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PyCon 2011 Atlanta

March 9th–17th

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First PyCon Keynote Speaker Announced - Hilary Mason

The first keynote speaker for PyCon has been announced!

PyCon has a tradition of two big keynotes per conference - and last year the PyCon team and I scoured high and low to find us some excellent speakers (Antonio Rodriguez, Mark Shuttleworth) making last year be one of the best keynote-wise ever.

Well, this year we're on track to top last year! We're really pleased to announce that we've confirmed Hilary Mason as our first keynote speaker for PyCon 2011.

Hilary had been recommended to me numerous times over the last few months, and is a fantastic speaker and scientist. We're all really pleased that she accepted our invitation. Here's her bio:

Hilary is the lead scientist at, where she is finding sense in vast data sets. She is a former computer science professor with a background in machine learning and data mining, has published numerous academic papers, and regularly releases code on her personal site, She has discovered two new species, loves to bake cookies, and asks way too many questions.

You can see one of her previous talks here. We'll be adding her to the keynotes page shortly!

And as a reminder: submit your talk proposals here before November 1st!