PSF Fellow Nominations
PSF Fellow Nominations are added to this page. Please send your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org .
More info about the nomination process can be found here: https://www.python.org/psf/fellows/
Please add new nominations here and also post them to the psf-members mailing list.
Example Entry: Joe User
I, John Doe, propose that Joe User be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to the Python community as a co-founder of the PyCon Foobar regional conference, a lead organizer for the 2011 and 2012 editions of the Marsian Python community's flagship Python conference, MarsPython and as a long-term contributor to international collaborative efforts amongst the Marsian Python community.
2019 Q1 Nominations
Azize Sernur Poyraz propose that Can Umay be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to their significant contributions to the Python community as a founder and volunteer instructor of the Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University Biltek Artificial Intelligence Community from November 2017.
NOTE: we received ~25 other nominations from the students of this teacher - they are all the same text as this one ^
I, Hugo van Kemenade, propose that Christoph Gohlke be recognised as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to the Python community by generously building and providing, for nearly a decade, unofficial Windows binaries of many open-source extension packages for the Python programming language.
This has helped many people develop for Python on Windows, where it is difficult to set up a compiler to build C code. Not only has this helped new developers get started with Python, when faffing with a compiler could make some give up on Python altogether, it helps experienced developers too, especially for scientific Python. Christoph also provides official Windows binaries for the Pillow project for each quarterly release, and runs tests, reports and fixes Windows bugs.
I, Noah Alorwu, propose that Michael Young be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation. Michael Young has served the Python community through extraordinary efforts in organizing Python events including the first Pycon Ghana, publicly promoting Python, and teaching and coordinating others. Michael's efforts have shown leadership and resulted in long-lasting and substantial gains in the number and quality of Python users, and have been widely recognized as being above and beyond normal volunteering.
I, Noah Alorwu Alorwu, propose that Mannie Young be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation. Mannie Young has served the Python community through extraordinary efforts in organizing Python events including the first Pycon Ghana, publicly promoting Python, and teaching and coordinating others. Mannie's efforts have shown leadership and resulted in long-lasting and substantial gains in the number and quality of Python users, and have been widely recognized as being above and beyond normal volunteering.
My name is James Atadoga, Strategy and Logistic personnel of Python Abuja. I want to propose that Nnamdi Okoro is recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation due to his significant contributions to the Python community in Nothern Nigeria.
He currently serves as the Coach of Django Girls Minna, Django Girls Funtua, Django Girls Zaria, Django Girls Abuja and as the lead organizer for the Python User Group in Minna. Nnamdi is a hardworking individual that has sacrificed a lot for the Python Community in Nothern Nigeria.
I, Tomas Pytel, propose that Marek Mansell be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to the Python community as co-founder and lead organizer of the PyConSK conference for the 2016,2017 and 2018 editions of this Slovak Python conference. Marek have played a key role in creating EduSummit, a unique feature of PyCon SK conference designed to promote the Python as the new alternative for IT teachers in Slovak high schools and universities.
I, Gemma Pickup, propose that my husband Gary Pickup (email: email@example.com) be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation. Gary has been voluntarily teaching young people how to code (Python is his favourite) since early 2017 at a school Code Club (Spring 2017 to current) and between Autumn 2017 & Summer 2018 at MadLab Manchester (see: https://madlab.org.uk/2017/09/revenge-of-the-code-club-episode-iii/ and https://madlab.org.uk/groups/code-club/ ).
As well as voluntarily teaching young people how to code in Python he also runs his own website (www.geektechstuff.com) where he posts about his endeavours. His favourite programming language is Python and he has a whole section devoted to the language (see: https://geektechstuff.com/category/python/ ). He has used holiday days (leave) from work so that he can learn more about Python and has shared this enjoyment with his website visitors (see: https://geektechstuff.com/2018/12/12/pythonskills-appenddeveloper-python/). His website has over 1000 unique visitors a month, something he is very proud of (he is often impressed that people read what he has written).
Dr. Martin Skarzynski
I, Michael Chambers, would like to nominate Dr. Martin Skarzynski to be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation for his teaching efforts and advocacy for the use of Python in the scientific community. As a member of the National Cancer Institute, Martin has championed Python as a necessary tool for the modern biologist. He teaches an introductory course to Python at the National Institutes of Health twice a year to encourage the language’s adoption in the laboratory and his enthusiasm is simply contagious. He is also active in the development community, with contributions to several GitHub projects and the development of his own pip package, modulr. Martin is a lifelong learner and inspires his colleagues to stay curious and to continually explore the advantages that Python has to offer to the scientific field.
I, Jamiu Salimon, propose that Corey MS be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to teaching Python thru his YouTube Channel.
2018 Q4 Nominations
Aina Anjary Fenomamy
I, Thomas Ayih-Akakpo, propose that Aina Anjary Fenomamy be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to her contribution to the Ladies in STEM initiative in Antananarivo, Madagascar. She’s the lead coordinator of the PyLadiesTNR group and DjangoGirlsTNR workshops (in Antananarivo, Madagascar) since three years now.
I, Noah Kantrowitz, propose that Elana Hashman be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to her significant contributions to the Python community as a maintainer of auditwheel and the broader wheel packaging ecosystem. She has also championed the teaching of Python at her university and at other events around the world, and through the OpenHatch mentorship project.
I, Adam Fast, propose that Jeff Triplett be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation due to his significant contributions to the Python (and Django) community as a co-founder of DEFNA and long-time organizer of the DjangoCon US conference (2015-2018, plus stepping in last minute to chair 2014), the organizer of the Django Birthday conference, and his long time mentor ship of those in the community who desire to learn conference chairing, organizing and how to become better Python programmers. He serves as the President of the Django Events Foundation North America which he co-founded to facilitate DjangoCon US and he was also recently elected as a PSF Director. The Python Software community is very fortunate to have Jeff applying his talents and putting in so many of his hours to see it be a better place.
I, Mariatta Wijaya, propose that Zachary Ware be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to the Python community as a Python core developer since November 2013. Zachary is one of the few active core developers focusing on Windows environment, the maintenance and improvement of the buildbots, and a friendly voice to contributors to CPython. Zachary also helps with improving Python documentation and Python developer's guide.
I, Katuri Charles, propose that Humphrey Butau be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to their significant contributions to the Python community as a founding member and chairman of the Zimbabwe Python User Group. He has endeavored in bringing the use of Python and related technologies into all spheres of Zimbabwean Society. Through his efforts, Zimbabwe has hosted 2 Pycon Events, a Django Indaba and is on track on hosting a the third edition of Pycon in Zimbabwe. He has encouraged the ordinary Zimbabwean to take up Python Coding as a skill. A special mention of this has to be made for his participation in setting up and running Django Girls Coaching Events. His selfless dedication goes above and beyond after you take into account he has to do this in a tough economic environment(Mind you the price I paid for Pycon 2018 is now worth less than half its value than what I paid for initially). He is keeping the Python Community alive and well in Zimbabwe. The only other similar community that exists is Wordpress, but it does not come close in comparison with what Humphrey & Team have achieved.
