Yesterday the SciPy'19 conference ended. It was a lot of fun, and very productive. You can really feel that there's a lot of energy in the community, and that it's growing and maturing. This post is just a quick update to summarize Quansight's presence and contributions, as well as some of the more interesting things I noticed.
A few highlights
The "Open Source Communities" track, which had a strong emphasis on topics like burnout, diversity and sustainability, as well as the keynotes by Stuart Geiger ("The Invisible Work of Maintaining and Sustaining Open-Source Software") and Carol Willing ("Jupyter: Always Open for Learning and Discovery") showed that many more people and projects are paying more attention to and evolving their thinking on the human and organizational aspects of open source.
I did not go to many technical talks, but did make sure to catch Matt Rocklin's talk "Refactoring the SciPy Ecosystem for Heterogeneous Computing". Matt clearly explained some key issues and opportunities around the state of array computing libraries in Python - I highly recommend watching this talk.
Abigail Cabunoc Mayes' talk "Work Open, Lead Open (#WOLO) for Sustainability" was fascinating - it made me rethink the governance models and roles we use for our projects, and I worked on some of her concrete suggestions during the sprints.