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Python Ireland in the Irish Times

July 4, 2011, 9:51 a.m.

I attended a breakfast meet organised by Microsoft with Gianugo Rabellino (Senior Director, Open Source Communities at Microsoft) which was followed by an interview by Karlin Lillington (The Irish Times) about Microsofts Openness campaign. I was invited to the press interview to discuss how Python Ireland and Microsoft got involved with each other and how we interacted with each other since. Here's the article - Ushering in era of openness.

Early Bird extended till Sunday 17th July

July 4, 2011, 12:58 p.m.

Early Bird (€50) offer has been extended till Sunday 17th July. Register at PyCon Ireland's 2011 Registration page.

PyCon Ireland Promo Poster

July 8, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

Post it up in your office, lab, anywhere to spread the word about PyCon Ireland 2011. Here's the link to the awesome poster created by Vincent Lee: Promo Poster.

We need to catch the attention of more developers, lecturers, students, scientists, researchers, and anyone who is using Python.

Accommodation Listings

July 8, 2011, 12:04 a.m.

Accommodation list is up at Jury's by Christchurch is the recommended hotel, cheaper and near to conference venue.

A room to spare, or recommend a hotel? Add yours in the comment area.

PyCon Ireland 2011 Keynote: Damien Marshall

July 27, 2011, 10:27 p.m.

We are delighted to announce our first keynote speaker, Damien Marshall.

Damien Marshall works with Demonware as a Team Lead in Title Development. In this role he works on developing the technologies that power the online components of some of the worlds biggest games, such as Call of Duty. He holds a Phd in Electronic Engineering from NUI Maynooth, where he specialised in the study of data management mechanisms for online games.

Prior to working at Demonware, Damien worked as a lecturer on the Computer Games Development course at IT Carlow and also lectured on the Electronic Engineering course at NUI Maynooth.

Damien will discuss how Python is a crucial component to the success of Demonware. Using case studies of services developed for shipped games, he will explain how and why Demonware first embraced Python as one its core technologies, and how Demonware continues to use it to develop services that can scale to handle tens of thousands of requests per second with millisecond request response times.

More details: PyCon Ireland 2011

PyCon Ireland 2011: Call for volunteers for Beginner's Track

July 28, 2011, 2:43 p.m.
Call for volunteers to help out with the Beginner's track, please add your name to the topics in this spreadsheet.

PyCon Ireland 2011 Keynote: Raymond Hettinger

Aug. 28, 2011, 9:39 p.m.

We are glad to announce that PSF awarded PyCon Ireland a grant enabling us to invite Raymond Hettinger over to attend our event.

We are also happy to announce that Raymond is our second keynote speaker.

PyCon Ireland 2011: Talks announced

Sept. 2, 2011, 12:07 a.m.

We are pleased to announce the PyCon Ireland 2011 talks. Thanks to all who submitted talks and tutorials. You can check out the talks at

PyCon Ireland 2011: Registration will close at the end of September

Sept. 6, 2011, 9:05 p.m.

Registration for PyCon Ireland 2011 will close at the end of September. Register here for your ticket.

PyCon Ireland 2011: Thank you message to Paul Barry

Sept. 16, 2011, 3:41 p.m.
We would like to extend our thanks to Paul Barry for donating some books as prizes to PyCon Ireland this year.

Thank you, Julie, for your kind contribution

Sept. 20, 2011, 10:55 a.m.
Back in January this year, Julie Pichon contributed €150 to Python Ireland from the proceeds of her hard work teaching Python classes (in her spare time). Here's shout out to say a big "Thank you!" for the kind support of Python Ireland.

PyCon Ireland 2011: Demonware contributes prizes

Sept. 23, 2011, 3:02 p.m.
Demonware has kindly gave us some PC and console games as prizes for the conference. On behalf of the the organisers, thank you!

PyCon Ireland 2011: Recruiting Session

Sept. 28, 2011, 8:15 p.m.
Introducing our 30 minute Recruiting Session on Saturday. Bring your resumé if you are a job-seeker. If your are hiring, drop along to the session as well. Both parties have a couple of minutes to talk about themselves, then the networking begins.

PyCon Ireland 2011: Parking at Radisson Blu Hotel

Sept. 29, 2011, 5:01 p.m.
From the hotel:
Car Parking is available at the hotel. We have 60 spaces in total and the charges for the car park are set @ €2.90 per hour or a maximum charge of €10.00 per 24-hour period for a Registered Guest or Meeting/Event Delegate. Car parking is strictly on a first come – first served basis. Additional Car Parking is available at the nearby Jury’s Christchurch Car Park for €14.40 per 24-hour period.
Here's details on how to get to the hotel's carpark:

Who are the PyCon Ireland 2011 Committee?

Sept. 29, 2011, 9:18 p.m.
You can find the organisers in Sunflower orange/yellow PyCon Ireland 2011 t-shirts. Here's the run-down on this year's committee members.
  • Rodrigue Alcazar - First time helping out organising PyCon Ireland this year.
  • Brian Brazil - One of the initial core Python Ireland people.
  • Alan Kennedy - The resident Jython guy, he's also one of the initial core Python Ireland people.
  • Kevin Leo - First time helping out organising PyCon Ireland this year.
  • Vicky Lee aka whykay - The main conference co-ordinator, running around and chasing down sponsors, speakers, just like a headless chicken. She can be found emailing, tweeting, coding away and generally doing her own thing.
  • Tendayi Muwashe - First time helping out organising PyCon Ireland this year.
  • Sean O'Donnell - The one who breathed life into Python Ireland after a short hiatus back in 2005, and persistent on being at the pub every month in the early days even when no-one turned up.
  • Mick Twomey - One of the initial core Python Ireland people, long time Pythonista.

