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PyCon US 2013: Highlighting Lincoln Loop, Wingware, 10gen, Google, and SurveyMonkey

Monday, January 21, 2013
Our sponsors make PyCon possible, and every year we’re happy to see the returning organizations joined by first time supporters. We continue our sponsor highlights with Lincoln Loop, a first time sponsor!

Lincoln Loop

“Python makes what we do possible, so sponsoring events like PyCon is a no-brainer,” says Pete Baumgartner of Lincoln Loop. They’re a full-stack web shop that makes use of Python everywhere they can, from the back end to testing, deployment, and everything in between. Django is one of their specialties, and they’ve drafted up many of their best practices to share with the community.

“Sponsoring and attending PyCon helps us grow our network and brings us more business,” says Pete of their move to support the conference. A healthy Python community benefits Lincoln Loop, so they’re more than happy to give back and ensure the success of PyCon and Python. Last year they were added as a sponsor member of the Python Software Foundation.

They’ve recently released a team discussion tool called Ginger, and have an IRC logging and bot service in the works as well at https://botbot.me. They’re also running a series of educational screencasts to share their Python web knowledge at http://learn.lincolnloop.com/.

Wingware

Known for the popular Wing IDE, Wingware has been building Python tools since 1998. They’ve been a part of the PyCon sponsorship cadre since the very first event, back when PyCon was attended by only a few hundred people. After last year’s 2,300 person turnout and the expectation of a 2,500 sellout for 2013, Wingware looks forward to another round in Santa Clara.

The conference is “a friendly and exuberant place to learn more about Python, make new contacts, and meet old friends,” says Stephan Deibel. Make sure to stop by the Wingware booth in the expo hall and check out their latest releases. They always have good stuff to share and 2013 will be no different.

10gen

10gen, makers of MongoDB, use Python for a lot of things around the company. They maintain the PyMongo driver, and they’ve started 10gen Education, a training site that uses Python as the base language. “Python is fast and simple and made it simple for all developers of different backgrounds to learn MongoDB's basic feature set,” says Francesca Krihely of 10gen.

“It's tremendous to see how Python has grown in the past 10 years, and is being used everywhere from financial institutions to startups,” says Francesca. She added that “As the MongoDB community grows, we hope to support the continued development of Python applications running on MongoDB and build more open source solutions for the database.”

Before you run into the 10gen folks at their booth in the PyCon expo hall, check out their user groups and events lists for meetups near you.

Google

“Python is one of the key languages at Google today,” says Nilma Rubin of Google. From internal systems to their APIs, Python shows up everywhere around Google. Even YouTube’s code is primarily written in Python. “Some of the key contributors to the language are Googlers and we continue to actively promote, use, and support the language,” she adds.

Google has long been not only a PyCon sponsor, but a sponsor of the Python Software Foundation and the community in general. NIlma adds that “PyCon also gives us the opportunity to engage with others who use Python and learn how other developers and programmers use the language.”

Google’s own conference, I/O, is running May 15-17 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Check the Google Developers page for more details.

SurveyMonkey

SurveyMonkey has long supported PyCon, both in sponsorship and in offering their services for our post-conference surveys. They’re currently undergoing a full rewrite of the site’s codebase as well as a lot of supporting tools, and Python is at the forefront of it. It’s pretty awesome to have a top 500 site not just using Python, but rewriting to make more use of it.

“We're constantly looking to increase our Python knowledge and give back to the Python community,” says Jenna Brehmer. “We've invested heavily in Python and are motivated to keep the community and technology strong. We're also always looking for good Python engineers,” she added.

Be sure to check out SurveyMonkey and the others in our expo hall!

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