PyCon MY 2015

After a successful Mini PyCon back in 2014, PyCon Malaysia kick-started on 21st of August 2015; bringing together 108 registrants, 18 speakers in 21 informative sessions!

Sponsored by a line of sponsors: Python Software Foundation (PSF), OnApp, SolutionsX, Braintree_PayPal, HITB, and Amazon Web Services, this three-day event consists of a workshop on the first day and conference on the next two days.
The event was held at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. According to the PyCon MY 2015 chairperson, Iqbal Abdullah, Kuala Lumpur served as an apt location for the conference; from ease of accommodation to transportation.

The one day workshop, which targeted non-programmers was conducted by Victor Yap. This workshop was able to give a glimpse of various practices of programming and its respective implementations in the current era. The attendees were also enlightened via demonstration, on how Python can be applied to mitigate real-world problems.

1The conference commenced with a short opening speech by the chairperson, followed by an ice-breaking session among the attendees. Our keynote speakers Marcus Low and Mark Rees spoke about how Python has changed their lives for good. Marcus indicated how widely Python is being used in popular applications like Instagram and PinInterest. Mark Rees on the other hand, provided insights of how programming has evolved since older days, and yet how Python still remained his favorite.


Speakers present for the two-day conference include Chew Kok Hoor, Boey Pak Cheong, Takayuki Shimizukawa, Alan Wong, Jeremy Johnson, Ian Lewis and many others covering topics such as concurrent programming, text processing in Python, exposure on Django, graph analysis, introduction to SQLAlchemy, writing documentation with Sphinx and rapid prototyping with Python.

The whole event was indeed a successful one, thanks to the sponsors, dedicated organizing committee and cooperative participants!

Malaysia will definitely welcome PyCon with open hands again next year!

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Shuttle bus schedules for PyCon MY 2015

During registration, some of you requested for a shuttle bus from the Universiti LRT station to the venue. It can be quite a walk: 36 minutes based on Google Maps.

We’re happy to announce that we’ll have a bus for you for all 3 days of the conference.

Space is limited, and we will give priority to those who have indicated that they would like to take the shuttle bus during registration.

The timetable for the shuttle bus are as follows:

Friday 8/21 (Workshop Day):
From LRT Universiti station to the venue:
1. 7.45am

From the venue to LRT Universiti station:
1. 6.30pm (venue to LRT Universiti station)

Saturday 8/22 (Conference Day 1):
From LRT Universiti station to the venue:
1. 8.45am
2. 9.15am

From the venue to LRT Universiti station:
1. 5.15pm
2. 5.45pm

Sunday 8/23 (Conference Day 2):
From LRT Universiti station to the venue:
1. 8.45am
2. 9.15am

From the venue to LRT Universiti station:
1. 5.15pm
2. 5.45pm

Once you reached the LRT Universiti station, look for a bus with the sign “PyConMY 2015″. One of our crew members wearing a red armband will be waiting for you and checking your name to make sure you have indicated shuttle bus request during registration.

Remember you will also be required to show your Peatix ticket for the conference when you board the bus.

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.

Closing Sponsorship Programme for PyCon MY 2015

With the final slot for Gold Sponsorship taken up by Braintree, we are now closing our sponsorship programme for PyCon MY 2015.

In no apparent order, these are our sponsors for PyCon MY 2015:

We started from scratch to find funding for our first major PyCon in Malaysia at the start of 2015, and are now overwhelmed by the amount of support and interest we received from local and international companies,  organization or persons wanting to contribute. The generous contribution will help lower the costs of PyCon MY for the participants, makes the conference more interesting and also will also gives us the option to further organize it in the years to come.

Thank YouOn behalf of the PyCon MY organizing committee and also our participants, we would like to Thank You!

Announcing our Gold Sponsor for PyCon MY 2015: Braintree

We’re really excited to announce the Braintree, a Paypal company will be our Gold Sponsor for PyCon MY 2015! Yay!

BraintreeAbout Braintree:

As the Braintree_PayPal developer and startuprelations team, Braintree_dev works directly in thefield to educate and support the community aboutthe Braintree and PayPal APIs and SDKs. With uniqueprograms including BattleHack, Startup Blueprintand Start Tank, Braintree_dev engages with thecommunity to mentor, support and enable seamlesscommerce experiences through easy integrationsaround the globe.

Announcing our Silver Sponsor for PyCon MY 2015: Hack In The Box

We’ve just confirmed that Hack In The Box or HITBSecConf, the premier security conference will be our Silver Sponsor for PyCon MY 2015.


About Hack In The Box:

HITBSecConf or the Hack In The Box Security Conference is an annual must attend event in the calendars of security researchers and professionals around the world. Held annually in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Amsterdam in The Netherlands, HITBSecConf is a platform for the discussion and dissemination of next generation computer security issues. Our events routinely feature two days of trainings and a two-day multi-track conference featuring cutting-edge hardcore technical talks delivered by some of the most respected names in the computer security industry. HITBSecConf is a place where ideas are exchanged, talent discovered and genius celebrated.

Site visit to our venue

Today we went to have our second site visit to our venue at Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University Malaya. We’ll be having our PyCon MY 2015 conference in the B Block

2015-07-22 16.50.38What we did today was to reconfirm the availability of the lecture halls for out tracks and the computer labs for our workshop.

The Faculty currently is going through some heavy construction which is taking up space in the parking lots behind the Faculty. This has the effect of reducing the amount of parking bays available, so we hope that participants can car pool or take public transportation to the venue.

Other than that, everything else looks good and we’re confident it will be an enjoyable weekend of pure Python goodness.

Looking forward to meeting you there!