IndyPy’s 15th Anniversary: The Future of Python Meetups in a Global, Hybrid World

JFrog is a proud Community Sponsor for IndyPy (Indianapolis, Python User Group)

May 10, 2022

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Meetup Event Manager for JFrog, Ari Waller, toasts Calvin Hendryx-Parker for 15 years of Community Service

22 views May 20, 2022, To celebrate IndyPy’s 15th anniversary, the group hosted its first hybrid event since the beginning of the pandemic. Calvin Hendryx-Parker (Six Feet Up) and Michael Kennedy (Talk Python to Me & Python Bytes) co-hosted the event and discussed “The Future of Python Meetups in a Global, Hybrid World.”

The Python community is strong and steadfast. As the world continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, how will the future of Python Meetups change? Calvin and Michael will discuss how Pythonistas shifted with the pandemic and tactics for staying connected — both locally and globally.

As the IndyPy tribe has witnessed, IndyPy welcomed members, guests, speakers, and sponsors from every corner of the world during the pandemic. From Florida to California, Canada, and Mexico, IndyPy’s “regulars” reach far beyond the confines of the greater Indianapolis area.

Video Transcript

[Music] welcome everyone this is our 15th year
as a meetup doing python meetup here in indianapolis i consider us some of the old school like
awesome folks here in the community and what i’m super excited about is there are some other regulars back in the room
uh not some of the og regulars you probably saw some of the slideshow go by and i’ve not seen some of those folks but we have some of the og irregulars
who are you know you’ve joined us for the speak easy actually who in here came when we were in the boardroom at
scotty’s anybody from the scotty’s era i know he i
so i’m technically the co-founder uh clayton my brother as a founder is also a co-founder he’s at a kickball
tournament right now i think so next time you see clayton give him a super hard time for not being here for
his 15-year birthday for this uh so yeah we we have been through a lot
including a couple years of not meeting in person and i want to change that and so we’re going to talk about that as
well i’m excited to be back in person uh for the do we we have a plethora of door
prizes tonight so please make sure that you are registered oh yeah turn that
back on there we go please make sure you’re registered on if you’ve not rsvp’d on
please rsvp on there and i will be doing the normal live code drawing uh from the meeting place rsvps and
we’ve got oh cool uh meow bits we’ve got uh some pie badges we’ve got
at pi badge edges which is the new tensorflow lite like pie badge embedded embedded one
we’ve got all kinds of giveaways there’s tons of free swag at the back and ari who’s on
you can see our aria wave everybody can see there you are ari from jfrog is giving away a 3d printer tonight so i’ll
we’ll get we’ll get to him in a moment so i’m glad you all showed up must be present to win uh whether you’re online
or here in the room it’s totally awesome and again super excited you’re all here i’ve even started dating slideshow yet i
gotta find the slideshow calvin i’ll throw in uh some talk python courses if you want oh oh yeah nice so michael kennedy
that’s the voice you just heard there is kicking in a little extra so uh pretty excited about this super
awesome let me find there we go ah to help bridge that gap between virtual
and in person we are using slido tonight uh you can just go to or
2:32 or and put in indie pie as the event tag
tonight and that’ll be how i want everyone to ask michael and i questions as we do the main presentation today
i will put the slido up on one of these screens so you’ll be able to see all the questions coming in real time
from uh virtual and in the in-person folks i’m hoping to make sure we kind of level that playing field so make sure
you go and either go to the slido address there it’s like indiepi 15 slido or if you just go to
slido and put in the event tag indiepie that will take you to the spot where we’re going to have some polls we have
some questions there’s going to be some fun stuff coming up actually i’ll go ahead is everyone getting installed got
their phones especially those people online i’ve got some questions that i’m going to put up
on here for you actually i don’t know why that turned off to which computer is that
here we go yeah we’re going to so go to the slido
we’re gonna have our first poll i’m gonna put our first pull up on slido uh which is gonna be
when did you join any pie let me throw that up on some screen some place
hold on nope not that one must be this one
nope oh here we go yeah yeah it’s this one
there we go so i have the slido up there let me turn that off so everyone can see it
yeah when did you join indiepie i kind of gave a range of time frames in there you can hit the qr code up there and it
should take you right to this specific poll you still get cake oh yeah by the way
there’s cake tonight and if you didn’t know jetbrains is picking up the tab for all the drinks so thank you and thanks
to them for uh hanging out with us now my favorite stat on this whole chart right now is that this is my first indie
pie meetup i i swear to you up and down every meeting we’ve had a new person and
i consider that to be a great thing that people are coming out and hanging out actually first time people
in the room raise your hand oh david glick nice nice look at that look at all these first timers that’s awesome
they do you’re here [Laughter] you’re here you’re here with us we’re
all good now awesome so that’s our first first poll up there
uh we will be live tweeting tonight so if you are on twitter virtual or in person use the indiepi hashtag or just
app indie pie also if you have indie pie memories uh in your you know photo albums someplace
there’s actually a ton of them on a site but feel free to post those on twitter as well and use the
indie pie memories hashtag and we’ll uh you know make sure we gather those all together for our 20th uh anniversary
birthday we’ll definitely make sure we do that as well that means i think we’re seeing the uh that we’re
still seeing the slide out so you may want to go back to the slide to the uh let me let me oh man
that was that was my next uh wrong wrong i got way too many computers going on up here
here we go there we go back in the slide back in slide mode here turn turn that on so you can see me
okay yeah the wait that’s the rotating sideshow uh nope wrong one
there we go this computer for those of you don’t know it’s a ridiculous av mess up here
but i’m managing it somehow trying with grace so yeah there’s there is the twitter hashtag make sure you
follow us for all things uh python here in indy and all upcoming events that we’ll be doing
there is the indie pie memories hashtag so you probably saw the slideshow as we were coming in
some of the photos from over the years the very top left-hand photo there is
our initial original meeting that’s like my brother another six well
actually all of us worked at six feet up it was just a meeting of six we have people in a place other than six feet up um so but it kind of doesn’t meet up
right that was like early days of of indie pie and memories so
