Alex Gaynor to present keynote at PyCon Australia 2013

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With half of our Early Bird tickets sold, we're very pleased to announce core Django, PyPy, and CPython developer Alex Gaynor as the first of our keynote presenters for PyCon Australia 2013, to be held on July 6--7, alongside DjangoCon AU on July 5, in Hobart, Tasmania.

It's hard to find members of the Python community with more diverse interests than Alex. As well as his contributions to Python and Django, he works as a Software Engineer at Rdio; he's also responsible for Topaz, a Ruby implementaton (completely written in Python, of course).

These interests have led him to wonder about the type of work programmers do: "Are we engineers? Are we scientists? Craftspeople? Something else entirely? Are software engineers, software developers, software architects, and programmers all really the same thing?", asks Alex. "My keynote explores the nature of our work as programmers, and its relationship to the scientific method."

As well as being a regular presenter at Python conferences all over the world, Alex serves as a board member of the Django Software Foundation and as a member of the Python Software Foundation.

We at PyCon Australia can't wait to hear Alex's insights on the role of the prorgrammer in July! Registration is open at with Early Bird rates available to the first 80 paid delegates, or until Friday 3 May, 2013.

Photo credit: Heroku.

About PyCon Australia

PyCon Australia is the national conference for the Python Programming Community. The fourth PyCon Australia will be held on July 5--7, 2013 in Hobart, Tasmania, bringing together professional, student and enthusiast developers with a love for developing with Python. PyCon Australia informs the country’s Python developers with presentations, tutorials and panel sessions by experts and core developers of Python, as well as the libraries and frameworks that they rely on.

To find out more about PyCon Australia 2013, visit our website at http://pycon-au.org or e-mail us at contact@pycon-au.org.

PyCon Australia is presented by Linux Australia (www.linux.org.au) and acknowledges the support of our Platinum sponsor: Australian Computer Society (Tasmanian Branch) (www.acs.org.au); and our Gold Sponsors, Google Australia (www.google.com.au), the Tasmanian Government Department of Economic Development, and TasICT. For full details of our sponsors, see our website.