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.

I write and run software that keeps a hosting provider and domain registrar online – mostly in Python and in Go. If you want to know what’s on my mind and plate, you should follow my tweets, learned lessons, and blog. I also give really good conference talks; often with a slant towards small-scale DevOps.

If you’d like to be notified when 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 low-volume, free of tracking, and easy to unsubscribe.


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.

As such, I consider any inquiries in that regard as spam and do not respond to them. Thank you for your understanding.

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

I speak Czech, German, and English.

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