As the tradition of PyCon, sprint event will never be missed out.

This year, we will hold the sprint event for two days on 9/23 (Fri.) and 9/24 (Sat.)!

Registration for Sprint is necessary.

Registration page


Sprint is the event for the short term and centralized software developments. Some people call it as Hack-a-thon or developing meet up. It is a great opportunity for those who are interested and passionate about the developments in a group. We can have a great discussion, communication or development together. Therefore, please catch this wonderful opportunity to share your idea and let's make a good thing done!

Sprint Theme

Theme of Sprint is below:

Theme of Pycon JP 2016 Sprint

Date and Time

  • 2016/9/23 (Fri.) 13:00-18:00
  • 2016/9/24 (Sat.) 10:30-18:00


  • Microsoft Japan (2-16-3 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0075 108-0075 Japan)
  • Seminar Room C and Seminar Room D
  • day-care center for kids (9/24 (Sat.) only): Seminar Room B

Qualification for Attending Sprint

Everyone is welcome to attend Sprint (Ticket for PyCon JP 2016 Conference is needless). Please bring your own note pc, chargers and anything you need with the developments

Guest talk session

Microsoft (venue sponsor) will give us a Machine Learning talk session. The session will be held at next room of sprints. If you interest in the session, please join it.

  • Date: 9/23 (Fri.)
  • Time: 15:00~
  • Room: Seminar Room B

Title: Python + Spark For Humanitarian Purposes


We’ve used Python services, distributed PySpark jobs, and Spark ML to build a pipeline ingesting tons of Twitter, Facebook, Instragram and other data and turning it into a location-aware decision support tool for the UN in Libya. We’ve taken that same pipeline and adapted it to help fight Dengue fever. I’ll discuss how we built it, the challenges we faced along the way, and then show you the (open-)source.


Michael Lanzetta

A Principal SDE at Microsoft, and has been working in the software industry for over 20 years. He's worked in domains as varied as circuit design and drug discovery, and in languages from JavaScript to F#, but his primary focus has been scaled-out server-side work. He has a background in demand forecasting from Manugistics and Amazon, machine learning from Bing, and distributed systems from FUSE Labs. He now works in TED as both the head of the Machine Learning working group and a developer in the Partner Catalyst Team - helping startups and labs within enterprises solve hard problems and open-sourcing his results.

Justin Bronder

A Principal Strategic Developer on the Partner Catalyst Team at Microsoft since August 2014 (and before that 1995-2003) Work on complex algorithm implementation including neural networks. Prior startup, Cardinal Optimization, implemented the all-streets-scanning solution that was used for Bing StreetView and Google StreetMaps. Did PhD work at LLNL through UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Stanford joint program.

Frequent Questions and Answers

Q: What is Sprint?

A: Sprint is the event for short term and centralized software developments. The attendees can join the section which he/she is interested and then feel free to carry out the development.

Q: What should I do

A: You can do anything you want or join others section to have a group development. We recommend you to contact lots of intelligent people to make a great thing done.

Q: What is the qualification and requirements for attending Sprint?

A: Everyone is welcome to attend Sprint. It is totally free and ticket for PyCon JP 2016 Conference is needless. But, you have to bring everything you need to carry out the development such note pc or tablets.

Q: Can I attend Sprint even if I do not attend PyCon JP 2016 Conference?

A: Sure!. Everyone can attend Sprint no matter he/she attend PyCon JP 2016 Conference or not.

Q: I am the Python beginners. Can I attend Sprint?

A: Of course you can attend Sprint. Do worry about you are the beginner. You can attend Sprint only if you want. Besides, we also have great tutorials about python programming, which is also a great start for you.

Q: What is the qualification and the requirements to be the leader?

A: It requires nothing to be the leader. If you want to make Python community more interesting. If you want to contribute to Python community. Or if you just want to share your idea. Then you are the best leader candidate and please take it.

Q: May I join the section more than one?

A: If you are interested in everything. If there are lost of thing you want to do. You can consult the leaders of each group with this kind of inquiry.

Q: Do you provide lunch or dinner

A: I am sorry for that we DO NOT provide lunch and dinner. However, is it a good chance that having lunch and dinner with your team members?

Q: May I have food in Sprint venue

A: Sure. You can have light meals or snacks in Sprint venue. I believe that can help you during the developments. But, we also hope you can keep the venue clean. Thank you for you cooperation.

Q: May I enter or leave Sprint venue after it begins?

A: Sure. But it is your kindness to keep quite when you enter/leave after Sprint begins.

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