PyLadies Dublin @ Dogpatch Labs

Mar 15, 2016 · Dublin, Ireland

A big thanks to Dogpatch Labs for hosting this month's meetup. 

This month, we are partnering with Kx who have invited two guest speakers, Louise McCluskey & Frances Morgan, they are going to present/discuss their work with Python, how it interfaces with kdb+, and why kdb+ can be useful to Python developers. They will also provide a real world example. 

After that, there will be the opportunity for Q&A, some coding, as well as discussion/networking.

Link to our hackpad of evening's event, feel free to update

NOTE: Feel free to bring food and drink to the event. There won't be food provided.


Talk: The power of kdb+ combined with the accessibility of Python

About Frances Morgan, Kx Consultant

Frances has been working in First Derivatives for 18 months. She has been involved in projects globally in a range of capacities. In her current role, she is working for a major investment bank as a Python developer. This role mainly involves building testing frameworks to simulate trade flows in the internal algorithmic engines using Python. This work involves setting up processes which mirror the actual trade environments in the bank system, and checking that test orders sent to these processes follow the expected path determined by the order instructions, as well as the regulations set out by the region. Together with her team, they are currently tasked with testing EU and NA markets.

Frances holds a PhD in Nanostructure Physics from Queens’ University Belfast.

About Louise McCluskey, Kx Consultant

Louise has been working with First Derivatives for two years as a Kx consultant. She has worked on a number of projects, mostly with financial clients including major investment banks in London and Munich. Her expertise is in building and maintaining Kx architecture to manage high frequency, high volume, real-time and historical tick market data. In her current role as the Kx development lead for the Equities and Commodities team at a major European bank she focusses on improving performance for traders by optimising queries, adding new functionality by developing and testing new analytics, reducing latency, and monitoring end of day processing to ensure that close prices are calculated correctly.

Louise holds a MEng degree in Structural Engineering with Architecture from Queen’s University, Belfast.



Dogpatch Labs is a pay to play co-working space for scaling technology startups. It is located in the heart of the Dublin Docklands in the iconic CHQ Building. 


Kx Systems Company
Kx is a leader in high-performance database and time-series analytics. Based in Palo Alto, California, the company was founded in 1993 and its kdb+ database platform incorporates a portable, expressive query and programming language, q, to analyze and store streaming events, manipulate in-memory and on-disk databases, and build distributed, low-latency applications. Originally targeting the capital markets, in recent years Kx Systems has expanded its presence in other vertical markets including Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals, and Utilities in response to customer demand. 

Kx Systems parent company is Newry-HQ’d consulting and software company, First Derivatives plc.

URL: https://kx.com



Q. Where is Dogpatch Labs? 
Inside CHQ on the right as you enter, George's Dock LUAS stop is right outside.


Q. What do I need to bring?

Please bring your laptop (and don't forget your charger).

Download the free 32-bit version of kdb+ in advance that would be great.
You can find it at:

Q. Is this a female only event?

No, everyone is welcome. :-)

Q. I'm a beginner, is it ok for me to attend?

Yes, we welcome all levels from no experience with Python to hobbyists to industry professionals. Remember to bring along your laptop if you need help setting up.

A good tutorial to start you off Python is:

A follow-on from that: 

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