Speaker Series – Lau Sian Lerk

Shian Lerk is privileged to journey with a boutique software engineering team to bring new ideas and accelerate the banking and finance industry. Besides crafting solutions using Django, Celery, and Postgresql, he delights in guiding and journeying with a team of UX/BE developers to deliver innovation and satisfaction to the users.

Being a 6-year old in Python and new kid on the block with Django, Sian Lerk sees much synergy between both traditional and Django ORM.

Topic: Solving performance issues in Django ORM.

Sian Lerk came late in knowing Django ORM, and he felt in love at first glance. The ease of programmatically defining the schema, straightforward versioning, near no-frills ORM experience, cross-database support and the list goes on.

However, if your boss(es) started to ask about faster API endpoints, one’s eyes may roll. This is even more evident in his situation, where cross-database support is needed owing to client requirements. So, what can we tell our boss(es)? 😉

Targeting audience with intermediate level of Python knowledge.


Speaker Series – Sonal Raj

IMG_20190609_174749_255 - Sonal Raj Sonal is an avid pythonista and open source evangelist, and is an integral part of the finance and technology industry. He heads the Data Analytics and Reasearch efforts at a High Frequency Trading Firm. He holds a master in Information Technology and has been a research fellow at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Sonal is the author of the book ‘Neo4j High Performance’, the upcoming ‘Interview Essentials’ series and the creator of the ‘neopy’ python library. He is also a reviewer of the Journal of Open Source Software and the editor of ‘People Chronicles Media’.

Topic: IOT Application Development with Python and Serverless Computing.

If you are crazy about python, automation, voice controlled applications and open to brainstorming programmable IOT ideas, then this is the talk for you! Your takeaway would a head start in building IOT device skills on serverless infra, discuss future ideas of useful skills and some cool app demos.

Targeting audience with intermediate level of Python knowledge.


Speaker Series – Aniruddha Adhikary

19424212_1345556305493575_5376800575250837975_n - Aniruddha Adhikary Aniruddha is a Software Engineer at Telenor Health, working on spreading healthcare to the grassroots of Bangladesh. He has experience working on Web Applications, Data Mining, Data Engineering, and Data Analysis. He has been programming and hacking on open source projects for eight years. Anything about Healthcare and Natural Language Processing gets him excited. His major contributions include Firefox OS and spaCy.

Topic: 6 Steps to Your First Commit to Open Source.

You’ve always imagined your commit in a project, imagined massive companies and systems running on your code! With only six short steps, you can be proud of your work serving millions and screaming your value to potential employers.

Contributing to an open source project often feels intimidating and out of reach, but it doesn’t have to be. Open source contributions signal and point to your technical and collaborative qualities. Fork, Clone, Commit and send a Pull Request. Developing patience, the ability to receive feedback and working on feedback are essential for Open Source.

The joy of having your code reach millions is something not worth missing out on. Find a Project. Join the talk in a journey through rejections, review requests and version control nightmares to being a proud contributor.

Targeting audience with beginner level of Python knowledge.



Venue for PyCon MY 2019

It is official! PyCon MY 2019 will be held at iSpace at level 9-1 of Plaza VADS in TTDI.

The organiser is expecting to welcoming about 200 attendees for this 2-day event. The event will have keynote speakers from different fields and background, and other workshops. The result from the paper submission will be concluded soon.

Watch out this space for more update.


Keynote Speaker Announcement -Dr. Poo Kuan Hoong

Dr. Poo Kuan Hoong

Backed with 15 years of academic and research background, Dr Poo is a passionate practitioner in the area of Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

He is a graduate of Nagoya Institute of Technology (Japan), Dr. Poo holds a Doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Computer Science, a Master of Information Technology (UKM), and a Bachelor of Science (UKM). Dr Poo founded Coqnitics Sdn Bhd which is an AI company focusing in providing image and video analytics. He is currently working as Principal Machine Learning at ADA where he applies his combination of research and industrial experience in Big Data Analytics, Data Mining, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to provide consultancy on data strategy for companies in various sectors including finance, telecommunication and technology startups.

