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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

State of our Call For Proposals

We’re going to go through the current CfPs that we have, and write down a short summary to give you an idea of what kind of PyCon APAC you might be coming to in August.

Please keep in mind though that this post doesn’t endorse or means that PyCon APAC will accept any of the proposals we’ve received so far: That will be done by the Program Team based on the CfP schedule and will be announced on the 1st of August 2017.

Data Science and Machine Learning

Topics around Data Science and Machine Learning have the highest numbers of CfPs that we’re currently receiving. For example,

  • Using Machine Learning in Structured Finance & Insurance
  • Data Mining of News

are some of the talk title that we have received. Coupled with the fact that Wes McKinney will be keynoting for us, there seems to be a strong interest in data science and analytics this year.

Business Applications, Python Libraries and Best Practices

After Data Science, Business Applications, Python Libraries and Best Practices topics are the second highest proposals that we have received so far. Titles like

  • Write Elegant Concurrent Code in Python
  • Velocity. Agility. Python.

Many people are keen to share how that have used python to get their jobs done and how it enriched their lives.

We’re still open for CfPs, so please send in one!

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 2016 Dinner

It has been a tradition for PyCons to have a conference dinner to celebrate the various people that come to our conferences from all around the world. PyCon MY 2016 will be no different, and we will be hosting a dinner for anyone who is interested in making connections and having a great time over food and conversation with other pythonistas.

The dinner will be a separate paid event, and will be held at the IUMW Cafe Foyer, Block C, City Campus of the International University of Malaya-Wales (IUMW) on 8/27 (Sat) from 6PM.

Tentative Menu

1. Spaghetti Olio- Olio
2. Classic Herb & Spices Rice
3. Grilled Chicken Chop with Mushroom Sauce
4. Creamy Citrus Butter Sauce Fish Fillet
5. Stir Fried Mixed Veggies with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6. Buffalo Wing with Chef Sauce
7. Assorted Homemade Cakes & Assorted Muffins
8. Fresh Mango Pudding
9. Drinks

Chicken and Lamb Satay
15kg Roast Lamb
Places are limited, and due to logistics restrictions, we will close dinner ticket sales on 8/19 (Fri)

For information on the tentative menu and ticket purchase, please go to:

Friday Workshop: Building with Python

Good news!

To kickoff PyCon MY 2016, we’ll be having a paid workshop for anyone who is interested in jump starting  their next project with Python. Boey Pak Cheong of Pytech Resources will be your trainer and will guide you on using python 3.

You can purchase tickets for the workshop here.

This workshop is suitable for beginners or someone who has not previous experience on using python, but you’ll need to have experience in programming with a different language as a background. Please read through the course description below before signing up:

1 Building with Python

Friday August 26, 2016 10AM to 5PM (lunch break 12PM to 2PM)

Title: Building with Python

1.1 About the workshop

You already have some experience with at least one other language and
 now would like to learn how to code in Python and how to build your
 future applications with it.

Getting involved in the Python community is a great way to quickly
 learn and hone your Python skills. This one-day workshop will provide
 you a broad flavour of the language as well as to build a strong
 foundation for you to step into the diverse application domains of
 Python on your own.

First we gain some understanding of the language by playing with some
 code snippets. Then we introduce a simple text-based game which
 covers importing modules, random numbers, loops, data type conversion,
 input from user and other topics. We will also discuss what libraries
 are available to build your Python applications.

1.2 Prerequisites

- You should already know how the basics of programming in at least
 one other programming language.
 - A laptop (Windows,Mac, or Linux)
 - Python 3 preinstalled (from
 - A programmer's editor you are comfortable with.

1.3 Learning outcomes

- Learn how to install and set up Python and third party libraries
 - Write basic Python programs and understand code that is written by
 - Establish a strong foundation for you to further develop your
 coding skills on their own.
 - Learn what tools are available for use for your Python projects

Trainer Profile

Boey Pak Cheong

Boey Pak Cheong has more than 20 years experience using Python and has
been teaching it since 2006. His clients include Intel, F-Secure,
CSGI, Experian, MIMOS, Censof and many others.

He founded Pytech Resources which specializes in Python and Django
training and consultancy and software development. Boey graduated from
Universiti Malaya with a degree in Chemical Engineering but became
keenly interested and actively involved in computer programming from
the late 1980s. He has worked in technical and management positions
with British Petroleum, ITT and Alcatel and also attended a senior
management training program at the London Business School, UK.

He created the software for a leading e-commerce website using Python
that dynamically generates comprehensive pdf reports and continues
active development of new products for this website. But today Boey is
primarily focused on teaching Python and Django and providing
consultancy services thereof.

Announcing PyCon MY Keynote Speaker Steve Holden

We’re excited to announce our second keynote speaker at PyCon MY 2016.


Steve Holden

Steve has extensive programming, design and implementation experience which he has used in everything from low-level device drivers to high-volume systems. He was a lecturer in Computer Science at Manchester University in the 1980’s. One of his research projects created the first UK implementation of the object-oriented SmallTalk-80 language invented at Xerox PARC. A group under his leadership created VuWriter, the world’s first scientific multi-language WYSIWYG word processor

Steve was in Singapore for the first PyCon APAC in 2010 and we’re delighted to welcome him to Kuala Lumpur this year for PyCon MY. Steve has made tremendous contribution to the Python community, from organizing the first PyCon in the US in Washington D.C in 2003 to being the Chairman for the PSF.

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.

Announcing PyCon MY Keynote Speaker Tarek Ziadé

We’re excited to announce our first keynote speaker at PyCon MY 2016.

Tarek Ziadé

Tarek Ziadé

Tarek is an engineering manager at Mozilla, using Python for most of his projects. He was involved a few years ago in helping fixing the packaging issues in Python itself, and has many crazy stories about that. He’s also authored several books and has developed a passion for running and playing trumpet.

We’re delighted to give him hearty welcome to Kuala Lumpur this year and looking forward to seeing him at PyCon MY. More speakers will be announced soon.

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.

Program schedule for PyCon MY 2015 released!

We’ve released our Program Schedule for PyCon MY 2015 here:

This year we have a bunch of interesting talks, from beginner to intermediate level, ranging from topics such as payments, web services, concurrency, best practices, documentation, Raspberry Pi and even Python For Kids.

These are basically fixed, but will still be subject to change if something else comes up. We plan to move the Program Schedule to Guidebook sooner rather than later where we can also upload speaker information and a bunch of other useful stuff and take down the Program Schedule on the website, so bear with us.