Past Meetup

February Presentation Night: Web, Data and Best Practices

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RSVPs close at 12:15pm on Wednesday. We have plenty of room on the wait list and expect everyone to be admitted.

FIRST TALK TITLE: Coding Best Practices

What separates a mediocre Python programmer from a great Python programmer? Knowing when to use and when not use a metaclass is only part of it. Come watch as JJ shows us how to "up your game" as a software engineer who codes in Python.
Shannon -jj Behrens is a Staff Software Engineer at Twitter working in Infrastructure and Operations. He lives in Concord, California with his lovely wife and 7 lovely children. He's well known for his impeccable sense of modesty, world-renowned taste in T-shirts, and poor sense of humor. He blogs at ( on a wide variety of topics such as Python, Ruby, Dart, Linux, open source software, the Web, and lesser-known programming languages.
SECOND TALK TITLE: Learn Data Science with IPython Notebook
Teaching Python developers about data science using an open source set of IPython Notebooks with example datasets and supporting materials
BIO: Nitin Borwankar has 20+ years of industry experience in data, sql and nosql databases, enterprise and web technologies, and an academic background in engineering, applied math and pure math. Nitin has spoken at conferences since the mid 90's and is passionate about learning and then teaching others. Nitin is a compulsive absorber of vast quantities of new material, obsessive simplifier and distiller of knowledge and lighthearted presenter of deep and profound wisdom.
Integrating AngularJS with Python
JavaScript frameworks are a really exciting tool for building super slick one-page apps. However, if you want them to play nice with a Python backend web framework (Django, Pyramid, Flask, etc.) you're going to have to flip a few of your design patterns and thought patterns. (Please help Jeff practice his talk before PyCon 2014.)
Jeff Schenck is an engineer in San Francisco. He is the co-founder and CTO at Chewse (, a company using Python to make delicious food appear at offices everywhere. He maintains several small open-source Python projects and has spoken at local Python meetups in LA and SF. His favorite food is stinky cheese.
6:15p - Check-in and mingle, with Pizza and Beer provided by our generous sponsor Yelp!
7:00p - Welcome and announcements
7:10p - First talk (followed by Q&A)
7:45p - Second talk (followed by Q&A)
8:20p - Third talk (followed by Q&A)
8:50p - Advanced mingling
9:30p - Doors close
Lightning talks:
Please sign up to give a lightning talk ( at a future meetup.
Please take note of the important check-in details at Yelp
1. Doors open at 6:15pm to allow enough time for the check-in process. Before 6:15pm, please wait outside without blocking the building entrance.
2. Please update the name on your account to reflect your FIRST NAME and LAST NAME. Hy will be greeting downstairs and Yelp Security will be checking IDs upstairs. If your name on is not the name on your ID, then please enter your full name here (
3. Since alcohol will be served at the event, we ask that any underage attendees RSVP directly to the meet up host.
4. Waiting list folks will be allowed into the event AFTER we admit all confirmed attendees.
Yelp is generously providing pizza, drinks, and beer in addition to their venue space.
As usual, looking forward to meeting you and feel free to ping me, Simeon or Hy with questions or suggestions.