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Lais Carvalho

EuroPython Blog

The Humans of EuroPython: Laís Carvalho 🍀

Hi, my name is Laís Carvalho and I am a committee member of Python Ireland since 2019 and volunteer organiser of EuroPython since 2020 (the first online edition) and co-organiser of Pyjamas (a Python conference where you can present wearing pajamas) and developer advocate and a plant mom.

My journey into the Python communities started before I could call myself a coder (or a plant parent, even). My motto was “If I want to learn, I will need community support. And no better way to have community support than inserting myself in one”. Hence, the early placement.

What do you do?

I have the healthy habit of playing with Python tools and trying to write about them (wherever people pay me to do it) for a living. I have spoken about those tools in some meetups and conferences around (for more details, have a look at my GitHub profile).

In my spare time, I make fun of things (you should follow me on Twitter) and plan conferences and travel. A bit of yoga and a bit of cooking are also my gigs. I also love dancing, just because some stereotypes are true and I am Brazilian, ya know!

What does your community do?

Python Ireland is a non-profit organisation that aims to promote the use of the Python language in errmm… Ireland! 😆 When I started in 2019, I was the only woman there and it was quite interesting to recruit more volunteers to participate. Today we are three ladies and a few dudes.

I am currently responsible for the Public Relations side of things, such as running the Twitter account and sometimes presenting our monthly meetup, which happens every second Wednesday of the month. We also host a PyCon Ireland (in Dublin) every November, and a PyCon Limerick (in February) and I help run around trying and organise those.

The plans for the future include hosting more conferences in other locations and expanding the meetups to local communities around the country.

Volunteers at Python Ireland 2019 (the last one before the plague)

What motivates you to do voluntary work?

I think the most motivating part of volunteering is the amount of wonderfully smart and dedicated people one meets along the way. It is also significantly gratifying to look at an event that runs purely on goodwill and passion, especially in this world where sometimes money screams louder than anything else.

To volunteer (especially for open source) is like a peaceful protest towards the idea that the best things in life are not things and that free and fun can and should be the only goal sometimes. Finally, it is a great way to go to marvellous events for free! 😛

What excites you the most about being in IE?

Ireland is a wonderful country, with very special people. I moved to the Emerald island around seven years ago and have been calling this land home since then. I made wonderful (local) friends but also bonded with the incredible Brazilian community around here. After all, Irish people are the Brazilians of the EU! And it seems like 10% of the local IT jobs are filled by us.

Will EuroPython in Ireland be taken by Brazilians? We shall see! In any case, you should join us at the Convention Centre Dublin from the 11th to the 17th of July 2022.

And if you are a member of Python Ireland (or any other Python community) we would like to thank your support with a discount code of 10% on your tickets! Send us an email at contact@python.ie or DM us on Twitter.

Want to get involved with Python Ireland?

EuroPython May 2022 Newsletter

Hey hey!

Is it just us? Or is the time really just flying by. We’re 40 days away from D-Day & our volunteers have been working tirelessly where the rubber meets the asphalt.

The past month has been quite eventful, we have sent out talk acceptances, onboarded 14 sponsors, announced some of our keynote speakers (more to follow). Without further ado, we present to you the penultimate newsletter before the conference.

📝EuroPython Society Update


Updates to Code of Conduct Committee

We have two more people joining our Code of Conduct (CoC) Committee ahead of the 2022 conference: Naomi Ceder and Kevin O'Brien, on top of Silvia Uberti and Anders Hammarquist. Should you need to reach out to them, their contact details are present alongside the CoC.

We’re continually looking for ways to make EuroPython better and provide a safer environment at the conference. If you have any suggestions then write to us on board@europython.eu.

Grants? Grants!

EPS is committed to help the thriving Python community in Europe prosper. Following our goal we gave out some grants over the last month:: DjangoCon Europe, Hands-on Django with PyLadiesBCN.

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The EPS wants to share our love for the community by giving out even more grants! If you need support for your local event or conference, get in touch with us: grants@europython.eu. Read more about our grants program here: https://www.europython-society.org/grants

General Assembly & What is EPS session?

It takes a village to raise a child, it definitely takes much more to keep gears spinning at the EuroPython Society. Want in on the behind the scenes action? We’ve got you covered.

We are preparing for our General Assembly that will take place during the conference. Members will receive emails about the details. If you are interested in knowing more about the EPS, the board election and how you can get involved, we are hosting a public session on 14 June: 18:00 CEST). Everyone is welcome to attend! Details will be sent out on our newsletter and socials.

Got any questions/ suggestions? Write to us at board@europython.eu

🍀EuroPython 2022 Conference Update

📜Programme

~115 talks, 12 workshops, 5 keynotes, 4 mini-events from 9AM to 6PM for 5 days, EuroPython is going to be a hoot and a half. We’ve sent a total of 120 acceptances (116 confirmed) so far across Posters, Talks, Tutorials and Workshops.