Grant from PyCon Malaysia

We at PyCon Malaysia is happy to announce 2 grants for Python Developers in Malaysia, primary focus on events. The grant will be PyCon APAC Participation Grant and Mini PyCon MY Grant.

PyCon APAC Participation Grant

This grant aims to increase awareness about, co-operation between and participation within the regional APAC PyCons, it’s community and Malaysian participants.

The purpose above can further be divided into 4 aspects:

  • Data and material collection: Based on material collected from attending the regional event, create contents for PyCon MY, such as a report on the event with pictures for blog posts.
  • Diplomacy: Get to know and create contacts with the keypersons and team organizing the regional PyCon
  • Observation: Give feedback to PyCon MY based on observations of the regional PyCon.
  • Public Relations: Make announcements via LT or regular talk about the activities of PyCon MY in particular and APAC in general, to garner interest in PyCon MY.

What the participant need to do

In return for a blog post report which includes evidence of attendance to the event and interaction with the local PyCon organizers, we will grant the said amount above to one or more persons which have successfully applied for the grant. Each successful applicant is required to present one report each.

The grant will be disbursed in 3 stages:

  1. Stage 1: (25%) When the successful applicant has confirmed he/she accepts the grant and the conditions, and is able to secure tickets for the event
  2. Stage 2: (25%) When the successful applicant has confirmed travel arrangements: 1) Flight and 2) Accommodations
  3. Stage 3: (50%) When the applicant returns, presents the required work and PyCon MY QA has been done.

Mini PyCon MY Grant

This grant aims to help python user groups in other parts of Malaysia to organize, execute and do a post-mortem of smaller PyCon conferences in their communities.

Grant conditions:

In return for a blog post report which includes evidence of execution of the event we will grant the said amount above to the persons or groups which have successfully applied for the grant.

If you are interested in any of these

You can contact our community coordinator, sweemeng<sweemeng.ng@pycon.my>.

PyCon APAC 2017 Conference Dinner

We will be having a conference dinner event as part of PyCon APAC 2017. The event is open to anyone who purchases a ticket, and not limited to conference attendees, so you are welcome to bring along your family, partners or friends to the dinner and mingle with the conference crowd!

Details of the dinner are as follows:

Date: Sat Aug 26, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM MYT
Venue: The Spread at The Gardens Hotel and Residences, Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur.
Ticket Price: MYR100 per person.

Tickets for the conference dinner can be purchased from: http://pycon-apac-2017-dinner.peatix.com

Announcing SQUEEZE as our Silver Sponsor

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We are happy to announce SQUEEZE Inc as the latest sponsor for PyCon APAC 2017. They are our Silver Sponsor.

SQUEEZE Inc. has a mission of using ICT to create a society squeezed full of value where nothing goes to waste by making use of the untapped potential value of the resources and members of local communities.

As a main business, SQUEEZE offers and manages specialized services for Hotels, Ryokans, Minpaku. As a leading company of Hospitality Tech industry, we aim to become the number one platform that leads the regional revitalization by solving the vacant house problem, and work style reform.

We thank SQUEEZE for their support to Pycon APAC 2017!

Announcing XOXZO as our Platinum Sponsor

We are happy to announce XOXZO as the latest sponsor for PyCon APAC 2017. They are our Platinum Sponsor.


Xoxzo (https://www.xoxzo.com) is a cloud telephony platform for web developers, created by a diverse 100% remote team from Russia to Japan.
Simple APIs and documentation that show you how you can leverage the phone with a single line of code: Make calls, receive calls, subscribe phone numbers,
and send SMS, all with just POST and GET.

From our sponsor

Founded in 2007, Xoxzo has no offices but the team gets together somewhere on the planet a few times a year, with PyCon conferences as one of them.
We use python on 99% of our code, donate to the Django project and have been supporting PyCon since 2010. We are very excited to be part of PyCon APAC 2017!
We thank XOXZO for the support for this conference!