But lets not forget, he must be one of the few people who writes code exclusively using Vi in Zimbabwe. That deserves an award in itself.
2018 Q3 Nominations
I, Muhammad Abdullahi, hereby nominate Raji Abdulgafar as a fellow of the python software foundation, due to his significant contributions to communities like python minna and python abuja. He impacted numbers of people at the python minna maiden edition in may, he preaches introduction to python for infosec. He was a coach at django girls minna early February.
I, Rahul Jha, propose that Florian Bruhin (aka The-Compiler) be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to the Python community, mainly in the form of qutebrowser, which is a cross-platform web browser with vim-style key bindings and a minimal GUI written in Python using PyQt - for which he also received a CH Open Source award in 2016. He is also a long term contributor and maintainer for pytest and also helped out in the development of PySide. Amongst his other achievements, he is also an operator in the #python IRC channel which reflects his love and eagerness to help fellow members of the community.
Apart from his in-numerous contributions to the Free and Libre Open Source Software, he has also mentored many people through the means of various open source programs, like Google Summer of Code, Rails Girls Summer of Code, etc and having experienced the depth of knowledge and the love of teaching he has during my time being mentored by him for Google Summers of Code 2018, I believe becoming a Fellow of the PSF would help him become even more valuable to the community.
I am self nominating myself to be a PSF Fellow. I have a degree in Computer Engineering and I run a foundation here in India to help beginners in programming and computer science. I am initiator of Django Girls Nagpur, Django Girls Bhopal, Django Girls Nashik, Django Girls Amravati Chapters and one of the organisers for Django Girls Ouagadougou (Africa). Also, I have started a unique 3 day Python Programming BootCamp known as 'Letspy', Formerly known as 'PyCamp'. I have helped more than 1000 beginners to learn about Python and Django within an year. Please check out this teaser video of India's Biggest Python Programming BootCamp featuring myself- https://1drv.ms/f/s!AvtJobFTKrOxqiSjSIZevTLf1QQd Also, you can view my other social media profiles (twitter- @anubhamane). I strongly believe in Python and I am glad that I am associated with it and helping beginners to dive into Python!
I, Shashank Kumar, propose that Sanyam Khurana, be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to their significant contributions to the Python community as a co-organizer of PyDelhi community since 2015, conducting bi-monthly meetups. He has been a core-organizer of PyDelhi Conf, PyCon India 2016, 2017 and volunteer for PyCon India 2015, which is the biggest conference in South Asia.
He has been actively contributing to CPython and is a bug triager for Python. He is also an active contributor to various projects in Mozilla & GSoC Mentor for Debian. His commitment towards community can be seen during weekly regular meetups in and around Delhi during which he helps other organizers. He has been sharing his experience and journey through Open Source Contributions with the community and helping folks out to get started with the same.
Sanyam Khurana - firstname.lastname@example.org
 https://pydelhi.org/  https://conference.pydelhi.org/  https://in.pycon.org/2016/  https://in.pycon.org/2017/  https://in.pycon.org/2015/  https://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-committers/2017-December/004977.html  https://github.com/Mozilla  https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/projects/#5056989357408256
I (Daniel Pyrathon) would like to nominate Grace Law for Q3 community awards, below I have outlined some of her achievements:
SF Python With over 11,000 members signed up, SF Python is a community that organizes bi-weekly meetups. The organization has helped host Startup Row and has had amazing speakers such as Lukasz Langa, Raymond Hettinger, Alex Martelli to name a few. The meetup has a great mix of people: some are beginners that are in interested in learning a new skill, others are seasoned engineers that come to mingle. It's a beautiful community that I'm proud to be part of, and without Grace, it wouldn't have existed at all. Grace is the main organizer, everyone has heard about her, she has been running this meetup for the last 9 years. This is what she does for the event:
Reaches out to potential sponsor companies to find venues to host SF Python meetups Reaches out to potential sponsor companies to find food sponsors She connects people together Even though she does not have a technical background, she strives to learn and understand technical topics to stay up to date on what's going on in the Python community Reaches out to meetup attendees and tries to get them involved with running the meetup, giving everyone a chance to step up. Handles all logistics for anything that may be needed Is proactive about schedule organization, responding to any request that may appear on meetup.com She is proactive when any sudden change of plan happens She reaches out to speakers that she would love to see speaking and she encourages them to speak She is the first to come and the last to leave PyBay
Grace invented PyBay! She also takes a lot of personal and financial risks to make PyBay succeed She finds solutions for when I or other organizers screw up and are not available She pushes to collaborate with organizations that can improve the diversity (gender, ethnicity, and social background) in the Python community.
Stefan Behnel (elected 2018)
I, Yury Selivanov, propose that Stefan Behnel be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to their significant contributions to the Python community as a lead maintainer of Cython -- a Python-to-C compiler. Cython is a go-to tool for the scientific community and, I believe, a lot of Python success can be attributed to its existence. Stefan is also active on Python mailing lists and our bug tracker, reviews PR and contributes many improvements and bug fixes.
self nomination Arink Verma has served the Python community by making available code, tests, documentation, or design, either in a Python implementation or in a Python ecosystem project, that 1) shows technical excellence, 2) is an example of software engineering principles and best practices, and 3) has achieved widespread usage or acclaim.
David Markey (elected 2018)
I, Dr Paul O'Grady, would like to nominate David Markey as a fellow to the Python Software Foundation. Dave has been involved with the Python community in Ireland for more than 8 years now and has been a member of the Python Ireland Committee for most of that time, Dave has also been Chairperson during 2016 & 2017, and is currently treasurer.
Dave has ran our PyCon Ireland Conference (#PyConIE) during his time as Chariperson (which is one of the biggest indigenous software conferences in Ireland) and has been involved in running the event and our monthly meetups throughout his time on the committee. I think Dave could add a lot to the PSF and becoming a Fellow would be a great recognition of his stellar work in our community.
Eduardo Mendes (elected 2018)
I, Regis Santos, propose Eduardo Mendes as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation. Eduardo is creating "Live de Python" an important Youtube channel to teach Python and its advances features for the Brazilian community.
I, Bruno Rocha, propose Eduardo Mendes to be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his efforts to teach Python and contributions to the Brazilian Python community.
Eduardo is responsible for "Live de Python" one of the most watched Pythonic Youtube channels in Brazil and lots of people are learning Python with him who for more than one year is streaming weekly live coding sessions teaching important features of Python and its ecosystem.
I, Kyle Felipe, propose Eduardo Mendes to be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his efforts to teach Python and contributions to the Brazilian Python community.
