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PyConf Hyderabad 2017

In the beginning of October, I attended a new PyCon in India, PyConf Hyderabad (no worries, they are working on the name for the next year). I was super excited about this conference, the main reason is being able to meet more Python developers from India. We are a large country, and we certainly need more local conferences :)

We reached the conference hotel a day before the event starts along with Py. The first day of the conference was workshop day, we reached the venue on time to say hi to everyone. Meet the team at the conference and many old friends. It was good to see that folks traveled from all across the country to volunteer for the conference. Of course, we had a certain number of dgplug folks there :)

In the conference day, Anwesha and /my setup in the PSF booth, and talked to the attendees. During the lighting talk session, Sayan and Anwesha introduced PyCon Pune, and they also opened up the registration during the lighting talk :). I attended Chandan Kumar’s talk about his journey into upstream projects. Have to admit that I feel proud to see all the work he has done.

Btw, I forgot to mention that lunch at PyConf Hyderabad was the best conference food ever. They had some amazing biryani :).

The last talk of the day was my keynote titled Free Software movement & current days. Anwesha and I wrote an article on the history of Free Software a few months back, and that the talk was based on that. This was also the first time I spoke about Freedom of the Press Foundation (attended my first conference as the FPF staff member).

The team behind the conference did some amazing groundwork to make this conference happening. It was a good opportunity to meet the community, and make new friends.

Event report: PyCon India 2016

This time instead of per day report, I will try to write about things happened during PyCon India. This time we had the conference at JNU, in Delhi. It was nice to be back at JNU after such a long time. The other plus point was about the chance to meet ilug-delhi again.

Red Hat booth at PyCon

We had booth duty during the conference. Thanks to Rupali, we managed to share the booth space with PyLadies. After the keynote the booth space got flooded with people. Many of them were students, or freshers looking for internship option. We also had queries about services provided by Red Hat. Just outside the booth we had Ganesh, SurajN, Trishna, , they were talking to every person visit our booth. Answering the hundreds of queries people had. It was nice to see how they were talking about working upstream, and inspiring students to become upstream contributor. I also did a talk Python usage in Red Hat family.

PyLadies presence

This was the first time we had PyLadies presence in PyCon India. You can read their experience from their blogs, 1, 2, 3. This presence was very important as it helped the community to learn about PyLadies. We saw the expectation of starting new chapters in different parts of the country. Nisha, Anwesha, Pooja, Rupali, Janki and the rest of the team managed to get an impromptu open space session, which I think was the best session on community I ever saw. Jeff Rush, Van Lindberg, Paul Everitt, Dmitry Filippov joined to share their experience in community.

annual dgplug face to face meeting

From dgplug.org we all meet face to face during PyCon India, we generally call the meeting as stair case meeting as we used to seat in the stair case of the Bangalore venue. This time we chose the seat in the ramp in the venue. We had a list of people coming, but as you can see in the photo below, the list of dgplug, and friends is ever growing. Sirtaj also came in during the meeting, and shared some valuable ideas with the students. I should mention VanL’s keynote at day one here. As he spoke about “failure”, which is something people don’t prefer to talk. It is very much important for the students to understand that failure is something to learn from, not to run away. Most of the students we talked later, had being able to understand the points Van made in his talk.

Anwesha’s first talk at PyCon

She already wrote about the talk in her blog. But I want to mention it again as it gave a new perspective to the developers present in the conference. For the students present in the conference who wanted to become upstream contributors, got a chance to learn about the binding point, the license. She talked about best practises at the end of her talk. Few days back I read another blog post about her talk (and the PyLadies).

One can view all the photos in my flickr album.

No discriminatory tariffs for data services in India

Finally we have won. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has issued a press release some time ago telling that no one can charge different prices for different services on Internet. The fight was on in an epic scale, one side spent more than 100million in advertisements, and lobbying. The community fought back in the form of #SaveTheInternet, and it worked.

In case you are wondering what is this about, you can start reading the first post from Mahesh Murthy, and the reply to the response of Facebook. Trust me, it will be an amazing reading. There is also this excellent report from Lauren Smiley. There are also few other amazing replies from TRAI to Facebook about same.