Aaron Bassett

Aaron Bassett has lived in Ireland, Scotland, Hungary, and the Netherlands. He is a recovering Senior Software Engineer turned award-winning Developer Advocate. As a developer, public speaker, writer, and mentor; he spends most of his time making cool stuff and helping other people make unbelievably cool stuff 🔥🦄✨🚀

Aaron has been working online since 2005 and has always enjoyed sharing what he learned by organising and speaking at local meetups. He spoke at his first conference in 2013, and since then he's spoken at conferences on a range of topics all over the world. He has a passion for mentoring and has been involved with Social Innovation Camp UK, Social Innovation Camp Kosovo, Startup Weekend, Open Glasgow, DjangoGirls and global diversity CFP day.

  • Introducing the FARM stack - FastAPI, React, & MongoDB
Al Sweigart

Al Sweigart is the author of "Automate the Boring Things with Python", a practical introduction to programming with Python. He also recently published "Beyond the Basic Stuff with Python" which covers software development tools and best practices. He is the founder of Invent with Python, which you can find at inventwithpython.com.

  • Everything You Need to Know About Writing Technical Python Books by Authors Al Sweigart, April Speight, Harry Percival
April Speight

April Speight is an author and developer advocate based in Beverly Hills, CA. She began her professional career in the luxury and fashion industry and later transitioned into tech as a project manager and systems analyst. In her spare time, she began to learn Python and created learning content in the form of YouTube videos and written tutorials. Her passion for learning and teaching Python led to her first published titled with Wiley, Bite Size Python: An Introduction to Python Programming. April specializes in chat bots and AI Assistants.

  • Everything You Need to Know About Writing Technical Python Books by Authors Al Sweigart, April Speight, Harry Percival
Ashia (Panel Host)

Ashia is a Lead Python developer, an organizer of PyCon CA & EdmontonPy, and the director of Dev Edmonton Society. She's also the Program Chair for PyCascades 2021.

  • Everything You Need to Know About Writing Technical Python Books by Authors Al Sweigart, April Speight, Harry Percival
Brett Cannon

Brett has been a member of the Python development team for nearly 18 years and a member of Python's steering council since its inception. To help pay for his open source habit, he is the dev manager for the Python extension for VS Code.

You can find Brett's musings on his blog.

  • Core Python Devs on how COVID has changed core Python development
Brian Okken

Host of Test And Code and Python Bytes.

Author of "Python Testing with pytest".

Lead Engineer at Rohde & Schwarz USA

  • All About Podcasting: By the Hosts of Talk Python to Me, Test & Code
Caito Scherr

Caito is a Developer Advocate for Ververica (creators of Apache Flink), representing the US region, and is based in Portland, Oregon. Previously, she was a software engineer at a data analytics company and loves geeking out about metrics and stream processing. Outside of tech, Caito does woodworking/construction, dance, running, and appreciation of terrible puns.

  • What Do You Get When You Combine a Snake and A Squirrel? - Building a Python Data Pipeline with Apache Flink
Carol Willing

Carol Willing works as a Technical Evangelist for Noteable. As a core developer of Python, she was elected recently to serve a third term on Python's Steering Council. She also serves on Project Jupyter's Steering Council and is a core member of the JupyterHub and mybinder.org teams. She received the 2017 ACM Software System Award for Project Jupyter's lasting influence on computing. She's a PSF Fellow and former Director of the Python Software Foundation. In 2019, she was honored with the Frank Willison Award for technical and community contributions to Python. She serves as a co-editor of The Journal of Open Source Education (JOSE) and co-authored the open source book, Teaching and Learning with Jupyter. Carol has an MS in Management from MIT and a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Duke University.

  • Core Python Devs on how COVID has changed core Python development
Dan Mouris (Panel Host)

I'm a software developer at QuoteToMe, instructor at NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology), organizer with the Edmontonpy meetup, tech speaker on various topics and Cat enthusiast.

I love the python community worldwide and in my hometown of Edmonton, AB. I've found a lot of friends, learned plenty, and been supported in my growth both as a developer and a person in these communities.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-mouris-baa4b972/

  • Worldwide Python Communities: Learn From Organizers in Zimbabwe, Indonesia, and South Korea
Dawn Chandler (they/them)

Dawn (they/them) is a software engineer at Skip the Dishes and recovering serial intern. While they were at Simon Fraser University (SFU), they did 5 internships from frontend to backend and Microsoft to a startup. At SFU, they majored in Computer Science and Linguistics, were President of the Women in Computing Science (WiCS) for awhile, and were even named Woman of the Year 2019 for the Faculty of Applied Sciences. Dawn is no stranger to passing along knowledge. They've given workshops on interviewing, LinkedIn, and beginner programming, but PyCascades is their first conference talk.

