April 24-26, Plano, TX
I spent the last weekend of April in Plano, Texas exploring the Data Analysis side of Python. Thanks to Numfocus, PyLadiesATX was able to give scholarships to 5 Austin PyLadies to attend. So I had a great group of women to experience my first PyData with. I ended up driving up there with one of them. It was a great way to get to know another mom and break up the monotony of the drive up to DFW.
The first day was for tutorials. I took Python Data Analytics Workshop – NumPy, pandas, matplotlib, and SciPy taught by Vivian Zhang, the Bokeh Tutorial by Bryan Van De Ven and Building machine learning applications in Python by Rajat Arya. I’m really glad I went to these, I’d say the most helpful was Vivian’s talk. It was a nice little overview of the Data Analytics basics.
The next day was full of sessions and manning the PyLadies booth. PyLadies from DFW, Neetu Jain and Sheila Allen, helped man the table. We were able to connect with several people and hand out information and get interest going. My favorite talk of the day was Philip Cloud’s Blaze talk. Continuum Analytics is doing really interesting things right now. And Blaze is pretty neat!
Sunday was probably my favorite day of the conference. Highlights were a a talk by Houston PyLadies organizer, Paige Bailey. Her talk was about analyzing Houston Police Department Crime Data. Then there was Kyle Maxwell from Verisign that gave a talk on fighting cyber crime with Python. I really enjoy real world application talks. I can get a lot of concrete data from tutorials and books, but real life use cases are just brain candy! The day was capped off with a now Austin PyLady who was previously the lead organizer for PyLadies España, Christine Doig. She’s also at Continuum Analytics and her talk was titled, Reproducible Multi-language Data Science with Conda. Conda is pretty neat. I remember hearing so many rumblings about people who had anaconda installed and couldn’t get virtual environments going to our Python classes. But now I know better. Conda is your environment, and it’s pretty slick.
We packed up after Christine’s talk and headed back to Austin. It was overall a good conference. I was able to listen to several PyLadies and enjoy some really interesting talks.