Conference videos

1st December 2016

We filmed as many talks at the conference as we could, and the videos of these are now on our YouTube channel.

You can find a full list of talks with videos here.

PyCon UK Shop

7th October 2016

We know that some people were disappointed not to have recevied a T-Shirt or mug at this year's conference, so we have opened a shop.

Each item sold generates £5 which we will put towards the Financial Assistance budget for next year's event.

Post-conference email

24th September 2016

This is an email that we are sending to all delegates after the conference

Hi everyone,

Firstly, we'd like to thank you all for coming to the conference. The committee all feel that it was a success, and we hope that you do too.

We want your feedback!

To make next year's conference even better, we need you to tell us what worked and what didn't. We'd love it if you could spend five minutes filling out this short form.

Conference retrospective

We're collecting the thoughts, views, and impressions from conference attendees on our website. There you can read what others have written, and you can add your own.

Talk slides

We're also collecting links to talk slides, and will be adding them to the website. If you gave a talk and would like us to link to your slides, please email them to us.

Code of Conduct report

We've put together a short report into how we handled two Code of Conduct issues.


Thanks to Autotrain, we were able to film most of the talks at this year's conference, and videos are being uploaded to our YouTube channel as fast as we can.

Lost property

During the conference, the following items were handed in as lost property:

  • A red-lined grey Grin&Bear hoodie
  • A blue Fat Face zip-up hoodie
  • Tortoise-shell sunglasses

If you think these are yours, get in touch.


We're going to start sending out a monthly newsletter to keep the UK Python community up to date with what's happening around the country. We'll send this newsletter to all conference attendees, unless you opt out. Please let us know by the end of September if you would like to opt out.

If you run a local user group, we'd like to publicise your events! Please drop us a line if you're running something that you'd like to share with the community.


The conference couldn't happen without the generosity of our sponsors, and we'd like to thank them once again:

We hope to see you next year!

~ The PyCon UK Committee

Impressions of PyCon UK 2016

20th September 2016

If you were at PyCon UK 2016 and have written an article or weblog post about your experiences at the event, feel free to add it here at the end of the list below. To do that, simply make a pull request on the site's GitHub repository.

This page is - you can even edit it directly on GitHub and make your pull request there.

If you don't know how to do that, just send us the link and we'll do it for you.

The reports

Conference Code of Conduct report

19th September 2016

PyCon UK 2016 ran for five days and was host to well over 500 attendees.

On the final day of talks, we received two complaints that were treated as Code of Conduct issues.

Both concerned discourteous remarks made during the questions after a speakers' talks.

These issues were addressed at the conference closing session, at which we reminded audience members that:

  • informing the speaker that she is "doing it wrong"
  • calling out answers to another person’s question
  • dismissing another person’s suggestion with “that problem was solved 20 years ago”

are not examples of respectful behaviour and are not welcome at PyCon UK.

We haven't been able to identify the people in question, but we hope they were present at the closing session and understand that this behaviour doesn't represent the standards of behaviour that we expect at PyCon UK.

Last pre-conference email

13th September 2016

This is an email that we are sending to all delegates just before the conference.

Hi everyone,

Just a couple of last-minute practicalities...

Open Day

  • Thursday's Open Day is at Cardiff University's Bute Building. This is not in the same venue as the rest of the conference, so please don't turn up at City Hall on Thursday!
  • If you're coming to the Open Day on Thursday, you need to have a ticket (unless you're taking part in Django Girls) even if you've got a ticket for the rest of the conference. All tickets have now gone, but there is a waiting list. (It's already quite long though.)
  • If you've got a ticket for the Open Day (your tickets are listed at the bottom of this email) but you cannot come, please let us know so that we can assign it to somebody on the waiting list.

Friday registration

We're expecting 500 people on Friday, most of whom won't have been at Thursday's Open Day. We're going to have to get as many people registered as possible between 8am and 9am. Please try to come to City Hall as early as you can on Friday.

