A little less than six months ago, we held the first PyCon in Israel. To our dismay, it took us this long to post all the videos from the event, but now they’re finally up, and you can finally catch up on The Track Not Taken.

We’d like to take this opportunity to clear the 2016 table and summarize the conference, to give it some closure.

The conference was a lot of work and fun to organize, and truly wonderful to witness. We’ve had:

  • About 350 visitors over the two days
  • 3 inspiring keynotes
  • 32 talks on different subjects
  • 15…


Cloudify is an open-source Python Shop developing an orchestration framework for any cloud infrastructure provider allowing to use the tools of your choice to manage your applications. Cloudify’s mission statement is to allow organizations to realize the benefits of cloud computing by simplifying the management of cloud applications at scale.

Our complex challenges vary from scaling and healing to abstracting common tools like Docker, Puppet, Chef, Telegraf and the likes via Cloudify plugins. We adhere to PEP8 and do not compromise on code quality! OpenStack contributors are welcome.

We’re looking for brilliant developers to join us on a journey to take the concept of orchestration to the next level. http://github.com/cloudify-cosmo is our home. You’re invited.


We connect everything: people, processes, data, and things. We innovate everywhere, taking bold risks to shape the technologies that give us smart cities, connected cars, and handheld hospitals. And we do it in style with unique personalities who aren’t afraid to change the way the world works, lives, plays and learns .

We are thought leaders, tech geeks, pop culture aficionados, and we even have a few purple haired rock stars. We celebrate the creativity and diversity that fuels our innovation. We are dreamers and we are doers.
We Are Cisco.


Python has been the backbone of Dropbox since its early days as it allowed the company to stay lean while scaling to let over 400 million users and 8 million businesses synchronize over 1.2 billion files every day. Dropbox co-founder and CEO Drew Houston called Python his favorite coding language and in 2012 Guido Van Rossum, the father of Python, joined the company to ensure Dropbox is using Python as efficiently as possible.

At Dropbox’s office in Israel, we’re a small team (20+) of talented engineers, building innovative solutions to simplify the way people work together. In addition to making an impact on our products and hundreds of millions of users, you’ll be part of the cultural foundation of Dropbox’s growing presence in Israel. This is a unique opportunity to work on meaningful big-company engineering projects at scale.For more info check: https://www.dropbox.com/jobs/herzliya


SentinelOne was founded in 2013 by a group of Israeli cybersecurity experts who developed a fundamentally new, groundbreaking approach to endpoint protection. Static, signature-based solutions are no match for today’s advanced cyber threats, and the lack of integrated incident response tools leaves a gap between detection and remediation during which organizations are still highly vulnerable.

SentinelOne unifies endpoint threat prevention, detection and response in a single platform driven by sophisticated machine learning and intelligent automation. With SentinelOne, organizations can predict malicious behavior across multiple vectors, rapidly eliminate threats with fully-automated, integrated response capabilities, and adapt their defenses against the most advanced cyber attacks.


When we set out to plan the conference, we were not sure what number of attendants to expect. We were also informed by more experienced organizers, that when you go over ~300 people, organization starts growing exponentially harder. So, for our first conference, we aimed towards that number. We based our financial plan and venue on that estimation, with slight margins for higher and lower demand.

Excited and hopeful, we opened the registration and to our great surprise, after 2 weeks or so, the tickets were completely sold out. The demand was overwhelming. This is, in general, a good thing…


Python is used throughout Autodesk’s 3d software. Whether as a scripting language for 3ds Max and Maya, the backend infrastructure for web and geometrical tools, or scripts for various work flows, Autodesk relies on Python and the Python ecosystem. Autodesk Israel’s products are no exception, especially relying on Python for Web Application development.

In addition to being actively involved in the Israeli 3d, maker and gaming communities, Autodesk Israel is proud to support Python developers in Israel. Autodesk Israel is not only sponsoring PyCon, but 2 Autodesk employees are part of the conference committee, helping make PyCon happen!

About Autodesk

Whether its…


XtremIO employs Python in a whole range of roles — using its well-known strengths for implementing web services and test automation, and also its less-well-known strengths for exotic interactions with C-based systems and meta-programming. Now, they’re also helping to advance a diverse and knowledgeable local Python community. Thank you XtremIO!

About XtremIO:

XtremIO develops a new class of storage solution based on groundbreaking innovation in primary storage design. Leveraging Solid State Drive (SSD) technology, they re-architect storage to deliver unprecedented value in performance, economics, operations, and data management efficiencies, addressing major pain points in high growth Enterprise IT markets.

Originally backed by…


We are proud to announce that Ola Sitarska & Ola Sendecka will be among the PyCon Israel 2016 keynote speakers!

Ola Sitarska

Ola Sitarska and Ola Sendecka are two very capable programmers, members of the Django Core Team. But their contribution to the Python community goes way beyond lines of code: In 2013 they were part of the team that put DjangoCon Europe in a circus tent; and in 2014 they went on to start Django Girls, an organization and a community that helps bring women into programming and technology.


When it comes to Python community involvement, we’ve met Cymmetria before, when they sponsored November’s PyWebIL meetup. Imri, the VP R&D, spoke of their advanced attitude towards Cyber threats (and the reasons he left New York to join this startup :) ). Now, Cymmetria stepped up its game further and took Pycon Israel 2016 second (and last) Diamond sponsorship! You got to admit that’s impressive… Thank you Cymmetria!

How is Python used in Cymmetria?

We asked Cymmetria to drop us a few lines about how they are using Python in their product, here is their answer:

Here at Cymmetria, Python is our main development language. Except…

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