PyCon US Maintainers Summit

Python Software Foundation


May 12, 2021 to May 13, 2021
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Virtual Participation

BIDS Assistant Project Scientist Alex de Siqueira will moderate a session during the PyCon US Maintainers Summit 2021 on May 12-13.  This event brings the PyCon community together to discuss and build a vibrant community of practice for Python project maintainers and key contributors with diverse skills and backgrounds. Come and learn from your peers how to maintain and develop sustainable projects and thriving communities.  The talks are available now on YouTube, and tune in this Wednesday and Thursday for live discussions with the speakers and panelists.


  • Brian Douglas: Getting Traction with GitHub Actions and Python 
  • Cheuk Ting Ho: Oops, I Did It Again! When Your Deploying CI Pipeline Is Broken 
  • Juanita Gomez: Spyder Says: Let's Get Millennial! 
  • Kati Michel: Bringing Pinax Back to Life 
  • May Ireland: Burnout: Identity & Emotion at Work 
  • Melissa Weber Mendonça: NumPy Newcomer's Hour: an Experiment on Community Building 
  • Rose Judge: Improve Your Git Commits in Two Easy Steps 
  • Sumana Harihareswara: Researching the Leadership Gap for Legacy Projects 
  • Thibaud Colas: Building Accessibility into Open Source Projects

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 at 4 pm EDT – LIVE panel discussion "Funding open source work"

  • Alex Clark (Pillow)
  • Eunice Chendjou (Open Teams)
  • Gina Häußge (Octoprint)
  • Sumana Harihareswara (Changeset Consulting)
  • William Stein (SageMath)
  • Moderated by David Charboneau (Open Teams)


Thursday, May 13th, 2021 at 4 pm EDT – LIVE Q&A with the presenters of talks moderated by:

  • Alexandre de Siqueira (Berkeley Institute for Data Science, scikit-image) and
  • Inessa Pawson (Albus Code, NumPy)

Event Contact: Inessa Pawson (


Alex de Siqueira

Assistant Project Scientist

Alex de Siqueira is a postdoctoral researcher at BIDS, working on open source algorithms for processing computed tomography (CT) 3D images. He received his MS and PhD from the State University of São Paulo, Brazil, applying image processing tools to tackle challenges in materials science and geochronology. A core developer of scikit-image, he is an open source and free software enthusiast since his first contact with Linux, in 2000, contributing to several projects and events in Latin America and Europe. Alex also worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the State University of Campinas, Brazil, and the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany, where he created pytracks and wrote Octave - Your first steps on scientific programming (in Brazilian Portuguese).