(UN)Conferences, MeetUps, HackerDojo's
2010 September 25 [Saturday]
By SVAKSHA on 2010 September 25 [Saturday], 21:10:00
Today, David Goodger kicked off the second Pycon-India 2010 in Bangalore with his keynote speech while briefly dwelling on his Indian 'adventure' -- no seat-belts in the autorickshaw!? The auditorium hall echoed with laughter! Then it was a series of talks on python 2to3, multicore programming, and many more talks .... The only irritating part during one talk was one audience member interrupting the speaker to discuss the topic/ask questions. Probably this resulted in the speaker not getting enough time to finish his talk and demo the code completely. In a 30-min talk it would be a lot nicer if the audience restricted their questions to the last few minutes *after* the speaker completes the talk.
Another interesting talk was the screen scraping talk but I'll return to my lazyshell under the pretext that the videos will probably be uploaded online in a few days. Else, you could just attend the second day of pycon coz the nicest part was good 'ol networking, old friends, meeting new ones and the barcamp style corridor chats with people. Considering that the attendees were almost 500+, the inpycon team really pulled off a community event quite successfully! Now I gotta get some sleep if I need to make it for tomorrows event!
2010 September 24 [Friday]
By SVAKSHA on 2010 September 24 [Friday], 08:26:00
Call for proposals -- PyCon 2011 -- http://us.pycon.org/2011/
Proposal Due date: November 1st, 2010
PyCon is back! With a rocking new website, a great location and more Python hackers and luminaries under one roof than you could possibly shake a stick at. We've also added an "Extreme" talk track this year - no introduction, no fluff - only the pure technical meat!
PyCon 2011 will be held March 9th through the 17th, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Home of some of the best southern food you can possibly find on Earth!) The PyCon conference days will be March 11-13, preceded by two tutorial days (March 9-10), and followed by four days of development sprints (March 14-17).
PyCon 2011 is looking for proposals for the formal presentation tracks (this includes "extreme talks"). A request for proposals for poster sessions and tutorials will come separately.
Want to showcase your skills as a Python Hacker? Want to have hundreds of people see your talk on the subject of your choice? Have some hot button issue you think the community needs to address, or have some package, code or project you simply love talking about? Want to launch your master plan to take over the world with Python?
PyCon is your platform for getting the word out and teaching something new to hundreds of people, face to face.
In the past, PyCon has had a broad range of presentations, from reports on academic and commercial projects, tutorials on a broad range of subjects, and case studies. All conference speakers are volunteers and come from a myriad of backgrounds: some are new speakers, some have been speaking for years. Everyone is welcome, so bring your passion and your code! We've had some incredible past PyCons, and we're looking to you to help us top them!
Online proposal submission is open now! Proposals will be accepted through November 10th, with acceptance notifications coming out by January 20th. To get started, please see: <http://us.pycon.org/2011/speaker/>
For videos of talks from previous years - check out: <http://python.mirocommunity.org/category/conferences>
For more information on "Extreme Talks" see: <http://us.pycon.org/2011/speaker/extreme/>
We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!
Please also note - registration for PyCon 2011 will also be capped at a maximum of 1,500 delegates, including speakers. When registration opens (soon), you're going to want to make sure you register early! Speakers with accepted talks will have a guaranteed slot.
* November 1st, 2010: Talk proposals due.
* December 15th, 2010: Acceptance emails sent.
* January 19th, 2010: Early bird registration closes.
* March 9-10th, 2011: Tutorial days at PyCon.
* March 11-13th, 2011: PyCon main conference.
* March 14-17th, 2011: PyCon sprints days.
Van Lindberg (Conference Chair) - email@example.com
Jesse Noller (Co-Chair) - firstname.lastname@example.org
PyCon Organizers list: email@example.com
2010 September 18 [Saturday]
By SVAKSHA on 2010 September 18 [Saturday], 10:44:00
Announcing the ILUG-Bengaluru Meetup on Saturday
Time: 1800 - 1930 hrs
Venue: Jaaga, Rhenius Street (Off. Richmond Road) , Opposite Hockey Stadium, Shantinagar, Bangalore
Open house: Anything goes barcamp-ish session.
Regular Activities: GPG keysigning - http://www.debian.org/events/keysigning
Note: This is a back-to-back meetup with Ubuntu-IN . The Ubuntu-IN meetup is from 1630 to 1800hrs and is about Indian Language Localisation and all other things Ubuntu.
2010 June 13 [Sunday]
By SVAKSHA on 2010 June 13 [Sunday], 18:19:00
After much debate on the list, it was decided some months ago to hold Pycon-India 2010 in Bangalore....Yay !!
Its scheduled to be held at MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology on the weekend of 25th and 26th of September 2010. The call for proposals has been announced on the PyCon blog site at http://pycon.blogspot.com/2010/06/pycon-india-2010-call-for-proposals.html.
