Kiwi PyCon Media Statement - "Conference Sets The Bar For Future Ones"

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Kiwi PyCon Media Statement - "Conference Sets The Bar For Future Ones"

Tim Knapp
Media Statement          November 13, 2009

"Conference Sets The Bar For Future Ones"

What do 150 software developers, a 2 day conference, and a programming
language called Python add up to? Kiwi PyCon 2009, which was held in
Christchurch this past weekend. PyCons are held annually throughout the
world but this was the first time the event had been held in New

The main keynote speaker, Joel Burton, who was flown from the US
courtesy of both the Python Software Foundation and the Plone Foundation
gave his presentation on the Saturday morning entitled "Why Python Web
Frameworks are Changing The Web". His presentation looked at some
history of the development of Python Web Frameworks and also why Python
is becoming the language of choice for many web developers.

The conference had two main tracks, with delegates enjoying
presentations on project management, science and maths, games and
animation, and web development. There were also more interactive
sessions with conference attendees participating in short presentations
or open discussions on a specific theme.

Tim Penhey, the conference's second keynote speaker, presented his talk
on the Sunday morning entitled "Launchpad: The Good, the Bad, and the
OMG How Does That Work". His presentation took a look at the lessons
learned from building and running the project.

"The feedback we've received from the attendees has been really
positive", commented Tim Knapp, the conference's Director. "Everything
went really smoothly thanks to all involved and I'm so happy that we
could set a high standard for future Kiwi PyCons". Preparations to hold
Kiwi PyCon 2010 in Paihia are already underway. For more information go


For media or conference enquiries please contact:
Tim Knapp, NZ Python User Group Vice President and Event Director
Phone: 021 156 6405
Email: [hidden email]

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