About Our Sponsors

PyCon Australia gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors, without which the conference could not go ahead. If you are interested in sponsoring, please download our sponsor prospectus and get in touch!


WSP Digital

WSP Digital is the software engineering division of WSP, a publicly listed global consulting engineering company with over 40,000 employees in more than 50 countries. We work with WSP’s other engineering disciplines and directly with customers to deliver custom web and mobile applications, systems integration and IoT implementations.

Python has been our language of choice for over 6 years - in that time we've deployed Python code for clients including VicRoads, Qantas, Myer, Coles, Telstra, BOC, State and Federal Government departments and many others. We have active projects using Django, Twisted, Celery, Channels, Pandas and many other open source tools from the Python community, so we’re very happy to have this opportunity to make a small contribution in return.

Our Melbourne office employs 35 software engineers, business analysts, test engineers and project managers, including a number of interns and graduates. We take great pride in providing an environment that encourages software engineering excellence through collaboration, informed debate and learning - we believe that our commercial success is directly related to the quality of what we produce and the talent and commitment of our team.


We began in 1993 as a small Australian tech start-up. Now we're a global team of over 1,800 people across five continents - and we're still growing. We're listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, with a strong financial track record and our continuous investment in product development and innovation is what keeps us ahead of the game.

We design, develop and deliver solutions that help with life's big decisions - from getting a mortgage, planning for retirement, to trading on the stock exchange - things that make a real difference to people's lives and financial well-being. We may be one of the largest financial software providers, but we haven't forgotten our roots; we've kept the entrepreneurial spirit and agility that defined our early years - it's something we continue to look for and admire in our people.

With offices across Australia, the UK, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and Singapore, our team might span the world but we unite to deliver a shared vision - to help our clients keep their promises by providing the very best that fintech has to offer.

We are constantly looking for talented Python developers - the language is used by all development teams and is the primary development language used on our core product XPLAN.



Aarnet is the Australian national research and education network that interconnects with the global network of national research and education networks (NRENs).

Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) is a national resource – a National Research and Education Network (NREN). AARNet provides unique information communications technology capabilities to enable Australian education and research institutions to collaborate with each other and their international peer communities.


Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.


Melbourne’s newest Python destination!

Reece is an Australian icon. You probably know us as Australia's largest supplier of plumbing and bathroom products.  In fact, the Reece Group is eight distinct businesses and we use a lot of technology.  More importantly, the 140-strong reecetech team have created it. We develop our own POS, websites and apps that deliver great customer experiences.

Applying our long held agile mindset, we are constantly looking at new ways to deliver value.   We’ve recently adopted Python as a first-class language. We're now looking for talented people to join our team and help us write the next chapter.   So, if you’re ready to discover your best and be part of something big, then it’s time you got to know us a little better.

Visit us at reecetech.com.au

Specialist Tracks

University of Melbourne

IT at the University of Melbourne is world class. We offer the most exciting technology hub in the country and are home to many of the brightest teaching and research minds in the field.

Our internationally recognised IT curriculum is focused on meeting the needs of employers, and developing the IT leaders of the future. You will learn the full potential of IT to enable advancement and discovery across a wide range of domains, from medical research, to business and beyond.

To find out more visit www.msi.unimelb.edu.au.

The University of Melbourne sponsors the Python in Education Seminar at PyCon AU 2017.

Biarri Commercial Mathematics

Biarri is a world leader at solving business problems through intuitive SaaS solutions powered mathematical engines. We work with awesome people on rewarding and complex problems across Rail, Transportation, Telecommunications, Resources, and Healthcare delivering systems to make businesses more efficient.

If you want to find out more about the work that we do at Biarri and the technology that powers our optimisation solutions come and talk to us at Pycon!

Biarri sponsors the Science and Data special event at PyCon AU 2017.

Django Software Foundation

The Django Software Foundation is a US-based non-profit organisation with the mission to promote, support, and advance the Django Web framework - the Web framework for perfectionists with deadlines.

Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design. Built by experienced developers, it takes care of much of the hassle of Web development, so you can focus on writing your apps without needing to reinvent the wheel. It’s free and open source, and used by startups and Fortune 500 companies - companies like Instagram, Pinterest, NASA, and the US Library of Congress.

The Django Software Foundation sponsors sprints, meetups, gatherings and community events, protects the intellectual property of the Django project, and contributes to improvements in the Web industry, both technical and social.

The Django Software Foundation is the sponsor of DjangoCon AU 2017


Elastic builds software to make data usable in real time and at scale for search, logging, security, and analytics use cases.

Founded in 2012, the company develops the open source Elastic Stack (Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats, and Logstash), X-Pack (commercial features), and Elastic Cloud (a SaaS offering). To date, there have been more than 100 million cumulative downloads.