Evening dinners

There are a few tickets left for the conference dinner on Friday, and the dinners at the Clink on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Don't leave it too late to book! They will sell out.

And finally...

We're all really looking forward to welcoming you to the conference. This will be the biggest PyCon UK ever (by quite a long way) and we're in a new venue. There are bound to be some teething troubles, so please be patient with us, and look for opportunities to help out.

~ The PyCon UK Committee

Pre-conference email

8th September 2016

This is an email that we are sending to all delegates before the conference.

With the conference just around the corner, we want to share a few practicalities with you.


The Open Day on Thursday will be held in the Bute Building at Cardiff University. Entrance is free and open to everyone, but you'll need a ticket for the Open Day, even if you've already got a ticket for the main conference.

The rest of the conference will be held at Cardiff City Hall.

Both venues are accessible for people of limited mobility. If you need to park near the venue because of mobility issues, please contact us and we'll do our best to help.


The registration desk opens each day at 8am. We'd encourage you to turn up as early as you can to avoid the rush at 8.55!

Each day's programme starts at 9am. The Open Day finishes at 4pm, while other days finish at 6.15pm.

You can find the full schedule on the conference website.

Evening dinners

We're hosting the conference dinner at City Hall on the evening of Friday 16th. The dinner is always a highlight of the conference. Tickets cost £30, and are available here.

On the other evenings, we've booked the restaurant at the Clink, and you're invited to join us. Again, tickets cost £30 and are available on the website.

Disruption on the trains

The Severn Tunnel will be closed for the duration of the conference, so if you're planning to come by train from London, you'll need to expect a slightly tedious journey!

Code of Conduct

In common with all Python conferences, the conference has a Code of Conduct, to which all delegates are expected to conform. Please make yourself familiar with it.

Conference Slack team

We are experimenting with setting up a Slack team for the duration of the conference. You should receive an email invitation to join the team in the next day or two.


Some workshops have setup required. Please check the session descriptions in advance, so that workshops can start promptly.

Conference WiFi

We hope that the WiFi at the venue is up to supporting the number of people at the conference. However, we can't guarantee it, so please try to avoid hogging bandwidth, and if you can, try to bring a device that you can tether from.


Would you like to help out at the conference? We're looking for people to staff the information desk during the morning, to help with filming, and to chair sessions. If you'd like to help, please get in touch.

The Django Girls workshop on Thursday is also looking for a couple more coaches. More information about this is on the Django Girls website.

Children's Day

There are still some tickets left for our children's day. Why not bring your kids along on Saturday for a fun-packed day of activities and workshops where they can learn all about getting the most out of the world with Python? Tickets cost just £5.


Finally, we'd like to thank all our sponsors for their support. Without them, we wouldn't be able to put on the conference. They'll be exhibiting during the conference, so please go and say hello.

See you in Cardiff!

The conference dinner

7th September 2016

The conference dinner will be on Friday 16th in the Lower Hall at Cardiff City Hall.

Tickets cost £30, and places are limited, so book now!

Evenings at the Clink

7th September 2016

On the Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday of the conference, we have booked out the restaurant at the Clink - it's one of the best places to eat in Cardiff, and a rather special restaurant.

Read more about the Clink and how to book your ticket.

Announcing the schedule

22nd August 2016

We're delighted to announce the conference schedule!

Our friend Rob Collins

26th July 2016

We were dismayed today to hear news of the health of Rob Collins, who is very seriously ill in hospital and is not expected to recover.

Rob has been a familiar and friendly face at PyCon UK and other events for several years. He was active in the Python community, and was behind various initiatives - such as the well-loved EuroPython massages, which continued this year in his absence, organising a card-signing for John Pinner when John was ill - and of course he was also known for his talks, which were always insightful and often hilarious.