i would this all wouldn’t be possible obviously without our awesome sponsors so we’re gonna get into that right now
we’re gonna talk about our sponsorship my name is calvin hendrix parker for those of you who are new since there are
new people in the room uh i am co-founder and cto of six feet up and indy pi is organized by six foot up and
sixty yep is a python and i’m gonna read this off the thing because that’s what i do uh oh
gotta like dodge people from flying by me as well we are a python and cloud expert consulting company that helps
innovative tech leaders build apps faster innovate with ai and ml simplify big data
uh and leverage cloud technologies using modern process technologies and processes and and laura will love this
we make anything possible and we’re excited to make indy pi possible i’m super excited to have you
all here next up we have jetbrains so a big round of applause for jetbrains
not not only are they buying all the drinks
they also are doing what we got how many laura how many pie charm licenses are we
giving away two or four we’re giving away four full-time ones and then
there will be another giveaway with every single person gets a free six months yes there’s a free six months for
every single person in the room in addition to four full pie charm professional licenses
that will be given away so thank you jetbrains for being awesome the python community and to just being really great
people in general i want to thank reify health they’re one of our newest sponsors spontaneous a little bit over a
year now they actually renewed um it’s just jeff here yep i don’t think jeff did jeff show up on virtual no jeff is
not here well if you see jeff from rfi health he’s here local in indianapolis they’re
hiring and they’re like obviously so my 14 year old needs to stop using
electronics right now let me block him that’s what that that’s what that alarm was for
uh and now uh jfrog has been a sponsor now for going on three years i think at least right ari hey everybody i’m ari
waller i’m the meetup event manager for jfrog and it’s been so awesome uh being an indie pie partner going on our third
year um normally i share a short intro about who we are and how jfrog is the devops
software company with our flagship product artifactory which works seamlessly with pi pi and allows python
developers to deploy software fast and efficiently but you know what tonight i’m not going to do that tonight
all right i want to talk about how awesome it has been to really be part of the indie pie community uh let’s let’s just quickly
rewind um just even two years ago i know many of you have been here a lot longer than that based on that poll but just
two years ago when the pandemic first started and people were just feeling their way online and i remember how
incredible of an experience it was the first time this community meetup started
it was more than just the great talks and the door prizes it was something that i learned over the next few indie
pie meetings i came to is that the what was able to really transcend the ver
into a virtual environment was your community’s authentic personality really shined through and it
felt like home it became quickly uh it became quickly clear that indy pi the
community that’s been built here is really really special and i’m a meetup event manager i actually have that in my
title i do this for a living i’ve sat in hundreds of meetups literally um over the last
few years and i am here not blowing any smoke indie pie is very very special calvin
why while i know there are a lot of people that helped make this meeting up happen your commitment to the community has
really been such a pop made a positive difference in so many people’s lives here we uh
have just a sample of that but 15 years of commitment 15 years of good times and
maybe some tougher times and 15 years of both a lot of time and a lot of money
so a community of python professionals can grow and learn in a caring and accepting
environment there’s a lot to be said for that and uh i don’t know everyone seems to
have a drink tonight i have mine maybe we can lift our glasses really quick and calvin this is the strength for you and
just thank you for everything that you do for the community thank you thank you ari
you’re gonna make me cry damn it stop that well i don’t wanna i don’t i don’t i don’t wanna make you i don’t wanna make that happen so tonight we’re
actually gonna do a uh raffle for a 3d printer um if you haven’t done 3d printing before this is the perfect
entry level to that uh you can enter with the qr code that you see and the bitly link that uh you can see which
should be pretty easy to remember um it is case sensitive um and um and we are definitely excited
to be giving one of these away now i work for a big company we have a compliance department we have people on
the internet and in person i can’t give it away live as much as i would like to tonight however
you have my commitment that a winner is going to be selected randomly within three business days
that winner is going to be um contacted and once they formally accept the prize
i am going to make sure that everyone knows who that lucky winner is uh for
the 3d for the 3d printer um but uh very very excited to be again be part of this
um thank you so much uh calvin and team laura and everyone that really makes the
uh the community so special for everything that you do thank you arya so everybody make sure
you scan that code and you will be in the running for a 3d printer literally
giving away tonight like this is just for indie pie like it’s only us only you only you i promise only the people in
this room and the only people in that zoom are are eligible for this printer so don’t pass up this awesome opportunity this is the first of many
fabulous prizes this evening and thank you ari and the jetbrains crew are not jet brains good lord sorry and the j
frog crew jj j j frog we like jeff brains too it’s cool yeah they’re good people but no thank you just jet fraud
to jet frog there we go i’m just gonna i’m just gonna call a jet frog at this point no it’s a j frog for being a part
of the anti community and everything we’re doing here so i really appreciate that and thank you so much for being
with us pleasure oh yeah yeah actually we do have the the
jfrog book that you gave us we had some extras left over from python web conference so there is a
book on the list from liquid software so make sure you pick up your copy of liquid software it is on
the table those are free to take for anybody in the room and thanks again to jfrog for that if you all want to be as
awesome as jfrog jetbrains reifi health and six feet up you can become a sponsor
um i know that’s kind of blocked right now but you can email laura at six feet up who is just right there there with aura right there
or you can just go to any become a sponsor and we will get you all
signed up to help build this awesome community even further uh beyond what we have already done
uh we normally would go around the room rooms plural i guess the zoom room and
physical room but that would take a long time and we’re gonna do that tonight so make sure you join the indie pie slack
there is a bitly link there for joining the indie pipe slack and go into the jobs channel we would love to know
