I came back from a short extra-leg business trip to KL and was asking on Hackers and Painters Facebook page if any interesting local events that I shouldn’t miss. This was one of the events recommended there and also highlighted on the newsletter from its organizer e27, the event organizer for startups mainly in South East Asia.
I have just been back from 1-week business trip to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. I had a great meeting with people down there, and I would like to introduce how much exciting things happening there in this entrepreneurship / startup space.
Ryo in action: many of my friends and my wife asked me what I was doing with “Python thing” and here is the one. This is the lightning talk (Python term for the elevator pitch) and closing that I was doing MC.
I have learnt a lot on how to work in more agile way. This was officially my first time working experience on volunteer basis, and, due to that nature, everyone in the group carry out things in the way they believe the best. That was eye-opening experience to someone from enterprise world (the “suits people” they label). To those who used to work with me at UBS and want to complain to me about my inclination to Confluence, we are outdated. The people here is now using the next generation tool (ahhh, this phrase sounds so outdated itself) of Sphinx with BitBucket. If you are one of those people and have not heard of these, please check out the links.
What is PyCon Singapore?
Python Conference (PyCon) is a series of community-based conference where Pythonistas gathers and exchange updates and experience on various topics related to Python programming language. Singapore has been hosting PyCon APAC, PyCon to represent the region until 2012 when Singapore handed over to Tokyo the 2013 event.
Sessions: Two session tracks with a keynote presentation. All in English.
Fees: Early bird – S$150, Standard – S$200, At the Door – S$250
Venue: Republic Polytechnic, Singapore
Participants: about 150 participants
Singapore boasts for its diverse culture, so is its PyCon. Besides the majority of local participants, there were many participants who are originally from other countries. You see many Malaysian, Indonesian, and some from Americas and Europe who live and work there. There are a few flying in from other countries – including me from Japan. The diversity does not mean only their home countries and ethnic groups, but also language. All session tracks are in English, of course – which you find quite unusual in other Asian cities. Participants are speaking in their own languages among themselves during break, but if they see you non-local swinging by, they will immediately switch to English for you. I appreciated this very much during my visit after knowing how lonely it would be to get lost in translation in overseas conference. Continue reading →
I realized that there are certain things that I want to express in English and some others in Japanese. I’ve been writing stuffs primarily in English so far. I want to express more about Japan where I live currently to the rest of the world. Unfortunately I don’t write well in other language (if anybody can help, just ping me).
I’m hoping that the newly created Japanese language tag will allow reader audience conveniently switch to the language you prefer – English and Japanese or both.