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Hey Pythonistas,

Can you believe it? Only 36 days to go until PyCon Canada 2018! 

After one week of ticket sales, we’ve already sold 30% of our tickets! So don’t delay, grab your tickets today! Because we’ve sold out the last 2 years! If you’re not too sure which tickets to grab, check out our Registration FAQ.

Buy your TICKETS!

The PyCon Canada organizers have been hard at work reviewing and finalizing the schedule for this year’s conference.

But we wanted to point out an upcoming deadline and announce our next keynote!

New Keynote Announcement!

We are thrilled to announce Solmaz Shahalizadeh as one of our keynote speakers!

Solmaz is the VP of Data Science and Engineering at Shopify leading the data organization. Her teams build the data platform and the machine learning solutions that power Shopify's internal and merchant facing data products including Shopify's real-time Order Fraud Analysis, Shopify Capital and Shopify Home. Her and her teams build majority of their data solutions using Python (and Spark) and she is a big fan of the Python community. Solmaz has multiple graduate degrees in computer science and machine learning. Prior to joining Shopify, she worked at Morgan Stanley as an analyst and at McGill University as a cancer researcher, applying machine learning techniques to predict breast cancer outcome. Solmaz has a passion for building high quality data products that delight users and solve real world problems.

Last Chance for Financial Aid

Just a reminder that our last round of financial aid applications are due Oct. 7. We encourage anyone who might not be able to attend PyCon Canada to apply. 

While we wish we could give grants to everyone who applies, we have limited funds. Our goal is to get the most people to PyCon Canada by optimizing the funds we have.

Many thanks to Tucows for being our Diamond Diversity Sponsor and Shopify for being our Diversity Sponsor this year and helping to bring as many speakers and attendees to PyCon Canada. 
Financial Aid

We Are Offering Childcare

We are providing childcare this year for attendees on both talk days, November 10 and November 11.

If you require childcare (for kids up to 10 years old!), please indicate this when you purchase your ticket via Eventbrite. Our deadline for childcare sign-up is November 1.  

Thank you FreshBooks for being our Gold Childcare Sponsor this year!

Talk Notifications

As we mentioned earlier, our Programme Committee is hard at work reviewing and finalizing the schedule. We will start emailing notifications via Papercall by the end of September. 

If your spam filter is strong, please login to papercall or please reach out to after Oct. 5 if you haven’t heard from us.

Volunteers Wanted!

If you have some free time during the conference, want to help out? We’re looking for volunteers to help on the day of the conference with roles such as: 
  • Session Chair
  • Registration 
  • A/V
  • General helper!

If you’re interested and are not on the mailing list, please fill out this form:
Volunteer Form


Our Lovely Sponsors
(We couldn’t pull off PyCon Canada without them!)


Thank you to our Diamond Diversity Sponsor, Tucows!

Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX), is a quiet, but very successful, twenty-year-old global Internet services company. From its humble beginnings as a software sharing platform, Tucows is now the world’s second largest domain registrar and provider of wholesale Internet services, and through its brand, Ting, is revolutionizing mobile and Internet access in the U.S. Today, 600 Tucows employees work in 10 offices worldwide and help generate over $300 million in annual revenues.

Thank you to our Gold Sponsor, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation!

CBC’s Digital Products, staffed by more than 100 technical architects, managers, developers, designers and researchers, creates digital experiences and platforms used by millions of Canadians daily. Our teams include machine intelligence, native apps and emerging platforms, content distribution, web presentation, UX, and data management platform. We’re building recommendation systems that pierce filter bubbles and recommend valuable content to our audience, personalization systems that allow users to customize their experience, a kids news website, and much more. We work in an Agile environment— taking a build, measure, learn approach to creating and managing our products. We’re constantly exploring what’s next and how we can create products that better serve our audience, running A/B tests and benchmarking with rigorous analytics. Every four weeks we host integrated demos where teams have an opportunity to showcase what they’ve worked on.

Thank you to our Gold Childcare Sponsor, Freshbooks! 

FreshBooks is the #1 invoicing and accounting software in the cloud designed exclusively for self-employed professionals and their teams. The company has helped more than 10 million people process billions of dollars with its ridiculously easy-to-use invoicing, time-tracking, online payments and expense management features. Recognized with eight Stevie awards for best customer service in the world, the company’s mantra is to “execute extraordinary experiences everyday.” Based in Toronto, Canada, FreshBooks serves paying customers in 160 countries.

We are incredibly grateful to our sponsors, without them we are unable make this conference happen!

Thank you to our Silver sponsor, Communications Security Establishment!