people who are looking for a new career change or if you’re hiring please go in there and so many great connections have
happened through indie pie actually people in the room people online raise your hand if you found a job because of
indie pie or if you found an employee because of indie pie i know there’s multiple multiple folks who have definitely benefited from the indie pie
community and i want to make sure that continues as well okay
what’s that uh yes actually you’re not the only one either
uh there have been multiple uh relationships have come out of the indie pie community as well other than just a
career opportunity so you never know i mean it can happen it has happened which is kind of crazy
make sure you are rsvp now on we are obviously moved off of if you want to be in
the running for all the rest of the fabulous prizes this evening quickly get out there and rsvp onto me
place the i o for today’s meeting and when i go do the random drawing uh it’ll be from the rsdps that are on there you
have until the end of the official presentation to rsvp to be in
the running for all the rest of the prizes that are up there uh and i will do that live code afterwards also right after the main
like michael and i doing our little like uh song and dance up here we will uh darcy raise your hand here so darcy lee
is in the room she’s with six feet up now and it’s going to be doing some quick little video testimonials uh we’ll
find her and you can actually like you know just tell tell everyone like what you thought about
and success brought you here and and how things are going so look for darcy after us all uh speaking
so speaking of that uh i think we’re ready to get on with the actual schedule of the program uh
like it won’t be super technical tonight but i am actually interested in in hearing and talking to people about the
effects of like going virtual and like the hybrid meetup and how the world’s gonna you know kind of change uh from
here on out so i brought uh michael kennedy you can hear me i’m gonna spotlight your video up there actually
before we get started i got one more poll that i want to do so mostly this is for uh
this is for folks who are on the virtual space so everyone who is in the virtual meeting
uh go to the slido right now and tell us where you’re at i want to hear where everyone is at so you should see the qr
code up there you should be able to actually go and tell us where you are at so we got san
diego’s in the house we got portland in the house obviously indianapolis is in the house because we’re all sitting
literally in the house oh thank you for someone putting uh indianapolis in there lafayette vladimir we got chicago uh
someone was actually in the district tap that’s crazy who never expected that uh boston
atlanta come on david soul you gotta register your vote in there
there we go now they’re all starting to show up look at that this is awesome there are people from all over the world
who are literally gathering tonight for indie pie our little old meet up
and uh i’m excited to have everyone here who’s not just always in the same room together so now we’re trying to bridge
that gap and get everything going here all right i’m going to turn off that
pole we’re going to go back to regular questions uh with do i have to start answering these now
is that like what starts this whole thing does it count how many ub keys or how
many two-factor hardware devices do i own you’ll never stop counting them [Laughter]
okay so the topic tonight is really around um
your meetups in the community and so i i brought michael on because i’ve really
been enjoying everything he’s been doing around the talk python to me and the python bytes uh podcast and all the
efforts he has done in the python community to train people up and i felt like it’s a good match up
here for indie pie and the fact that we have been trying to also bring a community of people together and so my i
want to actually i would love to michael i’d love you to introduce yourself real quick and i want to hear your python origin story how did you how did you
become one of us how did i uh hello everybody how did i become one of you i’m amazing
i’ll start with uh just my quick introduction so hi i’m michael i’ve given a couple of talks here over
the past couple years i’ve spoken at python webconf as i think about most the other world has given how many
tracks you all managed to put together at the same time there which is fantastic
uh i by the way i’m to some degree a temporary local i was in the pc program
at purdue for a while so up in west lafayette i know it’s not quite indie pie but if you go go north of town
yeah close closer than portland where i am now all right so uh
origin story actually before before i go on just i just want to say one more thing calvin
and laura and folks that we just had the python web conf
we just had pycon and i was going through looking for interesting topics for things to cover on the podcast and
other things to just check out and watch and i got more interesting content from the
python web conf than i did from all the pi contacts combined so thank you like
that was really really a good resource and for everyone out there and like genuinely i i like why is the this was
so much longer from the the work that you all did so thank you for that oh thank you so much yeah i i love doing
these things for the community i love bringing these people together so this is like that’s perfect but
that’s what i wanted yeah for sure all right so to answer your question origin story i
thought i should become a mathematician so hence why i was at purdue and that was a lot of fun i really
enjoyed it but i started getting into like simulations and research and all sorts of stuff with programming to like
do more math and i had this weird feeling i was working on this this project with silicon
graphics mainframes and whatnot and there was parts that were really really fun their parts like ah this is not so fun like it turned out the math parts
are the not so fun i’m like why am i doing math for them why are going to do these computers so long story short i
did programming for oh my goodness many years since um late 90s really
and around 2010 20 maybe a little bit before 2008 2009 i
i saw python becoming more and more popular and i had traditionally done c plus plus c c sharp those types of
languages and and i’m like this is such a weird language let me check it out and i was hooked soon as i saw it at first i
was like blown away like how can you have no semicolons and no brackets parentheses to keep this thing
in control but after about a week i went back to those other c based languages i’m like
they’ve lied to me what are all these parentheses and curly braces we didn’t need them they told me i needed them like and it just is such a breath of
fresh air and ever since then it’s been sort of my mission to just get really good at it
i wanted to listen to the podcast about and hear the stories when i was getting started there was no podcast at the time so i’m like well
i guess i’m gonna have to do that and try my hand at podcasting and so that is pretty much all she wrote since then
that’s awesome so when was your first picon you went to
my first pycon was either 2015 or 2016 probably 2016.
