If I have to publish this post in twitter it will simply become "Best
ever, thank you @pycon".
Conferences are always a good place to meet old friends or make new ones, to
meet like minded people with whom you can share your passion, discuss
and non technical things in the same pace. There are few conferences where
will see work getting done in a fast pace, `PyCon <
was one of them. Of course we have the extra toppings of great food, drinks
PyCon US 2013 had all of them but in much larger plates. Nine days full of
excitement, 2500+ people under one roof, 6 parallel tracks of talks, the
language summit, first ever education summit, 4 days of continuous hacking
your favorite projects are a few things which are coming in my mind in less
I reached SFO around 1:20pm on 11th March. Took a cab to Ramada in Santa
This was my first USA trip and after reaching hotel I found the place kind
empty. It was a strange feeling about not finding any person outside cars
Luckily saw Douglas Napoleone's email telling volunteers already reaching
venue. So, I just took a cab and reached venue.
In the office room I met Douglas, Noah Kantrowitz, Laurens Van Houtven,
Żabik and later Ewa Jodlowska. Started setting up the "green room" with
and had enough fun while testing each of the radio equipments for
the amazing AV team, they need a special thanks as the event reaches to
people through their dedication and hard work.
Had dinner with others and came back to the hotel late at night.
I have to mention one thing, the warm welcome I received from everyone
through out the conference. I never felt for a moment that I was there for
first time or meeting them first time. We always talk about how open the
communities should be or how diversity should help. Trust me when I say
Python community at PyCon will give you the same warm feeling which you get
your close friends or relatives. This is just another reason to be in
the part of the bigger family.
Next day reached venue by 9am, through out the day many more people started
coming down. Registration was started by 3pm, so did the needful.
By afternoon Toshio reached the venue. It is always fun to meet to people
whom you know him/her for
long time and I was sure this PyCon is going to be full with those fun
as I will be meeting most people for the first time face to face. Met
threebean also in the hotel.
At nigh around 12 of us went out for dinner to a restaurant, the food was
I came back to the hotel around midnight and found Ramki and Konark already
Had to wake up by six so that we can get ready and reach venue by 7:30am but
reached few minutes late and straight went behind registration desks, the
started growing as the day progressed but it was never too long. The custom
application we were using for registration was one of the main reason to get
things done in a fast pace.
After the queue started staying empty for long, I rushed to the language
before it started. The details from the day is in this `post
young coders tutorial was going on up in the tutorials room at the same
Morning met Mark Shannon in hotel and we all shared a cab to reach venue.
usual registration desk work done I moved to the education summit. During
three panels we heard some great success stories and discussions went on.
panels were on "Curriculum", "Teaching" and "Engagement".
I found that in
dgplug summer training we are actually executing many of the suggestions
in the panels.
After lunch I went in to the "Python 3 Metaprogramming" by David Beazley. He
already tweeted that brains might explode during this tutorial and it
did for many of us.
PyCon SWAG bag stuffing party was in the late afternoon. This is generally a
difficult task in a conference where you have high number of people turning
But within couple of hours we finished off 2500+ bags and had too much fun.
In the evening there was "Opening Reception!". Alex Gaynor and myself
bouncers and guarded the door :p
Later at night we had the volunteers and speakers meet. Every little steps
explained in great details.
Day 3 (first day of main conference)
Queues started becoming long in the early morning but due to great setup of
morning breakfast tables and event-bag pickup counter, it never felt much.
managed to finish off the registration without any trouble.
Jesse Noller started the day with some exciting announcements, one of them
about a raspberrypi for each attendee.
Next was the keynote by *Eben Upton* from Raspberry Pi Foundation. After the
keynote people started moving into different rooms and hallways were also
I attended Ned Batchelder's talk on *Loop like a native: while, for,
generators*, and Raymond Hettinger's talk on *Transforming Code into
Idiomatic Python* and finally Mike Müller's *Functional Programming with
Python*. Most of the time in the day, I was meeting people and discussing
various technical aspects of different projects. These kind of hallway
are of course the best part of the conference.
