Kushal Das: PyCon Pune 2017

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2017 is a special year for various reasons. PyCon Pune
is one of the biggest points in that list. This
gave us an opportunity to meet with the friends and work along with the
community on the language/projects we love.

Anwesha first pointed out the idea that we can have a
regional PyCon, and later in the Delhi airport (while returning from PyCon
India) I shared the idea with Sayan and
Ratnadeep. The goal was to focus on upstream
contribution and communities at the same time. We made the first call for
organizers and volunteers as soon as I managed to get a venue fixed. Though
just before the conference we had to move the main conference venue (for
various reasons) to another beautiful location, AMANORA THE FERN HOTELS AND
CLUB, Pune. We had two different part of the conference, first two days were
the main conference, a single track of talks. This helped everyone to attend
the whole of conference talks. People could also visit the sponsor booths or
enjoy the view of the venue in the hallway track. The second part of the
conference was dev sprints, which was the main attraction for us. It was held
in the Red Hat Pune office in the last 2 days of the conference. Having the
sprints in an office helped us to get a stable Internet, and power. In total,
we had around 550+ attendees and around 120 dev sprint attendees. The tickets
for dev sprints were sold out in the first few days 🙂 and there was a big
demand for any ticket transfer till the last moment. We also had child care
facility around 5 minutes walking distance from the main venue. Our tshirt had
a comment from Brett Cannon, this was also a perfect way
to communicate the goal of the conference.

We had 89 talk proposals, out of that
10 talks were selected and 6 keynotes. I should especially thank all the
speakers as they traveled of their own, and thus helping with our limited
budget for the conference. Btw, I have written another blog
about how
do we take care of our conference speakers.

Everything related to the conference was maintained in the
github. Our logo came from Ryan
, website was made by a group of
volunteers. The local hackerspace, reserved-bit
was not only a sponsor for us, but also volunteered to manage the finance of
the conference and volunteering in person. They also have a blog post
explaining the budget information in their
Janastu helped us to manage the ticket
(registration) sales. Hasgeek helped by providing the
video recording equipment. All the talks (except one where we lost the audio
due to a technical issue) are available on

The Python Software Foundation helped us for
this conference from the day 1, PyLadies Pune were managing the PSF booth
during the conference. Microsoft Python team,
Elastic, Pipal Academy, Red
, reserved-bit,
PSF were the sponsors in the first edition of
the conference.

Devsprints details

As I mentioned above, the dev sprints were the main fun point for PyCon Pune.
At the end of two days of sprints, we manage to have the following things done
(mostly by total newcomers):








Learning of all things

  • Getting started with PyGame
  • Getting started with Cactus (static website generating)
  • Using git and github
  • Using github pages


We also had a full room with people working on MicroPython and hardware. John
Hawley was helping out people with MicroPython, and he also got many ESP8266
based bunny boards, which he distributed among the participants. You can read
more about one such project in Anwesha’s
. And the rest of the details from

  • Making things blink
  • Watching Star Wars
  • Flashing Boards, then unflashing boards
  • Bunny herding
  • Thumb bitting at thee
  • Xen of V & A and the river W
  • MicroPython and the search for the Temperature Sensors 2 – the sensors are lost!
  • Asking random Chinese LED manufacturer’s if they can make the impossible (turns out they are bums and can’t)
  • Plotting adc values from esp8266 using matplotlib
  • Causing Bunny infestation

Full photoset

All the photos from the conference are available in my flickr

What about PyCon Pune 2018?

You will have to wait for few more days for the exciting announcements 🙂 Sayan
already made a call for design volunteers.

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