2016 would have been portland first portland well you would think it’s in my backyard
which is where i live i was spending a year in germany with my family so i had to fly back and raid the hotel in
portland and then fly all the way back to germany uh because i had rented my house for the year while i was gone so
it was a i traveled very far to come to the first pycon right by my house
i think that that speaks volumes to the dedication of people who will seek
out the python community that you could travel back from germany back to portland to come to pycon for your first
bike on and i don’t know if many folks here have experienced the you know the python conferences
the some of my favorite python conferences are actually you know early picons python’s always a classic but the
regional conferences have been a favorite of mine as well you know the pie tennessees the pie ohios the pike
colorados uh the pie gotham these are all amazing like local but
they bring in folks who will travel to them so i mean obviously i’ve been to most of those
events and it’s i find it more intimate like have you been to any of the regional conferences
i have been to some of them i would love to go to more i’m i very much enjoy pie cascades which is
the one vancouver bc seattle uh portland one and it cycles through the different uh
cities and stuff there so yeah that’s a good one so do you have any experience with
programming language conferences outside of python sure i used to yeah yeah i used to do a ton of stuff so
i would go to conference like in dc and oslo or uh other ones in london and
stuff would it be different for me to ask you to say it would be fair to kind of ask
me ask you to compare and contrast like what those communities are like compared to the python community
uh no it’s no it’s it’s uh really different the community for the pikethon based ones
pycon and the regional ones it feels much more by for and from the people
the community whereas you go to these other ones and it feels very much like well here is the vendor of this you know think
a microsoft build well what is the story that microsoft wants its people to tell you
or wwdc or google i o or any of those types of things they may be somewhat you know like ndc
might be more formed from people who are in that group but there’s still there’s like this sort
of here’s the story that we’re telling and with the python ones you go there and you just get this really different
feeling of we’re all in this together we’re just trying a bunch of crazy stuff and somehow we’ve become the most
popular programming language in the world and look it’s it’s working you know you let it out thousand flowers
bloom and you know some of them grow pretty strong and tall yeah i would agree with that sentiment
about being you know for the people and by the people that these conferences are definitely community run there’s not a
big corporate entity behind the language there never has been i felt like python grew in popularity and
almost in spite of itself like it was never attempting to be a popular language but it was one that so many
people loved and like flocked to and were more productive with that it just those same people now all
of a sudden got together in the same room together and celebrated that language and learned from each other you
know through all the various you know sessions so yeah and calvin i would say that uh
many people in the community felt that way but even guido was surprised at some of these things i
asked him why he thought the python 2-3 transition was so hard and he said well it’s the packages that
people depended upon but what we really misjudged was how many people depended upon python
as it like they just didn’t realize how important in the scale of it um
which you know if guido’s not gonna be able to guess like we’re definitely not gonna guess right yeah if you’ve
ever run into guido on the you know pycon expo hall floor he’s a very humble
person like i’m very unsuspecting and he’s always said that same thing that he never
intended for this to be the language for the world to use he was the one he built that made sense in his brain you know based on how he
thought programming should be done which i guess somehow i agree with him
on that but you’d have to know guido i think they kind of get that yeah
uh don’t can i give you one more one more comparing contrast i think i think
it’ll be fair so when we were living in germany i had
this chance to speak at this conference in london and it was mostly a sort of dot-net shop type of conference but my
topic was trying to recruit people over to python so it was like python for the net developer type
of uh presentation and i went over there and i had this chance to bring one of my
daughters who was 15 or 16 at the time along because she had school break and so like hey it’s just london it’s not
that far we’ll take the train we’ll make a week of it i’ll have a lot of fun and so we went to the speaker dinner
at the speaker dinner there were 29 guys and one girl
there who were the speakers and she was all excited to come and then she looked around and said dad where are all the girls i said
that’s a really good question and i don’t know really how to appropriately answer that
for you but you could just tell she was like ah this might not be for me and i think if i had taken her taken her
to a pycon she wouldn’t have felt that way yeah the [Music]
the landscape changed when it came to [Music] speakers at conferences for the python
community around the santa clara conference you know there was an incident then kind of the donglegate
community thing that i think shifted that pendulum back toward
we really want to encourage those who may not normally step up and want to be speaking behind the podium to be a part
of this community and actually indeep and really we can always do better but i’ve been
pretty proud of the fact that we’ve had a good number of you know underrepresented groups or you know kind
of i don’t know we’re not going for equality here because that’s still our goal but we’ve had a lot of great speakers you know who don’t look like me
which is what i want i don’t want only people who look like me up here you know talking and speaking at indie pie and so
i think the python community has made a very intentional effort to obviously take inclusivity to this like
next level um it was definitely a knee-jerk reaction i don’t if you remember that back from the it was kind
of before you because that was that was in santa clara uh but it it worked i felt like in the
python community like we had a rough year or two in there but then like i feel like the folks stood up and actually
started speaking who maybe not have before and so i find python not not only to be approachable
as the language but to be very approachable as a community right and i think a big part of that i