Eduardo is responsible for "Live de Python" one of the most watched Pythonic Youtube channels in Brazil and lots of people are learning Python with him who for more than one year is streaming weekly live coding sessions teaching important features of Python and its ecosystem.
I, Silvio Ap Silva, propose Eduardo Mendes to be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation.
Due to the channel "Live de python" on youtube where he teaches python to the Brazilian community and you channel on telegram, where every day hay solve a lot of doubts of new students and some professionals using python.
I, Luiz Lima, propose that Eduardo Mendes be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation. Eduardo is the creator of "Live de Python", a Youtube channel on which he livestreams weekly coding classes regarding Python's features and use cases. He has also been an organizer for the 2018 Python Sudeste conference, also ministering a tutorial for functional programming with Python. His impact on the brazilian community grows by the day, as his content is clear and concise, being immensely useful for new learners, and people drawn from his channel are encouraged to interact and discuss, even proposing subjects for future livestreams.
Claudiu Popa (elected 2018)
I, Mariatta Wijaya, propose that Claudiu Popa be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to the Python community as a long-time and currently only active maintainer of pylint, a popular Python static analysis tool, Pylint. Pylint is widely used and has existed for more than 15 years.
Claudiu also made several contributions to CPython. In addition he founded the Romanian Python user group.
Andrew Godwin (elected 2018)
I, Russell Keith-Magee, propose that Andrew Godwin be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to the Python community.
He has been a member of the Django Core Team for 8 years, and has been responsible for driving the development of several major features of the framework, including the Schema Migration framework, and the recent development of the Channels asynchronous framework. His work in Channels has led to him being instrumental in in driving the ASGI standardization process. Django has been made materially better by his contributions.
He has been a frequent speaker at international Python conferences, and was involved in the organisation of North Bay Python.
I, Sanket Verma, propose that Manoj Pandey be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to the Python community as a founder and current organizer of the PyData Delhi, chair and organizer for the 2017 edition of the PyData Delhi conference. He has also served as the Numfocus ambassador for PyData Florence 2017/PyCon Italy and is chairing the upcoming PyData Delhi 2018 as well.
Manoj has committed for a long time while being a full-time university undergrad, to help a lot of people from the community to start a career in Data Science, Software Development (with a focus on Python in general). He has hosted several workshops, talks, meetups locally in Delhi-NCR region, has delivered talks and keynotes at multiple Python conferences around the world . All this has inspired a lot of university students which helped them early adoption of Python, and also to start public speaking and sharing knowledge within the community.
2018 Q2 Nominations
Katie McLaughlin (elected 2018)
I, James Bennett, nominate Katie McLaughlin. Katie is one of two “Senior Apiarists” of the BeeWare project, providing tooling to build cross-platform native desktop and mobile applications in Python; she is involved in organizing Python conferences on multiple continents, including PyCon AU and founding the WOOTConf (Women Of Open Technology) track of linux.conf.au; she’s; she’s a well-traveled international speaker on Python and related topics; and she serves on the Board of Directors of the Django Software Foundation, helping to support and promote Django and the use of Python in web development. Her efforts have already been recognized with an O’Reilly Open Source Award, and I believe she should also be recognized by our community, by becoming a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation.
Anthony Shaw (elected 2018)
I, Mike Place, nominate Anthony Shaw to be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation.
Anthony is extremely dedicated to the broader Python community, both in his role as Education Director for a large global corporation where he runs a Python education program to train employees in Python and for his extensive body of work in educating fellow Pythonistas about Python. [https://medium.com/@anthonypjshaw].
He's also broadly advanced the role of Python in the cloud automation world through his work as a maintainer of Apache libcloud. [https://github.com/apache/libcloud].
Anthony has worked tirelessly to help arrange behind-the-scenes funding for Python organizations such as ZimboPy [zimbopy.com] and for his work in creating (non-free) Python tutorials for people. [https://www.pluralsight.com/courses/python-2-to-python-3].
Anthony is a frequent attendee at PyCon and will talk about his love for Python until even the most dedicated Pythonista might not want to listen any longer. He's a wonderful asset to the Python community.
Wes McKinney (elected 2018)
I, Marc Garcia, propose that Wes McKinney be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to the Python community as the original author of pandas, the author of the best seller Python for data analysis, and for leading the development of open source data tools, even beyond the Python world. His contributions were key to make Python the de-facto standard for data analysis and data science, attracting thousands of people to the community.
Jeff Reback (elected 2018)
I, Marc Garcia, propose that Jeff Reback be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to the Python community as the maintainer of pandas since 2012. With his leadership, pandas became not only the widely used library it is today, but also a project with the highest technical standards, and a inclusive and welcoming community for developers of all levels. Jeff has also been sharing his knowledge about pandas in several conferences, and in an outstanding way in his code reviews in the pandas project.
Joris van den Bossche (elected 2018)
I, Marc Garcia, propose that Joris van den Bossche be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to the Python community as a developer of pandas since 2012. With his contributions, he helped to bring the project to its technical excellence, and widespread usage, as well as the inclusive and welcoming community of developers pandas is. He also makes significant contributions to other libaries of the Python data ecosystem, such as geopandas, scikit-learn and others. He was key in the organization of the worldwide pandas sprint, in which around 500 people made their first contribution to an open source project, and many more understood better the importance of contributing to pandas, Python projects and to open source software in general.
Tom Augsperger (elected 2018)
I, Marc Garcia, propose that Tom Augsperger be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to the Python community as a developer of pandas since 2012. With his contributions, he helped to bring the project to its technical excellence, and widespread usage, as well as the inclusive and welcoming community of developers pandas is. He is the release manager for pandas, and has helped many get started into the project with his classic tutorial "pandas .head() to .tail()". He also makes significant contributions to other libaries of the Python data ecosystem, such as dask, dask-ml and others.
Yury Selivanov (elected 2018)
I, Łukasz Langa, propose that Yury Selivanov be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his enormous contributions to asynchronous programming in CPython. He has been a core developer for over four years now. In this time, he authored over 900 commits, was involved in 6 PEPs, four of which he's the sole author of. His single biggest contribution is the inclusion of the async/await syntax to the language by PEP 492 and later extended with PEP 525, PEP 530, and PEP 567.
async/await was pivotal in making asyncio a first-class component of Python and is widely cited as one of the Top 3 killer features of Python 3 that drive its adoption. Possibly Top 1 but I can't admit to this as I also have a horse in this race. Anyway, the list of PSF fellows is incomplete without Yury.
Rizky Ariestiyansyah (elected 2018)
I, Ady Rahmat MA, propose that Rizky Ariestiyansyah be recognized as a Fellow of Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contriubtions to the Python Community as a Founder of the PyCon Indonesia and who was successfully bring the first PyCon to Indonesia. Rizky Ariestiyansyah, has been travel through various of countries for attending PyCon as Speakers such as PyCon Japan, PyCon APAC, PyCon My, PyCon HK. Rizky is an active contributor to Python Indonesia Community.
