PyCon APAC 2017 dates and venue announced

As initially announced here PyCon APAC 2017 will be held in Kuala Lumpur, organized by PYCON MY PLT.

We are happy and excited to announce that the dates and the venue for this year’s PyCon APAC conference are as follows:

Dates: Aug 26 (Sat) to Aug 27 (Sun) 2017 
Venue: Connexion Conference & Event Centre in Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur.

We’ll also have a one day sprint event, on Aug 25 (Fri) OR Aug 28 (Mon) 2017, depending on venue availability. This will be a separate event than the conference and we’ll update on the details of the venue nearer to the date.

The overall theme for this year’s PyCon APAC is Taming Python: Being this year’s regional PyCon conference, we hope to showcase how python is being used to solve problems unique to each locale, or how we use python to solve our many different problems.

PyCon APAC 2017 in Kuala Lumpur

PyCon APAC started in Singapore in 2010 as a way for the regional python users and developers to get together at a place closer to home. By inviting keynote speakers and key python personalities from other parts of the world to the PyCon APAC, it has opened up opportunities for the regional python users and developers to collaborate and learn from one another.

After Singapore in 2010 to 2012, PyCon APAC moved to Tokyo in 2013, and was hosted twice by Taipei until 2015 and is in Seoul for 2016.

On the second day of #pyconapac2016 in Seoul, we have made the announcement that the regional PyCon APAC for 2017 will return to South East Asia and be hosted in Kuala Lumpur.

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Our friends in APAC. KR, HK, PH, TW, VN, JP, SG and MY. With Ewa Jodlowska (3rd from left)  from the PSF.

We are excited for this opportunity and believe it will much benefit the young but growing python community in this part of the world. Looking forward to seeing you in Kuala Lumpur in 2017!

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 https://www.python.org/downloads/).
 - 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
 others.
 - 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

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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.

PyCon MY 2016: Venues and dates

Square_300x300We’re thrilled and excited to announce the venue and the dates for PyCon MY 2016. Yes, following the wonderful experience we had in 2015, we’ll be organizing another PyCon MY in 2016.

When?

PyCon MY 2016 will be held from August 26th (Fri) to August 28th (Sun) 2016. We plan to have workshops for August 26th, while the conference and talks will be done from August 27th (Sat) to August 28th (Sun).

Where?

For 2016, we are honored and thrilled to have City Campus of the International University of Malaya-Wales (IUMW) hosting us for the conference. The IUMW is located at Jalan Tun Ismail, Kuala Lumpur and is around 10 minutes of walking distance from the Putra KTM train station.

We’ll be moving forward to putting in details for the conference. For the meantime, please block your calendars for these dates.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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):
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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):
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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:

http://www.pycon.my/pycon-my-2015-1/program

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.