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PyCon 2019 Call for Volunteers! #pycon2019 @pycon @adafruit @digikey @circuitpython

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Call for Volunteers!

Volunteers are what makes PyCon such a successful event.  There are over 400 volunteer hours for over 15 different events that need to be filled.  This means there are options to fit everyone’s interests.

  • Session Staff – an important piece in keeping things running smoothly.
  • Green Room Staff – assist speakers in making sure they are ready to present.
  • Registration Desk – a great way to meet attendees and be their first contact at the conference.
  • Swag Bag – there are lots of people needed to help with Swag Bag stuffing and this is a fun event!
  • Tutorial hosts – need to be onsite May 1st and May 2nd.
  • Language Summit Greeters – need to be onsite May 1st.
  • Young Coders Set-up and Assistance
  • Hatchery sessions
  • PyLadies Auction – be sure you have a ticket to attend.
  • 5K Fun Run – for all you early risers!
Note: All volunteers need to be registered for the conference.

Please help and sign up here as a volunteer!


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And! The big news! Digi-Key and Adafruit have teamed up for PyCon 2019. Every attendee (about 4,000!) will receive a SPECIAL EDITION Circuit Playground Express, running … CircuitPython.

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This effort is to get Python on hardware to the most folks out there, at the events that bring people together.

This is just one of many efforts we’re teaming up with Digi-Key to continue to fuel all the developers from beginners to pro, using Python on microcontrollers.

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What else is happening? The CircuitPython team will be running several Open Spaces sessions (as they did last year), showing how to use CircuitPython on the Digi-Key / Adafruit PyCon special edition Circuit Playground Express. We’ll have extra add-ons to play with also: potentiometers, NeoPixel strips, and servos. The team will be running a CircuitPython Sprint for several days to work on CircuitPython libraries and CircuitPython core code. BYOMUSB “Bring your own Micro USB” cables, we’ll have some to borrow during the sprints/sessions, as well as some USB C adapters, good idea to bring one too!

The PyCon 2019 conference, which will take place in Cleveland, is the largest annual gathering for the community using and developing the open-source Python programming language. It is produced and underwritten by the Python Software Foundation, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing and promoting Python. Through PyCon, the PSF advances its mission of growing the international community of Python programmers.

We will have a lot more updates, stay tuned to the Adafruit blog, Twitter, Discord, and more!

Will you be at PyCon? Let us know in the comments below.


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.

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