We are now focusing on the fun stuff: putting together a schedule that fits the speaker constraints and talk delivery mode. We expect to release the schedule over the course of next 2 weeks.

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Interested in what’s in-store for you at EuroPython?
Come checkout out list of sessions and tutorials!

P.S. In case you didn't know you can also buy Tutorials only Tickets as well!

Not just that, we’ll stop at nothing to ensure EuroPython packs the maximum punch. We have some really exciting Keynote speakers lined up for the conference.

Meet our Keynoters Dr. Patrick Kavanagh and Laura Nolan! More to follow soon!

More updates to follow, but our next Keynote announcement would be about someone who found a way to quite literally unlock Python’s true potential. Any guesses? ;)

Following the EuroPython tradition, we’d have Open Spaces for any Speaker/ Attendee/ Sponsor to propose a talk, host a discussion, run a sprint and more in Open Spaces. You’ll have the chance to apply for a spot directly at the conference (look for the good old whiteboard)

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Feeling the FOMO? Grab your ticket to EuroPython now!! https://ep2022.europython.eu/tickets

💶Call for Sponsors

May has been a busy month for us, we’ve onboarded 14 Sponsors, and are talking to many more interested. Sponsors not only help us make EuroPython economically viable but also bridge the gap between Open Source and the Industry.

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We are still looking for Keystone and Diamond sponsors. Could your company be the next Keystone sponsor and achieve the highest visibility at one of the largest and most diverse Python communities?

Apart from the standard sponsor packages, there are so many other ways you can support the conference: be a childcare or Financial Aid sponsor, help fund the Django Girls Workshop we’re organising, or sponsor a gourmet coffee stall for a day! A big thank you to Oomnitza for being our PyLadies Lunch sponsor. There’s room for more, you can find out all the fantastic stand-alone options here.

If you are interested in sponsoring EuroPython 2022, head to https://ep2022.europython.eu/sponsor and dig into the details of every sponsorship level. If you still have questions, write to us at sponsoring@europython.eu

🌍Remote Tickets for EuroPython

EuroPython is a conference for the community, by the community. In these ever-so-changing times we know that it might not be feasible for everyone to make it to Dublin and attend the conference in-person. That’s why EuroPython will be hybrid this year. We’ll have remote speakers as well as attendees.

We’re pleased to announce the details of the online tickets. We’ll have two tiers:

  • Personal - If you enjoy Python as a hobbyist or a freelancer
  • Business - If your company/business is paying for you or if you use Python professionally.

The ticket sales will proceed similarly to before, we’ll have regular (till 26th June) and late (27th June and onward) prices.

Tickets will go on sale next week, but you can check out the pricing and get on the waiting list now!! https://ep2022.europython.eu/tickets 

Want to help us put together a smooth experience for our remote speakers and attendees? Help us by volunteering your time and experience as a Remote Volunteer: https://forms.gle/4y2Ux67QppnBmS176

💝Financial Aid

We received about 130 applications from over 40 different countries. For 110 of the applicants, it would be their first EuroPython. About 60% of the applicants identify as a member of an underrepresented group in the Python community. We’ve finished reviewing all applicants and have shipped the acceptances out.

We’re also pleased to announce that we’ll roll out a special Financial Aid for Remote Tickets over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for more details.

🎙Speaker Workshops

Are you a first-time speaker? Do you want some tips and tricks to up your presentation game?

If your answer to the above questions are yes, sign up for the speaker’s workshop as part of the Mentorship Programme! We will have experienced speakers from our EuroPython community to share their experiences and advice on effective presentation delivery.

Sign up using the form our programme team sent over earlier this week. More details to follow post signup!

🎟Events @EuroPython

Django Girls Workshop - Applications for the free 1-day Django Girls Workshop are open right now. You do not need a conference ticket but application to attend is required. Spaces are limited to 30 people. We are also looking for 5 more coaches. More details: https://djangogirls.org/en/dublin/

Beginners’ Day: HumbleData Workshop - Are you a beginner in Python? Do you want to learn Data Science and how to use Jupyter Notebooks to do data analysis? This workshop is for you! Anyone with a EuroPython 2022 Conference/Combined tickets can participate! Join us as a mentor or mentee on July 12th.
More info at https://ep2022.europython.eu/humble-data or you can just register here.

