What is the Dask Distributed Summit?

The Dask Distributed Summit is an opportunity to listen, learn, and share knowledge about scaling Python analytics with Dask.

Summit Overview

We welcome attendees with wide varieties of experiences, expertise, and backgrounds to create a diverse and compelling learning opportunity. Users, contributors, and newcomers can share experiences and learn from one another to solve hard problems and grow a stronger community.

Presentations will be given live with opportunities for questions and answers to facilitate a more engaging experience and a deeper discussion. Presentations will come in a variety of formats, such as workshops, talks, and panel discussions to create diverse learning experiences.

Following each session, a recording will be posted to attendees for continued viewing. At the conclusion of the Summit, all presentations will be posted on YouTube.


Talks are 30-minute sessions.


Tutorials are 90 minutes hands-on sessions where you can learn about a new skill/library/technology in a self-contained way. Materials will be available before-hand so you can follow suit. 


Workshops are two hour sessions focused on a theme.  They are intended to give a Dask sub-community a space to assemble and focus.  

Workshops will include a mix of invited speakers and can incorporate a variety of formats:

  • Series of invited talks 
  • Panel discussion + Q&A
  • Working session
  • Open Discussions

Fireside chats

Fireside chats are opportunities for attendees to mingle and discuss their thoughts following talks and presentations in an open-ended forum. Feel free to ask questions, mingle, and network using our Gathertown platform.


Join the Summit Slack during the event to chat with speakers and other attendees, receive material for tutorials and workshops, share resources, receive announcements and schedule updates, and to find out about other opportunities. We will encourage speakers to be on slack following their presentation to answer questions. Following the event, the Dask Slack will remain up and open to the community as a forum for continued communication with the Dask developers and fellow users.


Join us for one of the two Trivia sessions, all attendees are invited to participate in this social event. We will be conducting a team-based trivia with multiple categories. Presented by Anywhere League, team trivia that’s designed to let you hang out and enjoy yourselves, while engaging in some friendly competition with other companies. Show off your knowledge and learn something new, check the schedule so you don’t miss it!

Lightning Talks

Lightning talks are a great way to learn something new in a short period of time! These micro talks offer attendees a brief deep dive into a topic. We encourage anyone – especially first-time speakers – interested to sign-up for a 5-minute slot. Sign-up sheets will be available on Slack.

About Dask

Dask is a parallel computing library for Python. Dask scales Python natively, provides familiar APIs, and integrates seamlessly with the Scientific Python ecosystem. Dask makes it easy to scale data science and machine learning workflows. Moreover, Dask offers a complete framework for building distributed applications and powers many special-case softwares including RAPIDS, PyTorch, and Apache Airflow.

There is more to Dask than the code, Dask is a community. Academics, researchers, data scientists, and industry professionals from around the world are both Dask users and Dask contributors. They help support, maintain, and grow the project and the community.

To learn more about Dask, visit dask.org.

Organizing Committee

Dharhas PothinaDharhas Pothina
Dharhas Pothina
Dharhas PothinaProgram Co-Chair
Dharhas Pothina is the Director of Consulting at Quansight.
Hugo Bowne-AndersonHugo Bowne-Anderson
Hugo Bowne-Anderson
Hugo Bowne-AndersonCommunication & Sponsor Co-Chair
Hugo Bowne-Anderson is Head of Data Science Evangelism and VP of Marketing at Coiled.
Jacob SchmittJacob Schmitt
Jacob Schmitt
Jacob SchmittCommunication & Sponsorship Co-Chair
Jake Schmitt is a product marketing manager with the NVIDIA Enterprise Data Science Products team.
Jim WeissJim Weiss
Jim Weiss
Jim WeissLogistics Chair
Jim is the Events Manager for NumFOCUS.
Julia SignellJulia Signell
Julia Signell
Julia SignellDiversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair
Julia is the Head of Open Source at Saturn Cloud.
Matthew RocklinMatthew Rocklin
Matthew Rocklin
Matthew RocklinCommunity Chair
Matthew is the CEO at Coiled.
Mike McCartyMike McCarty
Mike McCarty
Mike McCartyProgram Co-Chair
Mike is a Director of Software Engineering at the Capital One Center for Machine Learning.
Martin DurantMartin Durant
Martin Durant
Martin DurantProgram Co-Chair
Martin is a software engineer at Anaconda, Inc.


Dask has an engaged and respectful community made up of people from all over the world. We are committed to creating a productive, professional, and inclusive environment for everyone. All community members are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the conference, all conference events and online forums. Our code of conduct is strictly enforced.


Our commitment to the Dask Distributed Summit community is to create an inclusive and respectful conference environment that invites participation of people from all backgrounds. We welcome a diverse attendance to foster deeper discussions and build a stronger community.