Final Updates

posted Aug 24, 2013, 11:54 PM by Joshua Bloom

We're now just one day away from the start of the 2013 Python Bootcamp!
- We will start at 8:30am *sharp* at the Brower Center on Monday. Please plan on arriving from 8:00 to 8:15 to allow for time to register. You should bring a printed version of your registration from Eventbrite or a mobile app from eventbrite with your registration keyed up ( There will be a limited number of slots open for those wishing to purchase tickets at the door (please plan on arriving by 8:10am if you plan on purchasing tickets at the door.

- The full schedule for the bootcamp has been posted: We expect to finish formal lectures/demos by about 5:00 on Monday. People may want to stay and start their homework while others are still around to help.

- We cannot accept cancellations at this point from paid tickets. Please log into eventbite and transfer it over to someone else ( 

- We hope you can stay on Tuesday evening for a fun social event immediately following the bootcamp (5-6pm). 


- The non-virtual help desk begins at 10:15 am today (Sunday) and continues until 3pm. It is at the Brower Center. Bring your laptop!

- We'll also have a virtual help desk going at the same time, on HipChat. See

for more info. 


 - Please consider using public transportation to get to the Brower Center. Parking on the street is terrible and you will get numerous tickets. There are several garages in downtown Berkeley that charge about $15/day.

 - Dont forget your laptop and power cords on Monday.

 - We'll supply the caffeine and snacks you need to get you through Monday. Lunch will be on your own (there are plenty of restaurants in the immediate vincinity of the Center). Sorry, we couldn't afford a case of 5 hour energy drink!

We look forward to a fun and productive 3 days with you all. Get a good sleep tonight! By Monday night you'll be dreaming about indentations, snakes and spam.


Bootcamp Logistics

posted Aug 20, 2013, 7:33 PM by Joshua Bloom   [ updated Aug 21, 2013, 8:09 PM ]


The Python bootcamp is just 5 days away. We're all super excited to meet and work with you all. 

1) The Start of the First Day

  Registration/checkin will be open from 8:00am to 8:25am on Monday (August 26) and we start promptly with the first lecture at 8:30am in the Brower Center (2150 Allston Way).

2) Getting Python Installed 

   - Please make sure your installation and testing is complete before this Friday. See the Preparation pages. 
   - You will need to bring your own laptop, so if you dont have access to one now please try to secure access before Monday.

3) Getting Help before the Bootcamp starts 

  - If you get stuff on the Preparation instructions, you can get help from us following:

  - For those that can't get the issues worked out, we'll have an in-person help session on Sunday from 10:15am to 2 pm at the Brower Center.

4) Getting Help and Asking Questions During the Bootcamp

   Our HipChat room will be open and staffed during the entire bootcamp so you can ask questions of the councilors in real-time. #pyboot will be the official Twitter hashtag.
See you all soon!

Josh and Fernando

Welcome and Very Important Registration Information

posted Aug 19, 2013, 5:22 PM by Joshua Bloom

Dear Proto-Pythonista,

Welcome! This is the first of a few emails we expect to send in anticipation of the Python Bootcamp 2013, to be held at the Brower Center (downtown Berkeley) from August 26 to August 28. 

1) ACTION REQUIRED: We've had an overwhelming amount of interest this year and thus would like you each to formally register for the bootcamp through our Eventbrite site: 

Please do so by immediately to save your spot. YOU ARE NOT GUARANTEED A SPOT UNTIL YOU SIGN UP at

We ask a small fee for everyone associated with the UC and national labs to help defray costs. Industry participants will be asked to pay a few which is substantially less than what bootcamp-for-hire companies charge.

2) In the next few days we'll be sending emails describing what you'll need to do to get yourself up and running before the bootcamp. Please make sure you can bring a laptop (your own or on loan) for all three days of the bootcamp.

3) This is also the good time to start working through the official Python tutorial if you haven't already:

4) We still have some spaces available for the semester-long seminar "Python Computing for Data Science" which is an in-depth follow-on to the bootcamp. The seminar (AY250; CCN 06080) will meet Thursdays from 1-4PM (place TBD). Consider enrolling through the normal channels.

That's it for now.

Josh Bloom and Fernando Perez, on behalf of all the Camp Counselors

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