My name is Hynek Schlawack, but I usually just go by Hynek (IPA: [ˈɦɪnɛk]). I’m a Pythonista, Gopher, and conference speaker from Berlin/Germany.

My day job is developing software that keeps a hosting provider and domain registrar running – mostly in Python and in Go. If you want to know what’s on my mind, you should follow my tweets and my blog.

If you’d like to be notified whenever I publish new content or significantly update existing one (along with exclusive “director’s commentary” about what I did and why), you should check out my Hynek Did Something newsletter. It’s extremely low-volume, your data is safe, and every email comes with a big unsubscribe button. RSS works too, of course.


I have spoken and keynoted at conferences and companies from California to Moscow and Tokyo, and my talks have been consistently very well-received. If you would like me to speak at your event, please contact me to discuss details.

Generally, I’m happy to speak for free at community-organized non-profit conferences that have adopted a Code of Conduct, don’t sport a 100% male speaker lineup, and will pay for my travels (flights, conference tickets, and hotel). I love speaking at small conferences but I cannot afford to pay my way there.

I will also speak at your for-profit event if we can agree on a reasonable compensation.

Sorry, I don’t do online conferences anymore.

Open Source

I’ve been involved with open-source software in general and the Python community in particular for a long while and I’m honored to be a fellow of the Python Software Foundation.

I’m the author of several projects and a committer on many more – including Twisted and CPython. I also collect useful information on my blog.

Support Me

All of my writing, mentoring, conference speaking, and open-source work I do for free. In some cases it even costs me money for stickers, travel visas, et cetera.

It would mean everything to me if you would consider expressing your gratitude and support me. It’s the best way to help me to get myself motivated to spend my free time on maintaining my projects and creating more free, helpful content.


While I’m honored by the numerous offers, I absolutely do not do guest posts on my blog. I also won’t participate in your SEO racket.

This webpage is my home on the web – not a commercial enterprise.

The best way to get in touch with me is email.

I speak Czech, German, and English.

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