The PyTexas Meetup was started in the Summer of 2023 by Brad Brown, Josh Cannon, Mason Egger, and Matt Criswell. The goal of this meetup was to create a space for Texas Pythonistas to be able to meet, network, and learn from the comfort of their own home. This idea for this meetup came about when we heard that there were people who lived in a major Texas metropolitan area that were unable to attend their local cities meetup because it would take hours of travel time to get there.
For those of you unaware of the sheer size of Texas, it can take anywhere of up to 3-5 hours to cross from one side of a major Texas city to the other.
However, the PyTexas meetup is welcome to everyone! Not just Texans!
We hope to see y'all there!
Brad is currently a Fullstack Developer at Habitat Energy, specializing in Python and Infrastructure work across his career. He describes himself as a Python Engineer born from the ashes of a restaurant operator. When not working, you'll most often find him either curled up with a good book or trying to get his teenagers to go do something fun.
Josh is a Build Engineer by day, and maintainer of the Pantsbuild Open Source Build System also by day. And sometimes participates in other open source projects, Python community discussions, and conference speaking... also by day (what? there's a lot of hours in the daytime).
At night you'll catch him speding time with his wife and kids, obsessively reading Brandon Sanderson, playing Frosthaven, and laser cutting/engraving.
Matt works at a startup as a DevOps Engineer. He has previously worked at Mirantis and Rackspace holding various titles such as SRE, Ops Engineer, and Linux Admin. With a coding style that can only be described as "effortless" he puts newbies at ease by proving anyone can learn Python.
Mason is currently Sr. Technical Curriculum Developer at Temporal.io who specializes building community, developer-focused educational content, distributed systems, and Python. Prior to his work at Temporal he launched Developer Relations at Gretel.ai as the Lead Developer Advocate, and was a Developer Advocate at DigitalOcean specializing in Infrastructure-as-a-Service technologies. His engineering experience includes time as an SRE helping build and maintain a highly available hybrid multi-cloud PaaS. He's an avid programmer, speaker, educator, and writer/blogger. He is an organizer of PyTexas, President of the PyTexas Foundation, and actively contributes to open source projects. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, camping, kayaking, and exploring new places.
Test Automation Architect, Python nerd, Improv comedy nerd, father, drinker of coffee, and quoter of movies. I love sharing ideas with people, and I am action packed with opinions like an 80's action movie.