2017 has been a busy year and here’s what I did in the month of November 2017.
PyCon India, the premier conference in India on using and developing the Python programming language is conducted annually by the Python developer community. It attracts the best Python programmers from across the country and abroad. It took place on 2nd – 5th November 2017, at Shaheed Sukhdev College Of Business Studies, Rohini, New Delhi. I had the opportunity of attending this magnificent event and experience everything that it has to offer. The conference had workshops/dev sprints in its first two days and the conference and the hackathon in the other two. I volunteered in the backend by contributing to the website and Inpycon blog on the free and open-source code sharing platform Github in the month of October. I redesigned various sections of the sponsor section on the official Pycon India conference website, bug fixing and writing the blog regarding updates about the conference. I learned a lot, met new, interesting students, scientists, and enthusiasts. Getting unparalleled motivation to work even harder by seeing other people build software and making the world a better place.
There were many workshops on a range of topics related to Python and the dev-sprints which help people improve their skillset. Dev-sprints are both for beginners and skilled developers who like to contribute back to open source and just love writing code. Its the feeling of a community, that you feel when you sit with like-minded people and code your issues away. *pun intended*
The conference featured 3 keynote speakers whom all I interacted personally. Their stories and works were an inspiration for me to follow in their footsteps. The keynote address on How to be a mentor ? was life-changing. The enthusiasm and energy never seem to die down as there were about 34 talks and 16 workshops in a period of 4 days being given by 54 speakers. I tried to attend most of them, but time got the best of me. Still, the conference ended on a high note with the volunteers receiving a good feedback from everybody in attendance. The panel discussion on women in the coding gave a new perspective. The conference was a volunteer-driven initiative which makes it even more special. As people help, volunteer and contribute because of their love and not keeping any personal gains in mind. The hackathon was a 24-hour challenge by Hypertrack to integrate their location tracking API into an Android App having many prizes to be won. Community spaces, an event held along with the conference in which various communities presented their ideas and urged people to join the community if they were interested. Speakers came all over the world to give talks and show their love for Python. I am really looking forward to attending more such conferences in the near future. Here are some pictures of the days at the conference.