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Visualizing Algorithms with Python and Programmable LEDs & More!
On April May 9th, join ~150 devs at SF Python's presentation night to hear a lightning talk or two and one more PyCon talks from local speakers :) Our generous sponsor Yelp will also provide pizza and beer for the evening. Please register via not Meetup RSVP. Those without a registration from by Wed 9a will need to wait till 6:45p to enter and risk not having any pizza left. If you'd like to give a 5 mins lightning talk or 10-15 mins short talk at upcoming meetups, please submit your talk idea here ( PROGRAM Main Talk: Visualizing Algorithms with Python and Programmable LEDs by Christopher Beacham / Lady Red Recently, a new LED strip specification, APA102, has been released which allows these strips to be driven by a general purpose CPU instead of a dedicated microcontroller. This allows us the luxury of controlling them with Python! I'll teach you about how to get the hardware, how to think about programming for lights and how to build anything from a psychedelic art installation to home lighting to an educational tool. Programming with lights is awesome because you can SEE bugs with your eyes. I think the use of these LED's have great potential as a teaching tool because of the immediacy of the feedback. LIVE hardware demos! See Quicksort in brilliant colors! Speaker Bio I am a Senior Software Developer at Hipmunk. I've been programming in python for more than a decade. I'm also an artist and maker. I frequent the hackerspace Noisebridge in San Francisco, where I sew, paint, work on electronics projects, and teach a beginner level python class. I also go by the name Lady Red AGENDA 6:00p - Check-in and mingle, with food provided by our generous sponsor Yelp! 7:05p - Welcome 7:10p - Lightning talk / announcements 7:30p - Doors Close 8:00p Main talk 8:40p - More mingling 9:30p - Hard Stop **SF Python is run by volunteers aiming to foster the Python Community in the bay area. Please consider making a donation ( to SF Python and saying a big thank you to Yelp for providing pizza, beer and the venue for this Wed's meetup. **Yelp sees 89 million mobile users and 79 million desktop users every month. Keeping everything running smoothly requires the best and brightest in the industry. Their engineers come from diverse technical backgrounds and value digital craftsmanship, open-source, and creative problem-solving. They write tests, review code, and push multiple times a day. Come out and talk to them.


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SF Python is your opportunity to grow your technical career by learning and sharing what you know with other local Python developers!

• If you'd like to submit a 25 or 40 mins talk, please do so via PyBay's CFP ( process. CFP closes April 21, 2018

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Organized by a handful of volunteers with the help of some faithful sponsors and your generous donations, we host about 20 events a year:

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- Presentation Night on the 2nd Wednesday of each month features intermediate to advanced level tech talks from Python Software Foundation members, core developers of open-source projects, and local software engineers.

- Project Night on the 3rd Wednesday of most months offers a chill evening to hack on projects, get questions answered, mentor other devs, or attend a tutorial. It's usually held at various companies in SF so you get to sample how different companies are using Python.

.PyBay, a yearly regional Python Conference (

PyBay is the local version of PyCon. You can save on travel costs and still have an experience of the conference that serious python developers aspire to attend. PyBay is a 3-day weekend conference in August featuring 40 talks and 400+ attendees.

An annual holiday party (

We think you'd agree that if you have been coming to SF Python's events, you have been advancing in your field. So come celebrate the year with us. We will listen to more amazing speakers while enjoying great food and drinks. Who knows, if we continue to get lucky, we will have more amazing entertainers to help us celebrate the year.

Why do we put these events up?

We believe there is power in in-person interactions. We believe in learning, sharing, and helping each other out. And we have seen the results. We have heard stories of people getting their problems solved because of the talks and the people they met at our events. We have witnessed people grow in their career, from receiving their first internship to landing their first speaking gig at conferences. We have even heard companies migrating to a different platform/technologies after attending our conference.

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