PyCon APAC 2017 Financial Aid Analysis

We did a quick analysis on the take up of our first Financial Aid program for PyCon APAC this year. Hopefully by shedding light on the statistic of the applicants for the FA program, it will increase awareness on such a program, and encourage more new comers to take advantage and join us in future PyCons.

The Analysis

PyCon APAC 2017 is the third PyCon event to be held in Malaysia. As we have a bigger budget to work with for this year’s event, we decided to run a Financial Aid program. The aim of the program is to provide financial assistance of MYR500 to as many attendees as possible to help them participate in the event.

Of the total, 71% are male. We found slightly more than half of them to be from the 21 to 29 year old group. A quarter are below the age of 21, the youngest of which is 19. Another 24% are above 30 years old.

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Surprisingly, only 38% of the applicants are Malaysians. The majority of non-Malaysian applicants came from India. More than 60% are working while the remainder are studying or pursuing postgraduate degrees.

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Around 38% of the applicants have attended a previous PyCon event; for one candidate this will be his 4th PyCon event. For the remainder, this will be their first PyCon.

Nearly two-thirds of them have advanced knowledge of Python, having produced products to do with Python or with Python. Two of the candidates are speakers for PyCon APAC 2017.

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And that’s it. We thought it would be interesting to provide a breakdown of the candidates who applied for this Financial Aid program. Of the batch, 15 were selected. Our committee also made sure that all 15 attendees receive coupon codes that allow them to purchase PyCon APAC 2017 tickets at a discount.

Hopefully with the sharing of this data, we will be able to encourage more Python enthusiasts to apply for future similar programs.

Financial Support from PyCon JP

PyCon MY and PyCon JP go back a long way: Our chair for PyCon APAC 2017 this year is also a founding and board member of PyCon JP. The members of PyCon JP came for PyCon MY 2015 to show their support, and through PyCon JP, we were connected to various sponsors from Japan that has helped made what PyCon MY it is today.

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We are happy and honored to announce that we have received aid in the amount of USD5000 from PyCon JP. We were made to understand that this aid is a pledge made by PyCon JP as part of their effort to help make PyCon APAC a success in other communities: PyCon JP received aid from PyCon SG when they organized PyCon APAC in 2013, and they believe now it is the time for them to return back the favor.

We would like to thank you PyCon JP and the JP community for their much needed and continuous support!

Announcing the 2nd batch of 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.

We have already received and approved 10 recipients in the 1st batch of Financial Aid. For the 2nd batch of Financial Aid recipients, we originally had a budget for another 2 recipients, but after getting strong support from our regional friends, we now have managed to make additional space for another extra 3 recipients, making it 5 recipients for this batch. One recipient from the 1st batch have informed us that he could not attend PyCon APAC, so we moved his grant to another person from the 2nd batch.

After announcing that we are looking for 2 more recipients for our financial aid program, we were surprised to receive quite a number of applications still. So instead of selecting 2, we selected a total of 6 applicants to receive this financial grant.

Congratulations to the following applicants from the 2nd batch:

1. Aw Yeong Yi Wen (9X0X16-XX-XXXX)
2. Lai Jie Yan (9X1X02-XX-XXXX)
3. Mohd Alif Al-Hafizd bin Zaimee (9X1X19-XX-XXXX)
4. Robbi Nespu Bin Mohd Mokhtar (9X0X12-XX-XXXX)
5. Yong Kai Xin (9X1X19-XX-XXXX)
6. Zohreh Dehghani Champiri (T963XXXXX)

Once again, 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. See you at the conference.

Announcing CMS Communication as our Silver Sponsor

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We are happy to announce CMS Communication as our latest Silver sponsor for PyCon APAC 2017!

Here’s some information regarding CMSCom

CMS Communications Inc builds systems using Python, centering on CMS ·
search · movie · MOOC, as well as authentication management using Plone, we have built a wide range of systems including private video system, processing of big
data and learning analytics tools.

We are thankful for CMSCom sponsorship to PyCon APAC 2017!

Development Sprint for PyCon APAC 2017

For PyCon APAC 2017, we are organizing a one day development sprint event, where developers regardless of skill level get together with project maintainers to work on open source projects.

Development sprint events are a great way for you to meet and actually work with experienced developers on interesting projects. More than often, conference development sprint events are where many new people start making their name working on open source projects. It’s a great place to start if you have ever thought of contributing to Open Source projects, but did not know where to start.

Development sprints for PyCon APAC 2017 will be held at the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Time: 10AM to 6PM
Sprint Venue: Makmal Mikro 1, Blok A, FSKTM, University Malaya.

The sprint event is free, and you are not required to purchase a PyCon APAC 2017 ticket, but space is limited: Please be considerate to other people that really is interested to join the sprints, and only get tickets if you can confirm that you can attend the event.

If you’re interested to participate in the sprints, please get your free tickets here: http://pycon-apac-2017-sprint.peatix.com

Sprint Lead

The development sprint will be lead by Bhavani Shankar from Ubuntu:

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Bhavani Shankar is a cerebral palsy affected guy who has around 8
years of experience in the IT industry, presently working as a senior
consultant in Accion Labs Pvt limited in an automation specialist
role.

Apart from his work at Accion Labs he is an active ubuntu community
contributor from the past 10 years in various roles from being an
active contributing member to a developer to being on the governance
councils in the ubuntu community.

More info about his ubuntu work

Launchpad Profile: https://launchpad.net/~bhavi
Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BhavaniShankar

We will announce more leads for the sprint as they become available.

Financial Aid reopened: 2 more grants

Update: With only 4 weeks away from the PyCon APAC 2017 event, we have some good news to share.

We have decided to extend the Financial Aid Program to provide RM500 for another two individuals to attend the event. Thus, we will be receiving applications to be considered for the financial aid program for the next 2 weeks. The new closing date is 8 August 2017 (12.00am).

If you are interested, click on this link for the instructions and details on what this financial aid program entails: https://pycon.my/2017/03/27/financial-aid-for-pycon-apac-2017/

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