In May I will be presenting at two conferences in Italy. The first is called Better Software 2009; it’s dedicated to the world of software development, Agile methodologies, Web 2.0 and a bunch of other buzzword compliant technologies. This conference will be held on May 6 and 7 in sunny Florence. If you speak Italian and happen to be in Europe, you can register here. Italian conferences tend to be fairly cheap, so you’ll be able to attend one day for 160 Euros or both days for 280 Euros. The price is even lower if you are a student or your company is purchasing multiple tickets. Also the first ten readers who register with the following coupon 3DNMFKNM will receive a 10% discount (I don’t receive commission for this). At “Better Software” I’ll be giving a talk about the world of startups.
If you don’t speak Italian, you may still be interested in the second conference which is being held at the same hotel in Florence from May 8 to the 10th. The main track of Pycon Italia Tre, is in fact, being simultaneously translated into/from English/Italian. I will be presenting a spin-off that’s geared towards Python, of the talk I’m giving giving at Better Software at this conference, which will feature the very provocative title “Getting rich with Python”. Most of the audience will be composed of Italian speakers, so I’ll be presenting in my mother tongue and a real-time English translation will be provided. I’ll be among some notable company at Pycon Italia, such as Guido van Rossum, Alex Martelli (Google), Raymond Hettinger, David Boddie (QT Software), Ariya Hidayat (QT Software) and Fredrik Lundh (aka effbot), who will be speaking publically about Unladen Swallow (Google’s LLVM-based upcoming project that’s geared towards drastically improving the speed of CPython) for the first time ever. With the exception of Alex (who like myself, will be speaking Italian and have his presentation translated in English), all of the names above will be presenting in English (with a translation in Italian to be provided for those who require it).
Whatever your language, if you are in Europe, Pycon Italia Tre is definitely worth attending, especially when you consider the ridiculously low admission price (€60 for non-students or €40 for students, including tax) – which includes two buffet lunches, four coffee breaks, free Wi-Fi access, a free T-Shirt, free gadgets and randomly selected prizes. Plus, there will be all sorts of social activities and opportunities to hang out. If you plan to attend, register now before all the tickets have sold out.
I hope to see, and have the chance to meet, you in Florence!
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Antonio Cangiano is a Software Developer and Technical Evangelist at IBM. He authored 'Ruby on Rails for Microsoft Developers' by Wrox (2009) and 'Technical Blogging' by The Pragmatic Bookshelf (2012). He is also the Marketing Lead for Cognitive Class, an IBM educational initiative which he helped grow from zero to 1 Million students. You can follow him on Twitter.