SPUG Southampton Python Users Group

Southampton Python Users Group (SPUG) is a general users group for all things Python. We're based at the University of Southampton, but everyone is welcome. We usually have an invited guest speaker once a month to lead a session. We communicate through a mailing list and a Slack chat room. SPUG is open to absolutely anyone who is interested in Python regardless of experience or level.

Upcoming Talks

Snakes on a Boat: Robotic sailing with Python


Sophia led a team from the University of Southampton which recently won the World Robotic Sailing Competition (Micro Sailboat class). Come and hear about how we used Python to make a boat sail itself, including:

  • Why is it so hard to make a robot sail?
  • What happened to us at the World Robotic Sailing Championship (besides winning it)?
  • Who are ROS and Brian?
  • What tools did we combine to make the Black Python sail?


6pm, Monday 3rd October


Southampton University, Highfield Campus, Bld 06 (Nuffield Theatre), Room 1083 (map)

Get involved

Google Group

Google Group

Sign up for our mailing list to hear about upcoming talks.

Slack Channel

Slack Group

In our chat room, we ask and answer questions, arrange meetings, and share our knowledge.

You can sign up directly with a soton.ac.uk email address. Otherwise, we'll be happy to invite you if you send us a message in the Google Group.

Github page


Code and materials from our talks can be found on GitHub, along with the source of this website! It's all freely accessible to anyone.

Previous talks