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Mariatta and Meghan H.


A night of talks from our community! We are looking for speakers - if you're interested in giving a talk on anything interesting to a group of Pythonistas, please fill out our form: We love first-time speakers and shorter talks! If you'd like to discuss talk idea, please get in touch by emailing

Ideas for talks include: a walkthrough of a problem you solved recently, a demo of a project you're working on, a summary of your favourite Python library, a guide to how you got to your current technical skill level (including beginner!), a discussion of how software affects your field or anything else you might want to hear about! Talks can be as short as 5 mins or as long as 30 mins.

Scheduled talks:

1. Introduction to automated testing with pytest, presented by Raphael Pierzina
This talk aims to give an introduction into automated testing in Python with pytest, a popular testing framework developed and maintained by a thriving community of volunteers. After looking into how to develop automated tests with pytest, we'll dive into writing plugins for pytest and explore ideas for potential test suite customizations.

Raphael is a core developer and maintainer of cookiecutter and pytest. He is interested in open source software communities, writing good documentation, sharing his learnings and thoughts on his blog, speaking at community conferences and learning how to become a better tech leader. He currently lives in Berlin, Germany and works as a Senior Test Engineer for Firefox at Mozilla.


2. Mentorship for different life stages, presented by Monica Raj
Monica has been involved with multiple mentorship programs covering a range of life stages from new professionals, university students, high school students, and kindergarteners. She has had many valuable mentorship experiences. Here are her experiences of what worked and brought value in each of these mentorships.

Monica is a software developer with 12 years experience working with Python, Java, C/C++ in the telecom, cloud management and big data domains. Monica was a Girl Guide leader for 8 years and she has been involved with the UBC Tri-mentorship program, YWCA high school student mentorship program and Vancouver School Board High School Work Experience Program.

3. Python in Film and Games, presented by McKendree Schilthuis
An overview of how Python is leveraged in film and game content pipelines.

McKendree is a Senior Technical Artist at Electronic Arts. She has spent her career building Python based content creation pipelines for digital entertainment companies in the film and game industries.

4. Bridging the gap: Ladies Learning Code and Pyladies, Courtney Kutzleb
Courtney would love to chat about what they're doing with Python education with Ladies Learning Code. She wants to start bridging the gap between their introductory Python workshops and getting more involved in the community.

Courtney is Vancouver Chapter Lead for Canada Learning Code and at TED.


6 PM Door open at Demonware. Eat Tacos from La Taqueria, sponsored by Dialpad.
6:30 PM Talks Begin

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