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Registration Desk: Getting your Badge

written by Peter Hoffmann on 2017-10-23

Early registration and handout of the badges will be already open on Tuesday from 16:00-18:00. So if you are already in Karlsruhe just drop by and get your badge. If you like, you can also help a with the conference setup.

On Wednesday the registration will be opened at 8:00. There will be 5 lanes to get your badge. The badges will be ordered by LAST NAME. Badge-Distribution: 5 buckets: A-E, F-J, K-N, O-S, T-Z

Badges are printed for all tickets purchased and assigned by Friday 20.10.2017 Changes made later will not show on the badges. In case you cannot find a name and badge, just go to the desk manager and we'll take care of it.

Fin Aid

written by Peter Hoffmann on 2017-09-12

As part of our commitment to the Python community, we are pleased to announce that we offer special grants for people in need of a financial aid to attend PyCon.DE. Please follow the instructions below to apply for a grant.

Financial aid is sponsored by Python Software Foundation (PSF) and EuroPython Society (EPS).

We offer financial aid conference grants for up to 400€ per participant, which can cover:

Ticket: A student or standard ticket for the conference (including access to talks, trainings, sprints, lunch and coffee breaks refreshment) with a speaker discount.

Travel costs: We will cover the travel costs pro rata, depending on what you are applying for.

Accommodation: We can cover the accommodation costs in an appropriate reasonable ho(s)tel price range.

Note: The social event is NOT included in the PyCon.DE 2017 conference tickets. You will have to purchase separate tickets if you want to attend the social event.

Grant Eligibility

Our grants are open to all people in need of financial aid. We will specifically take into account the following criteria in the selection process:

Contributors: Accepted speakers/trainers of PyCon.DE and all who contribute to PyCon.DE and/or Python community projects.

Economic factors: We want everybody to have a chance to come to PyCon.DE, regardless of economic situation or income level.

Diversity: We seek the most diverse and inclusive event possible.

How to apply

Please fill in the PyCon.DE Diversity Scholarship Application Form.


The financial aid committee is planning one decision round.

The deadline for submitting the applications is 2017-10-01.

Applicants will be notified by e-mail around 2017-10-10.

Refund management

Free ticket: The individual coupons will be generated for a free ticket.

Accommodation / Travel grant: All grants involving reimbursements will be done by money transfer after the conference. Please email your receipts (invoice, plane/bus/train ticket or other approval email) to and bring your passport or ID card, when requesting the reimbursement.

The financial aid grants will only be made available to registered attendees actually attending the conference. Transfers to other people are not possible.

If you find that you cannot attend the conference for some reason, please send an email to informing us, so that we can allocate the funds to someone else.

Thank you.

See you at PyCon.DE in Karlsruhe!

PyCon.DE Data Science Meetup

written by Peter Hoffmann on 2017-09-02

Inovex is known for their great meetups in Karlsruhe. We are very happy that they joined PyCon.DE as a Meetup Sponsor.

There will be a data science meetup at the evening of the first conference day (wednesday 25.10.2017) with the following speakers:

Florian Schild (

Florian Schild is an Artificial Intelligence expert. He was an officer in the Air Force, researcher for the Ministry of Defense, worked in established companies and young start-ups – including from Düsseldorf where he build up the AI-Technology. In his talk, he shows how artificial intelligence can be applied in companies. He provides valuable impulses, such as the conceptualization of AI products and strategies, the development of agile AI teams and the automation of business processes. With his company boot.AI Florian prepares companies for the new digital age so called artificial intelligence.

Marcel Kurovski (inovex)

“People buying X also bought Y”, “Discover Weekly”, “Top 10 for You” - personalization of online services by recommendations surrounds everyone in daily life. To personalize content Amazon, Spotify, Netflix and many more use Recommender Systems and Machine Learning. This development comes along with another remarkable trend around learning machines: Deep Learning. Almost daily we hear about the tremendous progress that makes humans obsolete in more and more domains: skin cancer detection, No-Limit-Hold'em Heads-Up Poker, or speech recognition (No, not yet another Alpha-Go example).

During his master thesis at inovex Marcel Kurovski studied the application of Deep Learning for Recommender Systems. He investigated interesting approaches in this emerging research area. In addition, he developed a system for vehicle recommendation in TensorFlow based on data from a large German online market that extends Google’s Wide and Deep Learning approach. In his talk Marcel will share his insights and those of other big players with you. He will also share his impressions from the very recent ACM RecSys Conference 2017 in Como which is the leading conference for recommender systems.

PyCon.DE @ ZKM Open Codes Exhibition

written by Peter Hoffmann on 2017-09-01

The PyCon.DE Karlsruhe becomes a partner of the ZKM - Open Codes exhibition:

  • The hands-on tutorials take place within the exhibition.
  • Every PyCon.DE participant gets free access to the museum.
  • We will organize guided tours through the Open Codes exhibition.
  • Access to the film presentation All Watched over by Machines of Loving Grace within the Open Codes exhibition on thursday 26.10.2017.

Open Codes

With the Open Codes. Living in Digital Worlds exhibition (Fri, 20.10.2017 – Sun, 05.08.2018), the ZKM | Karlsruhe is once again addressing the subject of digitalization and the recording of the world through the binary code.

To understand the world we inhabit To understand the world we live in To understand the world that sustains us

Today we live in a globalized world that is controlled and created by digital codes. From communication to transportation (of people, goods, and messages), everything is guided by codes that use electromagnetic waves and computers. Mathematics and mechanics have created a new tool-based world, erected by engineers, physicists, and programmers.

From the binary code (Leibniz) to Morse code, from cosmic code to the genetic code, we live in a world of codes. This exhibition, a collection of artworks and scientific works gives you the opportunity to get an insight into this world and to better understand it. The exhibition will be a mix of a laboratory and a lounge, a »Club Mediterranée«, and a learning environment.

We would like to test new and perhaps unusual education and learning formats with our visitors, and create new approaches to knowledge in a relaxed atmosphere that stimulates learning. Programming, learning with bots and other new technologies should no longer pose a limit to education. Everyone should have the chance to understand what lies behind today’s digital world. Whether with free entry to events, snacks and drinks at the museum or natural work in the museum field – the exhibition will change the approach to museum installations as an educational policy experiment in the area of »Audience Development«. The museum will, in the true sense of the word, be well worth a visit.

Artworks and scientific works based on digital as well as on analog codes are presented in the exhibition. The works visualize and explain the complex dynamics of code, and the way in which they are increasingly shaping the way we live and perceive the world.