NYC Tech Events: TestBashNY

— Load Impact is constantly on the hunt for the best meetups and conferences around New York City. In this new blog series, NYC Tech Events, we talk about some of the tech-focused events around the city that feature great speakers and promote the sharing of ideas from professionals and hobbyists of all skill levels.

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NYC Tech Events: PyGotham

— Load Impact is constantly on the hunt for the best meetups and conferences around New York City. In this new blog series, NYC Tech Events, we talk about some of the developer-focused events around the city that feature great speakers and promote the sharing of ideas from professionals of all skill levels.

The origins of Python date back to 1991, and the language has been widely adopted ever since thanks to passionate developers and people like the team at Big Apple Py.

One of the group’s most successful events is the annual PyGotham, which takes place Aug. 15-16 in New York’s AMA Executive Conference Center.

PyGotham brings the city’s Python community together to share their projects, learn more about the language they love and find potential career opportunities.

Celia La is a board member at Big Apple Py and co-organizer of PyGotham. She says people can accomplish a lot of things at PyGotham and other Python events. It just depends on what people are looking to find.

“A lot of it is helping people have the courage to stand up and talk about what they’re working on in front of a group,” Celia said. “We just want to give Python developers a place to come and connect with like-minded people.”

While a lot of meetups talk about networking and recruiting as a core function, Big Apple Py’s events: PyGotham, NYC Python Meetup and Flask-NYC have shown Celia and the other founders proof their events are connecting people.

That’s because both Celia and co-founder Paul Logston found their current jobs through Python events.

Another benefit the founders have seen is the feeling of inclusion among a diverse group of developers. Celia pointed out the demographic of the events are typically very mixed, and she pointed out having a woman on the organization's board of directors could have something to do with that.

If you’re looking to share, learn or search for a career that will utilize your Python skills, you can register for PyGotham here.

Here are a few talks that stood out to us:

Building Tools for Social Good

Eric Schles is a senior analyst in the human trafficking response unit within the New York County’s district attorney’s office. In this presentation, Eric will talk about the growing use of data science and tool-building that can help save people’s lives.

An Iterative Approach to Inverse Problems Using Python’s Numpy

In this talk by Katya Vasilaky, who has a PhD in economics from Columbia, is about improving past algorithms that focused on inverse problems in math, data science, image processing and tomography.

Docker Containers in the Cloud: Provider DeathMatch

Jeff Uthaichai is here to help developers determine which container provider is ing of the Python world. There’s no doubt containers have been eating the development world the last two years, so you know there are plenty of options out there to choose from. If this presentation is half as fun as its name, it will definitely be worth attending.

Teaching Python in Middle School

People often debate when and how children should learn to code — because it’s hardly a question of “if they should” anymore. Meg Winston Ray, a computer science teacher at Bronx Compass High School, uses this presentation to make the case for middle schoolers to learn Python. And bring your computer, class. Meg expects you to contribute to this collaborative session.


Fun fact: The programming language Python is named after the cult-classic comedy series, “Monty Python.” That’s because Guido van Rossum, Python’s author, was reading original scripts from Monty Python when he developed the programming language.

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Velocity 2015 in Santa Clara: Highlights

(Photo Courtesy of O'Reilly Conferences Flickr)

We love what we do, and there’s nothing better than engaging a conference with hundreds of like-minded people.

Velocity 2015, in beautiful Santa Clara, Calif., served as another reminder that not only are we in the right business, but we’re in a competitive space surrounded by brilliant professionals who genuinely care about making the Internet a better place for everyone.

After a weekend to think about all the great stuff we saw, here are a few highlights.

Securing Organizations through Bad Behavior

Speaker: Laura Bell, CEO of SafeStack

Overview: This talk challenged the audience to think like a hacker with bad intentions. What better way to secure your organization than to think about what you would want to steal — whether that’s money, information, etc.

We highly recommend you watch this presentation because not only is it incredibly thoughtful and informative, but we think you’ll really enjoy Laura’s style and delivery.

Putting Web Performance Best Practices Together

Speaker: Chris Love of Love2Dev

Overview: In this 90-minutes session, Chris covered the best practices in web performance optimization for single-page applications, which included info from his appropriately named book.

The presentation held the attention of a packed ballroom that seated at least 300 people, and even included a large group of standing-room only spectators.

Chris also provided one of Velocity’s most impactful visual highlights — a slide claiming "the web is obese" with some interesting statistics on the average website. Although, there might be something else in the picture that grabbed people’s attention.

DevOps Kung Fu for Everyone

Speaker: Adam Jacob, CTO of Chef

Overview: While Chef was at the forefront of the DevOps movement, Adam’s presentation was about how the methodology doesn’t really “belong” to anyone in particular. In fact, plenty of companies are now moving to DevOps, and it’s fair to say no two processes look the same.

Here’s Adam giving this presentation at ChefCon earlier this year. The information is great, and it’s definitely worth watching for a well-placed Dave Chappelle/Wu Tang Clan reference in the middle.

API Marketing

Speaker: Vanessa Meyer, Marketing Director at Load Impact

Overview: And last, but certainly not least, Load Impact’s Vanessa Meyer owned the main stage and talked about using APIs as a marketing tactic.

Vanessa taught attendees how in some cases an API is a company’s core product, and in other cases a company’s API can be used as an effective growth hacking tool.

Check out the presentation below, and feel free to leave comments if you want to chat about it.

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