Major IT Players Support Python Conference 2010

( Over 150 computer programming enthusiasts are set to meet at the Kiwi PyCon 2010 conference on
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November at the Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands in Waitangi.

Python, a programming language used throughout the world, has a massive following and Python
conferences are held around the globe. Kiwi PyCon is New Zealand’s Python community coming
together and will cover the use of Python in the scientific, web, mobile, gaming, and animation fields.

The event has garnered notable support, with Catalyst IT and Microsoft as major sponsors and many
other well known companies and organisations including the Python Software Foundation, Plone
Foundation, Atlassian, Enthought, Tait Radio Communications, Apress, Packt Publishing, O’Reilly,
ThinkGeek, Amazon Web Services, Wingware, ANZTB, Mozilla and ActiveState all backing the

Organised by the New Zealand Python User Group Inc.(NZPUG), it promises to bring together
developers, designers and business people who will listen to industry speakers. US-based Jacob
Kaplan-Moss, creator of “Django”, a successful and widely used web application framework along with
Anthony Baxter, long-time release manager of Python from Melbourne are keynote speakers for the

Kiwi PyCon 2010 topics will include:
• “How Python is influencing neuroscience research”
• Microsoft (Australia) showing how they support Python on their “Azure” platform
• Amazon web service
• Gmail gadgets
• “Going Global : Using Best Effort Translation To Create Multilingual Web Apps”
• Python and Java
• Python in Astronomy

Another guest speaker for the conference is Matt Provost, Systems Manager at Weta Digital, five-time
Academy award winning visual effects facility located in Wellington. Matt will speak about “Python in the
Datacentre”, as he manages all Weta Digital servers, storage and networking which occupies five
positions on the Top 500 Supercomputer list.

Danny Adair, NZPUG’s founding president said “Python is used everywhere, and for anyone interested
in or using the language, our annual conference is the place to be.”
Kiwi PyCon 2010 registrations are now open. To make your booking for the conference or for
more information visit

Media Release 24 September 2010 from New Zealand Python User Group Incorporated.