know there’s a conscious effort to encourage people who are not normally presenting to do so but i think that
there there’s also a good uptake for that because most people in the community are very welcoming and very open
and kind and that makes it easier to put yourself out yeah yeah when you might not otherwise
do it yeah yeah for those of you who are you know brand new to the python community at a pycon or regional conference or
even in indie pie i think everyone’s fair game to walk up to and ask any question at all there’s
no there’s no silly questions in the community and and everyone is actually excited to get those questions uh so if
you are new don’t hesitate to ask anybody else in the whole room who you know who may look like they might know
something if they don’t know it they’re going to find somebody who does and point you in that right direction
uh that’s the thing i love about the community don’t forget to ask us questions up on the slido for the virtual community or
in the in-person room that’s how we’ll be doing mainly for the questions
the next thing i want to talk about though is where do we see meetups and the social community of
people meeting on the regular like the monthly type meetup i mean we just spent
two and a half years in a virtual only world i can’t say i was super pleased
we started obviously strong you know 75 people were coming to the virtual meetup uh month one
by month 28 we were probably about 10 to 12 people i think the appetite for
virtual only meetings even you know ours which is like we do a pretty good job as i already kind of alluded to because ari
has never actually been in person for our meetings he’s only ever come to the virtual version of indie pie
michael where do we see the the world going right now are we heading back into
in person is that changing are we trying to do to sass by hybrid i’ll let you go first i’ve got some
things to say on this sure i i’m torn like where do i want it to go
or where do i see it going yeah are these these are those yeah yeah sure yeah yeah let’s talk
about both of those so i would say you know we just had pycon in person
which well first of all congratulations to everyone at the psf and and involved they had pycon in
person and that was fantastic however i think it was less than half
the people attended they limited it to 1800 people which was less than half what we had in cleveland
yeah so it’s so there’s an impact right there is an impact of go getting back together and i think there’s a lot of reasons for that
right like flights are insanely expensive and all sorts of stuff but also
you we’ve realized to some degree that we even we don’t necessarily like it we can survive
through a whole ton of zoom calls and so i think that makes people have different trade-offs i personally really
wanted to go back to pycon but i didn’t go because i just wanted to have one year of a big
conference and make sure everyone’s safe and see how it goes and no i’ll figure it out from there
you weren’t i know i know i was so yeah but the thing is i saw all the here’s the thing about the community is
right like you can go and see the talks but then i started getting the text messages hey we’re meeting at this bar
or hey we’re hiking this mountain you want to come no i’m not there i
would love like why am i not there you know so it’s it is tough i do think that we’re getting back to it but i
i don’t think we’re going all the way back i think people have there were many people who said i don’t
believe you can do remote hybrid types of things and then we were forced to and
so to some degree we’ve seen that it’s possible if not as good so i i don’t know i don’t think
we’re going all the way back but i would like it to be back i really enjoyed those events
yeah yeah i i share that opinion that i would love for us i want us all to be back 100
my main hold up on the hybrid version of this is we’ve gained a whole community of people
who are on the zoom out here so it’s it’s like there’s a whole new group of people who now are
part of indie pie who are regularly here and i want to make sure we include them because i i feel like that
they are our new community like indie pie it’s not just indy uh it’s hardly even the midwest anymore is really a
global thing we when the pandemic started and we had people joining from you know
east coast and west coast and from north africa and from europe and from mexico i mean from all over from south america i
was just i was i was floored that people first of all found indiana on any map
and we’re like okay there’s python in indiana uh and they’re here so i feel like we i have a duty
to make indie pie somehow accessible to both both audiences uh and it’s not easy
um to do this that we are doing a fully hybrid one speaker in the room one speaker not in the room
event but as people can kind of see what’s going on here like it is it is not a simple setup to make this
work so i i don’t know if there’s gonna be some new you know technology that can kind of come you know out through all
this that can help meetups bridge this gap somehow uh because i i
went to extra extraordinary efforts i think to make sure we could have it here tonight and i really wanted the people
who are online which i love seeing their smiling faces i feel like they are here with us like i’ve never met david’s soul
in person and i cannot wait and there he is like sitting there in a python web conference jersey smiling all
the way from mexico city i’m like this this is like he’s our people like he’s not in indiana
but he’s right up there as part of our community so i i want both i’m going to work hard to make both
happen i don’t know if there’s some open source projects and kind of come from this or hardware type things
it’s ridiculous what’s going on over here beside me um maybe you guys can build some python
automation raspberry pi thing to create a hybrid set up in a box i do a switcher
on my ipad that i’m using to control the two different screens that are going on in the room so that everybody can like
see everybody else going on here so i just think that the communities
are worth it it’s worth getting this group who’s remote to be part of it and also the availability of speakers like
the fact that michael didn’t have to travel here but it can still be you know joining
they had a social going on while we were all socializing in here and i just thought we had you guys up on the screen
so we could see you know kind of the brady bunch uh view of that and it was cool like knowing that there’s another
group over there who’s just kind of chatting like the other group over here yeah and we had a nice little chat for 15 minutes while you all were setting up
it was good yeah so i i think it’s definitely doable i think that right now it’s bailing wire
and shoe strings and duct tape but i think it’s going to get better and i think
