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Thu, Nov 14 2013 at 07:00 PM at Spartz

PyData Recap Lightning Talk
(5 Minutes)
By: Jason Wirth

Recap of last weeks PyData conference in NYC.
What happened at #aaronswhack?
(2 Minutes)
By: Sheila Miguez
Slides Link
Many python programmers showed up to participate in the Chicago #aaronswhack. Here's a list of what they worked on, and here are pointers to local projects as well as worldwide projects.
Python heart Open Source Hardware
(5 Minutes)
By: Paul Ebreo

Open Source Hardware is going to change the world. But the hardware is still going to need software to control it. Can Python take the lead and become the de facto language of open source hardware control? Paul Ebreo talks about the three keys to Python's success in open hardware.
Monoids in Python
(20 Minutes)
By: Philip Doctor

Monoids are largely badly explained, but actually quite beautiful. I would like to take a brief tour of what a monoid is and how they can help out with mundane every day tasks in python.
Measure It
(60 Minutes)
By: Peter Fein

measure_it provides timing and counting for iterators (and other code segments).
CivicLab and Between the Bars
(15 Minutes)
By: Benjamin Sugar

In this talk, I will present on a slice of the maker movement called "civic making" and a new space that has opened up in Chicago to encourage this type creation, CivicLab. As an example of "civic making" I will discuss Between the Bars, a paper based blogging platform for those who are incarcerated, built in Django. I will also discuss our choice in framework and the pros/cons of our approach.
112 Python enthusiasts attended this meeting.

Thu, Oct 10 2013 at 07:00 PM at Market Bar

Finite State Machine: fysom
(10 Minutes)
By: Brian Ray

5-Minutes Of Pandas [Lightning Talk]
(5 Minutes)
By: Jason Wirth

A lighting talk introducing Pandas, a library for data manipulating and overall munging goodness. If you do stuff with data and you don't use Pandas, you're doing it all wrong.
Rendering Data with D3
(15 Minutes)
By: Japhy Bartlett

How to begin rendering data with D3, by way of a simple python web server.
87 Python enthusiasts attended this meeting.

Thu, Sep 12 2013 at 07:00 PM at Braintree(old)

What's Love Got to do with It? / Love: for techies
(15 Minutes)
By: yarko

What you think Love is - is (probably) wrong. The correct metaphor / definition for live will make much more sense to the software person. In fact, it will help with team building and design too. Yup. Grab a beer. I'll tell you a story about how this evolved (turing machine example), how and where evolution selected it, and why it works - and how it works for approaching problems (design) too. Then I'll lay out the "api" (functional description). Don't take it too seriously. You couldn't have known. Now you will. Cheers!
Set it, and forget it! Auto Scale on Rackspace
By: Brian Curtin

Rackspace is rolling out a new service to allow your cloud to scale on its own, called Auto Scale. Built on Monitoring, Auto Scale allows you to grow or shrink your fleet of resources as demand changes. pyrax, a Python package for working with OpenStack-based clouds like Rackspace's, just released Auto Scale and Monitoring support with version 1.5.0. I'll show how you can use pyrax to deploy servers and automatically add or remove them based on their usage.
Post djangocon: An overview of edX
(30 Minutes)
By: yarko

edx is a major django application serving huge numbers of students for MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Berkely, and more. - A brief history of Computer-Based Instruction (python has a role); - incomplete survey of current open-source CBI; - edX: how's it different / what's it's rough structure, what (besides django/python) is involved; - edX: hacking the platform (django development); - edX: hacking courses; a deployment-level VM, and how to get started there; - finally: future topics: deployment; what this can't do (maybe) and why; - wrapup: call for interest & edx project night(s); I'll try to have some USBs for anyone who want to try one of the edX VMs during the talk
129 Python enthusiasts attended this meeting.

Thu, Aug 01 2013 at 07:00 PM at The University of Chicago (Downtown)

Cluster Fun
(30 Minutes)
By: Joseph Curtin

An overview of deploying to a cloud solution while retaining the ability to deploy to a raspberry pi. Automate the instantiation of your cluster no matter the hardware. Utilizing libcloud, we'll talk to AWS and Rackspace. Utilizing Paramiko we'll talk to a Raspberry-Pi, AWS, and Rackspace. - Source code and slides will be available at the start of the presentation.
Lightening talks on Summer Fellows for "Data Science for Social Good"

4-6 presentations 5-7 minutes each from the summer fellowship program lead by The University of Chicago on "data science for social good" (ref Come hear from the 40 fellows (mostly grad students and some undergrads in CS and stats) from around the country. Most of the work is done in Python and partnering with non profits and government organizations
93 Python enthusiasts attended this meeting.

Thu, Jul 11 2013 at 07:00 PM at Wargaming West

ipython / notebook demo
(20 Minutes)
By: Jason Wirth

ipython was a big focus of Scipy, Fernando gave a keynote, Brian gave a talk, and there was a tutorial. ipython appeals to a broad audience from beginners to advanced users. IDLE is awful and I basically learned Python using iPython. Presenter will touch on the powerful features and extensibility for advanced users.
Asynchronous I/O in Python 3
(45 Minutes)
By: Feihong Hsu

I'm going to talk about PEP 3156 and go over basic usage of the reference implementation, codenamed Tulip.
A SciPy recap: Tracking history and provenance with Sumatra
(5 Minutes)
By: Sheila Miguez

This lightning talk recaps a [talk on Sumatra]( from the reproducible science track at SciPy2013.
113 Python enthusiasts attended this meeting.