The first PyData Carolinas Conference was held from September 14-16, 2016 at IBM in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The event was very successful with over 350 attendees and every room packed in three parallel tracks, which reflects the technological energy for Python in data science in the Carolinas.
Kitware participated with a number of talks and tutorials. Dr. Matthew McCormick presented a tutorial on ITK in Biomedical Research and Commercial Applications, Jean-Christophe Fillion-Robin, Matthew McCormick, Max Smolens, Omar Padron presented scikit-build: an improved build system generator for CPython C extensions, and Dr. Deepak Roy Chittajallu presented HistomicsTK: An open-source python toolkit for web-based analysis of digital histopathology data.
The photos below, taken by Professor Anthony Scopatz, present a few highlights from the conference.
Superheros of the conference included two next-generation, aspiring Pythonistas who presented their first lightning talks.
From left to right: Jean-Christophe (Jc) Fillion-Robiin (Kitware), Leah Silen (NumFOCUS), Matthew (Matt) McCormick (Kitware), Carol Willing (Project Jupyter), Omar Padron (Kitware), and Deepak Roy Chittajullu (Kitware).
￼Lucia Gjeltema (MediaMath/Helix) is a passionate, kind Austrian data scientist who co-chaired this year’s conference. She provided some reproducible conference notes for next year’s conference.
Chris Calloway (UNC-CH/RENCI) also co-chaired the conference. He provides leadership and energy for the local scientific Python community in the TriPython organization.
If there was an Entertainer Award, it would go to a presentation by folks from the Caktus Group on how to scrape Taylor Swift lyrics with Celery and RabbitMQ.
Dr. Thomas Caswell from Brookhaven National Labs visited to present what coming in Matplotlib 2.0.
Jean-Christophe (Jc) gave a lightning talk on creating a CPython 3 wheel package that can be installed in Python 2. He also showed off his new Presentation Hat.