SF Python was started by Grace Law in November 2008 when 35 devs sat behind the desks of a 30-some-person start-up, ate pizza, and listened to a Python Fundamentals talk by Wesley Chun. Today, with the help of Simeon Franklin and some faithful sponsors, we produce two tech events a month that some members lovingly dubbed “mini PyCon”.
At our Presentation Night on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 180-250 engineers listen to engaging tech talks from Python Software Foundation members, core developers of open source projects, and local software engineers alike. At our Project Night on the 3rd Wednesday of most months, an average of 120 enthusiastic members hack on projects and share what they know by offering tutorials and mentoring to other devs. Last year, 400 devs attended our Holiday Party--an evening of great talks and a live band. Visit SF Python Meetup to learn more.
We're excited about how our community has come together over good food, beer, and geeky conversations. We've witnessed many devs grow in their career, from receiving their first internship to landing their first speaking gig at conferences. And we look forward to building a stronger Python community and producing PyBay, the first ever regional Python conference for the SF Bay Area.
Here are a few quotes from our members:
“These talks helped me learn and solve problems at work.” Paraphrased from attendees of October 2015 Presentation Night
“I'm always happy to attend an sfpython meetup!!” Brian Weber, Sep 17, 2015.
“Couldn't be better” Alex Kleider, Aug 19, 2015.
“Great! My first Python Meet Up! Got all my questions answered, and I now have a direction to pursue.” Jerry415, Mar 18, 2015.
“A superb community full of talented individuals!” Villarroel, Mar 18, 2015.
“Everyone is uncommonly friendly and outgoing; even introverts find it easy to start or join a conversation (if desired) before and after these events.” Eric Ongerth, May 14, 2014.
“Big, real big.” Sebastien Mirolo, Oct 12, 2014.
“Fantastic. Love the format, energy, and quality of the presentations. See you next month!” Josh Enders, Jan 8, 2014.
“The organizers always impress me with their ability to bring together talented mentors, eager students, and curious hackers. It's a great mix and a vibrant community.” Steve Piercy, Aug 15, 2013.
“So far its one of the best technical groups I've interacted with, and I'm excited to see what they do next.” Philip James, Dec 15, 2011.