conferences can do a better job at this as well they’ve already got like av teams you know recording the talks that
are happening up on the screens but they’re not doing they do zero to bridge that gap of people who are virtual into
the real room like even from the slido is a huge i think innovation standpoint that
people who are outside this room and people inside this room are asking questions at that same level um so
that’s that’s where i think that the the conference venues i think the venues probably should tackle this problem they’ve got the
infrastructure they’ve got the ability to put in place you know tools for
but we shouldn’t be professional av technicians to be able to run a meet up like this
so i think that’s coming i think that’s definitely coming uh yeah so there’s a question there’s a couple questions up here i hope you want
to like tackle those or do you have another comment there mike i have a quick comment on what you just said and then let’s tackle this
one you talked about slido and the polls and the q a and all those sorts of things
even for just a somewhat large in-person meetup like the fact that you’re adopting these
types of things can make it better there might be somebody in the bank who doesn’t want to interrupt but has the best question of the night
right and they could put it into this q a thing or the polls are people raise their hand you kind of get a vague sense
but then you get really more precise like you can participate as a group even in person
better by leveraging some of these tools that just also happen to facilitate remote
no i agree it’s so true that so many some so many times the best question the room may not be
asked because they’re not willing to kind of raise their voice for it but they’re willing to type it in a slide though and so you’re right especially
anonymous listed up there right that you don’t get right take ownership this anonymous person is very prolific with
their question asking the other thing i wanted to just second was your comment about
uh like david from mexico city me from portland and people just from around the world you know there’s
indianapolis is a pretty big city there’s there’s a lot going on there are a lot of places where people
are python developers of a community of one right and they have
no one to exchange ideas with no one to exchange inspiration with uh to get
mentorship from or to be a mentor for they’re just in their own space and i’ve heard stories over and over you know
i work at in a small town in vermont i’m the only one who does python that i know
and you know how do i connect right or i got a really nice message from a guy in africa saying
uh you know your podcast has been the python community for me i take you on walks and
i just i have no one else to be part of and so even though it’s it’s really nice to have in person there’s also something
special about making that space for everyone who is uh got a community of one
yeah i agree uh [Music] it’s just again
the fact that you have been the community the whole community for some people through your podcasts is i mean a
great dedication to bringing us all together even if it’s like a almost a one-on-one but you’re
you’ll be able to publish a podcast so easily to connect with those other human beings
it’s honestly a little nerve-wracking like i shouldn’t be the the only representative but it’s great i have other people on so they can
i can bring that in but you know it’s it is really humbling and quite amazing so yeah yeah all right let’s talk about this tackle
yeah first one up here is future venues for any pie in person meetups right now what i am what we are planning
to try and do is going to be a at least once a quarter in person meetup and the
other three being uh a or other two being a virtual meetup so there’ll still
be plenty of virtual meetups but then we’ll do i’ll put the extra effort in for that once a quarter
talking about doing it right now at the iot lab up in fishers so i’ve been talking with those folks
they’ve got a nice space they’ve got a good connection they can accommodate my crazy stuff
and so i think iot lab may be our our spot for the next quarterly in-person
meeting and we’ll just kind of take it as it goes there’s a lot of effort into making an
in-person version of this go and even more effort uh making it the hybrid fully hybrid version before pandemic six
we are the indie pie and the indie aws communities we were live streaming
what was going on in the room but it was all one way there was no two-way we didn’t have the ability for people on
the outside to ask questions we didn’t have the ability for the presenters and the speakers even we could do a panel
like this you know we could have a couple people in the room couple people on the on the on the screen and i think the this is the this is the
new way i want to be able to do this is to have this truly hybrid experience where
there may be networking there and networking here but then when we get together there’s an experience where everyone is
in in the same space i’ll call it so that is the future venue ideas right
now for indie by meetings uh tips for for hybrid meetings to go
well oh my gosh i’ve heard some so right now like for
example this this seems not specific necessarily to just indie pi but just in general for
uh meetings in your company we’ve gone all remote and so all of our
meetings are by definition all virtual although i think that there’s a difficulty when you’ve got people who
are in a room and people who are outside the room in those types of meetings that the people outside the room are rarely heard or it’s hard for them to interject
i mean yeah it goes both ways because there’s a timing issue i think with this virtual
space versus in-person space
yeah the one thing we found really helpful is the the type of usb
speaker or phone setup that’s like a you know the older type meeting room
speaker phones yeah so if you have eight or ten people around a table with that type of speakerphone feeding into
zoom or whatever then it can feed out you know what they’re talking about and that integrates it together pretty well yeah
i would 100 agree yeah if you want to speak in either space hero either space if you’re online virtual uh
you’re fully welcome to unmute and comment on this as well if you’re in the room i’ll ask that you use the
microphone so that the online people can hear you right now they only hear me um because i’m the only one speaking but if
you use this they will hear you and will help bridge that gap but it’s hard it is
not an easy thing because of that i think there’s just a there’s such a face-to-face 3d aspect to
this like michael’s very 2d to me right now okay sorry you’re very 2d [Laughter]
but you are very 3d to me so i obviously feel as a human connected to the people who are right next to me so everyone in
