What can we say about this year’s event? Well, for starters, we already know we’ll be back for 2013. (Many thanks to Jesse Noller for throwing a great event. We were thrilled to take part in 2012 and are really looking forward to next year!) What was so fantastic for New Relic about the event? Was it the great marketing leads we got? All the business we talked with folks? Sure there was plenty of that, but honestly, the ultimate reward for participating in PyCon 2012 was getting to know people in the Python community. Whether they were students, entrepreneurs, seasoned programmers, or individuals with a passion for Python, just about everyone we encountered was a joy to speak with. Not only were there a lot of insightful ‘getting to know you’ conversations, there was plenty of spirited (and friendly) debate.
Along the way, Graham Dumpleton managed to fit in a talk despite losing his voice the night before. (We’ll add a link to the video of the talk as soon as it’s available.) Darin Swanson and a few other diehards completed a brisk 5K run (some on an hour’s sleep we are told). And to get it all started on Friday night we threw a small, intimate gathering of 1000 of our closest new friends in the community.
Special thank you’s go out to Andrew Spencer and the team at Skullcandy. We were thrilled to host Skullcandy in our booth and at the party. And, despite the skull logo, these guys are just about the nicest group of Python evangelists that you could hope to hang out with.
Many thanks also to the PyLadies for emceeing the party. Please visit their site to find out more about this outstanding group of Python coders.
As we said, we are looking forward to next year and we hope to see our new friends at some of the other events we’ll be attending this year. And don’t forget, if you were at the show, you’re eligible for a special extended trial period of New Relic. Just sign up and give us a whirl — it only takes about two minutes.
Until we meet again…