Conference Recap: PyCon 2014
This weekend I attended and spoke at my first ever PyCon. For those not familiar, PyCon is the largest annual gathering of the Python programming community. This year it was in Montréal.
I’m pretty wiped from the conf, so I don’t have time for a longform post. Here are some stream of consciousness points and tweets.
Shout out to Julia Elman for convincing me to go and submit my talk. I wouldn’t have been there without her. <3
Girl Develop It had a great presence at the conference. It was so wonderful to meet folks from other chapters in person and do some outreach.
PyLadies were in full force at the conference. They sponsored a bunch of scholarships, were speaking at the conference, helping out as organizers, and generally being awesome. The PyLadies lunch on Sunday was a great way to end the conference for me.
I won $500 for Pyladies from Heroku!
There were 1/3 women speakers and attendees! It was noticeable even without hearing those numbers. I hear the majority of this is due to Jessica McKellar and Pyladies. Thank you!
The geek feminism open space gave me a great place to go relax, decompress, and hang out with friends. Every conference needs this.
It was wonderful to see ALL THE FRIENDS. The tech feminist cabal (that title is a joke) was in full force and it was the best thing.
I spent $160 on a signed copy of Lean In. Don’t worry, the proceeds go to benefit Pyladies. I donated the book to Double Union for corrections and edits. I kept the slipcover for potential future use.
I love the conference’s dedication to their code of conduct, especially after all the things that happened last year.
My only constructive criticism is that the conference could improve how they handle Q&A. Many people used the space as a mini lightning talk or asked multiple questions. A moderator that instructs people to be brief and actually ask questions might help. I totally understand this is a hard problem, and I rarely see it handled well (unless you count not having Q&A). Audience members don’t tend to listen, so it’s difficult to improve. I’d love the conf even if they can’t fix this.
Here are some of my favorite talks listed in the order that I saw them. It’s amazing how fast they got videos up, so that I could catch things I missed and share with all of you right away.
I missed seeing this talk live because of my early flight, and I’m really sad about that. Thankfully, videos were up quickly, and I got to watch it when I got home. It’s so good. Everyone should watch this, but especially cisgender people.
This was my first talk at a multitrack conference. I was a little nervous about people showing up because I was late in the day and would have competition. Thankfully, I had a full audience with a bunch of friends in the front row. It was an honor to have Naomi Ceder introduce me.
I think the talk went really well - I got a ton of positive feedback afterwards. I’m so thrilled that it resonated with people and really enjoyed the conversations we had afterwards. Thanks for creating a great environment for me to speak.
I had a great time at PyCon. I want to go again next year. It convinced me that it’s finally time to move communities. I tweeted the things below my last day at the conference. I stand by them.
Had such a great time at #pycon this year. This event has definitely convinced me to move communities. Bye, ruby.— bees have flown away (@juliepagano) April 13, 2014
Also amazing to see pyladies actively involved & supported. A part of the conf & community. Not something tacked on to check a diversity box— bees have flown away (@juliepagano) April 13, 2014
I’m sure python has its warts too, but the leadership cares and sets an important tone and the overall community seems friendly.— bees have flown away (@juliepagano) April 13, 2014
Note: not to say I’ll never use ruby. It’s a fine language, but I’m not interested much in the community any more.— bees have flown away (@juliepagano) April 13, 2014
I will still be at @MadisonRuby this year cause they are awesome and have ruby + the community things I care about.— bees have flown away (@juliepagano) April 13, 2014
Sitting at the airport thinking about how much I want to come to PyCon again next year and stay longer next time. :D— bees have flown away (@juliepagano) April 13, 2014