Last week, our buddies from Logitravel Group attended one of the most important Python conferences in Spain. They spent the whole weekend learning about new technologies while having a good time in Malaga.
What is a Pycon?
The Python Conference (PyCon) is an annual convention for the discussion and promotion of the Python programming language. These conventions are made in a large number of countries. It is likely that in your country a Pycon has been celebrated previously. You can find the list of all the event in the oficial pycon website. Python is well known for their awesome community. All Pythonists have something in common, everyone wants to share knowledge and have a great time. In this convention you can find talks about almost every cool tech trend. The talks of this year had been predominated by machine learning and natural language processing (NLP).
Who’s behind this conventions ?
The main responsible of this awesome events is the Python Software Fundation. The Python Software Foundation is a non-profit corporation that holds the intellectual property rights behind the Python programming language. They manage the open source licensing for Python version 2.1 and later and own and protect the trademarks associated with Python. They ran the first Pycon and they are also responsible of supporting other Python conferences around the world. They even support financially students that can not pay the travel cost to attend the Pycon.
Why Python is so cool?
The main reason why Python is very popular among the developers is due their brilliant community. The community is full of awesome contributors ready to learn teaching. You will always find someone that is disposed to help you out with very technical problems.
Python is also well known for having programming libraries for almost each possible application required. It does not matter if you have to solve a problem using machine learning, creating a web or making very fast backend. I am almost 100% sure that Python has a tool for it.
How to enjoy this events like a boss
Now you know what is Python and why is so cool. I am almost sure that you are decided to attend the following Pycon of your area.
In the beginning of this year PyconES, the event moderator explained a few tips to get the most of this events:
- Forget about your social media. The only time you should take out your phone is to tweet about the awesome talk you are attending. To get the most of this talks, is recommended to disconnect from your social media and focus on taking notes and asking cool questions. Remember that in the ends of the talks, you will have the opportunity to ask complicated questions to experienced professionals of a given sector.
- Follow the Pac Man Rule. This rule consist in when standing as a group of people, always leave room for 1 person to join your group. Doing this, you are giving explicit permission to other people to join the group. More info in this article.
- You should meet new people. The greatest talks you will have in this events are the talks that are not planned in the hallways. Take the opportunity to ask to a ponent cool questions when their presentation finishes. In the end, you will have a good time and you will meet new people.
You can’t wait to the following Pycon event
If you can’t wait is not the end of the world. You don’t have to wait to this big events to have a great time with another colleges of the tech sector. There are a lot a locals that create meetups to discuss interesting topics. If you have time, visit their communication channel and meet them in a bar. Learning Computer Science in Informal Environments is easier than learning in the school. What a better place to discuss about quantum computing while taking a beer.