MakersFest - If you are a Maker, Craft, Educator or want to know more about Python and electronics, EuroPython has a dedicated area for MakerFest for all those inquisitive and curious minds, with demos and activities for all ages including guest Makers from micro:bit, MakerMeet.ie, TOG Hackerspace, Northern Ireland Raspberry Jam and more. Join us from Wed 13 July to Friday 15 July.
If you are interested in demo-ing something at MakerFest, register your interest via https://forms.gle/xTdpFJ2rV8iqmMCb9

Trans*Code - We’re accepting registrations for Trans*Code! Join us for a day of hacking, sharing, and friendship on 12 July - you can register (for free) at https://ep2022.europython.eu/trans_code

Pew Pew Workshop - Join Radomir Dopieralski, creator of Pew Pew Games Console, and learn how to programme this game console with CircuitPython. Attendees of the Pew Pew workshop will receive a Pew Pew games console to take home with them after the workshop. Attendees of the Pew Pew workshop will receive a Pew Pew games console to take home with them after the workshop. The workshop is free for EuroPython conference or training ticket holders,

Mentored Sprints - On top of the sprint days, we will give anyone who has never contributed to open-source a head start. Join us on Thursday 14th July for a mentored sprint. We will have mentors who will hold your hands (almost literally) in creating your first PR to an open-source project. Absolutely no prior knowledge needed! More details: https://ep2022.europython.eu/mentored-sprint

PyLadies Lunch - The PyLadies Lunch is a regular event at EuroPython, and is a great opportunity for women attending the conference who love Python and meet other like-minded folks in a fun, relaxed environment. We would like to invite you to join us and make new friends (or catch up with familiar faces), share your experiences with folks from Ireland, Europe and afar.

👩‍💻OSS tables @ EuroPython

Open Source is at the core ethos of the EuroPython community and the conference. If you run a Python related F/OSS project and don’t have the financial means to run your booth, then we’ve got you covered. Send us an email at sponsoring@europython.eu and we’ll get you set up!

🎗️Upcoming Events

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If you have a cool Python event and want to be featured, hit the reply button and write to us!

PyCon Italy - June 2nd-5th
PyCon Italia is the Italian conference on Python. Organised by Python Italia, it has now become one of the most important Python conferences in Europe. With over 700 attendees, the next edition will be the 12th. EuroPython is proud to be a diversity sponsor of PyCon Italia.

PyData London - June 17-19th
PyData London welcomes attendees with wide varieties of experiences, expertise, and backgrounds to join us at the Tower Hotel. Users, contributors, and newcomers can share experiences and learn from one another to solve hard problems and grow a stronger open-source community.

GeoPython - June 20-22nd
After a successful online GeoPython 2021 - with participants from over 40 countries - GeoPython 2022 will be in Basel, Switzerland and online (hybrid).

The conference is focused on Python and Geo, its toolkits and applications. GeoPython 2022 will be the continuation of the yearly conference series. The conference started in 2016 and this is now the 7th edition. Key subjects for the conference series are the combination of the Python programming language and Geo. EuroPython is proud to be a gold sponsor of GeoPython.

Python Ireland June Meetup - Wed Jun 8
This talk will introduce the audience to using Python in natural language processing for classification of clinical trial abstracts.
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/pythonireland/events/kqwjvrydcjblb/

Dublin Linux Developer meetup with EuroPython - Sat Jun 11
Vicky Twomey-Lee will be giving a short talk about EuroPython, and open call for anyone who wants to talk about their Python projects and experiences.
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Dublin-Linux-Developers/events/285723850/

PyBelfast - Tue Jun 14
Talks include “Scream if you wanna go Fast(API)er” by Simon Hewitt (@tyndyll) and “Driving devops adoption in your organisation” by Dan Murphy (@d_murph21)
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/PyBelfast/events/286109293/

PyLadies Dublin Remote Workshop with Jina AI: Image search with DocArray - Tue Jun 21
PyLadies Dublin first workshop this year run by Jyoti Bisht from Jina AI. This is a remote event and will also be live-streamed.
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/PyLadiesDublin/events/285571054/

EuroPython February 2022 Newsletter

Hello fellow Pythonistas,

We apologise for the delay in the release of the February newsletter. Our heart goes out to everyone affected by the humanitarian crisis, especially members of our community. We stand by our community and will continue to provide any support we can whatever happens.
We'll continue with our everyday activities in supporting Python communities across Europe. If you have any suggestions on specific ways to directly help our community affected by the conflict, drop us a line at board@europython.eu

📝EuroPython Society Update

New-ish Team Structure

This year, we have made some changes to our traditional Workgroup Structure in place between 2015-2021. We aim to have a more balanced workload between contributors in different teams and give more autonomy to them while reducing the silos between teams.

We hope you like it. If you have any suggestions, email us: plaza@europython.eu.
Better yet, read on to see how to volunteer and make everything better together with us!

🍀EuroPython 2022 Conference Update

After 2 years of meeting our Python friends over Zoom, Matrix and Discord, we are now committed to an in-person conference (with a hybrid setup) at The CCD in Dublin on 11-17th July!

