[python-advocacy] Python Advocacy in India
tennessee at tennessee.id.au
Tue Feb 27 03:44:04 CET 2007
Dear Prateek Sureka,
My name is Tennessee Leeuwenburg. I am the Editor-In-Chief of The Python
Papers (http://pythonpapers.org). We are a small team of volunteers working
to produce a free, quarterly Python journal including articles, interviews
and academic papers among other things.
It would be fantastic to make closer ties with groups in different
countries. Currently, the editorial board is based entirely in Melbourne,
Australia, although we would love to expand to include others.
We would love to include content from India. It sounds like you may be
interested in working on a profile piece for your organisation which we
would be happy to help with and feature in our next edition. It would be
fascinating to have some insight into the development processes in India to
offer to our readers. If you have something specific in mind, that would be
fine. Alternatively, edition two contains some Python User Group articles
which you might like to have a look at.
Specifically addressing some of your points below -- decreasing the feeling
of isolation is one of the key 'mandates' if you will for The Python Papers.
Raising the profile of development in India through the journal is a first
step -- including regular articles in future editions, and fostering greater
involvement would be another.
I am sure the greater Python community would have plenty of use for
volunteer assistance, but should you be interested, we are also seeking more
assistance in creating our journal.
Our website is currently undergoing redevelopment, so the information isn't
organised as neatly as we would like. However, each edition is available
from our homepage (http://pythonpapers.org) and additional resources, such
as our "Information for Authors" document, is available from
Please let me know if you are interested in any of the above situations.
With some more thought, we might be able to come up with some more ideas for
beneficial co-operation. Your points about having connections with the
Indian Institute of Technology and other organisations indicate that a
positive response from both myself and as many other people involved in
Python advocacy as possible should be a priority.
(Editor-In-Chief, The Python Papers)
On 2/25/07, Prateek Sureka <surekap at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Jeff,
> We met yesterday at Pycon after your talk on advocacy. My
> organization Brainwave (www.brainwavelive.com) does the bulk of its
> development in Python.
> Our product is a database+web stack entirely built on Python, for
> building enterprise web applications.
> As such we spend a lot of time not only trying to recruit good Python
> developers but also providing training to our customers (application/
> solution development firms like Satyam Computers) and trying to raise
> awareness for Python in the enterprise. The fact that we have a
> commercial product and support infrastructure around it enables us to
> capture the ear and influence IT departments of large corporations
> and also other medium-large development firms who are still
> mainly .NET or Java shops.
> The India development center of Brainwave has been engaged in this
> effort for some time and so far the biggest problem has been working
> in isolation. We would like to connect ourselves with the greater
> Python community and draw on the resources and the existing advocacy
> engine to further the cause of Python in India. This could include
> volunteers who are traveling to India who know a lot to offer to hold
> a lecture/meeting talking about how they used Python, showcasing
> success stories, organizing code-fests etc etc. We also have the
> ability to lobby the Indian Institute of Technology and get interns
> to work on projects of our choice - another area where you may be
> able to help.
> Please let me know how we can take things forward.
> Prateek Sureka
> Chief Technology Architect
> Brainwave LLC
> ps at brainwavelive.com
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