1st - 5th AUGUST 2014

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22 July 2014

DjangoGirls: Free programming workshop for women

Following the success of the amazing DjangoGirls at Euro Python, we're running a workshop on the first day of sprints.

So come along to pick up an Open Source project to work on in a supportive environment or just sprint with other girl programmers for the day.

No Django experience is required just an interest in learning.

There'll be cupcakes and excellent coaches/mentors.

We'd love to have anyone who identifies as a women to come along!

Register here: http://djangogirls.org/australia.html

22 July 2014

Dinner Speaker: Paul Gampe

Netwhois. logfilerotate. logfileradius. What do these three things have in common? They were all written in Perl by Paul Gampe to solve problems faced by ISPs in the 90s. Those are problems he would know about, being the man who connected Japan to the internet.

Paul Gampe’s dinner talk is entitled “The Rise and Fall of Perl: Lessons for Python from an old Perl guy”. Paul will share war stories from his long career in open source software, illustrating how Perl got big by being the language of choice for solving a wide range of software problems. Paul believes that Python now fills that role, and sounds a cautionary note, warning that “If you forget where you came from, you might wind up like Java”.

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09 July 2014

Keynote: Dr James R. Curran

Following up last week’s announcement that Katie Cunningham would be one of PyCon 2014’s plenary speakers was always going to be hard. We love a challenge!

So it is with equally great excitement that we announce the second of our keynote speakers: Dr James R. Curran, Associate Professor and ARC Australian Research Fellow at the University of Sydney.

There’s a lot of people in the Australian Python community who got their start in Python through James’ activities: He has taught Python to thousands of school students and teachers since version 1.5.1 (1999), and for over 10 years he has been involved in a wide range of high school outreach activities, primarily through the National Computer Science School.

In his talk, “Python for every child in Australia”, Dr Curran casts his eyes over an important opportunity to bring Python into classrooms all over Australia. The once in a generation “Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies” curriculum presents an opportunity to teach computer science and programming to Australian school children from Year 3 to Year 10.

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08 July 2014

Call for Volunteers

PyCon Australia is organized and run by volunteers from the Python community. This year we're looking for over 200 on-site volunteer hours to help make sure everything runs smoothly.

Everyone who is attending PyCon Australia is welcome to volunteer, but you must be registered to volunteer. There will be discounts given for people who can give us a minimum of 1 full day of help.

All volunteers will be given the necessary training required to do the various jobs at PyCon Australia. Because some jobs will require more training than others there will be a number of training sessions held in the lead-up to PyCon Australia (every Sunday from now until the conference). Unfortunately this means certain jobs will need to be filled by people who can attend those training days.

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Location

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Merivale St
South Brisbane QLD 4101

The BCEC is located in South Brisbane, across the river from the Brisbane CBD and in the heart of a food and entertainment district.

There are many accommodation options within walking distance of the venue. You will find a summary of these (including special deals) on our accommodation page in due course.

We will also have a discount for the Airtrain to get you from the Airport to Brisbane affordably and reliably.