Tag - PyCon-IN
2010 September 25 [Saturday]
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!
2009 October 7 [Wednesday]
Finally both the key organisers decided to blog and its always nice to read detailed posts.
Kenneth writes : "....my first experience of interacting with with a non-foss group,...... I stayed cool ........ During the testing period, there were a lot of suggestions, comments and criticism, by and large constructive and helpful, although some of them were totally inane...."
My tiny (almost zero) contributions were testing his app online, so i hope any comments / suggestions didnt sound inane ^_^
Noufal modestly opines : ".......and I don’t think I’m being immodest if I said that I did a decent job. The credit for the whole event though belongs to the entire community since everyone pitched in at the right time to keep the whole thing running smoothtly. Give yourselves a hand..........."
Although I couldnt make it, all the attendees who blogged about the conference had only good things to say about pycon india 09. That, in my view, is the best credit any event organiser can get.
2009 October 3 [Saturday]
Last weekend, when I got calls asking which talk I was attending at Pycon-India, I kicked myself for not being in Bangalore and missing the event which we started planning in Feb'09.
Parthan opines : "........When the first discussions happened, everybody doubted it might become just another conference discussion that will never happen. It has taken the support and sheer determination of quite a number of people to make it happen. We just wanted to try it once, to at least see how the Python community responds to such initiatives and it has ended up being more than encouraging to make this a yearly event......."
This shows that a true-blue COMMUNITY event can be pulled off and flawlessly executed in around six months, where all the planning was online via lists and irc, with 3-4 ground meets. Cool ! The folks who deserve to be congratulated are Kenneth, Noufal, Anand. Kamal Govindraj, Ramdas, Anand, Senthil, Indudhar, JANASTU, and many other people whose names I have missed (and didnt mean to) here. Do holler if you helped out.
Here are some more blogger opinions.
Baiju shares some pyctoral moments by Ponnusamy.
PYCON.Blog : " ....Over 350 delegates and 30+ speakers attended the event.... A notable instance is the participation of 75 students from the Rajalakshmi Engg College in the neighboring city of Chennai, who just hopped on a train to Bangalore en-masse....."
Abhishekh Mishra : ".........Idiomatic Python and other language features - What an excellent talk on the language by Sykora. Like, did you know a try... except block could be faster than an if.. else in a loop. This has been tested by Sykora. Differences between upcoming Python 3.x and 2.x were clearly highlighted,.............."
Arun : ".........This was my first lightning talk.......creating a simple casual game using Pyglet called ‘FruitCatch’..........."
Pavan : " .......I spotted a snake in the green lawns of IISc,......I thought IISc would have a good infrastructure, but when I went there all I saw was smelly loos, broken benches, ....connectivity was very good, the WiFi was also pretty good...."
Chandan : "......Hall L4. This session was given by Senthil....the implementation of Sieve of Eratosthenes....brief overview of various sorting techniques...bisection sort , tim sort of python, sorted function and timer function. This session was very informative...."
Lakshman :" ......There was a talk on design patterns that explained various design patters: Singleton, Iterator, Factory Method, Strategy, observer, decorator. Creating a singleton using decorators is a nice little thing I got out of this talk....."Three months to go for 2010, and among other things, I look forward to SCIPY from 12--17Dec2009, comprising of a conference, tutorials and Sprints which I hope to attend for 2-3 days atleast.
2009 September 4 [Friday]
Some months ago Aahz started the diversity list which has had discussions on a diversity statement which will be put forth to the PSF for approval (or did GvR ack it already? I am too lazy to wade through the emails now) which would be incorporated on the main python.org site. The diversity wiki page has a bunch of reading links already -- a lot more exhaustive than the UW wiki page. Way nicer page to point as 101 lessons for cluless humans!
The py-world is large space and while it may not be possible to jet halfway across the globe to attend a pyconf in the US or EU, we have a better way to communicate seamlessly via blogs -- planets aggregating blogs have always been an easy way to showcase and increase the voices within any community. Yeah, planet.python.org it is, but not all the folks around the world are there and what about folks who dont want to have the overhead of maintaining a blog --yeah, ask this lazy blogger about that feeling ...pfft !
Presenting "python-open-mike" -- your
chance to be heard. So all ye python users having anything pythonic to
say can simply email their thoughts to :
<email@example.com> to be heard. Its that simple.
Btw, there was a call for moderators for open-mike so if you are reading this
and want to volunteer, shoot a mail to diversity AT
Now onto the next big event this month :: ! Gee, september is here already !?Its the first conf that i'm helping organise simply because i like the chilled out +ve attitude -- a scarcity if you know what i mean
Well, the sponsors team was lucky to bag Zeomega and Thoughtworks, which have already pitched in generously as sponsors. However we are still open to the idea of more corporate sponsors that are into Python. So if your company uses Python extensively and you would like to pitch in financially, here are some open sponsorship slots :
Premium Sponsors: (INR.50k+) - you are welcome to contribute more
- Name, Blurb on our website
- Link back to company from our website
- Dedicated Banners at venue
- Mentions on our main banner under 'Sponsors'
- Stall at venue
- Access to contact information of delegates
- Company brochures in swag kits
Associate Sponsor: (INR.25k)
- Name on our site with a link back to their site
- Name on our main banner under 'associate sponsor'
Associate: (INR.10k) [Mostly for individual donations]
- Name on our site (no link back)
So if you want to become a part of the local Python community and sponsor this event, please mail me " vid AT svaksha d-o--t c-o-m " or leave a comment on this blog. (PS. I check emails more often than blog comments so the former will gt you a faster response from me.)
Btw, online registrations for the first Indian Pycon scheduled to take place from 26-27September 2009 at IISc, Bangalore has not yet closed. If you have not registered as a delegate log on to the pycon-india website to register online. Now!!