Saturday, October 17, 2015

PYPTUG Meeting - October 27th (Data Analysis with Python, dealing with unicode)

PYthon Piedmont Triad User Group meeting

Come join PYPTUG at out next monthly meeting (October 27th 2015) to learn more about the Python programming language, modules and tools. Python is the perfect language to learn if you've never programmed before, and at the other end, it is also the perfect tool that no expert would do without. Monthly meetings are in addition to our project nights.


Meeting will start at 6:00pm. PLEASE NOTE, 6PM!

We will open on an Intro to PYPTUG and on how to get started with Python, PYPTUG activities and members projects, then on to News from the community (devopsdays, datascience lunch and learn, etc).

Then on to the main talk.

Main Talk: 

Data Analysis with Python: Financial Analysis with Pandas
by Melodie Moorefield-Wilson
Melodie Moorefield-Wilson is a Business Analyst at a financial software start-up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She got her start trading options for a financial newsletter, where she discovered the power of Python to improve her analysis.

Learn how Python's Pandas data analysis library can be used immediately to dramatically speed up your data analysis efforts with just a few lines of code. 

Lightning talks! 

We will have some time for extemporaneous "lightning talks" of 5-10 minute duration. If you'd like to do one, some suggestions of talks were provided here, if you are looking for inspiration. Or talk about a project you are working on.

We will have a lightning talk on handling unicode (somewhat) transparently.


Tuesday, October 27th 2015
Meeting starts at 6:00PM


Wake Forest University, close to Polo Rd and University Parkway:
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109

 Map this

See also this campus map (PDF) and also the Parking Map (PDF) (Manchester hall is #20A on the parking map)

And speaking of parking:  Parking after 5pm is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The official parking policy is:
"Visitors can park in any general parking lot on campus. Visitors should avoid reserved spaces, faculty/staff lots, fire lanes or other restricted area on campus. Frequent visitors should contact Parking and Transportation to register for a parking permit."

Mailing List

Don't forget to sign up to our user group mailing list:

It is the only step required to become a PYPTUG member.

Meetup Group

In order to get a feel for how much food we'll need, we ask that you register your attendance to this meeting on meetup:

UAVs and sensors at Winston Salem Project Night - October 21st

UAVs, Raspberry Pi Sense Hat

We are continuing this project. Progress has been a little slow, but we are hoping to pick this up again this coming Wednesday.

If your interest doesn't lie in UAVs:

Do you have a project you want to show off? Or do you need a second set of eyes on your code? Would you like to hack on an open source project? Perhaps you need help getting a module on a specific platform? Don't have a project but would like to help others or to learn more Python?
Whatever the case may be, project nights are your opportunity to get some help or to help others, so bring your laptop (or Raspberry Pi or whatever device that can run Python) and let's get things going
As always, plenty of projects to work on, mentoring available and interesting conversations. 


This meeting will be on Wednesday, October 21 at 6pm in the Dash room at Inmar:



635 Vine St,
Room 1130H "Dash"
Winston-Salem, NC