the room has to make an extra effort for those who are not and i think that that goes for the meetups as well as in-person
meetings so i think to do this kind of a hybrid you know python meetup we have to be able to make sure that folks in the
room are asking questions on slido they’re not just like blurting it out because that gives an unfair advantage to them versus people who are
on the virtual side of things can i add one quick thing that i know that you want to connect with alan is um
i think it’s really important that people have a decent not fantastic but a decent video and audio setup if they’re going
to be wrong oh my gosh yes like if you’re just a scratchy person i can barely hear you and just really quiet it’s if it’s if it’s draining and
exhausting to try to listen to somebody i think it’s really hard and so you know i feel like i feel very dressed up for
our presentation tonight not i mean i have an old mozilla shirt on but i mean i have lights and i have like i’m in
focus and it probably sounds good if i got the right mic set up you know i think that’s that’s a new sort of i’m
prepared for work to be here professionally that that wasn’t there five years ago
i more important than the video is the audio yes you have better you better nail your audio before you ever worry
about any video um use the oldest crappiest logitech webcam but get a reasonable microphone
that sits fits your situation if you’ve got background noise you’re getting a different mic than if you don’t have background noise like there’s there’s
all kinds of choices to make there but even if you just have the apple like old-school wired headphones
you know with the microphone on them they’re actually really good um though you will sound very clear to people and
that’s what matters is if you are heard and you are clear that makes all the difference even over being seen
obviously visuals are nice but i’m going to go out there and say that audio is the most important part of this equation
totally agree yeah all right now the most important question tonight uh drew sheppard is
asking for a friend thanks for asking questions in the room on the slide though because that’s awesome how do we bridge
the gap of the open par for folks at home um because we obviously are enjoying
drinks thanks to jetbrains although the david soules got the idea right there he obviously jeff brains didn’t buy that
drink for him but i don’t know i have i am open to suggestions i would love to understand a
better way to make that happen
so the comment in the room was drink prices versus gas prices none of you had to drive anywhere to get here so
obviously you could buy your own drink for that one i don’t know michael you got any
suggestions actually anyone in the crowd got any suggestions on the open bar bridging the open bar gap
and that’s like the milling around just chatting but what sorry about it is that like
like milling around just chatting like sort of the small talk is that what you mean i think it might be just actual
drinks we’re that i can solve yeah
i guess someone needs an app where you can just quickly buy someone else a drink they’re like you’re at a bar like
i know you’re there but i could i can send a message to the bar that the drink shows up
yeah i don’t know how to start so that other problem though is how do we solve the milling around and chatting problem
i don’t know that’s why i kind of kept the networking separate to start with like that there would be billing around chatting in here
and milling and chatting over there [Music] there’s been things pitched like you know maybe we need a little phone booth
where people can kind of go in and like quickly jump on to the zoom and if they wanted to see anybody who was there but
i don’t know what kind of uptick realistically we would have for that it just seems a lot of overhead someone had
to think about doing it another thing to set up to do so for now i’m going to make sure we
chat here youth chat there we all come together my experience with the group that before
we had a really nice chat and it was lots of people talking it’s a lot of fun i don’t think it would have gone so well
if we tried to like mix that with the audience i just yeah no that’s why i didn’t even join the audio from uh in
the room while you guys were chatting because it would have been chaos chaos would have been absolutely ensued
uh the next question actually that’s more of a comment and i harness and agree it is so weird hearing michael’s voice
at 1x speed like i really feel like i need i need to be able to hit i need to be able to hit the 2x button
here somehow because you don’t sound right to me right now kevin why do you think it’s weird that i talk so slow
that’s much better yeah there we go there we go thank you michael for accommodating us podcast listeners who listen at 2x speed
no problem okay uh
taking volunteers for help or av settings setting it up in person meetups this would be wonderful but i feel like
it needs to be an apprenticeship program that comes along with this because there’s just like a lot of
knowledge that kind of had gone into building all this av kit and i would love help absolutely if anyone’s willing
to want to be an apprentice this is more for the in-person folks who are in the room
but you’re more than just kind of being a roadie and schlepping stuff in what’s up
a meeting up to discuss how to do a hybrid meeting we are
it’s very matter we that’s a very meta question when is the meetup about how to
do a hybrid meetup is about what we should be discussing
and we’ll be hybrid i honestly think
yeah we should talk about this more because i would i think if we could build a standardized
small kit i said i know aaron so aaron brought that up just now i would love to build a small portable kit and you
talked about doing something even battery-powered which would be amazing because just be able to pull in and like drop something on the ground and
just hook up a couple of little sources and be done would be awesome this this involved you know a gopro
mirrorless camera two two outputs from my video mixer that are going up into both spots
uh i would love to simple make this the most simple version of it possible that still gets the same impact
of people being in the room so yeah uh we need to do a virtual hybrid meeting meeting up meetup
uh for us then i mean i don’t know i mean in in michael and have you gone to any
in-person meetups in portland yeah i have actually brian knock and i ran the pie con python west
meetup for sadly only for like six months before covert hit but yeah and then i’ve gone
to the main there’s a larger older one downtown and there’s been some right some other ones i used to know a couple
of the pi pdx folks but did they have they done anything special for those who are not in the room
they probably did after kovid but not before yeah