Backed by Benchmark Capital, Index Ventures, and NEA with more than $100 million in funding, Elastic has a distributed workforce with more than 500 employees in 30 countries.

Learn more at elastic.co.

Elastic is the Internet of Things Miniconf sponsor at PyCon AU 2017


Python Software Foundation

The mission of the Python Software Foundation is to promote, protect, and advance the Python programming language, and to support and facilitate the growth of a diverse and international community of Python programmers. The Python Software Foundation is proud to be an active supporter of PyCon Australia and its education and community outreach programs.


Red Hat's mission is to be the catalyst in communities of customers, contributors, and partners creating better technology the open source way. Free and open source creates better software. That's why Red Hat collaborates to build better technology the open source way, regardless of where it is hosted or who started it. We collaborate, and the best technology wins. That's good -- not just for Red Hat, but for everyone.

Red Hat is proud to be an active supporter of PyCon Australia and a contributor to the Python Community.


Cisco is the worldwide technology leader that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. At Cisco customers come first and an integral part of our DNA is creating long-lasting partnerships to support our customer’s success. Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) is part of the Cisco Services Organization providing post-sales technical support. In addition to providing world-class support for our customers, the TAC engineers continuously code and develop proactive automated solutions to drive network uptime for customers. There’s never been a better time to do something amazing...!

Planet Innovation

Planet Innovation exists to develop and commercialise products that have a positive impact on the world. We provide technology innovation, product development and commercialisation expertise to companies around the world and we focus on the biomedical and hi-tech industries.

Planet Innovation was formed in 2009 by four globally experienced biomedical executives who knew there was a better way to do product development. A way that focuses on your commercial outcomes as well as your technical needs. Since then we have grown to be approximately 160 brilliant, passionate and commercially focused product developers including engineers, scientists, industrial designers, technicians, project managers and QA managers.

Sports Performance Tracking

Sports Performance Tracking was founded to fill a massive void in the sporting industry. GPS analytics has been valued and used at the elite level but never filtered it's way down to the amateur or sub-elite level.

SPT launched GameTraka® in January 2015 and is now used by athletes around the globe.

From Professional Football clubs in Europe, Japan, China, Argentina, Brazil and many more to Division 1 Colleges in the USA all the way down to Amateur Football Clubs in Australia. GameTraka® allows everyone to understand their fitness levels and compare to other players during contact sports.

Used in 65+ Countries, 10 Different Languages, 8 Different Sports by 1000's of Athletes Daily

Check out what we are doing at www.sptgps.com and www.gametraka.com

2nd Quadrant PostgreSQL

Founded in 2001, the team of experts at 2ndQuadrant have continued to grow, bringing relevant industry expertise in a wide range of areas to form the largest, single collective organisation of PostgreSQL experts of any company globally. We bring this deep core expertise in PostgreSQL development to our commercial support offerings: 24/7 Production Support, Remote DBA services, PostgreSQL Consulting, Training, and various products.

2ndQuadrant team members continue to actively contribute to the development of PostgreSQL. With over 15 years of customer engagements, we are able to consistently contribute enterprise features to enhance performance, scalability, security, and stability in PostgreSQL.

Common Code

We’re 20+ programmers, designers and agile process managers with particular expertise in Python, Django and Javascript frameworks. We write, adopt and maintain codebases that drive emerging digital products.

Over the past 5 years we have built a digital community around us, wherein Common Code represents one part of a larger design, development, and strategic ecosystem. We maintain an active calendar of meetups and coding classes that ensure we have constant access to new ideas and the people who share them.

We work with notable Australian and international clients, with engagement capabilities to suit both corporate enterprise (Savvi/NBN, Cotton On, Aussie Farmers Direct, Konduko, Kogan) and lean social enterprise (Who Gives A Crap, CrowdSpot).


Develop, Deploy and Manage your Containers. Red Hat OpenShift is a container application platform that brings docker and kubernetes to the enterprise.


Twilio is a cloud communications platform for software developers to build, scale and operate real time communications in their software applications. Twilio powers the future of business communications, enabling phones, VoIP, and messaging to be embedded into web, desktop, and mobile software. We take care of the messy telecom hardware and expose a globally available cloud API so developers can interact with intelligent & complex communications systems.


Founded in 2006, Kogan.com was created by the young entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan in his parents’ garage with the vision of using technology and digital efficiency to make prices on the latest products more affordable.

As Australia's largest pure play online retailer, we see our high volume, large scale eCommerce site as an opportunity for innovation and revolution - both in technology and business.

In our fast paced, cross functional engineering team, we have end-to-end responsibility from idea to launch for all Kogan.com apps & services. Python / Django is the long standing star of our stack but we also welcome new technologies, ideas and ways of working at every level.


Troy-West are a small, delivery focused consultancy based in Melbourne who specialise in building distributed systems and are active in supporting the local tech community.