Marc Garcia (elected 2018)
I, Mario Corchero, propose Marc Garcia propose that Marc Garcia be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to their significant contributions to the Python community as the current organiser of the London Python sprints and the worldwide Pandas sprint. Additionally, he has served as the organiser and founder of PyData Mallorca meetup. He has also served as Numfocus ambassador past summer in the EuroPython and PyData Barcelona.
Christan Barra (elected 2018)
I would like to nominate Christan Barra. Christian has Barra is one of the core organisers of the EuroPython conference for four years now and he has spend a lot of time organising the conference including preparation, execution and a lot of fire fighting either. (Alexander Hendorf)
I, Christian Barra, propose that Alexander Hendorf be recognised as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to their significant contributions to the Python community as a co-organiser of EuroPython 2015, EuroPython 2016, EuroPython 2017.
Besides his big involvement inside EuroPython he has been working hard to foster the use of Python in the German community, co-leading the PyCon DE conference during 2017 and founding the local chapters of PyData in Frankfurt and Karlsruhe.
2018 Q1 Nominations
Ernest W. Durbin III (elected 2018)
I, Ewa Jodlowska, propose that Ernest W. Durbin III be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his enormous contributions to the PSF's ecosystem. Ernest has volunteered endless hours triaging infrastructure issues and implementing improvements. Some examples include Python Package Index (PyPI) modernization, mail.python.org recovery, the PSF's salt configurations, and us.pycon.org improvements. Additionally, Ernest is the PyCon Conference Chair for 2018 and 2019 happening in Cleveland, OH and is very active towards making the conference diverse and welcoming to all.
Eyitemi Egbejule (elected 2018)
I, Chukwudi Nwachukwu, do nominate Eyitemi Egbejule, a Cybersecurity Consultant/Researcher and a founding member of the NaijaSecForce Security Community (organizers of NaijaSecCon). Eyitemi Egbejule is also a founding member of the Python Nigeria Community, member of the community's board and also a member of the organizing committee of the just concluded PyCon NG 2017 in Nigeria. He is currently an Independent Member of the Django Software Foundation. On the side, Eyitemi is actively involved in Girl Tech Education by mentoring Girls in programming and Cybersecurity, and he has coached at over 18 Django Girls Events in West Africa. Eyitemi Egbejule has gone to where we couldn't go! He has touched lives- he is passionate about helping push for Python usage in Nigeria and beyond.
Michael Kennedy (elected 2018)
I, Musharraf O. Elbushra, propose that Michael Kennedy be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to the Python community through the popular podcasts he hosts. Through his efferts beginning and seasoned python developers can follow up with what is new in the python community as well as getting in depth interviews on the latest and trending in the python world. All of this make the python community more vibrant and accessible to new pythonistas.
Nathaniel Smith (elected 2018)
I'd like to propose that Nathaniel Smith be recognized as a PSF Fellow. Nathaniel has been instrumental in making manylinux an option for binary wheels, has made numpy infinitely easier to install, is a CPython contributor, and is entirely selfless with his time. He absolutely deserves recognition for his huge efforts to improve the Python ecosystem. Nominated by Paul Kehrer Feb 8, 2018
Amber Brown (elected 2018)
I, Nick Coghlan, propose that Amber Brown be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due primarily to her significant contributions to the Python community by way of the Twisted asynchronous event handling project  that provided the core inspiration for the native asynchronous event handling capabilities in Python 3. In addition to serving as the project's release manager since 2013, Amber was also the primary driver of the modernisation effort that saw Twisted ported to Python 3 (funded in part by a PSF grant), and in ensuring that Twisted interoperates with asyncio and the native coroutine syntax added in recent Python 3.x releases.
Beyond Twisted, Amber is also an active participant in the Django community (including serving as a member of the Django Software Foundation's Code of Conduct committee), a Django Girls organiser and mentor here in Australia, and a regular participant in community conferences here and overseas (including keynoting DjangoCon Australia and PyCon Czech Republic in 2015 , speaking at the Python Language Summit  and keynoting PyCon Taiwan in 2016, and organising the development sprints at PyCon Australia in 2017).
2017 Q4 Nominations
I, Darin Gordon, propose that Alex Gronholm be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to the Python community. Alex has been an active member of the Python community for a long time. He has authored projects used by many, such as apscheduler  and the Asphalt asyncio framework . For years, Alex has been a main point of support on Freenode's #sqlalchemy channel, helping countless new users of the ORM. Alex speaks at conferences and has recently talked on podcastinit about Asphalt. For these reasons, and more, Alex has earned to be recognized as a fellow.
I, Anand Pillai (PSF Fellow: Elected 2010), would like to make a recommendation for PSF Fellow for Vijay Kumar - email@example.com . Vijay Kumar is a technologist and trainer specializing in Embedded Systems using Python and Linux at Chennai, India. He has been volunteering for GNU/Linux User Groups, doing talks and organizing workshops, since 2001. Since 2011, he has been co-ordinating the activities of Chennaipy, the Chennai Python User Group. He has been instrumental in building an active community of Python developers in the Chennai region. In the past 5 years, he has done over 50 talks at Chennaipy - and mentored multiple other Pythonistas at Chennai in honing their speaking and Python skills. Vijay also does live embedded workshops using Python and has given a number of very successful talks at PyCon India and at monthly meetings across other Python meetups in cities in South India. ,  His work was recognized by the PSSI, with the Kenneth Gonsalves Award, for the year 2015. He has contributed to regional Python conferences as a core organizing member for PyCon India (2015) and for PyConf Hyderabad (2017). He is one of the top-most Embedded Python researchers and educators in India at the moment and is a pioneer in this field with his tireless efforts. The recommendation is mainly to acknowledge his efforts in making a local Python chapter successful and also to encourage his efforts with education of Embedded Python in the country - mainly among college students and early adopters.
