2009-09-30

PyCon India receives fantastic response

For Python language enthusiasts across India, all roads led to the Lecture Hall Complex at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore on 26th and 27th Sep. The reason - to attend and be part of the first PyCon India which was held during the week-end.

The event saw tremendous enthusiasm and participation from all over the country. Over 350 delegates and 30+ speakers attended the event. The event generated a lot of interest in the academia, with a large number of college students and fresh graduates attending it. 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. This is a worthy example of how Python has caught the imagination of young programmers in the sub-continent and that the language is poised for steady growth and adoption in India.

The opening keynote talk by Dr. Prabhu Ramachandran was well attended and appreciated by the crowd. Dr. Ramachandran talked about his experiences with Python and gave a very good impression upon the audience of how Python is an effective tool in quick prototyping and rapid software development from concept to the finish. He gave on to give another talk on the 3D visualizer application Mayavi which is written in Python.

There were over 30 talks in total in addition to several lightning talks towards the end of the closing day. Overall, the event was a very memorable learning and fun experience to all the Pythonistas who took part in it. The event is poised well to take the leadership in promoting Python in India in the coming years.

2009-09-25

Reminder: 5 days left for PyCon US 2010 Proposals

October 1, the deadline for submitting PyCon talk proposals, is now just under a week away. If you're planning to present, you should submit your outline now! See the proposal instructions for guidance.

PyCon India aims to bring together Python aficionados from across the country

The first ever PyCon India, scheduled to start at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore on 26th and 27th Sep, 2009 aims to bring together Python aficionados, developers and companies using the Python programming language, under a common umbrella for the first time.

The event is unique in many respects. It is the first ever formal Python meet of its kind and scale ever to be organized in India. The event is fully community organized, with the Bangalore Python Users Group as the forum for coordinating activities. There are a range of talks on a variety of aspects of the Python programming language, from introductory tutorials for beginners to Python for mobile computing and Python for the Semantic web. There will also be informal sessions where individual Python developers can share their experiences on Python and how they benefited from it. Around 400 delegates are expected to take part in the event from across the country.

The event is sponsored by reputed organizations such as ThoughtWorks and ZeOmega who themselves use Python for software development. Other supporting organizations include tenXperts, Duxsoft, Navisite, Strand Life Sciences and Mahiti.org.

For more information visit http://in.pycon.org/2009.

2009-09-21

Kiwi PyCon - Conference brings programming language of the year to NZ

What do Google, YouTube, Weta Digital and the New Zealand Government share in common? They all rely on the 2009 Programming Language of the Year - Python, for their daily operations. To promote Python's use in New Zealand the NZ Python User Group (NZPUG) is holding the first Kiwi PyCon conference in Christchurch at the Canterbury Innovation Incubator on November 7th and 8th.

The event will include talks highlighting how Python has been used in web and desktop applications, in the field of science and maths, in gaming and animation, and in various other fields. The programme will also include interactive sessions with the audience and opportunities for delegates to give short presentations regarding ways they have benefited from Python.

Python is used in New Zealand by reputable companies such as Weta Digital, the company behind Lord of the Rings and King Kong, and is also used extensively by the New Zealand Government, by academic institutions throughout the country and many other commercial organisations.

"We've got a great lineup of talks prepared and we've also arranged for a couple of very talented and engaging keynote speakers for the conference" said Tim Knapp, the Director of the event, "so we really do encourage all members of the IT community in New Zealand to come along, including management, to find out how Python can be used in their organisations".

The event is supported by reputable organisations Canonical, Catalyst IT, Weta Digital, the Python Software Foundation, Unfold Limited and Tait Electronics. Other supporting organisations include Encode Limited, powerHouse, PretaWeb, VortexDNA and the Plone Foundation.

150 delegates are expected from across New Zealand and Australia and registration for the conference is now open with limited numbers. For more information visit http://nz.pycon.org or contact Tim Knapp via kiwipycon at nzpug dot org.

2009-09-17

Reminder: 14 Days left for PyCon US 2010 Proposals

October 1, the deadline for submitting PyCon talk proposals, is now just under a month away. Start thinking about your outline now, and see the proposal instructions for guidance.

2009-09-16

Just one week to go for PyCon India!

Pythonistas in the garden city of India, Bangalore are organizing the very first PyCon India in Bangalore, India on Sep 26-27, 2009 at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

The effort is undertaken by a group of Python enthusiasts in the BangPypers (Bangalore Python Users Group) forum.

Go to PyCon India site for the most recent information and updates. For a list of talks planned at PyCon India visit here.

Please spread the word and participate to make the first PyCon India a grand success!

2009-09-02

Reminder: One month left for proposals

October 1, the deadline for submitting PyCon talk proposals, is now just under a month away. Start thinking about your outline now, and see the proposal instructions for guidance.

2009-09-01

Display a PyCon 2010 Badge

If you blog, or maintain a website, please let your readers know about PyCon 2010 by adding a PyCon graphic to your page or sidebar. Here's what it looks like:

PyCon 2010: Atlanta

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