Thinkful @PyGotham

The Thinkful team recently attended PyGotham, the annual NYC convention for all things Python!

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Organized and run by the NYC Python meetup group, the event attracted over 300 pythonistas and had 65 speakers including our “Patrón” of Engineering Saúl Díez-Guerra. Saúl’s talk on “Speed Without Drag” highlighted ways to make your Python code run faster.

We’ve highlighted some of the awesome speakers who presented specifically on Python education:

Elliott Hauser - @hauspoor - Finding Your Teaching Stack

Python enthusiast and teacher Elliott Hauser explained the value of building out a solid “teaching stack” when helping student learn to code. One of the largest barriers for teaching programming is getting the student’s coding environment set up and being able to easily share your code. For this reason it is important to choose the right tools that will help you to easily get the student up and ready to code. For example, his company Trinket.io let’s you see and modifiy Python code directly in the browser giving begginers at ideal coding enviorment to get started! Check out his recommended “Elements of the Teaching stack” from his presentation.

Eric Matzner @Matznerd - How I taught my 10 year Old Brother to Code

Eric spoke passionately about the need for teaching programming to kids. He even suggests that programming languages should be taught in place of foreign languages at schools. He also gave insight on how to give kids the “programming bug” so that they can go from technology user to creator. The original reddit post, on teaching his 10 year old brother to code, inspired his presentation and has a number of entertaining ideas on how to learn to code!

Jarret Petrillo - @JarretPetrillo - Helping Python Play Chess

Many Python novices incorrectly assume that their lack of experience means that they can’t make any meaningful contributions to the Python community. Jarret spoke about his experience with Pystockfish, a small package he wrote which allows Python programs to easily work with the stockfish chess engine. With very little work anyone can connect an already powerful library to python and make a meaningful contribution to the community! Just check out the source of pystockfish to see how it’s done and think about a program you’d like to see a library for in Python.

Below is a list of speakers with their twitter handles and links to their presentation slides! We will update if you tweet @Thinkful.

Aaron Hall - @aaronchall

Adrian Heilbut - @Adrian_H

Alfred Lee - @Alphrabet - What Problem Are You Trying to Solve, Anyway?

Allison Kaptur - @akaptur

Amy Hanlon - @amygdalama - Python WATs: Uncovering Odd Behavior

Andy Fundinger - @Andriod

Anirudh Todi - @anirudhtodi

Anna Smith - @OMGannaks

Anne Moroney - @InspirRating

Antonio Cesar Vargas

Benjamin Hayes - @benjaminphayes

Brandon Rhodes - @brandon_rhodes

Brian Faherty

Bugra Akyildiz - @bugraa

Daniel Kronovet - @kronosapiens

Dean Silfen

Dwight J. Browne

Elliott Hauser - @hauspoor

Eric Chiang - @erchiang

Eric Matzner - @Matznerd

Eric Schles - @EricSchles

Erik Taubeneck - @taubeneck

Hannah Aizenmann

Haronil Estevez - @he8897

Hilary Mason - @hmason

Himanshu Grover

Holden Karau - @holdenkarau

J. Randall Hunt - @jrhunt

Jackie Cohen - @jczetta

James Meickle

James Powell - @dontusethiscode

Jameson Lee

Jared Lander

Jarret Petrillo

Jillian Munson - Decorators 101 

John Downs

Juan Gutierrez

Julie Steele

Kyle Suarez

Margery Harrison

Marianne Bellotti

Martin Melin

Matt Story

Matt Wright - @mattupstate

Meg Winston Ray - @teach_bx_CS

Mike Bayer

Ned Jackson Lovely

Patrick Thunstrom

Paul Winkler

Per Fagrell

Perrin Harkins

Peter Herndon - @tpherndon

Rainer Schmidt

Randall Degges - Service Oriented Flask

Ricky Chachra - @rick10021

Rob Spectre

Saul Diez-Guerra - @definitely 

Sean O'Connor - @theSeanOC

Silas Ray

Stephen Pimentel

Steve Lang

Thomas Hatch

Trent Nelson

Wes Chow


Written by: Tatiana Tylosky