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Marc-Andre Lemburg

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EuroPython 2021: Invitation to Optiver Workshop

Optiver, our keystone sponsor, is running a free workshop on Monday. Anyone with a conference or combined ticket can attend and learn more about algorithmic trading, and even win prizes!

Continue reading to learn more about the workshop.

If you want to receive sponsor messages directly via email, please adjust your privacy settings on the conference website.

Enjoy,
EuroPython 2021 Team
EuroPython Society
EuroPython 2021 Website


Optiver’s Workshop

https://www.optiver.com/

Calling all EuroPython 2021 attendees, Optiver, our Keystone Sponsor, is inviting all conference attendees to attend a free workshop on Monday 26 July:

Optiver invites you to come dive into the fascinating world of algorithmic trading.

The financial industry’s daily activities (quite literally) move at the speed of light. To keep pace, Optiver uses sophisticated technology and advanced trading algorithms to execute our trading activities. Fuelled by our Python developers, we’re able to trade in higher volumes, at higher speeds, with faster reactions and tighter pricing spreads. Have we sparked your interest yet? Just wait.

By joining Optiver’s EuroPython workshop, you’ll not only learn all about how we process market data and use it to capture opportunities that are gone in the blink of an eye. You’ll also have the chance to apply this theoretical knowledge by building your own profitable trading strategy and executing it in Optibook – Optiver’s simulated financial exchange. It’s the closest you can get to real-world trading experience, and a chance to discover: do you have what it takes to program under the pressure of the markets?

To make the most of this invaluable opportunity, join us on 26 July from 1:15 PM to 4:30 PM CEST. Participants can decide whether to work independently or in teams, with the three best algorithms awarded a prize at the end.

We look forward to seeing you there and taking your Python skills to the next level.

Best regards,
The Optiver Team


EuroPython 2021: Preparing for the conference

EuroPython 2021 is approaching quickly and we would like to take a moment to give you some additional tips to make the event as productive and enjoyable as possible.

Configure your EuroPython account

Firstly, you should configure your EuroPython account, tickets and profile, so that we get the right information for on-boarding you to our EuroPython conference system in the coming days and your communication preferences.

This is particularly important if you bought tickets for other people. If they have not registered on the website and been assigned a ticket, we cannot on-board them to our conference system.

Log in to the conference website

To begin managing your account, log in to the website. If you don’t have an account yet, you can register easily using email and password or Google authentication.

Please avoid creating multiple accounts, since this can create confusion and merging accounts is not possible.

Assigning tickets to other people

If you have purchased multiple tickets, you can now assign the tickets to other people, e.g. in your company.

To distribute tickets, the people you want to assign them to need to have an account on our system. Please tell them to register on the EuroPython website and provide you with the email address they used to register.

Once they have registered and you have the email address they used, you can then go to the ticket section and reassign the ticket:

Click on “Assign ticket” and then enter the email address of the person to assign the ticket to:

Clicking save will then transfer the ticket to the new user.

Configuring your EuroPython account

The website also provides multiple options for configuring your account:

The “Profile settings” allow you to edit the profile shown on the website. This is especially important for speakers, since their profiles will be public and associated with their presentations.

The “Privacy settings” dialog allows you to opt-in to sponsor messages and recruiting emails from our sponsors.

Receiving sponsor messages

If you are looking for a new job or freelance opportunity, opting-in for sponsor messages in your privacy settings is a good way to get more information from sponsors who will present in our recruiting session.

Sponsors will also use these messages to share information about upcoming events, perks or other offers.

The sponsor message will be sent by the EuroPython Organizers (sponsors don't receive your email addresses). They will begin this week and continue throughout the conference week. No emails will be sent after the conference.

Printing your invoice

If you have bought tickets on the website, you will find the invoices for the tickets on your account page as well:

You can download the invoice in PDF format, print and save it to your records.

Access to the EuroPython conference system

Now that everything is configured, you can try out access to the conference system. This is only possible if you have a conference, combined or sprint ticket. For view-only tickets, please see below.

For EuroPython 2021 we will use a Matrix based chat server to run the event. The server is integrated with the website, so you will not have to go through a separate registration process. Access to the system requires a valid conference, combined or sprint ticket.

We recommend using a Chromium-based browser for best compatibility and experience with the tools we are using for the conference system.

In order to enter the conference system, please log in to the EuroPython website. This will take you to the user account page. Scroll down to the “EuroPython Conference System” section and take note of the email address and password listed there.