: http://chennaipy.org/ : http://bangalore.python.org.in/blog/2017/07/15/jul-workshop/ : http://www.zilogic.com/blog/report-workshop-embedded-linux-pyconfhyd.html : https://in.pycon.org/2015/team.html : http://pyconf.hydpy.org/ : http://www.zilogic.com/author/vijaykumar.html
Tania Rebeca Allard
I, Jaime Mendes, propose Tania Rebeca Allard to be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation. Tania is an active member of the Python community, she is an active open source developer and a valuable contributor to the European project: Open Dream Kit. As such she has developed tools and software to improve the research and learning approaches of those using Python and the Jupyter ecosystem. addition to this she has developed numerous tutorials, courses and additional materials for the adequate teaching of Python and its numerous applications: from scientific software development to web development and finally machine learning and data science. Her courses have been taught at undergraduate levels, as well as at professional levels for Research software engineers from all over the world. She is also a frequent public speaker and attends local meetups, and conferences usually sharing her passion for Python, open science, and reproducible research. Tania also is a certified Software and Data carpentry instructor and has been around the UK teaching best practices. For the next year, she will travel to Canada and Latin America to teach and speak about reproducible science and best practices for scientific software development. In addition, over the last year, she has been the Python lead instructor for Code First Girls at Manchester and Sheffield. CodeFirst Girls is organisation aimed to increase the number of females in the tech scene. She has been recognised as an instructor of the month by her students and fellow instructors, due to her passion, and innovative approach to teaching Python. She is a passionate diversity and inclusivity advocate and her efforts to make the scientific community go further than this: she plans to open a UK NorthWest Pyladies chapter is currently the only chapter in the UK is located in London. This new chapter will aim to bring together enthusiast Pythonistas from Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds, Stockport, and surrounding areas.
What is more, she has been in the organising committee for the Research Software Engineer and Julia conferences, acting as diversity chair for both of those events. As such, she has liaised with a number of communities from all over the world to increase the representation of under scripted groups within the conferences, not only as attendees but also as presenters and tutorial providers. For this, she has secured funding from various sources ( Inc Moore Foundation) to provide diversity scholarships as well as provided mentorship for first-time speakers and those coming from under scripted backgrounds. She also is the founder of Code Foundation an initiative aimed to increase the number of female and queer individuals entering computer science and tech-related undergraduate courses. Such initiative seeks to build a strong community of like-minded individuals as well as serve as a collection of resources aimed to help the individuals to acquire both soft and technical skills to develop their careers. Also, Coding Foundation has been accepted and developed within the competitive Mozilla Open Leaders programme. She is also attending the upcoming NUMFocus Diversity and Inclusion in Scientific Computing unconference (an invite-only event, with a total of 50 attendees). Also, in addition to her role as an instructor for the Software carpentry, she is helping to translate some of the lessons to Spanish in order to expand the reach of the carpentries to Latin America. She is an avid advocate for reproducible science and she is currently working for a number of projects in this area.
Richard Kellner (elected 2017)
I, Ewa Jodlowska, propose that Richard Kellner be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation due to his significant contributions to the Python community as the founder of PyCon Slovakia (https://2018.pycon.sk/sk/) and being the lead organizer for PyCon SK 2016, 2017, and the upcoming 2018 conference. The conference has an influential Education Track and the conference strives to be inclusive and diverse thanks to Richard's work. Additionally, he makes an effort to hire underrepresented locals to help with the conference for maximum community impact. Richard's efforts include traveling to other PyCons around Europe. During these trips he meets with organizers and discusses organizational hurdles and best practices. Additionally, Richard has been organizing the monthly Python user group in Bratislava since 2015. Many local organizers can learn a lot from Richard and I look forward to the continual impact he will have on the Python community.
Ola Sitarska (elected 2017)
I, Ewa Jodlowska, propose that Ola Sitarska be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation due to her significant contributions to the Python community as the co-founder of the Django Girls organization. Thanks to Ola's work, the educational program has reached over 50 countries and more than 4,000 participants. Their online tutorial has reach over 650,000 people. Additionally, the tutorial has been translated into 14 languages. Ola's work continues to make the Python community grow and be more diverse. Furthermore, Ola was one of the main organizers of DjangoCon Europe 2013.
Aleksandra Sendecka (elected 2017)
I, Ewa Jodlowska, propose that Aleksandra Sendecka be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation due to her significant contributions to the Python community as the co-founder of the Django Girls organization. Thanks to Aleksandra's work, the educational program has reached over 50 countries and more than 4,000 participants. Their online tutorial has reach over 650,000 people. Additionally, the tutorial has been translated into 14 languages. Aleksandra's work continues to make the Python community grow and be more diverse. Furthermore, Aleksandra was one of the main organizers of DjangoCon Europe 2013 and has co-organized Django Sprints in Krakow, Poland.
Ivaylo Bachvarov (elected 2017)
I, Antonia Yordanova, propose that Ivaylo Bachvarov be recognized as Python Software Foundation Fellow, due to him significant contibution to Bulgarian Python community. Ivaylo is a full-stack Python and Django developer since 2012. He has always been interested in Python as a Web Development Platform. He has contributed to improve Python projects related to web development like CookieCutter Django. For the last 5 years Ivaylo actively served the Python and Django commumity in Bulgaria. He has teached more than 150 people as a Python and Django lecturer in free courses, Q&A sessions and CodeWeek events, participates in many meetups and promoting Python. He is one of the founders and currnetly CTO at HackSoft. I have had the privilege to work with Ivaylo closely for the last 4 years. He is not only a developer, he keeps a special part of his heart for Python and Django. I believe Ivaylo is a perfect representation of your fellow profile.
Belinda Weaver (elected 2017)
I, Nick Coghlan, propose that Belinda Weaver be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to her significant contributions to the Python community as the organiser of the first Software Carpentry bootcamp hosted in Queensland (teaching Python to researchers at the University of Queensland), founder of the Brisbane edition of the Research Bazaar open source data science event, and active contributions to the Software Carpentry education community (which eventually led to her attaining the position of Community Development Lead with that organisation ). She has organised or taught at more than 20 Software Carpentry workshops in 5 Queensland cities, is the lead organiser for Library Carpentry (which targets librarians rather than research scientists) and is a trainer for additional Carpentry workshop instructors in Australian and New Zealand.  https://software-carpentry.org/blog/2017/06/community-developement-lead.html
Filip Kłębczyk (elected 2017)
I, Richard Kellner, propose that Filip Kłębczyk ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation. Filip made significant contributions to the Python community as a PyCon PL regional conference, a lead organizer for 2017, 2016 and 2015 as far as I can confirm. I have been visiting and volunteering at this conferences and they were organized in high standard. As far as I could go into the history of the websites: https://pl.pycon.org/2010/organizatorzy.html in 2010 he was part of the organizational team. And as far as the talks go the first PyCon PL was in 2007 and Filip was there as well (I have no proof, this is just word of mouth). Filip is active in the community more than a decade and he does the volunteering work. Therefore I think Filip's work should be officially recognized! I have started to organize PyCon SK in 2015 and we had the first conference in 2016 and Filip was the supporting community member who went the extra mile and came to Bratislava to out very first meetup to support the community growth. We told him our ideas about PyCon SK and he was willing to share his 8 years of experience with PyCon PL. Without him, we wouldn't be able to organize our first conference at such high level.
Selena Deckelman (elected 2017)
I, Nick Coghlan, propose that Selena Deckelman be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to her significant contributions to the Python community as the founder of the PyLadies Portland chapter , as an advocate for improved collaboration between open source contributors and local teachers , and as an elected member of the 2014/15 PSF Board .