At night after another awesome dinner, packaging and distibution tools
mini-summit started in room 206. The current status and future goals of
projects including setuptools, distribute, wheels, pip, virtualenv,
PyPi were discussed.
Reached hotel around 1am and just crashed.
Woke up early. Day started with lighting talks, I spoke about retask
somehow I was feeling uneasy about showing only code in the slides,
Through out the day there were many fantastic talks, more interesting
discussions on hallways. Sometime in the afternoon Tavis Rudd gave a
system, completely blown away with the accuracy.
In the evening there was "Porting to Python3" session in open space. I
any of my modules ported to Python3. Barry Warsaw led the session, we
went through the basic differences between 2 and 3 and saw some common
people get into. I started porting `retask <http://retask.readthedocs.org/>`_
Python3. Toshio introduced me to `six <http://pythonhosted.org/six/>`_
the end of session I managed to port retask into Python3.
At night we as usual sat down in hotel bar and pool side, met many new faces
from Montreal, who will be leading the event next year.
Reached venue around 9am and went directly to the poster session venue, put
my poster on darkserver. Missed both the keynote sessions due to this but
started coming in as the keynote finished.
One good thing about poster session was direct interaction with audience.
major feedback I received during the day was the following
* Support other distributions, starting with CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu.
* Make it easier so that people can have custom installations inside
* Provide a framework so that people can import from various sources with
Many devels acknowledged that becoming single source for all different
GNU_BUILD_ID(s) from the distribution is important.
In between Dave Malcolm took the charge of the explanation of the project
audience and we also had few pictures taken.
In the closing ceremonies Diana Clarke took the charge of running next
PyCon from Jesse.
Next was introduction of various sprints by the leaders. It was very clear
the number of people attending sprints is also going to be high. We slowly
started moving things back to the sprint rooms.
Day 6 (first day of sprints)
First time managed to sleep more, till 9am, it was much required extra
reached venue, Ramki went to PyData, me and Konark moved to different sprint
Through out the first half all the different bugs in cpython I tried to
were either not-reproducible or can not be introduced in 2.x as they were
At night started discussing about retask with Maximiliano Curia, he
many patches since then. Later started port rst module into Python3.
Finished rst porting to Python3, so now it supports both 2 and 3. Had long
discussion with Dave Malcolm on his current projects. Later he helped me to
explore more on elfutils and how to go ahead to have a library around it so
we can bindings in different languages as required. I also showed my work
Python bindings to `elfutils <https://github.com/kushaldas/elfutils>`_
Started working on few smtplib related bugs in cpython, R. David Murray
committed one of the patch and the other one is up for review. His help to
new-comers was really helpful.
Day 9 (last day)
We all moved to one single space, even at the end there were around 50
working in various projects. Met the mailman team. Though out the sprint
mane left and it was time for me to say good bye to everyone. Toshio
to Lawrence caltrain station and I came back to SFO and stayed back at
place for the night, I had my flight back home around noon next day.
I personally found the development sprint days very much useful, we just sat
back and hacked on our favorite projects, many projects got work done, many
developers joined the teams.
In betwen I was trying to figure out if we can get some hardware donation
`Bijra project <http://bijra.dgplug.org/>`_
, which got slowed down due to
hardware issues. Mark shannon heard the issue and donated his Raspberry-Pi
later Harry Percival donated his. Steve Holden also came up to help and he
promised to send a few more devices to the school. We will still require
more help in finding some cheap HDMI to VGA adapters.
Personally this trip was very meaningful in many ways, being in the venue
the event is of course a different experience. If you are a Python
someone who loves new technologies or someone who just loves to meet
people, come down to PyCon, find the nearest one in your region. `PyCon
will be happening from August 30 to September
in Bangalore this year. Hope to meet many of you again there and in future
I also thank `Red Hat <https://www.redhat.com/>`_
and `Fedora Project
for making trip possible.