You can tweet, dent and blog to spread the word around and as the event draws near there will be calls for volunteers on the mailing list, so do pitch in. Usually I keep away from some of the Indian communities which are riddled with a handful of rude jerks (whose favorite pass-time is flaming another person), or arrogant control freaks and even cyber-stalkers !
I've never understood how a silent majority can allow a loud-mouthed minority to overshadow all the good work they do. Beats comprehension!!
Well, thusfar, pycon-IN is one space I find different -- The event is community driven and run by volunteers, mailing list discussions can get hot and yet its open and transparent. The part I liked the most-- almost everything, including finances are open and available to mailing list members -- now THAT is very much unlike _some_ Indian event(s) with sekrit cabals pulling the financial strings behind a "community" veneer. Its such a welcome change that I try to pitch in when I can.
2010 April 24 [Saturday]
By SVAKSHA on 2010 April 24 [Saturday], 10:24:00
Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology,
Krishnadeveraya Nagar, Hunasamranhalli, NH-7,
Via- Yelahanka, Bangalore-562157, Karnataka, India
Free, python beginners are welcome. However, registration is required and you can register at mvit [dot] eventbrite [dot] com. Please register only if you are SURE you'll be able to attend on both the days.
They have a limitation on the number of computers, so you should bring your laptop if you can. For more information please email them at workshops [dot] mvit [at] gmail [dot] com.
2010 April 22 [Thursday]
By SVAKSHA on 2010 April 22 [Thursday], 11:10:00
UPDATED UPDATE: This meet was CANCELLED.
Bangpypers, aka Bengaluru/Bangalore Python meetup is scheduled for
1500 Hrs onwards.
TenXperts office in Koramangala. On Hosur Main Road opposite Star Bazaar there is a small cross road (attached to Robert Bosch's compound). TenXperts office is on that road above Innovative Cars shop on the first floor.
Here is the map<http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=robert+bosch+koramangala&sll=12.936987,77.612818&sspn=0.004298,0.009645&ie=UTF8&hq=robert+bosch&hnear=Koramangala,+Bengaluru,+Karnataka,+India&ll=12.939067,77.612658&spn=0.016145,0.038581&z=15>
This meet will be focussed on taking an existing floss project and working on it. Current suggestions are Pygments and a Python standard library module for unit tests, but feel free to suggest and/or work on your own choice of any floss'y python project. If you are new to Python, you are most welcome to come and learn. The idea is to get a local community along the lines of dojorio.org [English translation].
2010 March 11 [Thursday]
By SVAKSHA on 2010 March 11 [Thursday], 11:17:00
Besides, there were open spaces, sprints (Sunday evening onwards), and poster sessions -- which was very interesting as it allows the participants to talk to the presenter and exchange ideas, ask questions, clarify or even suggest a new line of thought. Carl had put up a poster session on Indic languages and there he was drawing huge crowds in an already overcrowded hall. I met a professor and another news broadcaster who were interested and shared their woes with devanagari script and the poor unicode handling by free software in general.
There was tons of swag flowing around and the mandatory single negative incident at the conference which Van handled very professionally. Onstage, he apologised on behalf of the PSF to everyone present in the hall. I had attended the keynotes and talks on Saturday and Sunday, attended the Chairmans party and met a lot of folks but personally speaking, the closing keynote presentation on 20100221 by Antonio Rodriguez kicked ass. He spoke about giving commit access to everyone and he meant EVERYONE -- even folks from the marketing and sales team in his startup got commit access. Wow, just WOW...HUGE amount of trust that
Ofcourse I did the usual tourist-y stuff: walked around the Olympic park ; visited the Coke museum and tasted 64 flavors of coke ; Thomas, Yarko (who won the community service award. Yay, congrats :)) and me (i even cracked my knee for good measure) dined at Vegan soulfood, a chain of US restaurants run by African Hebrews -- HIGHLY recommended!!
BUT the most memorable and fun time was spent in the Georgia Aquarium-- its the world's largest aquarium. The Beluga whales had just arrived and were acclimatising. However, I got to touch sting-ray's and sharks (yeah i really did), clicked tons of pics but the sea-otters...gosh, they stole my heart We didnt know that they put on a show and honestly I could have stood there all my life and fallen in love all over again at their antics. Here is a video of those cute animals high-fiving. I miss them
I am thrilled that I got to meet a lot of people I knew online and met even more interestingly intelligent people too. The wonderful community that surrounds and makes Pycon such a memorable experience deserves full marks. Words are inadequate to describe an experience that is best experienced live :) It simply r0cked.
2010 March 5 [Friday]
By SVAKSHA on 2010 March 5 [Friday], 11:36:00
Note to all readers: Its been weeks since I blogged and having started this entry roughly two weeks ago (20100219 21:43, precisely) but thanks to Broadcomm's proprietary bcm43x drivers meant wifi issues and I wasted a lot of time jumping hoops, and later downgraded the kernel version, time that could have been used to listen to more talks or even blog and tweet about how much fun pycon was! Broadcomm, dont be evil. I am less inclined to modify the older writing so here are some "as is" thought bits about my first pycon experience!!
