PyCon ES 2022
After having my talk (in English) accepted, I was told that PyCon Spain will be in Spanish… I start learning the language a few months back and see if I can survive… and I did!!!
Day 0 - Arrival
Just before flying to Granada for the conference, I was on a Camino and was just passed the border and spent the night in a small village called Oía. So I already have an understanding that I cannot expect everyone to speak English. I am in the mood of trying to speak Spanish at any chance, and it was fun.
I met up with a few people including the organiser of the conference. We had tapas and I was mind blown by the amount of food that we were given.
Day 1 - Workshops
The first day of the conference is workshop day and for people to pick up the badges. The sponsors already have the tables ready. I mainly spend time staying in the “hall track”. I tried to speak with some people. Some of them are happy to speak English with me but what I love the most is trying to speak to people who do not speak English and I have to try my Spanish hard.
After picking up my badge, I spend some time working and finished working on my talk.
We also have the dinner for the minorities (PyLadies plus other communities that support minorities in the Python community). I would say the vibe is super nice, I got a chance to talk to different people (in English and Spanish). People asked about my work and I can tell them about Anaconda and PyScirpt.
The dinner starts and ends quite late (especially for me who is from the part of the world where we have dinner around 6 pm), by the time I get to bed it’s already passed 1 am.
Day 2 - Conference
Despite the lack of sleep, I arrived at the conference on time for the opening and the keynote.
After a brief coffee break, I have giving my talk. The audiences are very interested in the topic and maybe we will see PyCon ES having sprints in the future.
Muy 🔝 las primeras charlas del día en esta nuestra #PyConES22.— PyCon España (@PyConES) October 1, 2022
Un saludo a las personas que están de chair de sesión y que van a tirar tizas ante cualquier “más que una pregunta tengo un comentario”. pic.twitter.com/qpjOiNiQ3u
Then I went to a very interesting talk. From the technical point of view, it is about using MicroPython to control a mortar to vibrate. I would say the open-mind-ness and diversity of PyCon ES is one of the best in all the PyCon that I have ever been to.
After lunch, there is entertainment - a band is doing 90s anime and movie covers (I was told the performers are scholars in the university)
Then, I took a break from the conference and then prepare my first ever lightning talk in Spanish… I would say it is my light talk of the year.
After the conference, I attended the speaker and organiser dinner in a fancy dinner reception. I feel my artier for tech conferences are totally under-dress on that occasion. But the food is good and now everyone is so keen to teach me Spanish and that makes me very happy.
Foto grupal de la organización de la #PyConES22 de anoche. Qué decir más que está siendo una experiencia maravillosa y que, en palabras de @fergunet, “esto no se acaba hasta que brindemos todes y digamos JUMANJI!!!”. pic.twitter.com/ZLPFs3wAQ3— PyCon España (@PyConES) October 2, 2022
Day 3 - Conference
The last day of the conference is always challenging after all the socials every night. But I keep my discipline and be at the conference for the keynote in the morning. After that, I retrieved into the quiet room to do some organising work.
Then I went to a few talks after lunch, I try my very best to understand them and depending on the slides I can understand 10-30% of them even though it is in Spanish.
So, it comes to the end. People starts leaving after the closing and after some emotional goodbyes, they all went home. (There was a small drama for people taking the train to Madrid but I a not affected as I am flying)
I am impressed by the conference and so far there is a huge Spanish-speaking community (they sold out 800 tickets, and it is only in Spain) that I have not been in touch with much yet. They are also contributors and active users in Python (there’s a translation project for translating the official Python documentation to Spanish) and I wish I can discover and learn more about this part of the Python community.
I am glad that I started learning Spanish and they welcome me who still cannot speak their language good enough to have a conversation. I will keep learning and hopefully, I will go to another Spanish-speaking conference (maybe in Latin America) one day.