Juan Luis Cano (eleceted 2017)
(Spain) Python in Aeronautics and Community
- 2012 - Started Pybonacci, the first blog on Scientific Python in Spanish language
- 2012-2017 - Supported the creation of a Spanish-speaking version of Stack Overflow and contributed Python questions and answers after its launch
- 2012 - Proposed the founding members of the Python Spain non-profit and helped creating it and writing its bylaws
2012 - Started the organization of the first PyCon in Spain, with the support of the PSF and Lynn Root as keynoter
- 2013-2015 - Published and developed scikit-aero, a novel, pure Python package to compute thermodynamical properties of the standard atmosphere and isoentropic flows
- 2013-Present - Published and developed poliastro, the most widely used pure Python package for Astrodynamics and Orbital Mechanics, which has been used to prepare undergraduate courses in at least one university outside Spain and has received direct funding from the European Space Agency
- 2014 - Recorded the first video course on Scientific Python in Spanish available free of charge, which reached the iTunes Top 3 right after its publication and has since then been viewed by almost 50 000 people around the world.
2014-Present - Coordinated or co-organized the second to fifth editions of PyCon Spain, with a steady year-over-year growth in attendance, diversity, and revenue, always with the support of the PSF
- 2014-2016 and 2016-Present - Chair of the Python Spain non-profit
- 2014 - Created the first Python course for Aerospace engineers in Spanish available free of charge, which has since been used in half a dozen universities all around Spain and other countries
- 2014-2016 - Co-organized a group of Aerospace engineering students to teach Python courses and give short talks about personal projects
- 2016 - Presented poliastro at the International Conference on Astrodynamics Tools and Techniques, organized by the European Space Agency, as well as the suitability of Python for implementing complex mathematical algorithms and the need to follow software engineering good practices in engineering companies, inspired by the rich ecosystem of Python open source scientific libraries
2017 - Published its final Masters project, "Study of analytical solutions for low-thrust trajectories" along all the companion Python scripts, on GitHub
2017 - Closed the fifth PyCon Spain with a keynote on open source sustainability, with specific examples from the Python community
- November 2017 - Presented poliastro at the first Open Source Cubesat Workshop, organized by the European Space Agency, as well as the need to formalize software validation techniques for scientific algorithms
Nominated by Naomi Ceder
I, Jon Banafato, nominate Andy Dirnberger to be recognized as a Python Software Foundation Fellow. He works tirelessly to support the Python community in New York City, serving as an organizer for local meetups (most notably NYC Python ) since 2012 and the co-chair of PyGotham  since 2014. During this time, he was instrumental in growing NYC Python to over 10,000 members and PyGotham to nearly 550 checked-in attendees in 2017. His continued efforts are often behind the scenes, ensuring that events run smoothly and that any issues are resolved with minimal impact to the events and attendees. Andy not only improves the community through his work, he also pushes the other organizers around him to be better as well.
Mario Corchero (elected 2017)
(Spain) PyCon ES organizer, advocate for Python in corporate settings.
- Lead the organization team of PyConES17
- Helping organise Startup Row in London and New York.
- Organiser of Bloomberg (internal only so far U0001f615) Python Meetups. 100 attendees every month for more than a year and a half. (including video conferencing) some articles in opensource.com trying to help out understand datetime/logging.
talks in PyConUS, EuroPython, Fosdem, PyConES and PyConUK.
- Advocate for Python in the Bloomberg Python community (tutorials, training to new hires, etc).
Nominated by Naomi Ceder
Mabel Delgado (elected 2017)
(Spain)Tireless worker for Python in Spain
Co-Founder of PyLadies Madrid -->Started the group as organizer with Claudia Guirao as co-organizer.
Collaborator of PyConES 2017 Cáceres -->
- visible head of the "diversity program" that we did to increase the number of speakers of minority groups. Significantly increased in the number of women speakers and women attendees with respect to previous editions.
- helped in several tasks during the weekend of the event (reception and registration, session runner, session chair...).
- Organizing the Django Girls workshop associated to the event along with Maria Medina (more details below)
Co-Organizer of Django Girls Cáceres --> as a part of PyConEs 2017. It has been the biggest Django Girls event celebrated in Spain (almost 45 attendes and 15 coaches).
AeroPython --> member of AeroPython. This group was created by Juan Luis Cano and Alejandro Sáez, and it spreads the use of python between the students and graduates of enginnering and science degrees. Giving courses in Universities and maintain some notebooks that teach scientifics packages of Python.
Nominated by Naomi Ceder
Mai Giménez (elected 2017()
(Spain) Because beautiful is better than ugly
- Organizing team of the PyConES from 2015.
- Actively organizing the meetups of my local community PythonVLC.
- Board member of in the Python Spanish Association, as a spokesperson for Universities (2015-2017).
- As a graphic designer, in charge of the PyConES branding for the last two years, because beautiful is better than ugly :).
Created the graphic design of the PyLadiesES and this DjangoGirls 2017.
Nominated by Naomi Ceder
Yamila Moreno (elected 2017)
(Spain) Single-handly created PyConES, active in all areas, respected leader.
PR in DRF, which makes me feel very proud: https://github.com/encode/django-rest-framework/pulls?q=is%3Apr+is%3Aclosed+author%3Ayamila-moreno
organizing python events:
- PyConES 2013 (first PyConES)
- Python Madrid Meetup 2012 - ~2015
DjangoGirls Valencia 2015
Creating PyLadies Spain
- Contributing to the system administration of the Python Spain infrastructure (servers, static blog)
- several python tutorials in Agile Girls (raspberry pi, python, django)
coach in 4 DjangoGirls
- coach in the Study group in Python Madrid
https://moduslaborandi.net/tags/#python-list (technical tutorials for beginners and encouraging others)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FGohQpVfsE Opening Keynote in PyConES 2015 about diversity in our community (spanish)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HARtR7GMeOA Python web technologies in Women Tech makers conference (spanish)
Nominated by Naomi Ceder
Mário Sergio Queiroz (elected 2017)
(Brazil) Dedicated to building community in Brazil
- Responsible for the Python Brasil Conference in the year 2016 in the city of Florianópolis. 6-day event for 700 people with tutorials, lectures and sprints. Python *
- Brazil had a historical inclusion index, with 42% of lectures given by women.
- Coordinator of the first Django Girls in Florianópolis/Brazil. With 60 participants and 30 tutors.
- Organizer of 24 monthly meetups from the Python Floripa community, the last meetings reach the number of more than 100 participants. The focus of these meetings is the inclusion of new people in the community and the promotion of networking between businesses and individuals.
- Active member of the Python Brazil Association.
