Python All The Things: PyCon AU 2016 Recap

Posted on 17 Aug 2016 by Imran Shahid
PyCon Australia is a national conference for users and developers of the Python programming language. This year it was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from August 12-16.

Python is fundamental to Xref's platform and as part of our commitment to innovation, we sent our Development team down to the event to keep up to date with the latest trends.

The highlight this year was the keynote by Damien George titled MicroPython: a journey from Kickstarter to Space. Damien is the creator of MicroPython and has built a company based upon MicroPython and pyboard, and has embarked on projects with the European Space Agency to bring MicroPython into space.

The dinner talk by Quberider CEO Solange Cunin was equally impressive. Solange is a passionate advocate with a mission to drive student engagement with science and technology. At 23 years of age, she boasts both space industry and startup experience and has designed satellite systems for major Australian universities. In a few months Quberider will be delivering experiments designed in Australian classrooms to the International Space Station, in an Australian first.

A few of my top picks this year are Digitising Democracy, The Power ⚡️ and Responsibility 😓 of Unicode Adoption ✨ and The dangerous, exquisite art of safely handing user-uploaded files. Then there were two excellent talks about Mental Health and Tackling Burnout, both highly recommended to watch.

"It doesn't matter whether it is a labour of love, or you are working to pay the bills, or that delicious combination of both, there is a risk that one day you will hit the wall. Burnout is a looming menace in many communities, particularly those with long hours, tight deadlines, rigid dependencies, complex intellectual demands, uncertain rewards and moving goalposts."
A few of the talks are going to be our pick for the learn and implement cycle in the near future. These include Django - Customise your SQL, AWS Serverless, More Testing with Fewer Tests and A Practical Introduction To Machine Learning.

The full list of talks is available at the PyCon Australia channel.

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