I reached Atlanta after 4pm on thursday afternoon and Sylvia and me went straight to the Chicago room to volunteer for bag-stuffing and there I was rushing a guy ahead in line, little realising that it was CarlT who recognized me but I was so fixated on the task at hand that I didnt notice whom i was talking to. Yikes, assigning nicks to faces is not my strength! My nick generated some curiosity and left many people wondering how to read it --i had entered it in devanagari script but the glyphs didnt render it as it should " स्वक्ष " which triggered a mini discussion of sorts on python and unicode handling.
Next, it was onto the swag T-Shirts and since Greg had just 2 PP templates we had only two teams taking a go at it. Sylvia, me and Wei (and later various volunteers) had a simple humanized-robo process to maximize folded shirts output per minute. This drew tons of pycon gawkers and many onlookers wanted to pitch in and have a go at folding t-shirts. Greg's wife and daughter came to watch too. Our efforts were rewarded with yummy pizzas (yeah they had vegan pizza too) and drinks. It was a lot of fun for my first day and its really heart-warming to see icons who should be UP there, stand and work with you. The simplicity and lack of pride is endearing.
Python is for Girls
20100219, Friday, (the first day of) the conference, was kicked off by Van Lindberg and Steve Holden introducing the PSF and its objectives and stressing on the PSF's focus on diversity. This was echoed by GvR who started off his keynote for Pycon2010 wearing a t-shirt that had the python logo and "python is for girls", sent to him at Google by an anonymous person. Hmm...I am curious to know who is the $AnonPerson@Google !!
GvR is one speaker that I enjoyed listening to, for the casual twitter-feed keynote and yet informative speaking style sans slides. And no, GvR didnt wax eloquent on the "state of CPython" although that was what was listed on the guide. For someone of his stature, the lack of vanity in his community interactions is endearing and if you are not already a part of this space, you'd be inspired to want to chip in and do something. Another noteworthy aspect, the organizers make no bones about pycon being a commercial event. Unlike "some" private and commercial Indian events, there is no BS about claiming to be a "floss" event with shady financial(s) that are not privy to the community that makes the event, and neither is there a cabal that controls and pulls strings from behind the scenes. Their honest and transparent process is admirable, akin to other community conferences.
A round of snacks later it was over to many luminary speakers from the Python community and the first talk I attended was "The Mighty Dictionary" by Brandon Craig Rhodes and then I attended, Managing the world's oldest Django project by James Bennett who explained why it was such a bad idea to have different branches for each of your clients which will lead to an unwieldy and incompatible codebase over a period of time. Deployment headaches with each server-client network running its own software instance. Their solution was "hosted service". He spoke about unit testing, its importance and how they used spidering tools to test sites for all hosted apps. Saying "No" to customizations and instead creating re-usable customized apps from some requests. IIRC, his parting shot was "FLOSS, Internal code becomes external dependency. Floss jettisons legacy code."
The vegan lunch was fabulous but more about the post-lunch sessions. They were, Python 3: The Next Generation by Mr. Wesley j. chun ; Maximize your program's laziness by Dr. David Q Mertz ; The Ring of Python - Holger Krekel. The latter was a talk I simply loved so go and watch the videos which are online and linked via the pycon website. This is another aspect of pycon that I love --Sharing videos with those that could not attend pycon. They dont assume the worst about people, as in, people will not attend the event if talks are made available online (and hence the organizers wont make money when attendance drops), not including other arrogant (if not) silly excuses that I have heard from certain Indian events.
In 2010, attendance topped previous pycon's. It was announced that this year diversity was at its peak with 113.3 women attendees. No, I am not sure how 0.3% women attended pycon :). Danny blogged and Guido tweeted, and wrote to the list endorsing his support and thoughts on "diversity, people representing other countries and minority groups". I did make it a point to thank him and all the PSF member/organizers that I could remember for the PSF sponsorship, enabling me to attend. GloriaW deserves a special mention and a BIG thankyou for handling hyatt reservations for a bunch of women who were room sharing.
I also met Noufal and Satya (who was our room-share partner), who were also sponsored by the PSF this year. Satya was telling us about her horrid experience with the legendary US B1-visa process in India and the running around she had to endure. Hmmm, why am i not surprised at the horrid experience she had?! It was incredibly funny to hear that the officer asked her to speak in python....doh!! My immigration officer was a hulk at 6'4" and the only intimidating question he asked me was "So, is python like C language?" and before I could speak he cuts in with "Never mind, I'd never understand what you'd say. You are good to go."
LOL, more later.
2010 January 19 [Tuesday]
By SVAKSHA on 2010 January 19 [Tuesday], 14:07:00
DATE+TIME:: (Saturday) at Hrs.
VENUE:: ThoughtWorks Technologies ; 2nd Floor, Tower C, Corporate Block, Diamond District, Old Airport Road, Bangalore.
1. BaijuM will give a demo about using collective.buildbot for setting up buildbot (Continuous integration server)