Rob's generous spirit was appreciated and valued very much in our community. On behalf of everyone in the Python world, we extend Rob our thanks for his many contributions over the years, and for being a good friend who will be missed.

We're collecting reminiscences and messages of support for Rob. If you have anything you would like to share, please send them to by the end of Saturday.

Our thoughts are with Rob and his family and close friends.

Django Girls at PyCon UK

13th July 2016

There are still a few places left for the Django Girls workshop at the conference.

Django Girls is a one-day beginner-friendly Python and Django workshop designed to inspire women to fall in love with programming.

If you're interested, you can apply here.

Please share this with any women you think would be interested!

Trans*Code at PyCon UK

3rd July 2016

Trans*Code returns to PyCon UK for a day-long hackathon to address issues facing the trans* and nonbinary community on Monday 19th September.

The day is open to all trans* and nonbinary people and allies, and we welcome participants from all skill levels and backgrounds.

Read more about Trans*Code at PyCon UK.

Our keynote speaker, Gail Ollis

2nd July 2016

We're delighted to announce our first keynote speaker, Gail Ollis.

Gail is not just a programmer, she's also an observer of programmers - of the way they work, think and behave. So, her interest in programming includes the activity of programming.

Her publications and research work are full of observations and insights into the mind of the programmer, and draw upon a wide range of references to help illuminate what goes on when programmers get to work.

Her talk for us at this year's PyCon UK:

Folklore and fantasy in the information age

Software development is not easy.

As grown-ups we know better than to believe that difficult things can be achieved by a simple wave of a magic wand, yet faith persists that this new idea, that new tool, will make all the difference.

Meanwhile for the hard-bitten cynics it is all the emperor's new clothes. I invite you to join me in a more constructive realm between belief and cynicism, where we can embrace the power of stories, listen with an open mind, but not be bewitched by the expectation of a fairy-tale ending.

This talk is one not to be missed by the reflective programmer.

Open Day

1st July 2016

For the first time, PyCon UK will begin with an Open Day: a whole day of of activities especially for the benefit of newcomers to Python.

Entrance is free and open to everyone, but you'll need to tell us you're coming, even if you've already got a ticket for the main conference.

Read more about the Open Day.

Celebrating KatieConf with an extra £500 financial assistance

30th June 2016

Tomorrow, the 31st June is a momentous day: the first-ever KatieConf!

We've received £500 from the Django Society UK to help celebrate this remarkable event. This £500 will be used to help a KatieConf attendee (or attendees) come to PyCon UK in September.

Apply using the financial assistance form. Katies are well-known as fast-movers who get things done and make things happen - applications close on 7th July, so you need to be quick.

These funds are available to anyone who attends KatieConf on the 31st June. KatieConf is free and open to all, and if you are not doing anything else that day then it must mean you are at KatieConf!

Please tell us why you're attending KatieConf.

You don't have to be a Katie to benefit from these funds, but it might help. KatieConf speakers will be given priority in the selection process. Applicants will be notified as early as possible.

Good luck! Have fun at KatieConf, and see you at PyCon.

Closing the CFP

29th June 2016

We have now closed the Call for Proposals for talks, and we'll be busy over the next few weeks putting together a programme that will be interesting and enjoyable.

The CFP is still open for proposals for workshops, clinics, sprints, and other activities.

Bring your kids to PyCon UK!

22nd June 2016

On Saturday 17th September, we're hosting a fun-packed day of activities and workshops for children to learn all about getting the most out of the world with Python.

We're working with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and some of the team who brought Python to the Micro:bit will be coming along to show you how use Python to write games. There'll be a chance to play with robots, and to learn how to program Minecraft with Python!

Tickets for children cost £5, and include lunch.

Click here for more information and tickets!

Help build a supercomputer in a briefcase

18th June 2016

Join Russel Winder's project at PyCon UK 2016 to develop a new open-source supercomputer, based on Raspberry Pis in clusters.