yeah it kind of not that i know what i expected the next question up there was uh
2d or not 2d that is the question uh more of a comment not a question i’m
sorry next is going to be how do you convince your company to pay
for all this new gear oh who’s the ass who asks that he says it says it says anonymous up there
is is my ceo in the room where she is i was just saying it’s like yeah i want to know
is she online where’s where she at this has been a slow building process
it’s like it’s just like it’s just the same way you boil a frog right you just turn the temperature up very very slowly
so that you can get all the things you want i think the question was more along the lines i just said
yeah yes so what who pays for that
so if you’re going to talk in the room you got to have a microphone okay i’m not it’s not worth me even repeating
let’s get to some real questions here next okay i’m new here and want to eventually
learn python until then though does this group ever work on micro controllers or languages like arduinos and c plus
uh we have such a plethora of topics to talk about at any pi but i
would love for you to submit your topic idea if you if actually this is a great way to give a talk if you don’t know
anything about it do a bunch of research to give a talk and now you’ll know much stuff about it and you can also enlighten others who
are in the room and those are great topic great ways to give talks at a meet
up like this and it’s actually those are fully valid topics for indie pie because it’s indie
pie or python bridges so many different you know areas you know from web dev to embedded
to hold on you gotta you gotta grab the microphone here
why aren’t you gonna use python for that microcontroller and use circuit python instead of sequence that’s true
that’s where my brain went was like you use python for this kind of thing anyway right nothing helps learning like a
deadline to give a talk that’s true very very true uh i would agree with that and the fear of embarrassment
i don’t know anything about that actually yeah that’s probably related to the next
question up here is uh where do you get good disco ball pants um i don’t think they make them anymore but
if you go to you can find you used to find disco wear
is it none glenn in the room is confirmed because i was wearing a pycon my smoking jacket
from the same company and we could not find it on he found it on some third-party site
and bought one so i don’t know where you’re gonna find good disco ball pants uh they’re limited edition and i got my own pair
so you’ll have to find yours supply chain issues yes
now uh by that previous question about kind of embedded stuff we used to do open tech
study hall uh with the dershims and a couple others where josh is at we roped we roped a young
yeah he moved yeah so we actually had a a indie pie attendee a young youngan
we talked into organizing our open tech study hall and so that was when we got together and literally
brought pieces of hardware and and everyone kind of like hacked on projects and drank marinate pizza and that was
fun i don’t know how you do that virtually because there was a lot of interactivity between the participants who were in here so i’d recommend that
you find a group locally and do those kinds of things where you can you know hack on something if you get like a makerspace or a co-working space where
people are doing kind of hacking like that that’s a good thing to do there in portland the portland pdx meetup they have um
they have the regular meetup then they have like a workshop night brewing your projects bring the stuff you’re stuck on and we’ll help you know we’ll just work
together to get people unstuck like hey i’m stuck on this django auram thing someone else like yeah i know django orem let me help you yeah if folks
wanted to organize an alternate you know like we were on the second tuesday if you want someone want to do like the fourth
tuesday for a hack workshop night like that i mean indie pie is not just my platform it’s for everybody for the
community so if someone stood up and said they wanted to do that i’d obviously be in support of that kind of
thing there’s a couple really important questions coming up especially the second one on the screen uh next one
though is is there anything unique or interesting that you can only do with the hybrid meetup that you couldn’t do with a fully in-person or virtual
i don’t know i i think the opportunity is that a truly hybrid meeting is
tricky to do and i don’t know if there’s anything that’s more specific
i can interject there what’s that david yes i can interject i can’t come because
if it was i think the question was as opposed to
fully virtual like you can come to fully virtual but at least now you’re here in the room with us i guess in the hybrid
space so i tried to put on the screen while you guys were networking like video of the room so you can see there’s
like other activity going on i don’t think you can do that you know just just one versus the other
i do agree the next question which is less talk more cake um i don’t know if michael if you have any final closing
questions uh or things you would want to answer i’ll take with more cake that sounds good
i could throw into really quickly to this hybrid uh thing is there’s some interesting tools that are coming up now
um you have tools that will do real-time translation to other languages so you
could reach people who don’t necessarily speak english really well or there’s also oh i want the cake i
want a piece that looks fantastic and then the other one is there’s tools like otter ai you can well get into
your zoom and it’ll take notes and like try to highlight important topics out of there and so you might be able to
document your meeting not just record a transcript but do a little bit more potentially
i’m not sure that’s a compelling reason but i think possibly live language translation maybe
that would be interesting the fact that in the room they could be translated because we could be using auto right now to transcribe everything’s going on in
the room too the trick is calvin is like because we’re facilitating this through
microphones both in the room and virtually like it’ll get captured properly right right
yeah that back to the audio is a very important aspect
all right so we do have cake uh for tonight’s participants who are i don’t know how to spin cake through the camera
i tried just there a second ago but you know all the best you could do was see it you couldn’t even smell it was it
fungible or non-fungible that cake picture is that a non-plungeable cake i don’t
know i don’t want to share it now non-fungible all right
so i want to thank michael so much for being with us tonight at indy pie in our 15th anniversary everybody give a big
round of applause there’s a huge huge round of applause going on here in the room
uh one more thing thank you everyone