EuroPython 2021 write-up

Tech for Good at the heart of 2021's edition

What would be a year without EuroPython? Once again this year, we were really impressed by the quality of conferences we attended as well as really grateful to have the opportunity to host 3 talks and share our commitments to the Python community. Let’s have a look at our team’s feedback and our talks!

In short

EuroPython is a pioneer event in the world of the Python programming language: since 2002, the event has gathered more than 1000 participants each year and is now the second largest Python conference in the world. It has become an annual event for many Python enthusiasts and professionals.

For this 20th edition, the event took place virtually for the 2nd year in a row. From high-level conferences to real-time Q&A sessions, the event provided a real connection between participants. At Numberly, 3 of our Python experts attended and shared their experience with us and we also took the opportunity to present 3 conferences!

A Word from Alexys, our CTO

EuroPython is a greatly anticipated event for Numberly and this year’s edition was very special to us as we had the opportunity to talk about our Tech for Good initiatives.

Giving back is not only about sponsoring the EuroPython conference: this year we decided to use our Gold sponsored 30-minute slot to hand over the stage and promote some of the non profit organizations we support and work with!

This talk was as inspiring and energizing as it was welcomed with positive feedback from the attendees. It was a unique moment in the conference schedule that we’re very proud to have initiated, with the EuroPython conference organizers’ benevolent help.

We wish Tech for Good topics to be more present in technical conferences because it’s very humbling to understand that tech is not about hard skills: involvement and benevolence are the key to impact and make changes to your environment, whether it is your work environment or a more remote one like prisons.

Take some time to hear about the amazing work those NGOs do everyday, we hope this is as inspiring to you as it is for us.

Alexys Jacob

A Word from Romain, Software Engineer

Since 2014, Numberly has been sponsoring the EuroPython conference and we’ve been very proud to renew our support this year once again to this great conference and community.

Just like last year, COVID (and its various impacts and implied limitations as for organizing a conference goes) couldn’t stop the volunteers from organizing another amazing conference. The online format and global organization of the conference worked well, even better than last year thanks to many small but impactful adjustments the organizers made. Kudos to them once again!

As always, the conference was packed with interesting talks, with a grand range of skill levels and topics. Here are some I particularly enjoyed:

  • Taming Nondeterminism with Dependency Injection by Haki Benita. This talk is great as it was both as an introduction on why dependency injection can be useful and how to actually implement it in real life. Even developers familiar with the subject can benefit from watching this talk as Haki’s great explanations really outline principles and nuances in a clear and straightforward fashion.
  • Pydon’ts by Rodrigo Girão Serrão. A step-by-step journey about refactoring a simple but concrete coding task, for better readability and maintainability (yes, naming matters!). Rodrigo’s presentation was well articulated and insightful.
  • Measuring memory: Python memory profilers and when to use them by Itamar Turner-Trauring. The talk is about measuring python memory usage, notably to help detecting memory leaks, whether they are in Python or in C extensions.

Additionally, I had the chance to host a panel session about Tech for Good. This is an important subject as we, as developers, are not always aware of how we can leverage our skill for greater good. Personally, it was my first involvement in a conference talk and I’m glad Numberly offered me that opportunity. I really enjoyed being part of that talk and I would like to thank Margaux, Brieux, Souad, Alexys and Sebastien for being part of it.

A big thank you to all the EuroPython volunteers. I look forward to seeing you next year!

Romain Meson

A Word from David, Full Stack Engineer

This year was the first time I attended EuroPython, I first thought there would be limitations to the fully remote nature of the event. I couldn’t be more wrong, thanks to all the volunteers who worked hard to make this possible, it was really an enriching experience.

The EuroPython conference had a lot of interesting talks with a lot of different topics. Here are some of the topics that I particularly enjoyed:

We had the chance to talk to the hosts after the talk: they were open to all of our questions which allowed us to have a deeper understanding of their subjects.

I really enjoyed my first EuroPython and I would like to thank again all the volunteers who made this possible!

David Laurent