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2019-10-15

PyCon India 2019 wrap-up

Pretty fun weekend, I'd say

I’m writing this article as I sit in class, back on the grind. Last weekend—Oct 12th and 13th---was PyCon India 2019, in Chennai, India. It was my first PyCon, and my first ever talk at a major conference! This is an account of the all the cool stuff I saw, people I met and the talks I enjoyed. Forgive the lack of pictures—I prefer living the moment through my eyes.

Talks

So much ML! Not that it’s a bad thing, but definitely interesting to note. From what I counted, there were about 17 talks tagged under “Data Science, Machine Learning and AI”. I’d have liked to see more talks discussing security and privacy, but hey, the organizers can only pick from what’s submitted. ;)

With that point out of the way, here are some of the talks I really liked:

  • Python Packaging–where we are and where we’re headed by Pradyun
  • Micropython: Building a Physical Inventory Search Engine by Vinay
  • Ragabot–Music Encoded by Vikrant
  • Let’s Hunt a Memory Leak by Sanket
  • oh and of course, David Beazley’s closing keynote

My talk (!!!)

My good buddy Raghav and I spoke about our smart lock security research. Agreed, it might have been less “hardware” and more of a bug on the server-side, but that’s the thing about IoT right? It’s so multi-faceted, and is an amalgamation of so many different hardware and software stacks. But, anyway…

I was reassured by folks after the talk that the silence during Q/A was the “good” kind of silence. Was it really? I’ll never know.

Some nice people I met

  • Abhirath—A 200 IQ lad. Talked to me about everything from computational biology to the physical implementation of quantum computers.
  • Abin—He recognized me from my r/unixporn posts, which was pretty awesome.
  • Abhishek
  • Pradyun and Vikrant (linked earlier)

And a lot of other people doing really great stuff, whose names I’m forgetting.

Pictures!

It’s not much, and I can’t be bothered to format them like a collage or whatever, so I’ll just dump them here—as is.

nice badge awkward smile! me talking s443 @ pycon

C’est tout

Overall, a great time and a weekend well spent. It was very different from your typical security conference—a lot more chill, if you will. The organizers did a fantastic job and the entire event was put together really well. I don’t have much else to say, but I know for sure that I’ll be there next time.

That was PyCon India, 2019.

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