PyCon UK 2017 full schedule announced

6th October 2017

We are delighted to announce the full schedule for PyCon UK 2017!

We're hosting a huge number of talks, workshops, and other sessions. Speakers are coming from all over the world to share their experiments, discoveries, probelms, solutions, achievements, failures, and other adventures.

There are lots of sessions aimed at beginners and people new to Python, as well as lots more advanced content.

And we're particularly pleased to have whole tracks dedicated to education and to data science.

If you don't have your ticket yet, you'll need to get one now! Ticket sales close at the end of Monday 9th October.

PyCon UK 2017 tickets sales closing

30th September 2017

We will be closing ticket sales for PyCon UK (except for the children's day) at 23:59 BST on Monday 9th October.

Accommodation available for PyCon UK attendees

14th September 2017

Following confirmation that a world title heavyweight boxing match is taking place in Cardiff over the weekend of the conference, we have made reservations for around 200 beds for conference delegates in hostels in Cardiff.

If you are coming to the conference and have not yet reserved accommodation, please do so as soon as possible! Ticketholders can book accommodation through the ticketing website.

For more information, see the accommodation page on the conference website.

Self-driving robot racing competition with the Raspberry Pi

9th September 2017

From Barry Byford:

"Formula Pi is a racing competition for software developers to compete against each other to see how good their code is at controlling a small autonomously vehicle.

The hardware is provided and maintained by the organisers so the vehicles are identical removing that expense and complexity from competitors. This results in a series that allows software engineers to compete purely on the capabilities of their code. Competitors upload their code to vehicles via the Formula Pi website and the races are streamed live on YouTube.

When competitors register they get access to a simulator for testing their code as well as some example Python code to get started.

Registration for the third series of Formula Pi is open until 30th Septmber."

The John Pinner Award

8th September 2017

We are pleased to announce that nominations for the first ever John Pinner Award are open.

We want YOU to nominate people who freely contribute time and effort for the good of the UK Python community but who generally don't get the sort of recognition others may enjoy. To be clear, this award celebrates community rather than technical endeavours.

Perhaps you can think of that person who quietly organises your local user group, runs workshops, mentors others online or creates educational resources for others to re-use. It is the contributions of people like this who we'd like to celebrate through this award.

You can nominate any number of people and the nomination process is very simple. Full details can be found here.

Get nominating!

PyCon UK 2017 provisional schedule

31st August 2017

We're pleased to share a provisional day-by-day schedule for PyCon UK 2017.

You can find more details on our website.

PyCon UK 2017 accommodation warning

30th August 2017

There are rumours that a heavyweight boxing match may be taking place in Cardiff on the Saturday of PyCon UK, and so accommodation in the city has been snapped up much more quickly this year than usual.

If you're coming to the conference, you should book your accommodation now. Don’t delay any further! If you leave it too late, you may find that there is no more affordable accommodation available.

We have set up a wiki for people to arrange sharing of rooms or rentals, or for anybody in Cardiff to offer a room in their home. (We can offer a free conference ticket to anybody in Cardiff who can put up visitors in their home.)

Please see the accommodation page on our website for more details.

PyCon UK 2017 Keynotes

23rd August 2017

We're excited to announce the keynote speakers for PyCon UK 2017.

  • "Unsafe at Any Speed". On the Thursday, PyCon UK regular and Open Data expert Rae Knowler will be exploring how to design software to avoid traps for unwary users.
  • "Shaping the World". Friday sees David R. MacIver, author, blogger, and the creator of Hypothesis, talk about software, human behaviour, and what happens when things don't go to plan.
  • "It's not the coding curriculum! Repositioning CS education reform in the UK". On Saturday, Tom Crick MBE, Professor of Computer Science & Public Policy at Cardiff Met, will be talking about, um, computer science and public policy.
  • "Communities and education: exploring together". On Sunday, Kushal Das and Anwesha Das are travelling from India to share their experiences of running one of the largest PyCons in the world.

Don't miss out on tickets!

The PyCon UK CFP has closed

11th August 2017

The PyCon UK CFP has closed, and we're bowled over by the number of excellent submissions we've had.

The conference committee will be mulling over the programme over the next couple of weeks, and we'll have some very difficult decisions to make. In the meantime, we'd like to thank everybody who's submitted a proposal.

Children's Day at PyCon UK 2017

11th August 2017

Tickets for the Children's Day at PyCon UK 2017 are now on sale.

We'll be hosting a Code Club, suitable for children under 13, and a Raspberry Jam for older children, or those looking to take on more advanced projects.

Tickets are just £5 and include a picnic lunch. Parents and guardians accompanying children do not require a conference ticket.

Django Girls at PyCon UK 2017

7th August 2017

From the organisers of Django Girls at PyCon UK:

"Are you female and want to learn how to make websites? Don’t know where to start? We have good news for you! We are holding a one-day workshop at PyCon UK 2017 for beginners. We believe the IT industry will benefit greatly from encouraging more women into technology. We want to give you an opportunity to learn how to program and become one of us - female programmers!

Learning how to code can seem like an impossible task, so a Django Girls workshop at PyCon UK will show 30 programming beginners how it can be done and get them excited about the world of technology.

The Django Girls workshop is a crash course aimed at total beginners. You don’t need to know anything about programming, just bring your own laptop, have a sufficient understanding of English so you’re able to follow our English tutorial and be able to commit to the all-day workshop. You will work through the tutorial in a small group of three attendees and one coach so you’ll be able to do it at your own pace.

Django Girls was born in July 2014 in Berlin and today, Django Girls is a volunteer run organisation with hundreds of people contributing to bring more women to the Python and Django communities. Our goal is to bring more amazing women into the world of technology and increase the diversity in the Django community."

