Friday, January 23, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
Happy New Year from the PSF!
2014 was an eventful year for the Python community, and so we thought a brief rundown of highlights from last year should put us all in the right frame of mind to make 2015 an equally, or even more, productive year. There was so much activity in 2014, that it will take the next couple of blog posts to cover it all, so today's post will focus on membership growth, PSF funding, and conferences.
In 2014 the PSF revised the membership rules, creating a new category of "Basic Membership." We now have over 2000 Basic Members in addition to our Sponsoring, Supporting, Contributing, and Managing Members and Fellows. The community has also grown on social media, with followers totaling more than 100K on Facebook, 91K on Google+, and 41K on Twitter.
This increased inclusivity is good news, since the mission of the PSF is to promote the use and knowledge of Python. The more, the merrier. However, this does not mean a dilution of the power and quality of the language or of the community of users. Rather, this is a recognition of the necessity and value of Pythonistas at all levels of technical mastery—from core developers, through daily professional users, through occasional users, to hobbyists, to anyone who believes computer technology and literacy is and will continue to be the intellectual currency of the 21st century, and that open-source, freely available, non-proprietary access to the way the world works is important.
2014 also saw an explosion of Python-related events and conferences around the world. The PSF was delighted to fund many conferences. In total, $78,853.41 USD was given for conference scholarships and $11,270.37 went to workshops. The list includes Django Weekend, PyCon Philippines, Python FOSDEM in Brussels, PyCon Australia in Brisbane, PyData London, PyCon Brasil, DjangoCon Europe, PyCon APAC, PyCon Italia, PyOhio, Python Camp in Cologne, SciPy in Austin, PyCon Kiwi in Wellington, PyCon Russia, PyData Berlin, PyCon ES, PyCon Japan, PyConZA, Python Argentina, PyTexas, and in NYC, both PyGotham and PyData.
In support of the PSF's commitment to education and diversity, we also sponsored programs including Bangalore PyLadies' Introduction to Python Workshop, Gnome Outreach Program for Women Summer Internship, the Kivy Contest, Young Coders in Nashville Public Schools and at PyTennessee, and UNB Saint John Department of Computer Science Python Game Programming Camp. The PSF also gave a grant enabling 20 teachers to attend PyCon UK, funded Django Girls all around the world (at EuroPython, and in Warsaw, Budapest, Edinburgh, Uganda, Krakow, and Kampala), Code Chix in the Bay area, Cyberjutsu Girls Academy, Geek Girls Carrots, and Teen Python Camp in Peru.
Additional grants allowed Python programming projects, education, and conference attendance to become reality for many more Pythonistas. If you know of someone(s) deserving and desiring of financial assistance in order to attend a conference, or otherwise participate, let us know. We have limited resources, but these resources exist for the purpose of advancing the mission of the PSF—and that means helping you in your Python endeavors.
And, of course, April's PyCon 2014 in Montreal was a great success. More on this next time.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
As some of you may know, the PSF has a team of volunteers who are maintaining a set of central Python event calendars. We currently have two calendars in place:
- Python Events Calendar - meant for conferences and larger gatherings focusing on Python or a related technology (in whole or in part)
- Python User Group Calendar - meant for user group events and other smaller local events
You can subscribe to the calendars using iCal and RSS feeds and also embed the calendar widgets on your sites. We have also added a Twitter feed @PythonEvents to get immediate updates whenever a new event is added. Please see our wiki page for details:
The calendars are open to the world-wide Python community, so you can have local user group events, as well as regional and international conference events added to the calendars.
Looking back on 2014, the calendars have proven to be a great tool for the Python community to connect, with more than 60 conferences and more than a hundred of user group events listed.
We would therefore like to encourage everyone to submit their 2015 events, so that the Python community can get a better overview over what's happening in Python land.
Please see the instructions at https://wiki.python.org/moin/PythonEventsCalendar#Available_Calendars for details on how to submit an event. We've made it really easy for you: just need to send an email to our team address using the email template we provide for this. Thanks.
PS: Please help spread the word about the calendars - we'll all benefit from knowing more about Python events happening around the world. Feel free to forward this posting to your local user groups and conference teams. Thanks.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
We just got word that another new conference is starting up: Python Namibia, taking place February 2-5. This first time conference is taking place in Windhoek at the University of Namibia, with collaboration from Cardiff University, giving a group of students an opportunity to attend as part of their studies!
"Open-source software represents an opportunity for developing nations to become owners and producers of the software that they need; it's a key to their future prosperity," said organizer Daniele Procida. "There's an enormous benefit to software developers in being part of a supportive community."
The conference plans to start with two days of talks, a day of workshops and tutorials, and concluding with collaborative activities like sprints, as well as planning work for hosting a PyCon Namibia in 2016.
"We hope that this event will help programmers in Namibia feel that they belong to a welcoming international community that values their participation - and that it will help set a series of virtuous circles into motion," says Daniele.
Keep an eye on http://python-namibia.org/ and follow @PythonNamibia for more info!
Monday, September 01, 2014
We've previously given a $10,000 donation to PyPy, and more recently seeded the STM efforts with $5,000. The PyPy project works with the Software Freedom Conservancy to manage fund raising efforts and the usage of the funds, and they'll be the ones notifying us of how you all made your donations. At the end of the month, we'll do our part and chip in to making PyPy even better.
The matching period runs today through the end of September.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Portland edged out several other cities in the running, and will make for a great home to PyCon. Several other technology conferences call Portland home, including OSCON, which hosted the last International Python Conference, the precursor to PyCon.