PyCon Ireland tickets are now SOLD OUT!

Oct. 4, 2011, 4:49 p.m.
There will be no "On the Door" ticket sales on Saturday.
People are welcome to take part in sprints on Sunday as it's free participation. Bring along your laptops. More info about sprints:
/// PyCon Ireland Organisers

PyCon Ireland 2011: What you need before attending tutorials.

Oct. 4, 2011, 10:10 p.m.
If you are new to Python and want the get hands-on approach? We have Pythonistas on-hand on Saturday giving tutorials in our Beginner's Track:
What you will need for Saturday's Beginner's Track
  • python 2.7+ or python 2.3+ and unittest2 installed
  • python-twitter installed
  • Latest version of Django
  • More to follow, or see comments below...
On Sunday, we continue with our Beginner's Track:
What you will need for Sunday's Beginner's Track
  • python 2.7+ or python 2.3+ installed
  • More to follow, or see comments below...
Tutorial schedule:
NOTE to people giving tutorials: Please use comment section below listing requirements that delegates need to download before attending conference.
NOTE to delegates: Please bear in mind that we are using hotel wi-fi, download or install what you need before attending the conference. We only have limited USB keys and cds so it would help if you prep before you come along.

PyCon Ireland 2011: Lightning talks

Oct. 5, 2011, 3:08 p.m.
Quick, fun, five-minute talks on almost any topic. Want to give a lightning talk at PyCon in exchange for a drink voucher? Just sign up at the conference.

PyCon Ireland 2011: "Processing Web Data with Python" CANCELLED

Oct. 7, 2011, 1:23 p.m.
Processing Web Data with Python (Michael Hausenblas) tutorial on Sunday has been cancelled. Currently this 60 minute slot is empty. Please check notice boards for any updates on Sunday.

PyCon Ireland 2011: Introduction to NoSQL has been cancelled this morning

Oct. 9, 2011, 10:14 a.m.
Introduction to NoSQL has been cancelled this morning. Apologies for late notice.

PyCon Ireland 2011 is over - Thanks to everyone who helped and attended

Oct. 10, 2011, 3:37 p.m.
This year's event was bigger, but we never expected the huge amount of interest when the deadline was reached. Apologies to those who couldn't get a ticket, we will have another conference in 2012.
A big shout out to the rest of the committee and many volunteers (bag packers, session chairs, registration, and many that I can't remember).
And a big thanks to the speakers and to you, the community. We all made it happen and good news is, we will be having another one in 2012!
Don't forget to add your write-ups in our news section.

PyCon Ireland 2011: Videos, Photos and slides

Oct. 27, 2011, 9:27 a.m.
  • Videos are going up at Vimeo.
  • You can find the photos at our PyCon Ireland's Flickr group, feel free to add your own photos to the group as well.
  • Presentation slides are here, not all the slides are there, we are still trying to get them all.

PyCon Ireland 2011 podcasts

Nov. 21, 2011, 12:53 a.m.

Larry Hastings has another podcast which includes an interview with Raymond Hettinger at PyCon Ireland 2011. You can listen to it here.

Our own resident penguin or Declan Mc Grath also has a podcast interviewing people including Raymond Hettinger at the conference. You can listen to it here. (BTW, small update to podcast, we had ~160 delegates instead if over 180 mentioned in the podcast. :-))

Thanks to Larry and Declan for sharing their podcasts with us. Enjoy!

2011 - Python Ireland's a year in review

Dec. 31, 2011, 4:27 p.m.
2011 has once again been one heck of a year for Python Ireland. We've had several talks this year in The Science Gallery and The Central Hotel.

Of course, one of our most successful events this year was PyCon Ireland in October, it was completely sold out. With the support of our sponsors and the community, we were able to host a bigger conference in a fantastic venue, The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. Not forgetting PSF for sponsoring us the grant of US$1500 enabling us to invite Raymond Hettinger over as one of our keynote speakers. Again, a big thank you to everyone who were involved and came along to the conference. We will have another PyCon Ireland, it will be in the same venue on the weekend of 13th & 14th October 2012, so mark your calendar and watch out for our announcements via the mailing list, tweets, etc. We are open to sponsors interested in sponsoring PyCon Ireland.

Alongside our regular meetups, to integrate with other user groups, there were other events like Code Retreat, the entertaining Battle of the Backends (thanks, Alan, for representing us) at GTUG and the most fun-filled table quiz that was Quite interesting jolly guessing game for code monkeys like you . The government's Open Data Initiative and Hack the City for Dublin City of Science 2012 are still ongoing, and I will still pass on any information to the group for anyone who wishes to participate.

With 2011 coming to an end, the Python Committee 2011 was dissolved recently and a new committee has been formed recently. I present to you the 2012 Python Ireland Committee:-

  • Chair - Vicky Lee
  • Secretary - Secretary
  • Treasurer - Diarmuid Bourke
  • Officiers - Brian Brazil, Sean O'Donnell, Nic Roland

With 2012 just around the corner, if you haven't made a resolution yet, maybe you might like to give a talk some eventing, or you might like to help out with the organisation of Python Ireland events, let me know, I'll be glad of a helping hand (or two).

On behalf of Python Ireland, I would like to wish one and all an eventful, adventurous, funfilled 2012.