If you are using Google authentication for the EuroPython website, the system will create a password token for you to log in to the conference system. The token is just valid for the conference system, not the EuroPython website.

Using these credentials you can then open the Element web client for our Matrix server by clicking on the button. Enter the credentials and log in to the system.

Upon first login, the server will configure your account, so things will take a bit longer to get set up. Subsequent logins should be much faster.

You can find more details and a short intro video on our conference system webpage.

Please make sure you stay logged in to the EuroPython website while using the conference system. Otherwise, you won’t be able to see the session streams.

Accessing the view-only live streams

All ticket holders, including those who have a view-only ticket, are able to watch the streams directly on the EuroPython website.

We have configured a special streaming page which allows you to see the streams live, but without any speaker or attendee interaction:

The page has a selector at the top, which will provide direct access to all available streams. Which streams are shown depends on your ticket type.

If you’d rather participate using the fully interactive conference system, you can still buy conference or combined tickets in our shop to get access -- the shop will remain open throughout the conference.

Preparing for training sessions

If you are planning to attend one of the training sessions or workshops, please read up on their session descriptions to check whether they will require prior setups or downloads.

Hint: Even if you only have a conference ticket, you will still be able to join the sponsored training sessions in room “Argument Clinic” on Monday and Tuesday.

Virtual swag

Since our sponsors can’t distribute swag from their sponsor booths as they typically do at our in-person events, we have put together a virtual swag page for all attendees.

You can find the swag page under “Setup” on our website:

If you have additional questions about the sponsor offerings, feel free to contact them during the conference days on the conference system.

Finding jobs at the conference

EuroPython is a great place to find new and exciting jobs, all involving Python as the main programming language. Many of our sponsors have job openings and would love to get in touch with you.

You find the conference job board under “Sponsors”:

We will also send out job offers for our sponsors as emails. Please enable receiving sponsor messages in your account’s privacy settings to allow us to send you those emails (see above for instructions on how to do this).

Additionally, anyone is free to post job offerings in the “Jobs” lobby room on the conference system:

so watch this space as well.

More tips for attendees

We will copy the tips from this blog post and additional tips to our "Tips for Attendees" page listed under “Registration” on the conference website:

If you have questions about any of these tips, please write to helpdesk@europython.eu.

Enjoy,
EuroPython 2021 Team
EuroPython Society
EuroPython 2021 Website

EuroPython 2021: Data Science Mini-Conference

It has become a tradition at EuroPython to include a special data science track. This year, we have expanded on the theme and included more data science related content than ever before, including keynotes and workshops -- our own EuroPython Data Science mini-conference which includes:

  • 37 Talks
  • 9 Workshops
  • 2 Keynotes
  • 2 Interactive Sessions
  • one Poster

Tickets are still available through our online shop and will be throughout next week.

Data Science Keynotes

We’ would like like to highlight our data science keynotes on Thursday:

Claudia Comito: Connecting Communities: the Helmholtz Analytics Framework and the making of Heat

HPC, Scientific Big Data, co-design, Python: beneath the buzzwords, bringing together academics from the most disparate research fields to work on a common product is no easy feat. What worked, what didn't, and lessons learned from the Helmholtz Analytics Framework experience.

Dr. Kimberly Arcand: Our Universe through Sight, Sound & Touch

Information of our Universe doesn't have to be just a two-dimensional snap shot. We can transform these data to be able to listen, feel, or (virtually) move through cosmic objects.  Listen to the debris from an exploded star, walk through the core of our Milky Way in virtual reality, feel vibrations of a stellar nursery, and experience our universe anew.

For full information, please check our Data Science @ EuroPython 2021 page, which lists the complete data science program.

Access to the data science parts of the conference is part of our regular conference tickets. If you want to participate in the data science content, please obtain a combined ticket.

Enjoy,
EuroPython 2021 Team
EuroPython Society
EuroPython 2021 Website

EuroPython 2021: Meet our Gold Sponsor JetBrains

We are excited to have JetBrains as one of our Gold sponsors for EuroPython 2021.

JetBrains builds one of the most widely used IDEs for Python. They have also been a great supporter of EuroPython for many years. Thanks, JetBrains!

You can visit their sponsor exhibit rooms, and talk with their staff to learn more about the Python ecosystem they have created.

Please continue reading to learn more about JetBrains.

