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PyCon 2016 just ended! I had a far more relaxing time this year, since I didn’t have to give a talk.

Highlights:

Ned gave an amazing machete-mode debugging talk this year.

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I’ve seen a couple of his talks over the past years, and this one is my favorite.

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I bought a super cute PyLadies Seattle tshirt, featuring plaid hair!

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Lars gave an incredible keynote! It was also great to see him again. 😀

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I’m not sure if it was the talks or the general atmosphere, but I felt excited/inspired about software development in a way that I hadn’t been for a while.

I also got to see a lot of friends I don’t usually get to see, which was great.

Until next year, PyCon!

I registered last minute for the Mammalian Synthetic Biology Workshop and it was awesome. It was really neat to see all the research everyone’s doing.

I got to chat with Ron and Mariola, from iGEM 2011. Definitely a blast from the past.

Ron and Mariola

Ron said he still shows my animation occasionally. Haha, sweet.

Irving Weissman gave a really cool stem cell keynote.

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Alex said Irv is like the godfather of stem cell research. Very impressive!

I unexpectedly ran into Pete! I haven’t seen him in like maybe 6 years!

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It was great catching up!

Alex also gave a talk! I really enjoyed the talk, not only because I’d never heard Alex give a talk before, but also he had a clear and fun delivery style.

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He thanked his wife, Amy, in the credits slide which I thought was super cute.

I think it’s super cool when couples are involved in each others’ fields. Amy probably provides some extraordinary research feedback just like how Harry gives me a lot of feedback for my conference talks.

Anyhoo, mSBW3 was great event. I saw some old friends, learned some neat stuffs, and in general had a good time.

One wish: I wish the the slides from talks are posted online somewhere. A great feature software conferences is that a lot of talks are recorded and the talks’ slides are posted online. This way, the conference can benefit a greater community.