Some interesting Montreal tech events & news

Saturday May 11

Montréal Python’s Debian Release Party

Update May 23, 2013: Further to a comment from a reader, I’ve clarified some of what I posted about Debian and Python.

Also: the Debian release party  celebrated the birth of a new group, called Debian Quebec, whose aim is to make it easier for Quebec’s Debian users to meet, exchange information and contribute to the Debian project. 

If you use Linux Debian, want to learn more about free, open source software or are curious about using Python in Linux, you may want to check out Montréal Python’s Debian release party tomorrow. If you don’t know what I’m talking about and your eyes are glazing over, this event is probably not your cup of tea!

On the agenda: you get to treat yourself to a new Debian release (Debian 7  “Wheezy,” released May 4, 2013) , learn about other Linux releases and configure your computer so Python works in Linux how to set up a Python development environment. Then you can attend Montréal-Python workshops and hack with the best of them (at hackathons, of course!)

When: 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2013

Where: UQAM’s Coeur des Sciences, 175, avenue du Président-Kennedy, Place des Arts metro. Look for the Chaufferie room.

Cost: Free

Tuesday May 14

Montreal All-Girl Hack Night Meetup

This group is geared to women only, though you don’t have to be a developer to attend. The idea is to provide a social outlet for women developers and opportunities to hack on cool projects together.

Next Tuesday’s event is all about data visualization and sounds incredibly interesting. Here’s how organizers are describing it:

Trina Chiasson will give a talk about the intersection of code and art in data visualizations. She will show a few examples of gorgeous data visualizations, and then talk about how you can make them using a Javascript library called D3.

When: Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 6:30-9 p.m.

Where: Notman House, 51 Sherbrooke St. W.

Cost: Free

Register here.

Hack Journalisme Conference

A two-day conference (June 15-16), Hack Journalisme offers an opportunity for journalists, statisticians, designers and developers to team up on open data projects, and ideally, win a prize for having the best team project. The inspiration comes from hackathons. Speaking of data visualization, open data offers tons of opportunities to present complex information in useful and beautiful new ways that make it easy for viewers and readers to understand complicated topics.

While I am certain there will be plenty of bilingual folks at this event, the event’s  Web site is in French only.

When: June 15-16, 2013, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. both days

Where: Notman House, 51 Sherbrooke St. W.

Cost: $15

Register here.

WordCamp Montreal

If you blog with WordPress, are curious about it or you’re a WordPress designer or developer, this event is for you. Workshops run the gamut and there’s something for every skill level. It’s also a fun way to meet people.

The fifth edition of WordCamp Montreal happens June 29-30, Canada Day weekend. To add to the fun, you can come to a picnic on Mount Royal on Canada Day Monday, a day after the conference wraps up.

When: June 29-30, 2013.

The schedule has not been posted yet. It will probably be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days and there’s a fun get-together event on the Saturday night.

Where: UQAM’s Coeur des Sciences, 175, avenue du Président-Kennedy, Place des Arts metro.

Cost: $45 for a regular ticket (includes lunch for both days and some “fun swag”)

Buy your ticket here.

Montreal Girl Geek YouTube Channel

This isn’t an event, but it’s exciting news.

Montreal Girl Geeks has jumped on the YouTube bandwagon and now has its own channel.  This is certainly a cool way to get more women involved with technology!


One thought on “Some interesting Montreal tech events & news

  1. Michael Black

    I had to read the “Debian Python” entry a few times before I could figure it out.

    Python comes with just about any Linux distribution, certainly any that aren’t trying to be minimal. It doesn’t require configuring, and likely one can get a Windows version (just because the operating system is closed source doesn’t mean open source software can’t run on it).

    So finally I see that A) there is a local group devoted to Python. B) there is a new release of the Debian distribution of Linux. C) The local Python group decided to do something to mark the new release of Debian.

    Having this information, I then noticed that the local Debian supporters had a release party for the new release of Debian. Their posting would have been clearer, since then the Python issue wouldn’t have been part of the formula.

    Meanwhile, it looks like Slackware will be having a new release this summer, it looks about ready for a release. But despite being the oldest Linux distribution still in existence, the 20th anniversary comes in early July, there sure won’t be a local release party. If it came before the Fringe Festival, perhaps there’d be DVDs with the new release on it being passed out, but I suspect the release will come later.


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