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PYCON 2018

The future of Python - a sum up from PYCON 2018 by Jian Sun

PYCON (Python Conference) is an annual convention for the discussion and promotion of the Python programming language. It originated in the USA but is also held in Sweden. As Europe’s “Silicon Valley”, Sweden has many active Python developers. The content of the conference covers most of the hotspot aspects, from data analysis, Python frameworks to data ethics. In this text, I will sum up my thoughts about two of the topics: Data Classes and Machine Learning.


Data Classes, in Python 3.6 and beyond by Alexander Hultnér

In this talk, Alexander Hultnér showed how to use the power of data classes to make our codebases cleaner and leaner in a pythonic way. An important task of a Python data analyst in their work life is to extract, process, define, clear, arrange, and then understand data to develop intelligent algorithms. Data is the key and the understanding of data is crucial. With data classes, we do not have to write boilerplate code to get proper initialization, representation, and comparisons for any object which make our life easier.


Mantra – A Deep Learning Development Kit by Ross Taylor

Mantra is a new open-source Python library for managing deep learning projects. In this talk, Ross Taylor demonstrated how to use Mantra for deep learning projects, and how it can help machine learning engineers to quickly iterate and move from idea to production. Python serves us a huge, battle-tested and ready-to-use libraries which can do all the heavy lifting for us. Right now, we have different packages for training or evaluating a model by using existing methods. All we need to do is to write the code that would glue everything together. As simple as that.


Images from PYCON 2018



Jian Sun
Consultant at Go See Talents


Being a woman in the dev team - a panel discussion by D-tjejer

We women tend to have very high expectations on ourselves. We do not feel good enough professionally – even though our teammates turn to us for advice. And how does it affect us finding ourselves to be the only woman in the room and being pointed out as “the female developer” instead of just a developer?

We need to talk about being a woman in a development team and have therefore invited three senior developers to share their experiences. They will answer questions about how they have handled difficult situations in a team, about doubting in themselves and about being that “female developer”.

Our goal is to give you insights, share experiences, and for you to meet other “just developers”.

In the panel:

Marika Engström, Senior Systems Architect & Developer at Go See Talents

Marika is a consultant with 17 years of experience in Java and .NET. She is primarily a backend developer and has worked with GIS (geographical information systems), finance and the music industry. Marika is also a mentor who loves to share knowledge and has a strong sense of quality.

Helena Åberg Östlund, Backend Software Engineer at Spotify

Helena has more than 20 years of experience and handles Java, Ruby and Python. She is a backend developer who has worked with the core java virtual machine and companies like Ongame and Spotify. She has been tech lead and architect and the go-to person for all technical aspects of a product. Helena is used to being the only female developer in the team.

Aveen Ismail, Firmware Developer at Yubico

Aveen has 10 years of experience in Java, Python, C/C++ and PKI among others. She develops open source security products and close to the hardware, a very male-dominated environment where she is used to being the only female developer in the company. She also has experience of being a product owner.

Johanna Antonsson, Founder & CEO at Go See Talents (moderator)

Johanna is an entrepreneur & CEO with 18 years of experience from the Stockholm tech scene. With a master in Computer Science and working experience as a developer, manager and entrepreneur, she is used to being that only female in the room.

About D-tjejer (D-girls):

D-tjejer is a group women working within software development and is a network where we can share experiences and help each other in our professional roles.

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Practical information:

Date: Wed. 5 December 2018

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Convendum @ Klara C, 16 Vasagatan, 111 20 Stockholm

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