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5 September 2014 - 12:20Fourth PyDataLondon Meetup

We’ve just run our 4th PyDataLondon meetup (@PyDataLondon). Having over 500 members is superb for just 4 months growth, woot :-)

Many thanks to @GoPivotalEMEA for hosting us.

We had 3 speakers and 1 lightning talk.

Here are my slides on “The High Performance Python Landscape”:

I’m still collecting data for my two surveys (to discuss at a future PyData when I’ve got enough data), one on Data Science training needs and one on Why Are More Companies Not Using Data Science?

Next Dirk spoke on Data for Good and datamining water sources in Tanzania including some very honest thoughts on how to (hopefully) leave behind working systems that local teams can maintain. Dirk’s talk is built on a project called Taarifa (and source) that our Florian helped build.

Finally we had Matt from Plot.ly over from San Francisco, he gave very compelling reasons to investigate the online visualisation (and data sharing) system for plot.ly. The matplotlib 1-line converter was particularly nice.

Tariq gave a lightning talk on his Make Your Own Mandelbrot book (aimed at kids and newbiews to Python), his slides are online.

We’ve got a growing collection of Offer/Want cards which help connect folk in the pub afterwards, we’ll keep building these up:

Our next event is on October 7th, be sure to follow the @pydatalondon twitter account and join the PyDataLondon meetup group to see the forthcoming announce. The RSVPs for the 4th event were filled in 2 hours of the general announce!


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight, sign-up for Data Science tutorials in London. Historically Ian ran Mor Consulting. He also founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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