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Giving back to the open source community

As part of helping our clients navigate the complexities of the digital economy where disruption is commonplace, WSP’s digital team uses a range of cutting edge technologies including Python to devise creative solutions. In August, WSP was a platinum sponsor at PyCon 2017, the eighth annual conference for users and developers of the Python open source programming language.


 (Image: Matthew Gallaugher, WSP’s Digital Delivery Manager speaks at PyCon 2017) 

As one of the world’s most popular coding languages, Python is used by developers around the world to build digital programs including web applications, IoT solutions, deep learning algorithms, and much more.

Matthew Gallaugher, WSP’s Digital Delivery Manager says, “Our involvement in PyCon 2017 was about giving something back to the open source community. It enabled us to share our experiences and evolve our skills by taking advantage of the conference’s collaborative learning environment

“Key takeaways from the event included the growth of Python in the embedded system space and the emergence of MicroPython. This included advancements in functionality such as cutting edge machine learning, deep learning and artificial intelligence technologies, and the continued maturity and advancement in the web application area.”

WSP’s in-house team of digital experts have helped deliver solutions for clients using Python and a high-level Python web framework known as Django. Mr Gallaugher adds, “Python has played a key role in helping us to deliver the Telstra Digital Workflow – an end-to-end online forms, workflow and systems integration solution; a united website, smartphone and tablet application for Macquarie Dictionary that streamlines processes for users; and a real time traffic solution for VicRoads delivered via an online browser based application.”

 “As a team, we are always looking to expand our skillset and harness the latest innovations in the dynamic digital engineering space, concludes Mr Gallaugher. “PyCon 2017 was a great opportunity to showcase our talent and collaborate with the wider Python network.”

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