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Come See Rackspace Specialists At PyCon 2014

PyCon 2014 kicks off Wednesday in Montreal, and a cadre of Rackspace specialists will be on hand hosting informative workshops, speaking sessions and demonstrations. Be sure to find us at the show.

Here’s what we have going on:

Workshops & Sessions

Thursday, April 10:

9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Building And Deploying Apps In The Rackspace Cloud (Workshop) hosted by Rackers Jesse Noller and Brian Curtin
Come see how to take full advantage of Rackspace’s OpenStack-based cloud products to produce a scalable and fast product of your own.

Friday, April 11
4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The State Of Crypto In Python hosted by Rackers Jarret Raim and Paul Kehrer
There are a half-dozen major Python cryptography frameworks built on at least three separate C implementations, each with their own strengths and weaknesses and in various states of maintenance. This presentation will review the current state of the art and discuss the future of crypto in Python including a new library under development, PyPy support and more.

Saturday, April 12
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Explore OpenStack! A Drop-In Workshop hosted by Rackers Dana Bauer, Angela Streeter, Lisa Clark and Veera Venigalla
Are you curious about OpenStack, one of the fastest-growing open-source projects in the world? Join several OpenStack community members to learn more about this Python-based cloud operating system. This is a drop-in workshop, so please feel free to stop by anytime to explore OpenStack and meet OpenStack practitioners. Bring a laptop! We’ll have demos, hands-on practice with devstack (a tool for playing with OpenStack environments), and a walk-through of the OpenStack contribution process. This workshop is organized in the same room and time slot on Saturday and Sunday. It is open to all PyCon attendees on Saturday and open to women and their friends on Sunday. (Men are welcome on Sunday as guests of women who are attending.) 

3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Multi-Factor Authentication – Possession Factors hosted by Racker Ying Li
A brief overview of what multifactor authentication is, focusing particularly on possession factors, including what common options are available. One-time-passwords, an important concept many possession factor types, will also be discussed.

4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Fast Python, Slow Python hosted by Racker Alex Gaynor
The common wisdom is that Python is slow. And yet people run high performance software on it. It’s hard to make Python fast, and yet there are incredibly high performance Python VMs. This talk breaks down the facts and the myths of Python performance.

Sunday, April 13
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Explore OpenStack! A Drop-In Workshop hosted by Rackers Dana Bauer, Angela Streeter, Lisa Clark and Veera Venigalla
Are you curious about OpenStack, one of the fastest-growing open-source projects in the world? Join several OpenStack community members to learn more about this Python-based cloud operating system. This is a drop-in workshop, so please feel free to stop by anytime to explore OpenStack and meet OpenStack practitioners. Bring a laptop! We’ll have demos, hands-on practice with devstack (a tool for playing with OpenStack environments), and a walk-through of the OpenStack contribution process. This workshop is organized in the same room and time slot on Saturday and Sunday. It is open to all PyCon attendees on Saturday and open to women and their friends on Sunday. (Men are welcome on Sunday as guests of women who are attending.) 

Developer Discount

As part of our continued dedication and support of the developer community and open source, we’re offering Python attendees something special: Sign up for a new Rackspace Cloud account and receive up to $50 in credit per month for six months on your cloud account. This is our way of saying thank you. Visit http://rack.to/pycon2014 for more information. Now go build something awesome!

PyCon Jobs Fair

We’ll be at the PyCon 2014 Jobs Fair, Sunday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Exhibit Hall 220DE at the Palais des Congres.

Rackspace is a huge Python shop – from being a founder of OpenStack to our internal tools, infrastructure and automation we use a wide variety of languages, tools and technologies. We have offices in the UK, Austin and San Antonio, San Francisco and Australia. We also support remote workers on a role-by-role basis all over the US and world.

We’re always looking for smart, passionate people who want to help us make the world’s best open cloud even better. If you love solving hard problems; if you love making code you’re proud of; if you love optimizing the way things run for even more efficiency and easier maintenance; if you love working with people who care passionately about how we do the right thing as a team and not just the right thing … you’ll love it at Rackspace.

Here are a few of the many positions we’re hiring for at the PyCon 2014 Jobs Fair:

Check Out Our Booth

The Rackspace booth (No. 401) on the show floor will be bumping with demos, games and a host of other activities. The teams from Rackspace companies Mailgun, ObjectRocket and ZeroVM will also be on-hand. Here’s a roundup of what’s going on at the Rackspace booth at PyCon.

ZeroVM Demos
The ZeroVM team will be in the Rackspace booth during PyCon demoing the Zebra environment, which is a combination of OpenStack Swift and ZeroVM. This unique combination of technologies creates a converged compute and storage platform that can be used to store, process and manipulate arbitrary data. The demonstration will include an overview of the ZeroVM Package Manager (ZPM) which allows you to easily bundle basic Python applications and upload them to Zebra for processing large datasets. It will also include a walkthrough of the Zebra File Manager which provides a clean user interface for storing objects and for executing ZeroVM Applications (ZAPs).

Demos are scheduled for Friday, April 11 from 10:10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m., 12:40 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 12 from 10:20 a.m. to 10:50 a.m., 12:40 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Robot Game
In our booth, we’ll be hosting a robot game. We’ve built a model of the Mars Curiosity Rover out of Legos, which we’ll attach on top of a robot. Developers visiting our booth will get a chance to control the robot to collect samples from the Martian surface using the same type of asynchronous commands used by Mission Control, in this case email. Attendees get a Rackspace t-shirt for playing and are entered to win a grand prize.

More Goodness

PyLadies Lunch
Sunday, April 13 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
We’re co-sponsoring the PyLadies Lunch, a luncheon for women on the third day of the conference! The PyLadies Lunch is a great opportunity for women attending the conference who love Python, or who want to learn more about Python or PyLadies, to meet others in the same boat in a fun, relaxed environment. Don’t miss this lunch. It’s terrific and it will sell out. You can sign up here: https://us.pycon.org/2014/events/pyladieslunch/

  • Who: Anyone who identifies as a woman who is attending PyCon
  • When: Sunday, April 13, 2014, 12p.m. to 1p.m.
  • Where: Room 516 at the Convention Centre
  • RSVP: Eventbrite – Free but exclusive to conference attendees.

PyLadies Charity Auction
Saturday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m.
The Second Annual PyCon Charity Auction will be held Saturday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. in room 710B. Last year’s auction was a huge success raising over $10,000 for PyLadies. More than 30 items from 23 sponsors and fellow attendees were auctioned off. The top items were from Disney, GitHub and Dell. Items auctioned included unique works of art, stained glass, clothing, books, and laptops. Winning bids ranged from $40 to over $2,000. This is a fun and entertaining way to support the PyLadies community. A good sense of humor is recommended and bidding is not required. A small cover charge is required for refreshments, and can be paid as part of your PyCon registration or at the auction door.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Andrew Hickey.

Andrew Hickey is chief blog editor at Rackspace, a role in which he helps Rackers, customers and partners tell their stories. Andrew comes to Rackspace following many years as a journalist, more than half of which were spent covering high tech and Rackspace. When not writing, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and his dog, and spinning punk rock vinyl. If you have an idea for the Rackspace Blog, track down Andrew at andrew.hickey@rackspace.com.


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