Ok, I’ll admit it. I was pretty nervous about going to PyCon. I was giving a talk, I was only going to know a couple of people there, I was going for an entire week, and it was going to be in a city where they speak a language of which I only know about two words. Also, I was a bit unsure of what to expect in terms of the social climate (especially given that the only other non-academic tech conference I’ve been to has been DEFCON, which is not exactly known for being low on sexism).
I shouldn’t have worried, though. PyCon was phenomenally awesome! I met a million amazing people and the talks were exceptionally well done. Everyone was incredibly friendly and outgoing, so much that I rarely found time not to talk to people! I have to say that PyCon is easily the best conference I’ve ever been to (even better than last year’s CogSci, which was also pretty great). Here’s a recap.