The organizing committee forÂ Pycon.SGÂ 2013 has officially retired after last night’s post-mortem session.
We have aggregated all your feedback and we would like to take the opportunity toÂ thank youÂ – speakers, sponsors, participants – for making our inaugural Python Conference SG a grand success. We have a total of 230 participants in this year’s conference – a really good turn out considering that this is a local python conference and not a regional one!
Python conferences – Pycon US, Europython, Pycon Asia-Pac – have always been a community driven affair, and these conferences are great learning and socializing affairs where the python programming language and all of us python developers in the community come together to share our knowledge, skills and expertise.
As conference chair for PyconSG 2013, I am very proud that this year’s conference is a community-driven effort with active members in our local community coming forward to contribute their time and expertise to make things happen; I am also very pleased to be working with forward-looking organizations that have come forward with generous financial sponsorship and venue support.
I truly believe that our technology industry will continue to grow and prosper as long as there are forward-looking companies and organizations who recognize that the technical talents in the community are the “operating system” that innovate and make things happen. Â These forward-looking organizations understand the value of technical innovation and are willing to pay it forward through events like PyconSG.
It is this spirit of paying it forward among companies, volunteers and community members alike that will make this an exciting and egalitarian industry for each and every one of us, to build our careers in – for a long time to come.
And so, my kudos to the people and organizations that made it all happen…
Organizing Committee 2013
- Sayanee Basu, lightning talk coordinator
- Chinmay Pendharkar, video/audio coordinator
- Ivan Zimine, tutorials coordinator
- George Goh, talks coordinator
- Victor Neo, talks/tutorials coordinator (assist)
- Chng Nai Yun, publicity and start-up booth coordinator
- Koh Chuan Yeong, publicity and start-up booth coordinator (assist)
- Max Yap, food coordinator
- Joyce Law, food coordinator (assist)
- Martin Brochaus, website coordinator
- Luther Goh, sponsorship coordinator
- Laurence Putra Franslay, sponsorship coordinator
- Michael Lee, treasurer
- Maurice Ling, advisor
- Liew Beng Keat, advisor
- Nvidia (Oxana Plis, marketing manager)
- Odd-e (Stuart Turner)
- Republic Polytechnic (Liew Beng Keat), as Venue Sponsor
- IDA (Charleen Wong and Harville Tan)
- Liana Ho, NUS Enterprise, for graciously providing the conference rooms for the organizing committee to convene all its meetings!
Special thanks to Keynote Speaker
- Wes McKinney, for suffering a bad neighbor during his flight here from San Francisco, for his jetlag, for his awesome keynote and for enjoyingÂ chiliÂ crabs and beer with us after the conference! :-)
I thank you all. Â Because you are the people that made it all happen.
Call for volunteers
As our responsibilities and obligations as organizing committee members for Pycon 2013 draw to a close, this is a good opportunity to encourage members of the community to come forward and volunteer their time, skills and expertise for Pycon 2014. Â Being the awesome community we are, we are going to start preparations for Pycon 2014 early so next year’s conference will be the best one ever! Â Unfortunately, I will not be partaking in next year’s conference organization as I am expecting a new member in my small, growing family and so will have to change my priorities accordingly. But having experienced first hand how awesome every one operates in the community and in this year’s committee, I have great faith that the local community and PyconSG’s future is in great hands.
Extracted from The Zen of Python by Tim Peters:
Now is better than never.
Although never is often better than *right* now.
The Americans talk in strange ways…I will Singaporeanize and override the original meaning for easy consumption and for our own objectives:
Preparations will start “now”, though not *right* now.
Don’t say I “never” tell you.
Therefore, the election for PyconSG 2014 Organizing Committee will happen on 17th July 2013 @ HackerspaceSG. Â Details of the meeting and updates can be found on ourÂ active community facebook groupÂ -Â https://www.facebook.com/events/333429106787093/.
We also have a mailing list here -Â https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!forum/pythonsg.
We hope to see you at this PyconSG 2014 committee set-up meeting ifÂ you would like to put yourself forward and contribute your time and expertise for PyconSG 2014!