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An update regarding PyCon 2019 sponsor DataCamp

The PyCon staff is saddened to hear that one of our sponsors, DataCamp, had an incident where one of their employees was sexually harassed. We were also distressed to find it was unclear if Datacamp had addressed this incident with the seriousness it requires. PyCon and the Python Software Foundation take this issue seriously and we want to emphasize---for Datacamp and everyone---that such behavior is not tolerated at PyCon or any Python Software Foundation affiliated event.

The Python community must hold itself to a higher standard. We would like to reemphasize our values of inclusiveness and a willingness to act on behalf of the vulnerable members of our community as written in the Python Software Foundation code of conduct, and our guidelines, as written up in the PyCon code of conduct.

The Python Software Foundation Board, Python Software Foundation Executive Director, and myself have taken time to discuss the situation taking into account the concerns of our community, public discu…

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…
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 pycon-reg@python.org 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…