PyCon does a great job preserving all of the great talks that happen there for YouTube. In subsequent posts I’ll highlight a few of my favorites. For now though, lets talk about what happens when you are actually there. PyCon is more than just talks.
Once we were in town, we met up with existing Adafruit friends like Nicholas, Carol and Radomir. It was great to finally meet people we had only talked with through email and chat. We also hosted two open spaces, which are freely available spaces anyone can use to organize an impromptu meet up. Many people stopped by to browse all of the Adafruit boards and try CircuitPython. These led to more chats about Python and hardware in education and the things we could do together. We can’t wait to see what comes of it.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.