  • Giving the Perfect Intro to Coding Workshop...in Python!
Debra Ansell

Debra Ansell has been building LED art and wearables for over a decade and she is the author of the popular Geek Mom Projects blog. The advent of CircuitPython - a variant of Python built to run on small microcontrollers and interact easily with hardware - has helped to facilitate her creative process by making it cheap and simple to quickly iterate and prototype new designs.

  • Sparking Creativity in LED Art with CircuitPython
Dima M Dinama

I fell in love with Python at first sight.
After learning Python I joined and helped the Indonesian Python community with its annual event. I'm still learning a lot about what I can do with Python because I always getting something new to do.
After my first time joining the committee in PyCon ID 2019, I was chosen to be a Lead Organizer at PyCon Indonesia 2020. Managing a remote PyCon is not that easy but it's not really hard if you can have a good team.

  • Worldwide Python Communities: Learn From Organizers in Zimbabwe, Indonesia, and South Korea
Doris Chang

Doris is a second year CS student at Simon Fraser University. She is passionate about helping others learn to code. She taught Python to grade school students at her high school and hosted a workshop at the virtual try/CATCH 2020 conference for highschool girls.

  • Giving the Perfect Intro to Coding Workshop...in Python!
Dustin Ingram

Dustin is a Developer Advocate at Google, focused on supporting the Python community on Google Cloud. He's also a director of the Python Software Foundation, maintainer of the Python Package Index, and organizer for the PyTexas conference.

  • Fireside chat with Łukasz Langa and Dustin Ingram about their favorite tools, packages, and workflows for advanced Python development
Guido van Rossum

Guido van Rossum is the creator of the Python programming language. He grew up in the Netherlands and studied at the University of Amsterdam, where he graduated with a Master's Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. His first job after college was as a programmer at CWI, where he worked on the ABC language, the Amoeba distributed operating system, and a variety of multimedia projects. During this time he created Python as side project. He then moved to the United States to take a job at a non-profit research lab in Virginia, married a Texan, worked for several other startups, and moved to California. In 2005 he joined Google, where he obtained the rank of Senior Staff Engineer, and in 2013 he started working for Dropbox as a Principal Engineer. In October 2019 he retired. Until 2018 he was Python's BDFL (Benevolent Dictator For Life), and he is still deeply involved in the Python community. Guido, his wife and their teenager live in Silicon Valley, where they love hiking, biking and birding.

  • Core Python Devs on how COVID has changed core Python development
Harry Percival

After an idyllic childhood spent playing with BASIC on French 8-bit computers like the Thomson T-07 whose keys go "boop" when you press them, Harry spent a few years being deeply unhappy as a management consultant. Soon he rediscovered his true geek nature, and was lucky enough to fall in with a bunch of XP fanatics, working on the pioneering but sadly defunct Resolver One spreadsheet. He spreads the gospel of TDD world-wide at talks, workshops and conferences, with all the passion and enthusiasm of a recent convert and has recently published a new book titled Architecture Patterns with Python.

  • Everything You Need to Know About Writing Technical Python Books by Authors Al Sweigart, April Speight, Harry Percival
Hugh Brown

Hugh Brown has worked as a gas station attendant, sandwich artist, call center worker and surveyor's assistant, but he left these pale glories behind when he discovered the joys of Linux, system administration, and programming. By day he's a software developer, helping to build and operate cloud services; by night he's a core contributor to the Libre Space Foundation, and one of the developers of Polaris.

  • Polaris: Open Source Machine Learning for Spacecraft Operations
Jay Miller

Jay is a Developer Advocate at Elastic, based in San Diego, Ca. A multipotentialite, Jay enjoys finding unique ways to merge his fascination with productivity, automation, and development to create tools and content to serve the community of tech content creators.

  • Enhancing Civics Data with Elasticsearch, pandas and Eland
Jennifer Dai

Jennifer is a third-year Computing Science major at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, where she is the Co-President of Women in Computing Science (WiCS). She enjoys teaching programming to new coders because she believes that an accessible education in tech is the foundation of increasing diversity in this field. Jennifer was the Chair of try/CATCH 2020, a virtual conference for highschool girls to learn about programming. Last summer, Jennifer was a STEP intern at Google.

  • Giving the Perfect Intro to Coding Workshop...in Python!
Lacey Williams Henschel

Lacey Williams Henschel is a Django consultant with REVSYS with about 10 years of experience programming in Python and Django. She's a skilled technical writer, coding teacher, workshop mentor, and conference speaker who is passionate about helping complex topics go from "intimidating" to "totally doable" for people. Previously, she's spoken at DjangoCon US, DjangoCon Europe, PyGotham, Wagtail Space US, and PostgresOpen, among other conferences. She lives in Oregon with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

  • What You Should Know About Django REST Framework
laike9m

Software engineer at Google, been using Python since 2012.
- Twitter: @laike9m
- GitHub: https://github.com/laike9m

  • Let’s Rethink Debugging
Łukasz Langa

Łukasz is a Python core developer, the release manager for Python 3.8 and 3.9 and the creator of Black. A dad and a pianist, he likes analog modular synthesizers, immersive single-player role playing games, and single malt Scotch whisky.

