Thoughts on the Future of Python

Analyzing Python's path to corporate world domination

Marc-Andre Lemburg

Business Development Engineering New Features Python general

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Python has come a long way since it was created in 1989. The talk will look into the current state, upcoming changes and explore possibilities for its future development, both at a language and application level.

The talk looks at Python's development from a higher level point of view, using a more business oriented approach and analyzing the perspective from a corporate C-level user.

It's an updated version of the talk I've given at Driving IT 2020 and include more recent developments:

Type: Talk (30 mins); Python level: Beginner; Domain level: Beginner

Marc-Andre Lemburg

Marc-Andre is the CEO and founder of, a Python-focused project and consulting company based in Germany. He has a degree in mathematics from the University of Düsseldorf.

His work with and for Python started in 1994. In 1997, he became a Python Core Developer. He designed and implemented the Unicode support in Python and continued to maintain the Python Unicode implementation for more than a decade, after it first appeared in Python 2.0. He also authored the well-known mx Extensions, e.g. mxTextTools, mxDateTime and mxODBC, which are now distributed and maintained through

Marc-Andre currently is Chair of the EuroPython Society (EPS) which organizes the EuroPython conference series and support the Python community in Europe.

He is also a founding member and Fellow of the Python Software Foundation (PSF) and has served on the PSF Board several times.

Today, Marc-Andre spends most of his time consulting and managing large-scale customer projects heavily relying on Python and databases. More details are available on