The EuroScipy 2017 took place in Erlangen, Germany. It was fist developer conference ever that I attended. In the following I want to briefly describe my expierence, followed by some fan pics and a few take aways at the end.
On the first two days there were only tutorials. They had a beginner track and an advanced track. I switched back and forth between the two (see program link).
Julia Rohrer gave the keynote “How to Fix a Scientific Culture: Psychology as a Cautionary Tale and Paragon” of the conference. I didn’t expect the scientific culture to bad that bad. She talked about p-hacking (= use of creative methods to make the outcome of your experiment statistical significant) and how the current system of grant distribution causes bad behavior among scientist.
Tim Head (@betatim) is a core contributor to scikit-optimize.
He gave a very informative talk about Bayesian Optimization. As Tim also enjoys running, we went for a run together in the morning of the second day.
Olivier Grisel (@ogrisel) is contributor to scikit-learn.
Olivier is a really funny guy and thus quite approachable. He publishes most of his tutorials on github which are very helpful.
My high expectations were satisfied. I didn’t know anybody when I arrived and left with some new friends. The conference helped me to get a much better understanding of the scientific programming ecosystem in Python. The conference also helped me to get an idea whether I would enjoy working as a software developer or not.