Enjoy,
EuroPython 2021 Team
EuroPython Society
EuroPython 2021 Website


JetBrains is a global software vendor known for its intelligent productivity enhancing software tools such as PyCharm. PyCharm Professional Edition is a Python IDE that helps professional web developers be more productive by offering in-depth Django and Flask code analysis and support for modern JavaScript, Docker, and SQL databases.

PyCharm Professional includes features essential for data science development. It has Jupyter Notebook integration, an R plugin for statistical computing, and full support for the popular scientific packages, NumPy and Matplotlib. If it is a dedicated tool for data science that you need, there is DataSpell, a new data science IDE by JetBrains, and Datalore, a powerful online environment for Jupyter Notebooks.

In addition to PyCharm Professional Edition, JetBrains also offers a free and open source PyCharm Community Edition. It includes Python code assistance, refactorings, visual debugging, and version control integration.

For all Pythonistas at EuroPython, we are offering an extended (3-month) trial of PyCharm Professional. Use the promo code: EUROPYTHON-2021 at https://www.jetbrains.com/store/redeem/ to get your free PyCharm Professional! This offer is valid until August 31.


EuroPython 2021: Keynotes and Booklet

EuroPython 2021 begins next week. We are proud to present the keynote speakers and our conference booklet.

Keynotes

The following keynotes will take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Tickets are still available.

If you want to find out more about our keynote speakers, please head on to the keynotes page on our website.

Pablo Galindo Salgado: Nobody expects the Spanish inquisition

Pablo Galindo Salgado

In this talk I will go into some interesting stories of how (C)Python is made. We will go through a journey that will show you how Python is developed, who works on it, interesting battles against the most obscure of bugs and lots of unexpected situations and things to learn and to reflect on.

Abigail Dogbe: Python in a world of Pan-Africanism

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The use of Python in Africa is widely spread daily. In this talk, I will take you on a journey of what Python means to us in a Pan-African setting, lessons learned from organizing PyCon Africa, the people behind it, challenges we are facing and reflections on what works in our ecosystem.

Claudia Comito: Connecting Communities: the Helmholtz Analytics Framework and the making of Heat

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HPC, Scientific Big Data, co-design, Python: beneath the buzzwords,
bringing together academics from the most disparate research fields to work on a common product is no easy feat. What worked, what didn't, and lessons learned from the Helmholtz Analytics Framework experience.

Dr. Kimberly Arcand: Our Universe through Sight, Sound & Touch

Dr. Kimberly Arcand

Information of our Universe doesn't have to be just a two-dimensional snap shot. We can transform these data to be able to listen, feel, or (virtually) move through cosmic objects.  Listen to the debris from an exploded star, walk through the core of our Milky Way in virtual reality, feel vibrations of a stellar nursery, and experience our universe anew.

David Beazley: No, not typing. Types.

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While biking through the forest preserve on a dark December morning, I found myself suddenly staring face-to-face with Bambi.  Picking myself off the ground with a broken wrist and an assortment of broken fingers, I embarked on an unexpected journey of discovery.   Then the pandemic hit.   In this talk, I provide a trip report.

Joannah Nanjekye: Python the Bad Parts

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Python is great but it definitely has faults too.In this talk, I will talk about some of the Python challenges as a language, and the current efforts in the community to alleviate them. I will also talk about how I plan to engage scientists and academics during my time on the PSF board, to highlight some of the research we are working on as a community.

Conference Booklet

Our designer Jessica has created a beautiful conference booklet for you to refer to during the conference and keep as a memory afterwards. It details all of the information regarding the schedule, talks, workshops and sponsors as a single PDF file.

EuroPython 2021 Booklet

Enjoy,
EuroPython 2021 Team
EuroPython Society
EuroPython 2021 Website

EuroPython 2021: Meet our Diamond Sponsor Bloomberg

We are excited to have Bloomberg as one of our two Diamond Sponsors for EuroPython 2021. Bloomberg has more than a hundred million lines of Python code under management and engages heavily in supporting Python’s   development and community.

You can participate in their free training session, visit their sponsor exhibit rooms, and talk with their staff to learn more about the Python ecosystem they have created.

Please continue reading to learn more about Bloomberg.

Enjoy,
EuroPython 2021 Team
EuroPython Society
EuroPython 2021 Website


Bloomberg Celebrates 30 Years of Python + 20 Years of EuroPython

As we prepare for EuroPython 2021, we wanted to share a little bit about the long journey for Python within Bloomberg. We also want to recognize the 30th anniversary of this powerful programming language that we celebrated earlier this year, as well as the 20th edition of the EuroPython conference.