CSE is one of Canada’s key security and intelligence organizations, focused on collecting foreign signals intelligence in support of the Government of Canada’s priorities, and on helping protect the computer networks and information of greatest importance to Canada. We also provide assistance to federal law enforcement and security organizations in their legally authorized activities, when they may require our unique technical capabilities.

Thank you to our Bronze sponsor, Odoo Community Association! 

The Odoo Community Association, or OCA, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the widespread use of Odoo and to support the collaborative development of Odoo features. The Association provides financial, organizational and legal support to the broader Odoo Open Source community. It also serves as an independent legal entity to which community members can contribute to the code, funding and other resources with the knowledge that their contributions will be maintained for public benefit. What is Odoo? Odoo is a suite of open-source enterprise management applications. Odoo is used by large companies, small businesses, associations and many different types of organizations to help them manage, automate, measure and optimize their operations, finances and projects.

Until next time,

    The PyCon Canada Team

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Hey les pitonneux!

C’est dur à croire mais il ne reste que 36 jours avant PyCon Canada 2018!

Après seulement une semaine de vente, 30% des billets sont déjà partis! Ne perdez pas de temps, commandez vos billets dès maintenant. Si on se fie aux années passées, PyCon Canada va réussir à vendre tous ses billets! Et les retardataires se retrouveront les mains vides.  Pour savoir quels billets commander, consultez notre foire aux questions.

Achetez votre billet!

Les organisateurs de Pycon Canada ont travaillé fort pour déterminer le contenu et l’horaire de la conférence de cette année. Et ça continue!

Il est toutefois important de souligner une date butoir importante ainsi que notre prochaine conférencière.

Nouvelle conférencière!

On est tout excité de vous annoncer Solmaz Shahalizadeh comme l’une de nos principaux conférenciers.

Solmaz est VP d’Ingénierie et de Sciences des données chez Shopify où elle mène le département de science des données. Ses équipes ont construit la plateforme de données et les solutions d’apprentissage-machine derrière les solutions Shopify, autant celles utilisées à internes et celles accessibles au client, incluant la détection en temps réel des fraudes “Order Fraud Analysis”, que “Shopify Capital” et “Shopify Home”. La grande partie de ces solutions ont été bâties en Python (et Spark) et Solmaz est une fan de la communauté Python.  Solmaz a plusieurs diplômes en informatique et apprentissage-machine.  Avant de se joindre à Shopify elle a travaillé pour Morgan Stanley comme analyste et à l’université McGill en recherche sur le cancer en appliquant les techniques d’apprentissage-machine pour prédire le taux de survie au cancer du sein.  Solmaz est passionnée par la création de produits de haute qualité permettant de résoudre des problèmes concrets au grand plaisir des utilisateurs.

Dernière chance pour obtenir de l’aide financière

Les dernières demandes d’aide financière seront acceptées le 7 octobre au plus tard. Après cette date, ce sera trop tard. Nous vous encourageons à faire application si un souci financier quelconque vous empêche de venir à PyCon Canada.

Nous aimerions bien avoir accès à des fonds infinis mais ce n’est pas le cas. Notre but est de faciliter l’accès à la conférence au plus grand nombre de personnes possible.

Un énorme merci à Tucows qui est notre partenaire Diversité Diamant ainsi qu’à Shopify, partenaire Diversité, pour cette année.  Leur support nous permet d’amener un plus grand nombre de présentateurs, présentatrices et 
Aid financière

Hourra! Une garderie!

Il y aura une garderie sur place cette année pour les enfants (jusqu’à 10 ans) des participant.e.s lors des deux jours de présentation, soit les 10 et 11 novembre.

Si vous pensez avoir recours à la garderie, veuillez indiquer votre intention lors de l’achat de votre billet par Eventbrite. Notre date butoir pour la garderie est le 1er novembre.

Merci à FreshBooks pour son partenariat Garderie OR cette année!

Réponses pour les présentations

Comme mentionné plus tôt, le comité de la programmation travaille fort pour finaliser l’horaire. Les réponses pour les présentations sont envoyées par Papercall depuis la fin de septembre.

Si vos filtres anti-pourriels sont très efficaces (même trop), veuillez aller vérifier votre application directement sur Papercall ou contactez directement après le 5 octobre si vous n’avez toujours pas eu de réponse.

Bénévoles demandé.e.s!

Allez-vous avoir un peu de temps disponible durant la conférence? Nous avons un grand besoin de bénévoles pour aider au bon déroulement de la conférence pour les postes suivants:
  • Président de session
  • Inscription
  • Audio-visuel
  • Aide générale

Si donner un coup de pouce vous intéresse et que vous n’êtes pas sur la liste de distribution, veuillez remplir ce formulaire: 
Formulaire de bénévolat

C’est tout pour le moment,

    L’équipe de PyCon Canada

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