The conference will take place in May of 2016 and 2017, a departure from the recent March and April events of the past. "This will be a great time to visit the Lan Su Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, Rose Garden, and Arboretum," remarked Jodlowska. The city's wide array of restaurants and entertainment will make for an all around great time. "The city offers great coffee roasters, microbreweries, bakeries, pizza, fine dining, crazy donuts, and best of all FOOD CARTS!"
Following PyCon's trip into Canada, the Portland PyCons will represent the seventh location of PyCon, coming after Washington, D.C.; Dallas, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Atlanta, Georgia; Santa Clara, California; and Montréal, Quebec, Canada.
As the final dates for the Portland events become available, we'll be sure to announce them here and on the PyCon blog.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The award is given in recognition of their work to create and run their Young Coders classes, along with freely distributing their teaching materials.
The program began at PyCon 2013 and was an immediate success. The followup blog post is the second most popular post in PyCon's history by a wide margin, and the event was one of the most talked about topics of the conference.
“I don't think you'd ever see that kind of experimentation in a classroom full of adults, who would more likely do everything in their power not to break their computers,” Barbara wrote of the kids’ ability to learn, write, and run code.Since it's beginnings in Santa Clara it has been run at several other conferences, including again at PyCon 2014 - complete with one day having been taught in French, PyTennessee, and most recently at PyOhio.
We thank Katie and Barbara for their work in actively promoting and teaching Python to a new generation of programmers.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
The organizer's behind the event had the following to say:
Python Brasil is one of the main events about technology at Brazil and Latin America related to open-source software and specially about the programming language Python and its derived applications. This is special year for us, since it is the 10th edition, a milestone in the set of events of this magnitude and celebrates your first release at the Northeast region of Brazil, which it reflects the popularity of the language spreading over all Brazil. The previous editions were all hosted at Southeast and south of Brazil.
The event will host several success cases of organizations using Python at their activities and business, even more, it attracts to Brazil a heterogeneous audience from all over Brazil and foreign countries. More than 300 participants are expected to participate at this meeting, which it will be distributed in several activities such as the conference, desconference also known as Open Spaces, Job Fair, Sprints, lighting talks, tutorials, keynotes and exposition.
The PythonBrasil is a traditional event that happens once a year. In the last editions several cities already hosted the event such as Brasilia (2013), Rio de Janeiro (2012), São Paulo (2011), Curitiba (2010), Caixas do Sul (2009), Rio de Janeiro (2008), Joinville (2007), Brasilia (2006) and Campinas (2005). Through the organizations that supported the event we already had several federal universities, companies and recently the commitment of the Government and the federal parliament at Brasilia.
The last edition was one of the largest joining more than 400 Python developers and open-source enthusiasts for all over Brazil. It was a special edition since the event was co-hosted with the International Plone Conference.
We believe this year it will be special, first it will be held at Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco, an amazing beach located 37 mi south of the city of Recife, Pernambuco. With great environment for joining our old friends and even making some new ones even doing lots of network. In our opinion, the best part of the event will be between the talks and keynotes with the discussion happening at the open-spaces and our lounges covered by coffee (yeah Brazilian developers loves coffee). We host several events post-conferences. For instance, our Django Day, that it will be our second one, that usually happens at one bar with beer, appetizers and lighting talks. We are planning many other joint events, like the first Brazilian meeting of the PyLadies Brazil, that started this year at Natal, Rio Grande do Norte.
With great technical talks, many invited python references coming to our event and lots of opportunities to meet and learn with many other developers, we believe this year will be quite exciting, specially an event in one of our main touristic points at Brazil.
November is a wonderful time of year to head South and visit Latin America. Traveling internationally can take time to plan, so now is a great time to start!
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
"Last year we had about 330 register for the tutorials and conference. This year we are expecting over 450,” said organizer Brett Murphy. “Last year we had to shut off registration for the main conference when it hit 300 attendees. This year we can handle up to 800, so we'll see where we end up!"
The keynote schedule includes three great speakers: Lorena A. Barba, Nick Coghlan, and Greg Wilson. Lorena is an associate professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at George Washington University, and a renowned speaker on high-performance computing. Nick is a CPython core developer, PSF Fellow, and software developer at Red Hat, where he works on testing and integration systems. Last but not least, Greg works for the Mozilla Foundation and is the creator of Software Carpentry, a crash course in computing skills for scientists and engineers.
The PSF supports the conference at the Gold level, pledging $4000 in support of the event. This sponsorship will help to defray the cost of lodging and travel for students attending the conference, reduce the cost of attendance for all members, provide time and rooms for development sprints, and more.
SciPy 2014 includes several sub-events, including:
- SciPy John Hunter Excellence in Plotting Contest
- WSSSPE Workshop
- Women in Scientific Computing Luncheon
- Sponsor Happy Hours on Wednesday and Thursday evenings
- Sprint Dinner for Sprint participants
This post was co-authored by Kushal Das
Thursday, April 10, 2014
After three long years, the PSF Python Brochure is finally printed. The first batch was shipped to PyCon 2014 in Montreal. We would like to thank all our initial sponsors and contributors for the hard work and the impressing result.
Promote Python to non-developers
Please help spread the word about how great Python is and how useful it can be to learn Python by taking the brochure to your friends, teachers, professors, managers and team leaders.
We believe it provides some very convincing arguments and hope that it can serve as useful tool in furthering the PSF's mission to grow Python and its community by reaching out to the non-developer world.
Get your brochure copy
Come and grab your copy at the Python Software Foundation table (table #5, "Startup Row") at tonight's opening reception at PyCon 2014 in Montreal.
If you cannot come to fetch your hard copy, you can have a look at the PDF version:
More information on the brochure, the idea behind it, media data and ordering links are available on our project page:
Director, Python Software Foundation