There’s nothing better than a milestone like this to reflect upon the impact our company’s engineers have had on this programming language.

As a company, we are proud of the journey we've been through. In less than a decade, we've gone from writing Python 2 code with little to no expertise to being a company that is leading the evolution of Python.

Today, Python is one of the most used languages at Bloomberg. With more than half a million Python files and a hundred million lines of Python code, we are running a Python program more than 3.7 billion times each month. The scale of our Python usage is massive!

At Bloomberg, we believe that a free and open source project like Python requires collaboration from all of us. That is why we are proud to have many engineers who are committed to improving Python and its ecosystem. Within our company, we have some of the maintainers of projects like tox, virtualenv, pip, pipx, TOML, Project Jupyter, bqplot, auditwheel, CPython, python-build, mplfinance, and attrs-strict among others.

We have also made substantial contributions to Python with both code and in the form of Python Enhancement Proposals (PEPs), having participated in PEPs for positional only arguments, the new parser, pattern matching, the extensible customization of the interpreter startup, improving tracebacks displayed by the CPython interpreter in order to improve the debugging experience, and standardizing editable installs (PEP-660 and PEP-662).

We are also quite excited to count Pablo Galindo Salgado, a member of the Python Steering Council, who is also serving as the release manager for Python 3.10 and Python 3.11, as part of our internal Python community. During this 30th anniversary year, he’s shared some of his hopes and dreams for the future of Python  and will be talking about them, as well as previewing Python 3.10, during the opening keynote of EuroPython 2021 on Wednesday, July 28 at 09:10 CEST.

In addition to supporting numFOCUS, we have also sponsored the Python Software Foundation (PSF) since 2017, and recently became its second Visionary Sponsor. As part of this, we’ve committed to providing two years of funding for a full-time Project & Community Manager for the Python Packaging ecosystem.

By supporting this ‘shift left’ to test earlier in the development process (when changes are easier and less costly to make), we will help improve software quality throughout the Python Packaging ecosystem – something that will benefit the entire Python community.


Learn more about how corporate users of open source software can partner with the ecosystems who provide that software to improve the end-to-end experience for everyone during a live Upstream webinar featuring Kevin P. Fleming, Head of Open Source Community Engagement in Bloomberg’s CTO Office, on Wednesday, August 4th at 2 PM EDT.


We thank our more than 2,000 Python developers around the globe who have been part of this journey. The evolution of Python has been -- and still is -- driven by this amazing community of incredibly diverse Pythonistas. Keep an eye out for a bunch of them in the video interstitials that will be playing in between sessions throughout EuroPython 2021.

We wish you a great week and encourage you to check out the training sessions and talks that some of our Python engineers will be giving during this year’s EuroPython 2021 Online:

EuroPython 2021: Meet our Diamond Sponsor Microsoft

We are excited to have Microsoft as one of our two Diamond Sponsors for EuroPython 2021. Microsoft invests heavily into bringing you the best tooling for Python on Windows and Azure. They have also been a great supporter of EuroPython for many years. Thanks, Microsoft!

You can participate in their free training session, visit their sponsor exhibit rooms, and talk with their staff to learn more about the Python ecosystem they have created.

Please continue reading to learn more about Microsoft.

Enjoy,
EuroPython 2021 Team
EuroPython Society
EuroPython 2021 Website



Another year, another EuroPython, and Microsoft is once again excited to be a sponsor! We love being able to play a part in bringing together a community of developers and data scientists using Python to learn about what’s new in the world of Python and tooling.

This year, to continue supporting this quickly growing community, we increased our sponsorship of the Python Software Foundation to the new top visionary level. We hope you consider donating to the PSF in order to help provide grants and resources for further development and adoption of Python as well as expanding Python outreach by funding the Python Ambassador Program.

On top of growing the Python community, Microsoft’s Developer Division aims to enable every developer. To help achieve that goal, we have worked hard to support Python in Visual Studio Code and in Azure:

TensorBoard integration with VS Code

Don’t miss out on our talks and training sessions to watch the features mentioned above in action! We hope to see you there!

EuroPython 2021: Opening our Merchandise Shop

We’re very happy to announce our merchandise shop for EuroPython 2021, with a fabulous new design for the attendee t-shirts:

EuroPython 2021 Merch Shop

You can find the shop under the "EuroPython" menu entry on the conference website:

The shop is run on the Spreadshirt platform and so Spreadshirt will handle all payments, invoicing and shipping.

