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What to do on Saturday at PyCon?



Inaugural PyCon 5K

This year we have the inaugural PyCon 5K , a charity run supporting the Autism Speaks, the American Cancer Society, and the Epilepsy Foundation charities. The run starts at 7:00AM Saturday Morning. Registration for this run is still open (but you will miss out on t-shirts), but and if you don't want to run, you can still show your support by volunteering to hand out water or just cheer the runners on.


Power Valet

Have many electronic devices which need charging? Having a hard time finding an open outlet around the conference space? Stop by the registration desk's Power Valet station. For a free will donation to the PSF we will watch your electronic device while it charges at our secure registration desk. We have USB chargers, but a limited number of cables. As such it is recommended that you supply your own USB charging cable or wall charger.


Lightning talks

As we mentioned yesterday, these PyCon favorites are 5 minute talks, presented in rapid fire by the attendees. Attendees sign up the day before to present on anything they desire; a passionate talk on "The power of accents" for example. While one talk is being given the next one is 'on deck' to be given at the next podium. Not interested in the subject of a talk? You have less than 5 minutes to wait for the next one. Excited about a talk? Most likely there are many others excited as well; consider starting an Open Space to explore things further. Lightning talks are the seeds which lead to new projects, communities, talks, and even companies. Have something of interest to say? Speak up at with a lightning talk. The first signup will occur Friday evening after the day's closing address which will include further instructions.


David Beazley and the Talks

No, this is not a new band fronted by the Super Board II, though that would be very cool. Saturday will be kicked off by David Beazley giving a talk on whatever he feels like. Given his past performances we are expecting great things from him this year. No pressure David. This will be a fantastic start to the best line up of talks in PyCon history.


SingPath Tournament

Chris Boesch is back again this year to host a SingPath competition. This is a rapid fire python problem solving competition. You don't need to be a python expert to solve the problems, just a sharp mind and a love of coding.

The tournament will have 2 rounds consisting of approximately 10 problems per round. The first round typically consist of easier problems in order to encourage less experienced software developers to play and to enable new Singpath players to become more comfortable with the interface. As players solve problems, a live ranking screen is displayed for spectators to watch and for commentators to provide commentary. Usually, the top 20-30 players from the first round are declared eligible to compete for prizes in the second round. During the second round, problems become more challenging and play continues until enough players have finished the round to award all available prizes. Once again this year the 1st place prize will be a new MacBook Air.

The event will start at 7:00 PM Saturday, in the main ballroom.


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