Conference Schedule

In addition to the main conference schedule below, there are two other PyTennessee 2018 events you can attend:

  1. On Friday, February 9, 2018 there will be a kickoff party thrown for us! Presented by Nashville LGBT+ in Tech and put on by the TechFed of Nashville the Kickoff Mixer starts at 6pm on Friday evening at Emma's bistro. Tickets are free and do not require a PyTN ticket to get in:

  2. And on Saturday, February 10, 2018 after the conference is over for the day, we will have a night of table top gaming with your fellow PyTN attendees at the PyTN Game Night! Food and drink will be provided, and you may come and go as you please. RSVP here:

Saturday February 10th, 2018

  Auditorium Room 100 Room 200 Room 300

Registration and Breakfast

Standard: Build Your Own Breakfast Potato Nachos

Sliced Potatoes (df, gf, v, veg), black beans, shredded cheddar, sour cream, turkey sausage crumbles, green onions, and verde salsa (df, gf, v, veg)

Vegetarian: same as standard

*Gluten-free, Dairy-free, and vegan options available


Opening Remarks


Opening Keynote: Safia Abdalla



10:15AM The Wild West of Data Wrangling
Sarah Guido
Natural Language Analysis of Song Lyrics
Anton McConville
Testing the Infrastructure
Sean Marlow
Workflow Engines Up and Running
Ian Zelikman, Austin Hacker
11:15AM Give Feedback Fearlessly
Aisha Blake
Stumbling Through Django and How Not To
Melanie Crutchfield
Git Internals
Camilo Payan


Standard: Chicken Pita Pockets

Slow Roasted Oregano Chicken (df, gf) with Spanikopita (veg) and Greek Salad (df, gf, v, veg) w/ red onion, olives and banana peppers (df, gf, v, veg) and an Oregano vinaigrette (df, gf, v, veg)

Tzatziki (gf, veg), Feta Cheese (gf, veg), Locally Sourced Sprouts (df, gf, v, veg)

Vegetarian: Falafel Pita Pockets (df, gf, v, veg)

Gluten-free, Dairy-free, and vegan options available

01:00PM The Future of Python Dependency Management
Kenneth Reitz
Settlers of Catan - Calculating The Best Starting Places
James Dozier
Hands on Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn
John Berryman
Web Scraping Like It's Your Job
Trey Brooks
02:00PM Postgres at any scale
Craig Kerstiens
Loop better: a deeper look at iteration in Python
Trey Hunner
Normal Form, Shmormal Form
Brian Rutledge
Serverless Python in AWS
Andy Cowell
03:00PM Why Generosity Turns To Rage, and What To Do About It
A. Jesse Jiryu Davis
Bad Accessibility Happens – That Doesn’t Have to Be The End
Lindsey Dragun
The best kept secrets of surviving as a newbie developer.
Nayonna T. Purnell
Using Data Science to Identify Confusion Amongst Python Programmers
Kevin Moore

Lightning Talks


Day 1 Closing Announcements


Sunday February 11th, 2018

  Auditorium Room 100 Room 200 Room 300

Registration and Breakfast


Cinnamon rolls (veg), with Fruit tray (df, gf, v, veg), and Sausage Patties (df, gf)

Vegetarian: same as standard

Gluten-free, Dairy-free, and vegan options available

09:00AM Writing Idiomatic Python: Towards Comprehensible and Maintainable Code
Jeff Knupp
Teach your websites to call for help
Dan Poirier
Emotional Intelligence for Engineers
April Wensel
Visualizing Everything in Python
Katherine Brady
10:00AM Wicked Production SQLAlchemy
Jason Myers
Alexa, a little help please?
Frank Valcarcel
Deploying your Django Application to AWS ECS
Ernst Haagsman
Developing Microservices with Flask, React, and Docker
Michael Herman
11:00AM What To Expect When You're Expiring: Safety Rules For __del__
A. Jesse Jiryu Davis
Getting started with Django's Authentication System
Julia Looney
Exposing a Neo4j Graph Database as a REST API with Flask
Blaise Gratton

Standard: Shredded Chicken Street Tacos (df, gf)

Corn Tortillas (df, gf, v, veg) or Flour Tortillas (df, v, veg) with shredded lettuce, pico, cilantro, cotija cheese, Salsa roja (df, gf, v, veg), Elote Esquites (gf, veg), Spinach Salad (df, gf, v, veg) w/ pepitas, radish and red bell peppers and a chipotle Lime Vinaigrette (df, gf, v, veg)

Vegetarian: Camote (Sweet Potato) Tacos w/ bell pepper

*Gluten-free, Dairy-free, and vegan options available

01:00PM Creating a Bittorrent Client using Asyncio
Ahmed Abdalla
Chatbot-controlled Cloud Infrastructure Management in Python
Ryan Tuck
More testing with few tests: An exploration of property based testing
Derik Pell
Pythonic Code Refactoring Session
Trey Hunner
02:00PM Type uWSGI; Press Enter; What Happens?
Philip James
Debugging Your Way to Carnegie Hall: A Critical Practice to Improve Performance
Chip Carnes
Building an Industrial Monitoring System using Python and Django
Michael Clark, Michael Hespenheide
Principles of network analysis with NetworkX
Stephen Bailey



Closing Keynote: Doug Hellmann


Raffle and Closing Remarks


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