- Member of the Grupy-DF community, where he organized meetings in the federal capital of Brazil.
- Co-founder and responsible for the regional conference of southern Brazil. The ‘Python Sul Conference’.
- In the year 2017 he has been teaching several Python workshops in colleges where there are low-income students in peripheral regions.
Nominated by Naomi Ceder
Fernando Masanori Ashikaga (elected 2017)
(Brazil) Global Python educator and diversity advocate
- Creator of a MOOC Python para Zumbis (Python for Zombies) which has taught over 70,000 students basic Python.
- Global diversity speaker and advocate - speaking on diversity from Japan to Namibia
- Data Scraping in Python workshops for journalists and people from humanities backgrounds (esp women and minorities)
- Support of increased racial and LGBT diversity
- Active member of PSF grants working group.
- Spends virtually every weekend teaching Python to someone, somewhere
Nominated by Naomi Ceder
Chukwudi Nwachukwu (elected 2017)
(Nigeria)Leader of Nigerian Python Community
- President of Python Nigeria
Helped in raising funds from local sponsors for PyCon NG and a Django Girls events
Helps in organizing events, both past and present, including, PyCon and Python Nigeria meet ups
- Active member of PSF Grants Working group
- Monitor of Nigerian Python Slack and email lists
- Coach and supporter of numerous Nigerian Django Girls; Mentors private people on Python
- Helped in fixing people in Python related jobs in Nigeria
- Advocate for Python in Nigeria since 2013; Encourage people to start doing Python and Python related things
- Mediate in issues to resolve conflicts in the community
- Attends to the needs of Nigerian Python community, anywhere, any day, any time
Nominated by Naomi Ceder
Don Sheu (elected 2017)
I would like to propose Don Sheu as a fellow of the PSF. Don has been one of the core coordinator of Startup Row at PyCon since 2014 and he is the founder of the Seattle Python user group.
In his role with the Startup Row, he has traveled to nearly a dozen cities to coordinate pitch nights, he has spent countless hours reaching out to young companies, potential judges, and reviewing applications. He has demonstrated diligence and availability to help selected companies arrange their trip to PyCon and get the most of the experience in the expo hall.
In his role as the founder of the Seattle Python User Group, he has reached out to numerous speakers, secured sponsorship agreements with local Python-using companies, and trained a team of a dozen co-organizers. The Seattle Python user group features an active community of 4500 members on Meetup.com. Bi-monthly meetups and project nights are routinely attended by over 150 members, which is largely thanks to Don's dedication in fostering this community that did not exist as recently as 5 years ago.
On top of the above, Don has been one of the instigator and is actively involved with PyCascades, a local conference targeting the Pacific Northwest of North America and that is well on it's way to have it's inaugural event in January 2017.
In light of these accomplishments and sustained dedication to fostering a strong Python community in Seattle and beyond, I would like Don to be considered as a fellow member of the PSF.
Nominated by Yannick Gingras
Donald Stufft (elected 2017)
I, Nick Coghlan, propose that Donald Stufft be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to the Python community as the founder of the Warehouse project to modernise the Python Package Index infrastructure, the current lead maintainer for both pypi.python.org and pypi.org, prolific contributor to the Python packaging tools ecosystem, and co-creator and maintainer of the ensurepip module in the Python standard library.
I, Agata Skamruk (Bublewicz), propose that Piotr Dyba be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to the Python community. Peter is a organizer and mentor at the cyclical Pyladies workshop and a organizer and meta mentor at the weekend workshop. Has experience in Python projects, both in work and in social work.
Russell Keith-Magee (elected 2017)
I, Katie McLaughlin, propose that Russell Keith-Magee be recognised as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to the Python community as, and not limited to:
- 12 year (and counting) veteran of the Django core development team
- 5 years (2011-2015) President of the Django Software Foundation
5 years (2013-2017, and counting) Core Organiser of DjangoCon AU
- Significant contributions to the implementation of CPython on mobile
BDFN (2013-present) of BeeWare, which on top of its technical goal of providing Python on all the platforms, serves as an incubator for first time FOSS/Python contributors
- recipient of the 2015 Malcolm Tredinnick Memorial Prize
I, Martin Gfeller, like to nominate Cristoph Gohlke (http://www.lfd.uci.edu/~gohlke/) of Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics, University of California, Irvine as PSF fellow. Christoph's repository of compiled Python packages (http://www.lfd.uci.edu/~gohlke/pythonlibs/) makes using Python on the Windows 64-bit much easier, and feasible for those without compiling skills. This contribution to the ecosystem shows technical excellence and dedication to keep all packages up to date. By making Python 3 version of packages available since quite some time, he also helped transition to Python 3 for Windows users. I believe his work is widely used, but not widely acclaimed, so in my opinion, he deserves recognition for this very valuable service. I had never a need to contact him, because the latest packages are always compiled and already there as soon as I have a need.
Manuel Kaufmann (elected 2017)
I, Johanna Sanchez, propose Manuel Kaufmann to be recognized as Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to the Python communities in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru) with the project Argentina in Python (https://argentinaenpython.com).
Manuel Kaufmann has organized more than 50 events to promote and share knowledge about Python programming at different audience levels from beginner to advanced. Some of these events are registered in the "Past Events" section (https://argentinaenpython.com/eventos/#eventos-pasados). Within these spaces it has taken into account the inclusion of women in technology, organizing more than 15 Django Girls workshops throughout all Latin America. Gallery with a lot of pictures from most of all his events: - https://argentinaenpython.com/galeria/ Blog post written by others about his latest participation in events:- http://blog.djangogirls.org/post/165656387217/this-blog-post-was-written-by-jorge-namour-thank, - http://pybaq.co/blog/como-fue-organizar-primer-django-girls-barranquilla/ He is currently supporting the organizers of PyCon Colombia 2018 as a collaborator and nexus with the PSF as sponsor. - https://www.pycon.co Finally, has been invited to participate as Keynote Speaker in PyCon Spain 2016 (https://youtu.be/e0500NDu2tA) and will soon be in PyCon Brazil 2017.
I, Gonzalo Peña-Castellanos propose that Manuel Kauffman be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to the Python community in Latin America as a co-founder of the Argentina en Python Project (argentinaenpython.com/), and as a long-term contributor to international collaborative efforts amongst the Colombian Python community, via the Python Colombia and Django Girls Colombia communities.
