Industry panel

Berian James (Square)

Berian works in San Francisco at the mobile payments startup Square. Previously he was a scientist in the Astronomy Department at UC Berkeley. He grew up in Australia and lived in Europe for five years before moving the Bay Area in 2011. 

Grace Law (SF Python Meetup)

Grace Law is a Python Recruiter and has helped scale out Slide (acquired by Google), Lolapps (acquired by 6waves), Sauce Labs and HotelTonight.  She is also the Organizer of SF Python Meetup and produces highly rated monthly events to bring the community together.  She is working on a business model to help more companies connect with talented python devs.

Charles Covey-Brandt (Disqus)

Charles is full-stack developer who loves front-end frameworks and RESTful APIs. He is on the infrastructure team at Disqus, where he designs product focused APIs and finds new ways to help his teammates iterate more efficiently.

Erin LeDell (

Erin LeDell is the principal data scientist at, a startup that provides a cloud-based machine intelligence platform.  She is also a Biostatistics PhD student at UC Berkeley, specializing in machine learning.  Erin is a long-time Python developer with experience in architecting production-level systems.

Tim Clem (GitHub)


Ken Elkabany (PiCloud)

Ken Elkabany is a 2008 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley where he majored in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and received the department's William Everitt Award for Excellence in 2007. His love for Python and science led him to create PiCloud, a Python-based cloud computing platform that makes it easy for any scientist around the world to get access to supercomputing power.