DC Python

Scientific & educational 501(c)(3) organization in Maryland supporting the Python software developer community in DC and worldwide.

Upcoming Events

Board of directors

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Meetup organizers

Our Meetup organizers are the true heros of the DC Python Meetup and DC Python, and we greatly appreciate their support, they are listed here.

Code of conduct

DC Python is dedicated to providing a respectful, harassment-free community for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment or bullying of any community member in any form. This does not only extend to members of local DC Python communities, but to anyone who chooses to become involved in the larger DC Python community of users and developers through events or interactions.

Harassment includes but isn't limited to offensive verbal/electronic comments related to personal characteristics or choices, sexual images or comments in public or online spaces, deliberate intimidation, bullying, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks, Slack or IRC chats, electronic meetings, physical meetings or other events, inappropriate physical contact, or unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, representatives of the community may take reasonable action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, expulsion from any DC Python event, or expulsion from mailing lists, chats, discussion boards and other electronic communication channels to resolve the issue. This may include expulsion from DC Python Meetup group membership.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please act to intercede or ask for help from any member of the DC Python community, Slack or IRC chat admins, website admins, or organizers/representatives of any physical events put on under the auspices of DC Python. You may also email conduct@dcpython.org to report harassment or other violations of this policy, including enforcement felt to be excessive. If the person who is harassing you is on the team, they will be recused from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can.

In order to protect volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

This Code of Conduct has been adapted from the Plone Foundation and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.


Our most popular event is our "main" monthly meeting, featuring a speaker and delicious refreshments at various venues around town. We gather to see what one another have been up to, and then we hear one or two prepared talks about some exciting aspect of Python technology.

Talks range from core language features to cutting-edge techniques in popular web frameworks. Attending one of these monthly meetings is the easiest way to get a sense of the group, and you are bound to learn something! Or, even better, volunteer to present some technology you are passionate about and teach us something new.


More events

We also organize and host developer sprints, project nights and tutorials on a regular basis. We've hosted a variety of such events for a variety of Python technologies, and even one international developer conference. If you're interested in attending these events, please join our mailing list.

Financial statement

A copy of the current financial statement of ZPUGDC, Inc. is available by writing board@dcpython.org. Documents and information submitted under the Maryland Solicitations Act are also available, for the cost of postage and copies, from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis MD 21401, (410) 974-5534.


DC Python Meetup is the longest continuously meeting Python-technology-focused user's group event organizer in DC, and one of the oldest in the world.







Formerly known as Zope/Python Users Group of DC (ZPUGDC), what is now DC Python Meetup was started in 1999 by Chris Abraham. After some period of inactivity, ZPUGDC was resurrected as a Plone CMS-focused user group by Joel Burton. By 2006, Alex Clark had assumed responsibility for organizing ZPUGDC events from Joel, and in 2007 he replaced Jeffrey Elkner as the organizer of the DC Python Meetup. The two groups combined and in 2008, Amy Clark created the non-profit organization ZPUGDC, Inc to facilitate hosting of Plone Conference 2008.


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Mission statement

We promote and support the research, development and use of Python software in DC, Maryland and Virginia. We support the education of all Python users by organizing and hosting frequent instructional events to foster and facilitate academic research, development and learning as well as professional growth and networking.

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DC Python would not be possible without the generous financial and operational assistance from the following sponsors. While DC Python thanks these sponsors for their support, we don't endorse or promote any specific activity of any sponsor.

  • O‚ÄôReilly Media
  • Google
  • Jarn
  • Fry-IT
  • Four Digits
  • Hatch IT
  • Pilot Systems
  • Quinta Group
  • Zest Software
  • Netsight
  • Goldmund Wyldebeast & Wunderliebe
  • Jazkarta
  • Sharkbyte Studios
  • Agendaless
  • Triangle Zope and Python Users Group
  • Seantis IT Solutions
  • Affinitic
  • PACKT Publishing
  • STX Next
  • Six Feet Up
  • Zenoss
  • Koansys
  • Headnet

In memoriam

Andrew W. Singer

On January 7, 2013 DC Python's attorney Andrew W. Singer ("Andy") passed away from cancer in California. This was an unfortunate milestone for DC Python because Andy played an enormous role in the successful completion and acceptance of our 501(c)(3) non-profit application.

The only person to contribute more was our secretary and treasurer Amy Clark; and while she was not a University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business undergraduate or a graduate in the top 2% of Harvard Law School; or a tax attorney with decades of experience from Covington & Burling, an extremely prestigious law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., Andy was all of these --and much more. He volunteered endless hours of legal guidance and consultation to Amy, and skillfully authored our entire application. Amy compiled, organized and submitted this formidable application, and as a result of her tireless efforts and his expertise, it was approved and accepted on first submission without complication or question.

In additon to his invaluable support and involvement in the submission and subsequent acceptance of our 501 (c) 3 ruling status from the IRS, Andy was also extremely instrumental in DC Python's organization and facilitation of the highly successful 2008 Plone Conference. He continued to provide--at absolutely no charge--legal counsel, support and guidance in and around every aspect of our organization's day to day activities and special events. Alex, Amy and the entire DC Python community have benefited greatly from his generousity, care, and truly amazing talent, skill and expertise. His loss is a loss to us all.

To learn more about Andy's extensive contribution to our government and legal system, review these Google search results:

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