To register your interest in attending, please fill in the application form.

Ten days left to submit your proposal for PyCon UK 2017!

31st July 2017

The Call for Participation for PyCon UK closes on 10th August. The committee will aim to publish a list of selected events by 24th August.

We always see a sharp rise in ticket sales immediately after the programme is announced. To make sure you dont miss out, you should get your tickets now!

PyData at PyCon UK

30th July 2017

PyCon UK and PyData London are joining forces to deliver a track of talks, workshops, and other events about data science at PyCon UK in October.

Access to the PyData track is included in the ticket price for PyCon UK, and the track's organisers are still looking for proposals for talks and workshops.

Announcing the UK Python Association

25th July 2017

The PyCon UK committee have recently registered the the UK Python Association as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with the Charity Commission.

The UKPA is a membership organisation, and in the first instance, anybody who attends PyCon UK 2017 is entitled to membership. For now, membership entitles you to vote to elect the organisation's trustees. You can indicate that you would like to join the UKPA when you buy a ticket for the conference, or if you already have a ticket, when you fill out your profile.

We are looking to elect up to six trustees for the UKPA at the first AGM on the Saturday of the conference. The trustees will be responsible for the charity's management and administration, and will be responsible for appointing a chair for PyCon UK 2018.

If you would like to put yourself forward for election as trustee, please complete the nomination form by Thursday 12th October.

You can read more about the decision-making behind the formation of the UKPA here.

Launching PyCon UK 2017

3rd July 2017

We're delighted to announce that tickets for PyCon UK 2017 are now on sale from our website. Our Call for Participation is also open, and we've started taking applications for financial assistance.

The conference will be at Cardiff City Hall Thursday 26th to Monday 30th October, and we hope that we'll see many of you there.

There'll be plenty more announcements over the coming weeks, so keep an eye out on the mailing list.

Please share this with your friends and colleagues, and if you have any questions, get in touch.

Could you edit UK Python News?

28th June 2017

From Peter Inglesby, PyCon UK chair:

"I've been producing UK Python News since last autumn, and it's now in a state where I'd be happy to hand it over to somebody else.

There are number of different aspects to the work:

  • collecting events happening around the country (although this is fairly well automated now)
  • keeping an eye out for interesting news items
  • improving the automation to gather events and collate the website and newsletter
  • enhancing the design of the website

If you'd like to chat more about what taking on any of this would involve, please drop me a line at peter.inglesby@gmail.com."

PyCon UK tickets, talks, and sponsorship

23rd June 2017

Following a slight holiday-related hitch, tickets for PyCon UK 2017 will now go on sale slightly later than planned on July 2nd on the conference website.

We'll also open the Call for Participation then, and we'd like to see proposals of all sorts for talks, workshops, posters — or anything else — from all parts of the community. We're especially interested in proposals from first-time speakers, and we'll be able to provide mentorship and advice to all speakers who request it.

On the same day, we'll be opening applications for financial assistance, and we have allocated a significant proportion of our conference budget towards ensuring that attending the conference is as affordable as possible.

Finally, we're also looking for conference sponsors. Sponsoring the conference is the best way for your company to engage with the UK Python community, whether you want to recruit Python engineers, promote your products, or raise your profile. Sponsors get free conference tickets, a space to exhibit during the conference, promotion online and in this newsletter, and (for higher-level sponsors) guaranteed space on the programme. If you're interested, please take a look at our sponsorship prospectus.

PyCon UK 2017 tickets latest

24th May 2017

Tickets for PyCon UK 2017 will go on sale on June 25th, and the Call for Participation will be launched on the same day.

The conference will take place at Cardiff City Hall from Thursday 26th to Monday 30th October. If you've never been to a PyCon before, you can take a look at what we did last year, or catch up with videos of talks on YouTube.

London MicroPython Meetup

6th April 2017

A new Meetup group has been formed in London for teachers, learners, and makers interested in programming the BBC micro:bit or other small computers in MicroPython.

They plan to meet monthly and their first meeting is on Monday May 8th.

Meta news

30th March 2017

UK Python News now has a sign-up form on the PyCon UK website. Please tell your friends and colleagues!

EuroPython 2017

20th March 2017

EuroPython 2017 will take place in Rimini, Italy, from 9th to 16th July. More details are on the EuroPython website, and in particular, the Call for Proposals is now open.

Django Girls London

26th February 2017

There will be a Django Girls workshop in London on Saturday 18th March. Applications are open until 3rd March.

PyData London 2017 Call for Proposals

15th January 2017

From the PyData London team:

"PyData London's Call for Proposals is open, and we're seeking talks on data science and data engineering from all levels (first-timers super welcome through to those with many years of experience). The conference will run during May 5-7th in central London with 330 attendees.

Topics we'd like to see proposed include data pipelines and storage to solve data engineering tasks, machine learning and statistics to answer questions, visualisation to explain results and everything around these topics. For inspiration see our schedule from last year and the talks that we have at our monthly meetup.

The Call for Proposals runs until mid-to-late February (closing date to be confirmed), the earlier you submit the more feedback you'll get and the more likely you are to be accepted."

Django Girls Manchester

1st December 2016

There will be a Django Girls workshop in Manchester on 11th February. Applications are open until 3rd January.

PyCon UK 2016 swag

1st November 2016

If you were sad not to get a free t-shirt and mug at PyCon UK this year, be sad no longer! We're now selling conference swag, with proceeds going towards the 2017 financial assistance budget. Next year we'll try to make these available before the conference!

PyCon UK 2017 dates

1st November 2016

A date for your diary: PyCon UK 2017 will (provisionally!) take place in Cardiff from Thursday 26th to Monday 30th October.