PyImageConf 2018: The practical, hands-on computer vision and deep learning conference

Today I’m pleased to announce the finalized details to an event I’ve been working on behind the scenes for quite some time:

PyImageConf 2018: The practical, hands-on computer vision conference

Imagine taking the practical, hands-on teaching style of the PyImageSearch blog…

…and translating it to a live, in person conference.

Sound interesting?

Keep reading to learn why you should attend PyImageConf.

When and where is the conference?

PyImageConf 2018 will take place on August 26-28th in San Francisco, CA at the Regency Hyatt.

  • Talks will take place in the Regency Hyatt’s exquisite state-of-the-art ballroom
  • Workshops and breakout sessions will utilize the hotel’s dedicated work spaces
  • Catered, sit-down lunch served each day (giving you plenty of time to network and socialize)
  • Evening events, including demos, presentations, socializing, and an open bar will also be included

Who will be speaking?

PyImageConf 2018 speakers include Adrian Rosebrock, François Chollet, Katherine Scott, Davis King, Satya Mallick, Joseph Howse, Adam Geitgey, Jeff Bass, and more.

Figure 1: PyImageConf 2018 speakers include Adrian Rosebrock, François Chollet, Katherine Scott, Davis King, Satya Mallick, Joseph Howse, Adam Geitgey, Jeff Bass, and more.

PyImageConf has put together the biggest names in computer vision, deep learning, and OpenCV education to give you the best possible live, hands-on training and lectures.

Each speaker is respectively known for their writing, teaching, online courses, and contributions to open source projects.

Right now there are eight confirmed speakers and workshop hosts with more to be added later:

  • François Chollet: Author of Keras deep learning library. Deep learning and AI researcher at Google. Works published in CVPR, NIPS, ICLR, and others.
  • Katherine Scott: Image analytics team lead for Planet Labs. Expert in satellite image analysis. Former co-founder of Tempo Automation and Sight Machine. Co-author of SimpleCV.
  • Davis King: Author of dlib library. Expert in object detection. Open source developer and practitioner building industry CV systems for over a decade.
  • Satya Mallick: Author and creator of LearnOpenCV. Computer vision for faces expert. Entrepreneur working in CV and ML.
  • Joseph Howse: Author of six computer vision/OpenCV books at Packt Publishing. Computer vision and consulting through his company, Nummist Media. Expert in augmented reality, virtual reality, and infrared computer vision systems.
  • Adam Geitgey: Author of Machine Learning is Fun! blog series, LinkedIn Learning, and Loves building products with machine learning and computer vision.
  • Jeff Bass: Raspberry Pi hacker, computer vision practitioner, econometrics wizard, 35 years experience in statistics.
  • Adrian Rosebrock: Author and creator of, Practical Python and OpenCV, PyImageSearch Gurus, and Deep Learning for Computer Vision with Python. Computer vision entrepreneur.

Who should attend?

You should attend PyImageConf if you:

  • Are an entrepreneur who is ready to ride the computer vision and deep learning wave and build new products/apps
  • Are a student unsure of your career path, but ready to explore computer vision, deep learning, and AI
  • Are a computer vision hobbyist who loves building new projects and tools
  • Are eager to learn from the top computer vision and deep learning educators
  • Enjoy the teaching style of PyImageSearch and want personalized, live, in-person training

If this sounds like you, rest assured, this conference will be well worth your investment of time, finances, and travel.

How many tickets will there be?

PyImageConf will be small and intimate, capped at 200 attendees.

I am purposely keeping the conference small to enable you to:

  • Better learn from speakers and presenters
  • Have laser-focused 1-on-1 time with experts in computer vision and deep learning
  • Better network with your peers and colleagues

Once tickets sell out I will not (and cannot) add more.

How much are tickets?

Tickets will cost:

This may seem like a lot, but keep in mind that your PyImageConf ticket includes:

  • Two full days of talks, workshops, and training
  • Catered lunch each day
  • Three evening events (including an open bar)

Most conferences would charge well over $1,500-$2,500 for this type of event.

My goal is to keep the cost as low as I can while ensuring we can keep the event small and intimate.

Take the time now to check with your work, spouse, kids, babysitter, etc. and earmark your funds to grab a ticket.

When will tickets go on sale?

Tickets will go on sale:

  • Friday, January 19th for PyImageSearch Gurus and early bird list (Gurus members will receive their link to purchase tickets a few hours early)
  • Friday, January 26th for general sale

At this point I’m not sure if there will be any tickets left by the time the general sale starts.

If you are interested in attending PyImageConf and want to a ticket please click the following link and join the early bird list:

Don’t miss a chance at a PyImageConf ticket, click here to sign up for the early bid list.

Tentative schedule

To give you a feel for the effort and thought that has gone into PyImageConf I have included a (tentative) schedule of talks and workshops below:

Day 1: 26 August 2018

  • 6:30PM-9:30PM: Registration – On site registration will be available beginning at 6:30PM in the Hyatt Regency atrium
  • 7:30PM-11:30PM: Opening reception, socialization, and open bar

Day 2: 27 August 2018

  • 7:30AM-5:30PM: PyImageConf talks – Doors to the Grand Ballroom will open at 8AM
  • 7:30AM-11:00AM: Late registration
  • 9:00AM: Adam Geitgey – Applications of Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs)
  • 10:00AM: Satya Mallick – Computer vision for faces
  • 11:00AM: Davis King – Training and improving your object detectors
  • 12:00PM-1:30PM: Catered lunch in dedicated dining area
  • 1:30PM: Jeff Bass – Raspberry Pi and computer vision
  • 2:30PM: Joseph Howse – Virtual reality and augmented reality
  • 3:30PM: Katherine Scott – Satellite image analysis
  • 4:30PM: François Chollet – Deep learning
  • 5:30PM: Adrian Rosebrock – Practical, actionable steps to launching a computer vision or deep learning startup
  • 8:30PM-11:30PM: Networking, socialization, and open bar

