On October 28-30th, you can expect 3 days packed with dozens of incredible talks, tutorials, sprints, and social events, just to name a few! You don’t want to miss out on engaging with the global open-source community. Check out the schedule and events below!



Expert Briefings | October 18th and 20th

Before the main PyData Global conference, the committee ran an Expert Briefings series- these were presented by individuals who are key contributors to the PyData community and have extensive experience in their respective domains. It was in the format of a short presentation (15 mins) on the state of the art in their area of expertise, and a discussion session afterward. Recordings of these sessions will be made available to attendees throughout the conference!

Sprints | October 28-30

PyData global is hosting multiple sprints for open source projects. Each sprint will have a project maintainer leading the sprint to help guide the contributors throughout the session.

What are Sprints?

Development sprints offer an opportunity to enhance and contribute to open source projects in a focused session with the project maintainers. It is a fun exercise that helps open source projects to improve with the help of the open source community.

Who can participate?

ALL experience levels are welcome to participate. Contribution guides and environment setup instructions are provided with each sprint.

Sprints Schedule

You can access the schedule of the sprints using this link.

The duration of each sprint is 4 hours.

Communication Channels

Every sprint will have its own channel on slack. Contributors should enroll in those slack channels to receive the list of issues to work on and have a space to discuss their progress with the maintainers.

During the sprint, there will be a dedicated zoom call for that sprint which will be used for sprint introduction. Participants will be divided into breakout rooms where a maintainer will come over to support attendees when needed.

Before the Sprint
It is crucial to read the documentation and environment set up instructions to have a productive sprint. If you’re facing any issues in setting up your environment, please use slack to ask for support in setting up the environment before the sprint begins.

Which Projects are Sprinting?

In PyData Global 2021, 7 projects will have separate sprint sessions with some of its awesome project core developers and maintainers!

PyData Meetup Organisers Social | October 29 5:30-6:30pm UTC

PyData Meetup Organisers event is a social gathering for existing, new and upcoming meet-up organisers. Come together for a fun chat to share your past experiences, learnings and make new friends. Since this is a social event everyone is encouraged to bring a drink which is well known in their country and virtually share them with everyone else. Please note that this event will happen in Gather Town and ticket holders should have access to Gather space.

  • A few points we’d be discussing throughout the event:

    • Intros by organizers around the world
    • How long have you been running the meet-up group and how many meet-ups you’ve had so far?
    • What difficulties and challenges you faced when you started?
    • How to get someone to sponsor your meet-up? Ex: Meet-up space, food & drinks, speakers etc.
    • Have you ever got someone to contribute/donate to NumFOCUS via meet-up?
    • Good practices on how to make companies/organisations aware of NumFOCUS and it’s work
    • How COVID-19 pandemic has changed the dynamics and engagement of the meet-up?
    • What was the most interesting meet-up you’ve held?
    Obviously these aren’t the only points we’d be discussing and the agenda is not restricted to above points. We’ll see where the discussion will head towards and make the best out of it.

BoF (Birds of a Feather) Sessions | October 28-30

Birds of a Feather sessions (or BoFs) are informal gatherings of like-minded individuals who wish to discuss a certain topic without a pre-planned agenda. For example, BoFs allow groups to meet and discuss issues relating to regular conference sessions and talk out common problems facing the community. But BoFs don’t need to be about the community or even PyData, they may also be held to share your local favorite chocolate or coffee with each other or discuss knitting patterns.

Have fun and learn! BoFs exist to provide attendees with an inclusive, informal environment in which to share ideas freely. BoFs can be serious, and a great way to gather the people you’ve been working with remotely on a project in a space to deep dive on a topic, but they can also be fun as well.

  • How to run a successful BoF

    • Be respectful of scheduled BoFs
    • Encourage participation from attendees and get everyone’s input
    • Split the group if your BoF gets too big so everyone can be heard
    • Collaborate with BoF owners if you want to propose similar topics
    • Ask a speaker to mention your BoF if the topics are complementary to raise awareness

    How to Attend?

    • BoF will be happening in Gather Town and you can find the BoF runners in the Unconference room South of the Bar. Ticket holders will have access to Gather space.

Executives at PyData | October 28, 3PM UTC

Executives at PyData is a facilitated session for executives and leaders to discuss challenges around designing and delivering successful projects, organizational communication, product management and design, hiring, and team growth.
Ticket holders for PyData Global are welcome to bring a non-ticket-holding colleague such as a leader or manager to this special session to encourage valuable conversation. Organized by Ian Ozsvald (London) and James Powell (New York).

Ian Ozsvald is a Chief Data Scientist and Coach, he’s helped co-organize the annual PyDataLondon conference with 700+ attendees and the associated 11,000+ member monthly meetup. He runs the established Mor Consulting Data Science consultancy in London, gives conference talks internationally often as a keynote speaker, and is the author of the bestselling O’Reilly book High Performance Python (2nd edition). He has 19 years of experience as a senior data science leader, trainer, and team coach. For fun, he’s walked by his high-energy Springer Spaniel, surfs the Cornish coast, and drinks fine coffee. Past talks and articles can be found at:

James Powell serves on the board of NumFOCUS as co-Chairman and Vice President. NumFOCUS is the 501(c)(3) non-profit that supports all the major tools in the Python data analysis ecosystem (incl. pandas, numpy, jupyter, matplotlib, and others.) At NumFOCUS, he helps build global open source communities for data scientists, data engineers, and business analysis. He helps NumFOCUS run the PyData conference series and has sat on speaker selection and organizing committees for over two dozen conferences. James is also a prolific speaker: since 2013, he has given over seventy conference talks at over fifty Python events worldwide.

Pub Quiz | October 28 & 30

Join us for one of the two Pub Quiz sessions, all attendees are invited to participate in this social event. The Pub Quiz will happen in the bar on Gather. Come as a team or find one when you arrive, it’s up to you. Each table is a Gather private space so you can discuss answers with your team. Show off your knowledge and learn something new. Check the schedule so you don’t miss it and prepare for the Inquizition!

Brought to you by Quizmaster James Powell

Supply Chain Bot Tournament –  Kickoff | 11:00 UTC

This is the kickoff session for the Supply Chain Bot Tournament. We will record it, so no worries if you are not able to dial in, you will be able to join the game nonetheless. We introduce you to the game and will walk you through the complete setup so you can start hacking to automate your supply chain. We guarantee you, it is easy to start and you will have a whole lot of fun!

Social Hours | October 28-30

What time is it? Oh, it is social o’clock! Let’s use this opportunity and login into Gathertown and socialize. Choose a nice character, grab a coffee or whatever beverage you prefer, switch on your camera, and unmute. Do you know the Pac-Man rule in on-premise conferences? Yeah, let’s do the same in gather: Always try to not close the circle when talking to each other, but keep a spot open for anyone to join and just listen. Somebody is joining your circle? Stop talking for a second and say “hi”, and introduce yourself. You are walking around not sure how to start socializing? Just walk to the next group and burst into the conversation, in this hour it is not impolite, that’s how you know it is working!

Social Hour Schedule

You can access the schedule of the social hours here.

  • October 28th:
    • 2am UTC
    • 12pm UTC
    • 6pm UTC
  • October 29th:
    • 2am UTC
    • 12pm UTC
    • 7pm UTC
  • October 30th:
    • 2am UTC
    • 12pm UTC
    • 8pm UTC