sponsorships

As of now, we have 4 paid up Silver Sponsors, and 2 paid up Platinum Sponsors. All except two sponsors are foreign based companies. We’re still behind our sponsorship targets, so hopefully between now and August we can secure more sponsorship to support PyCon APAC 2017.

Ticket sales

There are 98 tickets sold so far, with half of these from local participants. 10% of our total participants are females. 80% of the attendees are working people.

We had 10% female participation in the previous PyCon MY 2016, and personally I would like to see a 20% female participation for our conference this year, which will show an improvement from the past. Ideally it should be a 50/50 rate, looking at how the population of Malaysia is structured. Hopefully once we have our last tie-up workshop done with Women Who Code, we’ll see an uptake in interest and participation from female tech practitioners.

If you’re a student, and you want to come but can’t afford to, please apply for our Financial Aid program. Conferences are a great place for students to improve their knowledge and meet people that just might help get you started on your career.

Program

Today we have closed accepting new CfPs and we’re in the process of finalizing it at this point in time, but we’ve received a total of 67 proposals for the originally slated 18 talk slots (not including LTs) for the whole of 2 days. This will be an acceptance rate of 27%. It is amazing and humbling to see many bright people willing to share their knowledge.

A bulk of the CfPs are about machine learning, AI and data processing. Other topics are about web programming, education and project best practices. Most talks tend to be intermediate level, but 30% of the talks are geared towards beginners and the rest on advanced topics. So maybe you can expect a 3:6:1 ratio between beginner, intermediate and advanced topics.

We will definitely try to accommodate by maybe trying to increase talk slots  but as much as it pains us there will be many of you that will not be accepted. There is just too little space and too little time. We’ll be contacting the selected speakers within a week or two, and will be publishing the program schedule by 1st of Aug 2017.

Keynotes

Unfortunately Wes McKinney had to cancel his appearance for our keynote but we will have Luis who has extensive experience and knowledge on big data processing coming all the way from New York.
Jessica is still scheduled to be our keynote. I believe she will be inspiring us on her story of activism, and using code for the common good, but of course, we don’t know what she will be talking about (yet).

And that’s about it. Remember to follow us on Twitter too to get the latest announcements concerning PyCon APAC 2017!

Featured image by Kevin Dooley

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.