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Contact the Team

Need to contact someone in a hurry? You can reach us all at hello@northbaypython.org. Read on to learn about the organizing team.

You can also find us all over the internet, including:

Meet the Team

Christopher Neugebauer, Conference Chair

Christopher NeugebauerChristopher is a Python developer who lives in glorious Petaluma, California, though he's originally from the the city of Hobart in Tasmania, Australia. A serial conference organizer, he has been a core organiser of PyCon Australia for a number of years, was director of linux.conf.au 2017, and a good number of his open source contributions help power the website this conference runs on. He was made a fellow of the Python Software Foundation in 2013 in recognition for his contributions to building the Australian Python community, and currently serves as an at-large Director of the Python Software Foundation. (@chrisjrn on Twitter)

Sam Kitajima-Kimbrel, Program Chair

Sam Kitajima-KimbrelSam is a Python developer and distributed-systems "enthusiast" hailing from Seattle by birth, New York by nurture, and the Bay Area by choice. Five years ago he attended his first PyCon US and hasn't been able to break the habit; after making the jump from audience to stage in 2014 and speaking regularly at events around the world, he was thrilled to join the team when invited by Chris and Josh. Sam currently works at Nuna building healthcare data infrastructure for the U.S. Medicaid and Medicare programs and resides in Oakland with his husband Kameron. (@skimbrel on Twitter)

Andrew Godwin

Andrew GodwinAndrew is a Django and Python developer who originally hails from London but moved to the Bay Area four years ago. He's been writing open source software for over a decade as well as working in various different parts of the technology industry, and currently works at Eventbrite. He regularly speaks at Python (and other) events around the world, and has a keen interest in building communities and inclusivity. (@andrewgodwin on Twitter)

Josh Simmons

Josh SimmonsJosh is a community organizer and web developer with a penchant for armchair philosophy who was born and raised in the North Bay. He spent 4.5 years building Web & Interactive Media Professionals (WIMP), a local community with over 600 members, before moving on to do community management for O'Reilly Media. These days Josh works on the Google Open Source outreach team and serves as a board member and volunteer CFO for Open Source Initiative. (@joshsimmons on Twitter)

Frances Hocutt

Frances HocuttFrances Hocutt has taken part in the science-to-tech branch of the great STEM reshuffling. In the process, he’s written, spoken, mentored, and co-founded Seattle’s first feminist hackerspace/makerspace. Frances prefers elegance in science and effectiveness in art and is happiest when drawing on as many disciplines as possible. Frances jumped into F/OSS development with work on standards for the MediaWiki web API ecosystem and expanded into work on MediaWiki and associated Wikimedia-ecosystem contributor tools. He currently installs software on other people’s computers for Rackspace Managed Security’s defensive infrastructure team. Frances currently lives in an unfortunately catless apartment in Oakland, CA.


We acknowledge that our small team has limited perspective, and that to build a truly inclusive event, we need to seek the perspectives of a diverse range of people. We thank the following people and organizations for providing us with advice along the way.

Supporting Organizations

Software Freedom Conservancy

Conservancy is a public charity dedicated to the promotion and development of free and open source software, and is the fiscal sponsor of North Bay Python. Without Conservancy and the people behind it—namely Karen Sandler, Bradley Kuhn, Tony Sebro, and Brett Smith—none of this would be possible!

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