Day 3: 28 August 2018

  • 9:00AM-4:30PM PyImageConf Workshops
  • Workshops will include:
    • A guide to practical deep learning and computer vision
    • Computer vision for face recognition and other facial applications
    • A complete guide to training your own custom object detectors (including tips and tricks)
    • Augmented reality and virtual reality with computer vision
    • Raspberry Pi + computer vision projects
    • …and more to come!
  • 9:30AM-12:00PM: Workshops Part I
  • 12:00PM-1:30PM: Catered lunch in dedicated dining area
  • 1:30PM-4:30PM: Workshops Part II
  • 4:30PM-5:30PM: PyImageConf Wrap-up
  • 8:00PM-11:00PM: Networking, socialization, and open bar

As you can see, I’ve put a lot of thought into putting this conference together and ensuring it will be the best computer vision + deep learning educational conference of the year.

Sounds awesome, what should I do next?

Tickets will likely sell out fast…ask any long-time PyImageSearch reader and they’ll tell you how fast special events/sales like these sell out:

  • A few years ago I ran a Kickstarter campaign for the PyImageSearch Gurus course — all early bird specials sold out within 30 minutes.
  • In January 2017 I launched a second Kickstarter campaign, this one for my new book, Deep learning for Computer Vision with Python — all early bird specials sold out in under 15 minutes.
  • This past November I offered free NVIDA Jetson TX2s and Raspberry Pis to the first 30 readers who purchased a copy of either my books on Black Friday — all 30 were sold out in a little over 3 minutes.

I’ve never offered a live, in-person training program or conference like this before, but given there are only 200 tickets available I expect these tickets to sell out quickly.

In fact, I’m not sure there will be any tickets left after the early bird sale on Friday, January 19th (I wouldn’t suggest waiting until the general sale on Friday, January 26th — you might miss out on tickets).

If you are interested in attending PyImageConf and want to a ticket make sure you click the following link and join the early bird list:

>> Click here to join the early bird list

It’s going to be a blast! I hope you can make it.

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12 Responses to PyImageConf 2018: The practical, hands-on computer vision and deep learning conference

  1. Adam Spannbauer January 11, 2018 at 11:24 am #

    Hey Adrian,

    I’m excited for the conference and want to make sure I have the best shot at getting a ticket.

    Will there be notice on the planned timing tickets sales will go live? You mentioned the dates for sales but I was wondering if there’s a time of day planned so I’ll know when to start refreshing my inbox.


    • Adrian Rosebrock January 11, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

      Hey Adam! Thanks for the comment. It will be awesome to have you at the conference.

      Yes, there are planned timings for the tickets.

      PyImageSearch Gurus members will have first dibs on the tickets on Friday, January 19th at 9AM EST.

      The early bird list will then be able to access the tickets on Friday, January 19th at noon EST.

      I’ll be emailing out reminders regarding the tickets, including the link to access the tickets.

  2. Diego March 8, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

    Hello Adrian,

    Is it possible to get in live streaming of the conferences? and least some of them? I am very interested in the entire conf but I can not assist because I am from Mexico, I would really like to see your conference about creating a deep learning or computer vision startup! hope you may be considered this for the people that cant go to the conference.

    thank you for your time and for the amazing work you are doing!


    • Adrian Rosebrock March 9, 2018 at 9:09 am #

      Hey Diego — I don’t have any plans to stream the conference (yet). Putting on the conference is very expensive and I need to work out the in-person logistics first. If you intend on coming to the conference, definitely make arrangements to buy a ticket and attend the live, in-person event. I totally understand if you personally cannot but I wanted to offer a general answer to other readers as well. If I can offer a “digital ticket” will, but that will be well after the conference sells out.

      • Diego March 9, 2018 at 9:29 am #

        Well, that’s ok. I hope all the tickets sold out so you maybe think in the streaming, I definitely had no problem to pay the same price for the opportunity to be online in live streaming…

        thank your answer!

        Best regards,


  3. Martin K June 12, 2018 at 9:56 am #

    Hi Adrian,

    I really like your blog, and I am trying to convince my employer here in Europe to send me to your PyImageSearch conference. Before I can make any arrangements with hotel, flights, etc. my employer would like to know if the conference actually will take place (read: not cancelled) and if there are still tickets left for participation.

    Best regards,
    Martin K

    • Adrian Rosebrock June 12, 2018 at 10:42 am #

      Hi Martin — I 100% guarantee that the conference will not be cancelled unless there some sort of extraordinary circumstance that no one could foresee (natural disaster, etc.). There are some tickets still left but make sure you pick up yours soon. I hope you can make it and I’m looking forward to meeting you in person 🙂

      • Martin K June 13, 2018 at 8:05 am #

        Thanks for your quick response, Adrian! I have picked up my ticket now. Really looking forward to the event and meeting you in person.

        Best regards,

        • Adrian Rosebrock June 15, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

          Thanks Martin, I’m looking forward to seeing you there! 🙂

  4. Michael April 2, 2019 at 4:54 am #

    Hi Adrian,

    Are there any plans for a conference in 2019?

    Best regards,
    Michael from Ukraine.

    • Adrian Rosebrock April 2, 2019 at 5:39 am #

      There will not be a PyImageConf 2019. It’s a long story related to me needing to prioritize a family member who had cancer — during that time I would have needed to been planning PyImageConf 2019. Unfortunately that could not happen.


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