  • Fireside chat with Łukasz Langa and Dustin Ingram about their favorite tools, packages, and workflows for advanced Python development
Madison Swain-Bowden (Panel Host)

Madison is a data engineer out of Seattle and an avid Python user. She currently works at Ookla (Speedtest.net), and has worked at and with the Allen Institute for Cell Science and the Broad Institute. In her spare time she can be found baking, building digital tools to help those battling oppression, contributing to open source, petting her cats, or playing video games.

  • All About Podcasting: By the Hosts of Talk Python to Me, Test & Code
Mariatta

Mariatta is a Python Core Developer, Staff Software Engineer at Uplight, and the Vancouver PyLadies co-organizer, and one of the founding members of the PyCascades conference. She moved to Canada almost two decades ago, and now lives in Vancouver with her husband and two children. In her free time, she contributes to open source, builds GitHub bots, and fixes typos.

  • Core Python Devs on how COVID has changed core Python development
Marlene Mhangami

A Zimbabwean explorer, speaker and cucumber enthusiast based in the city of Harare. She is an advocate for using science and technology for social good and increasing diversity in these fields.
In 2017, she co-founded ZimboPy, a non-profit organisation that gives Zimbabwean young women access to resources in the field of technology. She is a director and vice-chair for the Python Software Foundation, and the chair of PyCon Africa. She is also currently interning as a Software Engineer with the Rapids team at Nvidia and is pursuing a computer science degree with the University of London.

  • Worldwide Python Communities: Learn From Organizers in Zimbabwe, Indonesia, and South Korea
Matthew Seal

Matthew is a co-founder and CTO of a startup called Noteable. Before Noteable Matthew worked with notebook and data integrations at Netflix. He's a core maintainer of many Jupyter and nteract projects such as papermill, and more recently testbook. His passions are reading, gaming, electronics, and more recently trying to teach his daughter her first words.

  • Unit Testing Jupyter Notebooks - testbook
Michael Kennedy

A Python and MongoDB enthusiast, and an entrepreneur. Host of the Talk Python To Me and cohost of Python Bytes, founder of Talk Python Training. Python Software Foundation Fellow.

  • All About Podcasting: By the Hosts of Talk Python to Me, Test & Code
Miroslav Šedivý

A greedy polyglot, data & open source rhymer, Python charmer, sustainable urbanist, unicode collector, wandering openstreetmapper, and an hjkl juggler. @eumiro at twitter/github/stackoverflow

  • Your Name Is Invalid!
Nina Zakharenko

Nina is a Software Engineer with a passion for speaking and teaching, and over a decade of experience writing software for companies like Reddit, Meetup, and HBO. She currently focus on Python at Microsoft on the Cloud Developer Advocacy team.

In her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and tinkering with wearable electronics.

  • Closing Session
  • Welcome to PyCascades Remote
  • Core Python Devs on how COVID has changed core Python development
Piper Thunstrom

Piper is a pythonista, game enthusiast, and web developer. You might know her from her talks given at conferences around the United States, a local tech meetup, or her open source work. She speaks on community building, game development, CS education, and trans identity in tech.

She's been involved in the Python community since 2014 with previous experience as an organizer in the NYC Python user groups. You can follow her work at piper.thunstrom.dev

  • Making Games With PPB
Rohit Sanjay

Author and maintainer at testbook. Incoming Software Engineer at Goldman Sachs, Bengaluru, India. Final year electronics engineering undergraduate at MIT Manipal, Karnataka, India.

📧 hi@rohitsanjay.com

🌐 rohitsanjay.com

  • Unit Testing Jupyter Notebooks - testbook
Seb Vetter
  • Closing Session
  • Welcome to PyCascades Remote
Seth Michael Larson

Seth is the lead maintainer of urllib3 since 2019 and has been a contributor to the project since 2016. He maintains a handful of other Python Open Source projects. Outside of Open Source Seth works as a Software Engineer at Elastic maintaining Python packages for many Elastic services as well as teaching and being an advocate, both internally and externally, for Python best practices. Seth is a Minnesota native and enjoys watching football, gardening, and being in nature.

  • Shipping Breaking Changes as the Most Downloaded Python Package
Younggun Kim

Younggun has been on the board of directors for the Python Software Foundation and is the founder of PyCon Korea. He's also been involved in PyCon APAC.

  • Worldwide Python Communities: Learn From Organizers in Zimbabwe, Indonesia, and South Korea