I, Lucio Delelis, would like to nominate Manuel "humitos" Kaufmann as a Fellow of the PSF for his incredible contribution to spreading the use and knowledge of Python in all of Latin America. Manuel started his journey through Argentina in 2014 with the goal of promoting the use of Python and Free Software across the country. Finally, after 2015, he set his goal higher: to promote both these concepts across all Latin America. His journey is being documented on his website: https://argentinaenpython.com
I, Juan Bagnera, would like to nominate Manuel Kaufmann (Humitos) as a Fellow of the PSF for his incredible contribution to spreading the use and knowledge of Python in all of Latin America. Manuel started his journey through Argentina in 2014 with the goal of promoting the use of Python and Free Software across the country. Finally, after 2015, he set his goal higher: to promote both these concepts across all Latin America. His journey is being documented on his website: https://argentinaenpython.com
2017 Q3 Nominations
I, Don Sheu, propose that Brian Ray founder of Chicago Python user group is recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, due to his significant contributions to the Python community of organizing one of the oldest and largest user groups in the world for over 12 years. Chicago Python ("ChiPy") has fostered such important contributors to Python and computer science like Aaron Swartz the creator of RSS and founder of Reddit, Adrian Holovaty the creator of Django, Mike Cafarella creator of Hadoop, John Hunter creator of MatPlotLib, and Harper Reed the CTO for the Obama for America campaign and credited with winning the 2012 election. Brian has also contributed to and launched open source and free software projects.
Dusty Phillips (elected 2017)
I, Don Sheu, propose that Dusty Phillips author of Python 3 Object Oriented Programming and Production Engineer at Facebook is recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation. In addition to his significant contributions as an author of high quality books on Python subjects, Dusty founded Puget Sound Programming Python ("PuPPy") in August 2014. In less than a year, PuPPy has attracted nearly 1000 members and holds monthly meetings that draw over 100. The most recent meeting in June hosted by Google drew attendance of over 170. Dusty booked speakers like Larry Hastings, Lukasz Langa, Jack Diederich, Carlos Guestrin, and several founders of successful Python-using Seattle startups.
Peter Inglesby (elected 2017)
Peter has served the UK Python community through his extraordinary efforts to ensure the continuity of the PyCon UK conference. Under his tenure, the size of the conference has grown continuously as has the team of voluntary organisers.
His leadership has ensured the longevity of the event and the continued existence and improvement of a vital event in the life of the UK Python community.
- Nominated by Own Campbell May 2017
Daniele Procida (elected 2017)
As the conference director for PyCon UK, he has overseen continuous growth in participation and has used that experience to help other conferences in their efforts to bring Python to a wider audience. A notable example is his work over three years to organise, establish and nurture PyCon Namibia to the point where it is now self-sustaining.
Daniele is a member of the Django Software Foundation board and one of the leading members of the Python community in Cardiff. After organising the first Django conference in the UK in Cardiff in 2014 he not only went on to organise DjangoCon Europe 2015 but also is a founding member of the Cardiff Python user group meetup (PyDiff) which has grown to be an event regularly hosting 30 attendees.
His commitment to nurturing beginner programmers and inexperienced conference speakers has been exemplary and he is a vocal champion of diversity and the support of minority communities at Python events.
As a mentor and teacher, Daniele has helped many programmers make their first contribution to open source software through his well regarded "Don't be afraid to commit" tutorial.
Daniele has become one of the premier PyCon organisers on an international scale and, whenever he is the conference chair, the event is diverse, welcoming, well-organised and educational for all. Many are members of the Python community simply as a result of his commitment and effort.
- Nominated by Own Campbell May 2017 - Nominated by Nicholas Tollervey July 2017
Carrie Anne Philbin (elected 2017)
for all her international work promoting Python in education.
- Nominated by Nicholas Tollervey July 2017
for organising and volunteering to run educational workshops in London that promote Python in education
- Nominated by Nicholas Tollervey July 2017
Cory Benfield (elected 2017)
for being a prime mover in PyCon UK and for his continued work as the maintainer of "requests" (among many other things).
- Nominated by Nicholas Tollervey July 2017
Damien George (elected 2017)
for single handedly creating a new port of Python to microcontrollers and volunteering work for the micro:bit project.
- Nominated by Nicholas Tollervey July 2017
Dan Pope (elected 2017)
for his educational work on PyGame Zero, being a long-term "cat herder" at the London Python Code Dojo and for taking over the PSF massages at EuroPython after the passing of Rob Collins (who should be moved into the deceased fellows section on the website).
- Nominated by Nicholas Tollervey July 2017
Jackie Kazil (elected 2017)
I, Ewa Jodlowska, propose that Jacqueline Kazil be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation due to her contributions to the Python community. Jackie has been a local organizer of Python events for several years. In addition to that, Jackie has managed the PSF Grants Work Group and continues to help organize PyLadies events at PyCon such as the Auction and Luncheon that happen every year. Jackie has served on the PSF Board for two years.
Ruben Orduz (elected 2017)
I, Ewa Jodlowska, propose that Ruben Orduz be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation due to his significant contributions to the Python community. Ruben has been the PyCon US Tutorial Committee chair for several years. In that role, Ruben has guided the committee members, helped reviewers, created final schedules, communicated with instructors, and helped with financial organization to name a few. Ruben is also supporting our sponsorship efforts. Additionally, Ruben has been dedicate to representing the PSF at any Python event he attends around the world.
Carol Willing (elected 2017)
I, Ewa Jodlowska, propose that Carol Willing be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation due to her significant contributions to the Python community. Carol is an active organizer of the PyLadies San Diego group. Carol has served on the PSF board for two years. Additionally, Carol has been a member of the PyCon tutorial committee. Furthermore, Carol has been a great mentor to women in the Python community and she continues to lead in diversity efforts.
Łukasz Langa (elected 2017)
I, Ewa Jodlowska, propose that Łukasz Langa be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation due to his significant contributions to the Python language. Łukasz has been a dedicated core developer for several years. Additionally, he has also taken on the task of organizing yearly Sprints for the core devs.
Lorena Mesa (elected 2017)
I, Ewa Jodlowska, propose that Lorena Mesa be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation due to her significant contributions to the Python community. Lorena has been a very active local organizer for Python events in the Chicago area. Lorena has served on the PSF Board for two years. Additionally, Lorena does a lot of outreach in the Caribbean area and supports the growth of that community
Brian Costlow (elected 2017)
I, Ewa Jodlowska, propose that Brian Costlow be recognized as a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation due to his significant contributions to the Python community. Brian has been a PyOhio organizer for many years and continues to support his local community. Additionally, Brian has been a devoted volunteer at PyCon US helping with Captioning services.
Laura Cassell (elected 2017)
Author, Python Projects; Founder, PyLadies Atlanta, Mentor, Manager, overall awesome person. Nominated by Brandy Porter.
Aisha Bello (elected 2017)
I, Adeola Adesina, nominates Aisha Bello to be a fellow of the Python Software Foundation. She's a lead organizer of Django girls Lagos as well as over 5 other Django girls event in Nigeria. She's the Vice chairperson of the Python Nigeria Community. Her selfless contribution as well as that of the Chairman, Chukwudi Nwachukwu, has made Python a popular programming language in Nigeria.