PyCon Namibia 2023
I am finally back in this beautiful country and meeting all these awesome people at PyCon Namibia!
After a long flight that lasts more than 10 hours from London to Frankfurt and then Windhoek, I finally set foot in this beautiful country again! I was super tired but I cannot wait to meet everyone at the conference, so once I am done with everything at the airport, I head to the conference directly.
Hello Namibia 🇳🇦 we are on our way to @PyConNA pic.twitter.com/gbTcFbRi8T— Cheuk Ting Ho (@cheukting_ho) February 21, 2023
When I arrived, I was so happy to meet friends that I have not seen for 3 years. They are just having a tea break and were chilling by the pool. After registering, there is Juan-Luis’s workshop - he was teaching some beginners level Python.
Juan-Luis is giving a workshop @PyConNA pic.twitter.com/5tfvzikTfR— Cheuk Ting Ho (@cheukting_ho) February 21, 2023
Then it’s lunch, we are eating by the pool, the environment is very nice. I was a bit tired so I have not got many opportunities to talk to other conference attendees except Juan-Luis who was sitting next to me. Will try better tomorrow.
Having lunch by the pool @PyConNA - very unique to this conference 🇳🇦 pic.twitter.com/OqLRkooOiD— Cheuk Ting Ho (@cheukting_ho) February 21, 2023
After lunch, I only stayed for a bit as I was so tired after the overnight flight. I went back to the hotel a bit earlier and then have our team meeting.
After resting for a bit, I went to have dinner and then a social drink with the speakers. We went back to the place where we performed at an open mic night back in 2019. However, this time there aren’t any open mics and we just chill and drink.
A very intentional drink last night with speakers of @PyConNA from everywhere (+1 random friendly folk from Switzerland) pic.twitter.com/MddooB2PQG— Cheuk Ting Ho (@cheukting_ho) February 22, 2023
Today is the day we have the Humble Data workshop. But before, there are talks that are related to starting a career in technology and the attendees are very keen to ask questions in the panel session.
Meet the panel at career panel session @PyConNA pic.twitter.com/DXqe2A4WXP— Cheuk Ting Ho (@cheukting_ho) February 22, 2023
During the breaks and lunchtime, we tried to help as many participants to get the workshop materials and Anaconda installer copied over to their computers and start installing Anaconda (if they have not got it installed yet). Then after lunch, we have the Humble Data workshop. My friend John is showing how to open Anaconda navigator and explored some of the tools that are offered in Anaconda distribution. In the meanwhile, I troubleshoot for some folks who have trouble installing.
@PyConNA At a moment busy installing anaconda software with @cheukting_ho ,it was really a great chance of learning how to use anaconda software and cope python with through anaconda 🤗 pic.twitter.com/NYaL7UnGM7— 02_luxury01 (@enias_jonas) February 23, 2023
Then we started, after a brief introduction, participants work in groups and they are all using Jupyter notebook to learn Python. The portion of participants, including the students, who are absolute beginners in Python is quite high. And most of them got through the first chapter of the workshop and learnt all the Python basics. We also had a fun quiz at the end and everyone was having a good time.
After that, the organisers invited the speakers for dinner to sample some local cuisine. On the menu, some food is unique in Namibia including Mopani (a type of worm) and Smily (goat head). I was loving it but for some speakers who are from Europe the best things for the night are spinach and fish.
Thank you @PyConNA organisers (including our camera man) for the amazing speaker dinner! I love it 🥰 pic.twitter.com/NrZ8qx9fRf— Cheuk Ting Ho (@cheukting_ho) February 22, 2023
When I arrived at the conference, the talks in the morning has already started. So I just chilled with some organisers by the pool. After the coffee break in the morning, I attended a few talks.
Andreea is talking about what is Data Science @PyConNA pic.twitter.com/57v7NJ7Kmy— Cheuk Ting Ho (@cheukting_ho) February 23, 2023
After listening to the opening of John’s talk, I was summoned to the recruitment session to talk about Anaconda. We are not hiring in Namibia right now so I just briefly mention our company culture and that we support open-source projects.
Recruitment session @PyConNA pic.twitter.com/HtIOuKve5p— Cheuk Ting Ho (@cheukting_ho) February 23, 2023
After the recruitment session, I sat down to prepare my talk, it is right after lunch.
@cheukting_ho first afternoon session @PyConNA pic.twitter.com/zgEbTK7Usz— Ronald Maravanyika (@ronn_zw) February 23, 2023
After my talk, there will be a workshop about Diátaxis documentation framework by Daniele. I have been to the workshop more than once, I am a big fan.
@evildmp is giving a #Diátaxis workshop about documentation @PyConNA pic.twitter.com/qHaBXNjoLF— Cheuk Ting Ho (@cheukting_ho) February 23, 2023
During the tea break, I was lucky to meet the chef that made us yummy cakes during the tea time. Some girls even ask her for her secret recipes.
We have amazing cakes during the tea time @PyConNA salute to the chef 👩🍳 pic.twitter.com/4xsWof2wzm— Cheuk Ting Ho (@cheukting_ho) February 23, 2023
After the tea break, there are a few more talks, then it is the lighting talk and the closing. Thank you so much to the organisers for the amazing conference! I hope I will be back once again in the future.
“The end” it’s sad to say goodbye 👋 @PyConNA thank you so much for the organising team ❤️ pic.twitter.com/778rPc0xno— Cheuk Ting Ho (@cheukting_ho) February 23, 2023
See some people that I met at PyCon Namibia: