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First PyCon Canada Event in Toronto Sets the Stage for International Conference in 2014

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/13/12 -- Over the past weekend in and on to Tuesday, November 13th, PyCon Canada brought together the diverse Canadian Python community for the first time - to exchange ideas and share insights and push boundaries of Python development.

This event is a prelude to the 2014 PyCon North America conference, which will take place in Montreal. It will be the first time the international gathering will be held outside the U.S.

The sold-out PyCon Canada event attracted over 275 enthusiasts and high profile speakers including Mike Bayer, creator of the immensely popular SQLAlchemy library and Kenneth Reitz, who is behind both the Requests library as well as Python for Humans, a community project that aims to improve the ease-of-use and understanding of the Python toolchain.

The PyCon movement is dedicated to enhancing Python, a dynamic and powerful programming language used in a wide range of applications and often compared to Perl, Ruby, Scheme or Java. Python is a flexible language that enables developers to create advanced coding quickly.

In April 2012, the PyConCa Association decided to hold the first ever Canadian national Python conference, and 500px, a leading, premium photo-sharing community, and supporter of the platform, immediately contacted the organizers and asked how they could help make it happen. 500px sponsored the event the first day sponsorships became available and became the event's sole Gold Sponsor.

'Thanks to the generous financial contribution and personal involvement we received from 500px, we were able to get the conference off the ground and attract top-tier speakers and sponsors to the event,' says Diana Clarke, the conference chair. 'They gave us the legitimacy and funding we needed to attract the audience we wanted and make the event a success. We couldn't have done it without them or the other sponsors that 500px's early support helped attract.'

'500px is moving toward creating many of our upcoming features in Python,' says Oleg Gutsol, CEO, 500px. 'And one of the reasons we sponsored PyCon is we saw it as a great opportunity to inform the community that we're actively looking for Python devs to build out our data mining and search product lines. We're believers in big ideas and innovation and are looking forward to doing what we can to help build PyCon into Canada's premier Python event.'

About PyCon Canada

PyCon Canada is a 2-day conference plus two additional days of sprints that was held in Toronto from November 9 to November 13, 2012. Since its introduction in the '90s, Python has become a go-to programming language for perfectionists with deadlines everywhere. It is a core technology for established organizations (Google, NASA), and it powers a large proportion of today's tech startups. It is also used extensively in systems administration, education, and scientific research, and web technology. PyCon Canada was the first-ever Canadian-national Python conference with over 275 tinkerers, hackers, thought-leaders in attendance. The 2014 PyCon International will be held in Montreal. For more information, visit PyCon Canada.

Contacts:
Diana Clarke
PyCon Canada conference chair
(416) 453-3130
diana.joan.clarke@gmail.com

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