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Intro to Python Workshop, organized by PyLadies

LA PyLadies

Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT)

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Lady ($25 cost covers breakfast+lunch) Ended $25.00 $2.37
Gentleman (must come as the +1 guest of a Lady; $25 cost covers breakfast+lunch) Ended $25.00 $2.37

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Event Details

Come and learn the Python programming language in this workshop taught by Audrey Roy and Katharine Jarmul, and assisted by Christine Cheung, Esther Nam, Jessica Stanton, Sandy Strong, and Sophia Viklund.

Never tried programming before?  Not sure if you'll fit in?  Don't worry!  This workshop is designed to be friendly to absolute beginners.


9:00-9:30am - Check-in and meet other attendees.  Coffee and bagels provided.

9:30am-12:30pm - Intro to Python tutorial, based on the popular Learn Python the Hard Way book by Zed Shaw

12:30-1:30pm - Lunch break (lunch provided).

1:30-3:30pm - Workshop breakout sessions, with separate stations for 2-3 Python programming topics

3:30-4:30pm - Lightning talks

4:30-5:30pm - Social hour at a nearby location TBD (optional but strongly recommended)


A laptop (don't forget your power adapter!).

The desire to learn.

(Optional but recommended) Python 2.6 or 2.7 installed on your laptop.  If you haven't downloaded and installed it yet, you can do so from http://www.python.org/download/releases/2.7.1/

Why Python?

From python.org: "Python is a programming language that lets you work more quickly and integrate your systems more effectively. You can learn to use Python and see almost immediate gains in productivity and lower maintenance costs."

Python is easy to learn.  If you are comfortable with computers, you can learn the basics of Python programming from us in a day.

Python is in high demand, and in general Python software development jobs pay well.  Most software companies that use Python can't find enough developers to fill their job postings.

Python is fun to use.  With Python, you can build pretty much any website, web application, or desktop GUI program that you can dream up.  

Need-Based Grants Available

If you are struggling financially and can't afford the ticket price, don't let it be a barrier to attending.  Email audreyr@cartwheelweb.com with the following info (maximum of 1 page, can be informal) :

  • How much can you afford to pay?
  • Why would you like to attend this workshop?
  • How might this workshop affect you in the future?

We're here to help.

What is the ticket price for?

Ticket price covers the actual cost of breakfast and lunch.  You have to eat well for proper brain function :)

This event is entirely volunteer-run.  We are a group of female Python developers with the desire to grow the Los Angeles Python community to be 50% women.

Can I join PyLadies?  Can I help?

If you're a female Python developer already: of course!  Just email audreyr@cartwheelweb.com and she'll add you to the list.

If you don't know Python yet but want to learn: come to this workshop or try out one of the many online Python tutorials on your own.  When you're done, ask audreyr or one of the other organizers to add you to the list.

If you're a non-developer or a male who wants to help:  beyond our core group, we are starting to form a community around us of friendly people who believe in our diversity mission and want to help.  Email audreyr@cartwheelweb.com or contact any of the other organizers.  We can use all the help we can get.

A Big Thank You to our Sponsors

  • KPCC's Crawford Family Forum - For providing a beautiful, fully-equipped venue complete with chairs, tables, A/V equipment/support, and coffee for the morning of the event 
  • Renee Green/Technovation Challenge - For loaning us 3 6-foot plastic tables, allowing us to make 6 more spaces available for attendees
  • Daniel Greenfeld/Cartwheel Web - For loaning us 2 6-foot plastic tables, 2 24" monitors, an extra projector, power strips, USB flash drives.  For offering us help throughout the event with picking up catering/supplies.  And for lending us funds to temporarily cover the costs of food, drink, and materials until we receive payment from Eventbrite

Can my company sponsor this or other PyLadies events?

We could really use corporate or individual sponsors to help us cover costs.  Email audreyr@cartwheelweb.com with details of what you can contribute.  In particular, we need help with covering costs for:

  • Table rental so that we can increase the number of possible attendees from 24 to 50 ($100)
  • Drinks, snacks, or ice cream at the social hour following this event, to help attendees make friends in the Python community and feel motivated to continue programming ($200-500)
  • Printing a Python info packet (slides, resources, tutorials) for attendees to take home ($150)
  • Printing t-shirts for organizers to wear at the event, and to give out to attendees afterward ($350-500)
  • Printing 4x6" color flyers ($100)
  • Printing "mini-flyers" for each organizer, i.e. business cards with text like "Want to get into Python programming? Ask me about our next PyLadies event" ($50 x 5 = $250)
  • Printing 8.5x11" black and white info sheets ($50)
  • Covering public transit/gas costs to allow the organizers to go around distributing flyers, visiting colleges, visiting user groups, and various other forms of grassroots marketing (varies; roughly $50 x 5 = $250)
  • Covering venue/dinner costs for a follow-up hack session (4-10pm on a Sat or Sun) where attendees can get together and do some Python hacking to reinforce their skills ($300-500).  Possibly open this to the greater Python/open-source community as well.

Getting to the Event

KPCC Crawford Family Forum
474 South Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105

Please be aware that the Pasadena Marathon will be taking place the same day.  Check the Pasadena Marathon course map at http://pasadenamarathon.org/images/stories/2011CourseMaps/2011PM_CourseMap_v0325.gif and plan your route to the event so as to avoid the marathon path.

*From 210 Eastbound Freeway:

Continue onto 710 South

Turn left onto W California Blvd

Turn left onto S Raymond Ave

*From 210 Westbound Freeway and 134 Eastbound Freeway:

Continue onto 134 West

Take exit 13B toward CA-110/Del Mar/Blvd/ California Blvd

Merge onto 710 South

Turn left onto W California Blvd

Turn left onto S Raymond Ave

*From 110 Northbound Freeway

Continue onto S Arroyo Parkway

Turn left onto E California Blvd

Take 1st right onto S Raymond Ave

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When & Where

KPCC Crawford Family Forum
474 South Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105

Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT)

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LA PyLadies

PyLadies is an international mentorship group with a focus on helping more women become active participants and leaders in the Python open-source community. Our mission is to promote, educate and advance a diverse Python community through outreach, education, conferences, events and social gatherings.

PyLadies also aims to provide a friendly support network for women and a bridge to the larger Python world. Anyone with an interest in Python is encouraged to participate!

Join the LA PyLadies meetup group - meetup.com/la-pyladies

PyLadies - www.pyladies.com

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