The project has a number of aims. One is to come up with a design that others can easily adopt and work with, so it's not a one-off project but something that will have enduring benefit.

Another is to give people a practical hands-on introduction to working in friendly company with the techniques involved.

Finally (this is Russel's hidden agenda , so don't tell anyone) the project aims to create something that can be used in schools to introduce parallelism and concurrency.

Much of the work will cover the software required to set up ad-hoc clusters, but there will be some hardware issues to tackle too.

Russel will introduce the project in a talk on our open day, and hold a planning and introduction session that day. On Monday work on the project will begin in earnest during the sprints.

Everyone's welcome. You don't need to be an expert or an advanced programmer to join in. It's meant to be a fun project and an opportunity to learn. However, if you have an actual briefcase and some skills that would help make the finished project look impressive, you'll be especially warmly welcomed...

You can just turn up and join in, but you can also contact Russel if you'd like to help plan the project.

Don't forget to bring your Raspberry Pis with you.

Do you have an idea for an activity at PyCon UK?

Our Call for proposals will be closing soon - on the 28th June.

Our Call for Proposals - an update

16th June 2016

Our Call for Proposals will be closing soon - on the 28th June.

If you're thinking about submitting a proposal for a talk, workshop or other activity - please do! And do please get in touch with us to discuss your proposal if you think that would help.

Don't forget that we have a Speaker mentor programme to help first-time speakers or anyone else who would benefit from some help of that kind.

In order to encourage you, here are five speakers we've chosen as a preview in advance of the final selection:

Cat Lamin, Why do kids need to code and how can we help?

Cat is a maths and computing teacher, with huge enthusiasm for programming and technology, and an awareness of some of the problems in computing education: "There is a huge disparity between expectations for teaching computing and what teachers actually know how to do".

Thomas Campbell, Using Python for National Cipher Challenge

Thomas is a high-school pupil, for whom Python has already unlocked several doors (almost literally, in cryptography) and presents many more opportunities as a tool for exploring the world.

Yulia Zozulya, From QA to UX - Learning how to accommodate developers

Yulia works at JetBrains, producers of one of the most widely-used of all Python development tools, PyCharm, so she gets some very clear insights into how developers behave when they're users; she'll share these and discuss the challenge of creating tools for this special class of users.

Gusztav Belteki, Python in Medicine: ventilator data

Gusztav is a consultant neonatologist, with expertise in the computer-controlled ventilators that assist the breathing of very ill new-born babies. He's a self-described Python hobbyist, with no programming background, but has been using Python to explore and analyse the vast amounts of useful data these machines produce to improve patient outcomes.

Zara Siddique, Addition - well, that escalated quickly

Zara is a mathematician, and she uses Python as a computing tool of choice to tackle mathematical problems. Maths is filled with apparently simple problems that rapidly turn out to be not simple at all. Addition is one of them. Zara will discuss amongst other things the Scholz Conjecture and how she has used Python to explore it.

What about you?

You too could be speaking at PyCon UK. The last thing you need to be is an expert: all you need is to have something interesting to say.

Upgrading tickets

2nd June 2016

If you have already bought a ticket, but would like to upgrade it (perhaps from a 3-day ticket to a 4-day ticket, or from a self-funded ticket to an employer-funded ticket), you can now purchase an upgrade.

Launching the conference

27th April 2016

We’re delighted to announce the launch of PyCon UK 2016!

The conference will run from 15th-19th September at Cardiff City Hall, with a programme of talks, workshops, and other events aimed at the whole Python community.

More details are on the conference website, where you can buy a ticket or submit a proposal for a talk or a workshop.

We have worked hard to ensure the conference is more affordable than recent years. Tickets start at £96 for the weekend, and we are offering financial assistance to help people who would struggle to afford a ticket or other expenses.

The website’s code is on GitHub. If you find any problems, please submit an issue or a pull request.

If you run a local user group, please share this email with your members.

We look forward to seeing you in Cardiff in September!