PyCon 2017 was such a great conference, I made so many good connections, got to see many good things the community is working on. It was very inspiring.
In this article I will summarize some highlights and link to other resources.
The best thing you can do at a conference.
In that context the best lesson I think came from @AlSweigart:
... skip all the talks - conference is primarily about meeting new people.
All the talks are up and you can watch them at your own pace, the in-person networking could only be done during these days though so I am happy I did plenty of that :)
Ideas, ideas, ideas. The expo hall was filled with companies and interesting people. I spoke with various companies and great software developers, I met with Dan Bader, Mike Kennedy, Brian Okken, Anthony Shaw, Trey Hunner, and many more, which gave me a lot of inspiration.
Why don't you use C instead of Python? It's so much faster
Why don't you commute by plane instead of car? It's so much faster.
Again all the talks are on YouTube and they are packed with good info. Some that I attended and enjoyed:
Some that I missed and plan on watching next:
I did see a lot of Python 3.6 mentioned/used, which seems a good trend.
One talk I wanted to highlight in particular is Mariatta Wijaya's Dial M For Mentor about finding a mentor and how she became the first Woman Python Core Dev. She received a standing ovation and it goes on to show how awesome our Python community is.
Mentors learn from you too.
Good mentor's don't hang around in communities that enable and accept trolls and assholes.
Zen of Python conference t-shirt:
The convention center was nice:
Expo hall - meet fellow Pythonistas!
Panel discussion with our BDFL:
A Twitter bot tutorial poster:
Another original poster:
PyCon is getting more visitors every year:
Receiving my share of power holding the pythonicstaffofenlightenment:
Closing dinner at the Portland museum of Art, each table received cards to kickstart the networking (although this happened naturally anyways):
Keep Calm and Code in Python!
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