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Welcome Capital One: Python Software Foundation Principal Sponsor

A big welcome and thank you to Capital One for joining the PSF as a Principal sponsor!

Capital One is also a PyCon 2019 Principal sponsor and is excited to share a few things with attendees, including a deeper look at their intelligent virtual assistant, Eno. Eno’s NLP models were built in-house with Python. Eno is a key component of the customer experience at Capital One, proactively looking out for customers and their money. Eno notifies customers about unusual transactions or duplicate charges, helping to spot fraud in its tracks. It also sends bill reminders and makes paying your bill as easy as sending a text or emoji; plus, its new virtual card capabilities let customers shop online without using their real credit card number.

The benefits they’ve seen by developing Eno with Python are numerous: fast time to market, the ability to prototype and iterate quickly, ease of integration with machine learning frameworks, and extensive support for everything we need (like Kafka and Red…
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Introducing our 2019 Keystone Sponsor: Microsoft! Our top sponsors — companies who step forward to make the biggest investment in PyCon and its community — not only use Python for their own development but also offer Python as a crucial tool for their own customers. That is certainly true of PyCon’s Keystone Sponsor this year.

I recently caught up with the Python Team at Microsoft to talk about how they're using Python and was excited to hear what they had to say.

Q: Is your organization using Python in any surprising ways?
Yes, and in many surprising ways! To mention just three examples:

We have large swaths of data scientists whose jobs rely around Jupyter Notebooks. This includes our security analysis team, which is constantly working to identify new security threats and protecting literally billions of users of Windows, Office, and our cloud services for consumers and businesses—every day.Python is an important part of the CI/CD pipelines that are executed thousands of times ev…

PyCon 2019 close to sell out!

We are all very excited that, once again, PyCon will sell out.  Time is running out so act fast if you are planning to attend, there are 60 tickets left as of April 12th at 11:00am central time.
Things to remember:

Hotels:PyCon Hotel Blocks are sold out, we suggest using online hotel booking sites to search for the best options near the Huntington Convention CenterHotel changes and cancellations should be made by contacting the hotels directly.  Hotel cancellations should be made directly with the individual properties 48 hours prior to arrival to avoid a one night cancellation chargeDietary Restrictions:If you indicated 'dietary allergy' when registering and have not provided specifics, please email with your dietary restrictions.Registration Cancellation Deadline:April 19th is the final date to submit an email requesting a conference registration cancellation for the $50.00 ($25.00 for students) cancellation fee.April 20th and after there will be no refund…

PyCon 2019 Dietary Information

We are excited to be finalizing plans for PyCon 2019.  In our continued efforts to provide you as much information ahead of the conference as possible, we would like to inform you of the planned meals. We are excited to share with you some new features, please visit the website using the button below.Introducing the new menu page on the PyCon website!This page lists all menu items being offered for each meal. As we get closer to the conference we will try to list more detailed ingredients, allowing you to be informed prior to each day.

Tutorial Days, May 1st and 2nd 
Lunch: will be buffet style providing VGN(Vegan), VEG(Vegetarian), and AVG(Avoid Gluten) options.Kosher and Allergy Needs: Location details will be posted on the webpage when available.Conference Days, May 3rd and May 4th Breakfast: buffet style, providing VGN(Vegan), VEG(Vegetarian), and AVG(Avoid Gluten) option. Lunch: we are excited to be offering gourmet box lunches, with many delicious meals to choose from each day.  E…

Call for Volunteers!

Volunteers are what makes PyCon such a successful event.  There are over 400 volunteer hours for over 15 different events that need to be filled.  This means there are options to fit everyone's interests.

Session Staff - an important piece in keeping things running smoothly.Green Room Staff - assist speakers in making sure they are ready to present.Registration Desk - a great way to meet attendees and be their first contact at the conference.Swag Bag - there are lots of people needed to help with Swag Bag stuffing and this is a fun event!Tutorial hosts - need to be onsite May 1st and May 2nd.Language Summit Greeters - need to be onsite May 1st.Young Coders Set-up and AssistanceHatchery sessionsPyLadies Auction - be sure you have a ticket to attend.5K Fun Run - for all you early risers!Note: All volunteers need to be registered for the conference. Please help and sign up here as a volunteer!