Friday, September 16, 2022

A Tech Conference at a Food Truck Park?!

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at PyBay Food Truck Edition in San Francisco. It wasn't the first time I'd presented in a tent, but it was the first time doing so in a park surrounded by food trucks! 

It was a great event! The organizers and an army of volunteers took care of everything so attendees, speakers, and sponsors could enjoy the time of learning, networking, and eating! 

My presentation on building event-driven microservices with Python and Kafka was well-received, with some great follow-up questions. 

Another cool thing about this event was that we were also sponsors, which gave my co-worker Danica Fine and me opportunities to chat with dozens of developers and data engineers and hand out some cool swag!

Sadly, I couldn't attend sessions until near the end, when visitors to our table began to slow down. At that point was able to catch an excellent talk on the observer pattern by Aly Sivji.  

I was also hoping to catch the testing panel that Andy Knight, Brian Okken, and others were holding, but I had to miss it. At least I was able to get in on a selfie with Andy

The weather was perfect for an outdoor event in San Francisco. The people, as seems to be the norm in the Python community, were friendly and eager to learn and to help others learn. Overall, it was a great event, and while eleven hours on my feet was a bit rough, I am so grateful for the opportunity and am already looking forward to PyBay 2023!

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