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.

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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CfP ticket requirements

Currently as part of the Call For Proposals submission we’re requiring the submitter to purchase a ticket, as a measure to ensure that the submitter will attend PyCon APAC 2017. This measure has received multiple feedbacks, especially from overseas would-be speakers who believes this puts an extra financial burden on them, without the certainty if they will speak or not in the first place.

As it is apparent right now, this measure is discouraging a more active participation for PyCon APAC. We will revisit our program selection schedule within the next week and make changes to the CfP process to allow for an easier submission process.

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.

Philosophy/Outreach

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 12 (10 has been announced) 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.

 

Python 101 for women by WHC

Women Who Code, a women’s technology groups which is helping us with our outreach program to women for PyCon APAC is having a Python 101 introduction course on python.

The uptake was very quick and unfortunately, at the time of this post the event has already been sold out.

If you’re a woman in technology, and have interest in learning python, we suggest that you follow or get in touch with WHC for more news of their upcoming python series.

Sponsor PyCon APAC 2017

PyCon APAC is the annual gathering for the regional Asia-Pacific community using and developing the open-source Python programming language. For 2017, PyCon APAC will be held in Kuala Lumpur from August 26 to August 27 and is organized by PYCON MY, a partnership formed by community members registered in Malaysia.

PyCon APAC is organized by volunteers from the Python community and your sponsorship helps keep PyCon APAC affordable and accessible to the widest possible audience.

Depending on your level of sponsorship, packages include complimentary conference passes, booth space and speaking opportunities.

Some short data on who you can expect will be coming and what you can learn from PyCon APAC

Audience profile:

Developers, technologists, programmers, educators, bloggers, authors, web developers, CTOs, managers, entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers and domain experts

Come learn about:

Python internals, beginner and advanced skills. Use cases and case studies. Python used in a variety of industries including startups and the enterprise. Python powering some of the Web’s biggest sites. Speeding up your Python applications. The growing Python ecosystem and community.

For details on the different types of sponsorship opportunities, and about our work for the past local PyCons, download the prospectus.

You can contact us concerning the Sponsorship Packages here:

  • sponsorship@pycon.my and Vivan Raaj (vivraaj@gmail.com) our Sponsorship Manager.
  • Iqbal Abdullah, PyCon APAC 2017 Conference Chair
  • Hilmi Bakhari, PyCon APAC 2017 Conference Co-Chair