🗣Call for Proposals (CFP)

We are psyched to announce that we’ll launch our CFP on March 8th, 2022.

We're looking for proposals on every aspect of Python: programming from novice to advanced levels, applications, and frameworks, or how you have been involved in introducing Python into your organisation. EuroPython is a community conference and we are eager to hear about your experience.

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In the EuroPython community, we emphasise the importance of diversity and inclusion. We also encourage and support potential first-time speakers. To help us achieve the goal, we will have the Speaker Mentorship program for EuroPython 2022. 

More details to follow on our newsletter, blog, and socials. Stay tuned!

💲Call for Sponsors

EuroPython will be held in-person this year in the mega tech-hub Dublin.

Without our sponsors, EuroPython won’t be the success that it is. With us back in-person, we’re excited to provide our sponsors with opportunities to connect with and support the Python community.

With its combination of academic excellence, research labs, and world-leading technology companies, Ireland makes for a thriving place for deep tech. As a sponsor of EuroPython 2022, the opportunities to promote yourself and support a great open-source community here will be second to none.

We will release our exciting sponsor packages in early March. If you are interested in sponsoring drop us a line already at sponsoring@europython.eu

👩🏻‍🤝‍🧑🏽Call for Volunteers

EuroPython is organised and run by volunteers from the Python community. We always appreciate more help, more diverse voices to make the conference run smoothly and thoughtfully.

Donating your time for free is a big ask. But in return, you will be given a safe space to contribute your thoughts and work to shaping the conference to be for the community and of the community. And hopefully, you will also have a lot of fun in the process with our amazing team!

Interested in joining one of the teams? Hit us up at volunteers@europython.eu

🎫Tickets

We’re working hard to make EuroPython accessible to all. We’ll have more information about the tickets and the prices by mid-March.

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We’ll also have a Financial Aid program this year to support speakers, students, and Pythonistas from around the world. The applications will be out on March 8th, 2022. Stay tuned!

Keeping the tradition from previous conferences, we’ll again offer free tickets to Python Core developers as part of our Guido van Rossum Core Developer Grant and our newly established EuroPython Fellows. We will also have an open invitation to organisers responsible for other Python conferences around Europe to attend lunch with us at The CCD. Stay tuned for more information!

Have any questions in the meantime? Hit us up at helpdesk@europython.eu

🎗️ Upcoming Python Events

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If you have a cool Python event and want to be featured, hit the reply button and write to us!

Python Ireland March Meetup (9th March 2022)
If you are like us who cannot wait any longer to meet more Pythonistas in Ireland, then join them in their March Meetup on Wednesday, 9 March 19:30- 21:30 online! You can submit a talk proposal here: http://python.ie/meetups

PyLadies Dublin x PyLadies London IWD Special (15th March 2022)
Celebrate International Women's Day with PyLadies Dublin & London virtual meetup. They have some interesting talks and activities planned. RSVP here:https://www.meetup.com/PyLadiesDublin/events/283826352/

Python Web Conference (21-26 March 2022)
The Python Web Conf is a virtual event designed to promote best practices for hard web production problems. Register & use our community sponsor code — EuroPython@PWC2022 — to get an EXTRA 15% off: https://t.co/BQsi9NOeXp

PyCon DE and PyData Berlin (11-13 April 2022)
PyCon DE and PyData Berlin is one month away! Check out their fantastic session list! We hear the tickets are selling fast, so grab yours now: https://ti.to/pysv/pyconde-pydata-berlin-2022

PyCamp Spain (15-18 April 2022)
PyCamp is a 4-day hackathon in the Spanish countryside. The event is as simple as getting together a small group away from the city with the basic requirements for the NERD to survive: Bed, Food, Energy, and the Internet. They also have Financial Aid options, hit them up at https://pycamp.es

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The EPS share our love for the community through our grant programme! If you need support for your local event or conference, get in touch with us. We also want to support and promote sprints on humanitarian projects by providing Zoom or other infrastructure. Drop us a line at grants@europython.eu

🐍Cool Python Projects

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Know a cool Python project? Hit the reply button and write to us!
  1. Black - Black, the uncompromising Python code formatter, is finally out of beta and is stable. Go check it out!
  2. Haystack - Haystack is an end-to-end framework that enables you to build powerful and production-ready pipelines for different search use cases.
  3. Poetry-polylith-plugin - A plugin for the Poetry tool that enables the concept of workspaces and the Polylith architecture.
  4. Bandit - Bandit is a tool designed to find common security issues in Python code.
  5. Optimum - Optimum is an extension of HuggingFace Transformers, providing a set of performance optimization tools enabling maximum efficiency to train and run models on targeted hardware.
  6. Tdda - Python module provides command-line and Python API support for the overall process of data analysis.