PyCon 2015 is coming up, and we’re all super excited! PyCon is the largest annual gathering for the community using the Python programming language, and since Open edX is written in Python, it’s a big event for us. This year, Open edX is an official sponsor of PyCon, and we have several great events planned during the conference:
- We’re planning an Open edX social dinner on Fri April 10 at 7pm at Monsieur Restaurant & Bar, which is a 10 minute walk from the Palais des Congrès. Anyone in the Open edX community is welcome to join, although we need you to RSVP so we know how many people to put on the dinner reservation. If you want to join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
- We’re hosting an Open edX open space on Sat April 11, from 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM. Location is to be determined, since PyCon doesn’t want people reserving rooms until PyCon actually begins, but we’ll announce the location as soon as we have one. Open spaces are opportunities to meet up face-to-face and get to know the people that you’ve interacted with online!
- We’re doing one day of development sprints on Mon April 13. This is an opportunity to work side-by-side with other people in the Open edX community, including several edX developers. We’ll be bringing USB drives with Birch devstack images on them, so that you’re all set to get started. Bring your ideas, and let’s write some code!
We’re also bringing some great swag to give away, including stickers, Open edX T-shirts, and USB drives with Birch devstack images on them (great for the development sprints)! We’ve also got one more surprise to give away for the first 100 people who come and talk to us in person — but it’s a secret! Ask any edXer at PyCon about the secret swag, and we’ll let you know if we have any left. 🙂
In addition to Open edX events, several edXers are giving talks. Check out:
- “Words, words, words”: Reading Shakespeare with Python. Friday, 11:30am-12:00pm, by Adam Palay.
- Advanced Git. Friday, 2:35-3:05pm, by David Baumgold.
- I18N: World Domination the Easy Way. Friday, 5:10-5:40pm, by Sarina Canelake.
- Facts and Myths about Python Names and Values. Saturday, 12:10-12:40pm, by Ned Batchelder.
We can’t wait to see you all in Montreal!