We have preconfigured a large number of items in the shop based on the designs for EuroPython 2021, but you can also customize the looks by clicking on the editing pen on the product pages.

Attendee T-Shirt Design

Any profit this creates will go towards the EuroPython financial aid budget, so will be put to good use.

Discounts

To make things a little easier for you, we have configured the following discounts Spreadshirt offers:

  • 20% off from July 8 - 11
  • 15% off from July 12 - 15
  • free shipping from July 16 - 19

Shipping worldwide

Spreadshirt is shipping to a lot of destinations worldwide.

Unfortunately, they don’t support shipping to the US, Australia, Brasil and a few other countries on their European shop system for tax reasons. If you'd like to order from one of those countries, perhaps you can find a friendly Pythonista who would be willing to forward you the merch from Europe.

Enjoy,
EuroPython 2021 Team
EuroPython Society
EuroPython 2021 Website

EuroPython 2021: Meet our Keystone Sponsor Optiver

We are excited to have Optiver as our Keystone Sponsor for EuroPython 2021. Optiver uses Python to drive their market maker business in the financial industry.

You can participate in their free training session, visit their sponsor exhibit rooms, and talk with their staff to learn more about the Python ecosystem they have created.

Please continue reading to learn more about Optiver.

Enjoy,
EuroPython 2021 Team
EuroPython Society
EuroPython 2021 Website


https://www.optiver.com/

About Optiver

We’re market makers. In simple terms, we provide buy and sell prices for financial products on exchanges across the globe. By providing this liquidity we help make markets more efficient. Every day at Optiver is an opportunity to solve the seemingly impossible. What we build, code, develop and strategise pushes the boundaries of technological and analytical possibility in the world of electronic trading. Every team member has an integral part to play in this endeavour, which is why collaboration lies at the heart of everything we do. From traders, engineers, researchers, and support, we work in unison to find solutions to incredibly complex problems. It’s a melting pot of dynamic thought, simple execution and pioneering spirits, and we’re always looking for fresh new thinking to help us achieve our mission.

How Python Plays a Vital Role in our Business

Working in infrastructure, development, and operations, our engineers are driven by the need to understand technology at its deepest level. Some of the ways we use Python include interfacing with our physical systems, managing our production environments, and gaining insights into how they’re performing. It also plays a crucial role in our monitoring by collecting metrics data and raising alerts when anomalies are found in our trading systems. We also use it to manage our data pipelines including job scheduling, analytics, and quality control. The list goes on but what remains the same is how Python is crucial to solving the complexity of trading with elegant, simple solutions.

Optiver at EuroPython 2021

We’re extremely excited to once again be a part of EuroPython. Not only as a keystone sponsor but also as a participant looking to share ideas and learn from the many innovative minds in attendance. We’ll be hosting two talks, including a workshop - Activate Your Interest in Coding for Algorithmic Trading, where developers will get the chance to trade on Optibook, our proprietary simulated exchange. You’ll learn the fundamentals of trading such as what are order-books, order-types, liquidity, positions, and gain insights into the different trading systems involved. You’ll then get to test your abilities with Python by creating a profitable trading strategy that can handle the pressures of the market. We look forward to hosting you at our workshop, so please join us and come learn more about the exciting space in which we operate.


EuroPython 2021: Trainings and Workshops

Have you ever wanted to build an image search system, take a deep dive into pytest or learn about algorithmic trading? Then we have a treat for you!

The EuroPython conference will start with two full training and workshop days on Monday, July 26th, and Tuesday, July 27th:

EuroPython 2021 Trainings

Combined Ticket Training sessions

We have carefully curated 14 paid training sessions, which you can attend with a Combined Ticket. Each session is 3 hours long.

If you already have a conference ticket, but would like to switch to a combined ticket, please email helpdesk@europython.eu. You will receive a discount coupon that allows you to upgrade your ticket to a combined one.

Conference Ticket Training Sessions

Additionally, if you have purchased a Conference only Ticket, you are welcome to join the 4 sponsored workshops in the Argument-Clinic track!

Special Workshops

For total beginners, we have teamed up with Humble Data to deliver a Beginners' Day Workshop, specifically for newcomers to Python. This is also accessible for Conference only Ticket holders and is scheduled for Tuesday.

We are also working on a Django Girls Workshop, which will be announced separately. We’ve scheduled this for Monday.

Enjoy,
EuroPython 2021 Team
EuroPython Society
EuroPython 2021 Website