Hurry up with CFP for FUDCon 2015!

FUDCon is back in Pune, India after three years and the best of hands are working together to make it a success once again. FUDCon Pune, 2011 had over a 1000 attendees and we are looking forward to even a larger participation this summer.  The planning for the event has already started and our team is putting in all the best efforts wrt budget, travel, accommodation, talk selection criteria, infrastructure, marketing and food to put up a great show.

Everyone is encouraged to submit a proposal, regardless of  their experience level. We invite submissions from diverse topics including Cloud, Development, DevOps, Embedded Systems, Fedora, Internationalization & Localization, Opensource, Quality Engineering, Security. In case you are reading this and you are interested in speaking at FUDCon Pune 2015, submit a proposal now.

The conference is going to be fun and we want you to join us to make it even more exciting. Call for Papers closes on March 9, 2015. Submit your proposals now. Hurry up!

We look forward to have a diverse participation at FUDCon Pune, 2015 planned for June 26-28, 2015.

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Python Pune Meetup, January 2015

After a vibrant response from the participants at the first Python Pune meetup, we planned for the second chapter on January 31, 2015 at Red Hat, Pune. This time the meetup was scheduled differently as compared to the previous time as we had call for papers days before the meetup which invited speakers from outside to speak on different topics. As usual, the RSVP on the meetup page was flooding and we had a huge waiting list of people who wanted to join us at the meetup.

The day started at 10:00 am and the first hour of the day was took over by Chandan Kumar where he included a quick revision of the basic python concepts he covered in the first meetup. Next, followed the workshop on Django by Tejas Sathe. It was great to see a University student volunteering to a take a workshop. It was a hand-on workshop where people could learn the basics and create some views for their website. He managed to complete his workshop in nearly 2 hours and then we had a small break for 15 minutes. During the break, some of the girls (who were present at PyLadies last week) walked up to me and shared their experience a bit, mentioned that they were interested in attending in some of the advanced level workshops too. Also, Tejas walked up to me to say a ‘hello’, he mentioned that he could not speak to me at PyCon India, 2014.

After the break and little of interactions, there was a talk by Jaidev on Categorical Data Analysis. This talk included some insights on Data Analysis using Python. The talk was nice though. It was followed by a couple of questions from the audience which proved that the participants were receptive enough to his content. The last was a short 10 minnutes talk by Rohan Kanade on oslo. We wrapped up the event by 2:00 pm giving them some additional information about the next meetup planning and coming up FUDCon 2015, a group picture and distribution of Fedora 21 DVDs. Few people interacted well even while they were heading downstairs which was good to see.

We look forward to another meetup this month to be held on February 21, 2015.

PyLadies, Pune (January, 2015)

After long days of planning, we were finally able to organize the first chapter of PyLadies, Pune on January 24, 2015 at Cummins College of Engineering, Pune. PyLadies is an international mentorship group which support women who are interested in programming using Python. Keeping the current scenario in mind about women participation in the open source community, we thought it was required to encourage more women participation. The number of girls who turned up at the event was a little disappointing as compared to the number of registrations but the chapter was destined to start that day and it did 😉 . I started the day by giving a very small presentation where I covered introduction to PyLadies and how we can increase the women participation in the open source community. I talked about a couple of existing outreach programs like Ada Initiative, GNOME outreach program for Women, Linux Chix and also awards like ‘Women in Open Source Award‘. Also discussed about some of the common reasons why we see less women in the community and how together we can help improve the ratio.

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Later, Ramakrishna Reddy spoke on ‘Why we love Python’. The talk was beautifully structured and interesting enough for the college students. He spoke from his past experiences as when he started using Linux, installations involved a bunch of 30-40 floppy disks. He mentioned that it depends how a person wants to learn to program and how important are the programming concepts like data structures for students to begin their career in the programming. That one hour of the day was interesting.

After a short break of 15 minutes, there was a hands-on session on ‘Fun with Python’ by Chandan Kumar and Praveen Kumar. The topics to be covered were variables, data types,operators, looping, data structures, functions, modules and file handling. Chandan covered some of the initial topics with hands-on exercises for the participants and later Praveen explained some of the latter advanced topics. Anshul Behl grabbed the last slot of the day and explained how to use python-requests module to gather data from web and then using it for some purpose. He used the rottentomatoes API as an example for the same.

The day was concluded by Ramakrishna Reddy where he provided a clear and deeper understanding to data structures in five minutes. Praveen Kumar talked about how one can contribute to fedora and we announced the coming up event FUDCon Pune 2015. Also, we distributed some fedora stickers and DVDs to the students there.

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The first chapter of PyLadies, Pune was co-organised by Red Hat and was a successful event all together. We are looking forward to a greater participation by ladies in future.