PyCon 2016 Recap | Caktus Group
Caktus staff show off their PyCon 2016 temporary tattoos.

PyCon, beyond being the best community event for Python developers, is also an event that we happily began thinking about eleven months ago. Almost as soon as PyCon 2015 ended, we had the good fortune of planning the look and feel of PyCon 2016 with organizer extraordinaires Ewa Jodlowska, Diana Clark, and new this year, Brandon Rhodes. Our team has loved working with the organizers on the PyCon websites for the past three years now. They’re great people who always prioritize the needs of PyCon attendees, whether that’s babysitting services or a smooth PyCon web experience.

Seeing the PyCon 2016 Artwork

The Caktus team arrived in Portland and were almost immediately greeted with large-scale versions of the artwork our team made for PyCon. Seeing it on arrival, throughout the event, and especially during the keynotes was surreal.

PyCon 2016 sponsor banner

Getting ready for the tradeshow

Our team got ready for the booth first, ahead of the PyCon Education Summit and Sponsor Workshops where we had team members speaking. Here’s the booth before everyone came to grab t-shirts and PyCon tattoos and to learn more about us.

The Caktus booth at PyCon before the festivities begin.

Here’s a closeup of our live RapidPro dashboard too.

The RapidPro live dashboard Caktus built for PyCon.

Supporting our team members

This year, at the PyCon Education Summit, Rebecca Conley spoke about expanding diversity in tech by increasing early access to coding education. Erin Mullaney and Rebecca Muraya spoke at a Sponsor Workshop on RapidPro, UNICEF’s SMS application platform. Sadly, we didn’t get a picture of Rebecca C, but Erin shared this picture of herself and Rebecca M. on Twitter.

Erin and Rebecca M. after giving their RapidPro talk at PyCon.

Tradeshow time!

PyCon, for our booth team, is always intense. Here’s a taste of the crowds across three days.

A busy crowd around the Caktus booth.

The excitement, of course, included a giveaway. Here’s the winner of our BB8 Sphero Ball raffle prize, Adam Porad of MetaBrite, with our Sales Director, Julie White:

PyCon attendee wins the Caktus BB8 Sphero giveaway.

So many talks

With our office almost empty and most of our team at PyCon, there were a lot of talks we went to, too many to list here (don’t worry, we’re going to start highlighting the talks in our annual PyCon Must See Series). We do want to highlight one of the best things about the talks— the representation of women, as described by the PyCon Diversity chair:

Across three packed days, here’s some of the topics we got to learn more about: real time train detection, inclusivity in the tech community, and better testing with less code. With the videos now available, we can still catch all the great talks even if we couldn’t be there.

PyLadies auction

One of the highlights of PyCon is definitely the PyLadies auction. Every year, it’s a raucous event that’s just plain fun. This year, we contributed original concept art for the PyCon 2016 logo. It went for $650 to Jacob Kaplan-Moss, the co-creator of Django. Since we’re a Django shop, there definitely was quite a bit of excited fandom for us.

Jacob Kaplan-Moss holds won auction item: Caktus' early concept art for PyCon 2016 logo

And we can’t leave without a cookie selfie

Whoever came up with the cookie selfie idea is brilliant. Here’s Technical Director Mark Lavin with his cookie selfie.

Hope to see you next year!

In the meantime, make sure to return to our blog for our annual PyCon Must See Series.

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