Dec 20

Pandas-PyData Workshop in NYC

Here's a report from Pandas/PyData Workshop organizer, Vid Ayer:

I am happy to share with you all some details of our successful event - On Sunday Dec 16, Chang She conducted a Pandas workshop hosted by Pivotal Labs at NYC. Kick-started a little past 10 AM, he wound his way through the Pandas data structures for 1-D, 2-D, and 3-D, data, DataFrame components and indexing, accessing data via files and DB's, Broadcasting and some basic Statistical computations.

It was not all theory, as all the participants were following and experimenting on their laptops, in part, thanks to Asheesh's excellent Laptop setup guide, enabling attendees to come with configured machines, making it easier to get going with Pandas. They worked on the small tasks/exercises that Chang gave out as the session progressed.

Post lunch, it Sprint time ! Very exciting to see the attendees pored over their machines, trying to tackle Pandas bugs, working in small groups of 2 or even 3 people with Chang going around each group to help and guide them, ably aided by Asheesh. The sprint went on till evening, when finally at 05:45pm, Pivotal Labs had to ask us to leave.

Pictures speak a thousand words: 

  1. Pictures on Google+
  2. Pictures on Flickr
  3. The video will be up on pyvideo.org soon.

Here are some statistics, for those that love numbers:

  • 31 registrations (Capped at 30, but we had a waiting list that accommodated the cancellations.)
  • 18 people attended the Pandas Workshop-Sprint
  • 7 female (39%) attendees :-)) 

This entire event would not have been possible without our generous sponsors. A huge Thank you to:

  • Pivotal Labs, our generous host for the day -Thanks JT for spending an entire Sunday with us. 
  • The Python Software Foundation, whose generous grant for Breakfast+Lunch and Asheesh's travel from Boston, kept us fueled and on track all day.
  • O'Reilly Media, who gave all attendees a free E-book copy of Wes McKinney's Python for Data Analysis, including a 40% discount on the print copy of Wes' book.
  • OpenHatch, whose staff member Asheesh Laroia spent time prepping before the workshop and helped organize in person.

Thank You!
Thanks and Regards,
Vid