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This past weekend, I was invited to give a remote keynote talk for PyCon Indonesia 2020. The schedule was full of amazing people, the organizers were kind and enthusiastic, and the participants were engaged during Q&A and in chat. Microsoft was able to support the event with a platinum level sponsorship.
I felt so lucky that even though travel is currently just a pipe dream, I was still able to participate in a wonderful community on the other side of the world.
During my talk, I shared a few lessons on how I believe the Python community can continue to grow, despite the challenges that 2020 has brought us.
Now more than ever, local communities from around the world are welcoming participants who may not have been able to attend otherwise. Use this opportunity to expand your horizons, learn about a new culture, and meet friends from a different country.
There are lots of great ways to stay in touch with the Python community.
There are lots of community slacks for regional groups, many members of the community are active on Twitter, and the Python Software Foundation offers mailing lists.
There are plenty of opportunities to give back to the community. For one, you can contribute to an open source project. Your contributions don't need to be code either. If you speak another language, translations are always incredible useful.
You can volunteer at conferences and events, speak at a conference or Meetup, be a mentor, or even organize your own event.
Only contribute if you're able to. 2020 has been incredibly stressful for many of us. Remember to make time for (remote) activities with friends, to learn new things, pick up a hobby, and especially take breaks from the news. It's OK to not be OK.
This year I was honored to be elected to the Board of Directors of the Python software foundation. The PSF is a
non-profit that aims to support and promote Python by maintaining Python's intellectual property rights and licenses, giving grants for Python conferences, meetups, and events, supporting and maintaining python.org and PyPi, and running work groups to help support the Python ecosystem.
You can support the PSF by joining one of the many active workgroups, contribute to open source (docs or code), or with your generous donations. You can stay up to date with the PSF at @ThePSF on Twitter.
These are just a handful of ways to feel connected a community when in-person events are no longer an option. The community is what makes Python so special, and I'm honored to be a part of it.
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