YAPC::NA 2008 Survey

06/24/08 04:50 PM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

For those who attended YAPC::NA 2008, please take a few minutes to fill out this year's survey so that we can learn how to make YAPC an even better event.

Larry Wall on ebay?

06/17/08 03:37 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

Back in 2006 we auctioned off a Larry Wall action figure. As if to commemorate the second YAPC::NA in Chicago, the second of only a handful of limited addition figures is being auctioned off on ebay. Check it out, the auction ends this week.

Planet YAPC

06/17/08 01:59 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

Whether you are attending YAPC or just keeping up with the happenings from the comfort of your own home, don't miss the Planet YAPC site and feed set up by Karen and Marty Pauley.

YAPC::EU Schedule Released

06/17/08 01:50 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

YAPC::NA is in full swing, but that doesn't mean that you can't be looking forward to the great lineup of talks at YAPC::EU.

Pre-Registration Today

06/15/08 04:14 PM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

We'll be holding pre-registration today from 3pm until 11pm in the MSV dorms. If you want to avoid the Monday morning rush, stop by MSV today. (Metered parking is free on the weekends in front of the dorms)

Tag Your YAPC::NA 2008 Media With 'yapcna2008'

06/12/08 04:07 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

This year we will continue the tradition of encouraging all YAPC attendees to tag there YAPC-related media with a tag custom to the conference. Please tag your photos, blog entries, video, etc with the tag 'yapcna2008' so that we can find it. If you don't mind, add 'yapc' and 'yapcna' too for those who are doing more general searches.

Thanks to Jeremy Fluhmann for reminding us about this and for pointing out some pictures from past conferences on Flickr.

YAPC Discount Code for Packt

06/11/08 03:27 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

Packt Publishing, who donated a load of books for our charity auction, is also offering a 20% discount to YAPC attendees. Just use the discount code 'YAPCDisc' when you purchase anything on the Packt website to have the discount applied.

Additional Dinner and Auction Tickets

06/10/08 06:38 PM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

If you are planning on bringing someone to the conference that isn't a registered attendee, please let us know ahead of time by purchasing a additional banquet ticket on the YAPC::NA website. Tickets are $40 each and include:

  • Dinner buffet (Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, and Cajun varieties of food)
  • Four hours of game play (bowling and table games)
  • Cash bar (the first drink is on us)
  • Access to the most exciting Perl auction in Chicago this year!

Call for Volunteers

06/09/08 09:55 PM by Ryan Gerry

Volunteers are needed for YAPC::NA 2008. Help the Perl community make this YAPC a success; pick a job and a time and sign up on the volunteers wiki page. About 40 slots are available so feel free to sign up for multiple times! If you know what sessions you are interested in attending, an easy volunteering opportunity is to become the Session Assistant for that time slot.

New YAPC::NA Featured Event: Workshops

06/08/08 03:14 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

This year at YAPC::NA we are experimenting with a new form of talk that is part presentation and part hackathon. We are having four extended workshops during the conference where attendees are invited to bring their computers along and experience an in-depth and very likely hands-on session where they will leave the conference not just thinking about new technologies, but actually having worked with them.

To kick things off on Tuesday, JT Smith is hosting a WebGUI Workshop. During the workshop, each attendee will install WebGUI, browse through the interface, and learn how to write custom plug-ins. This is a hands-on workshop that will show you just how easy and fun it can be to write powerful web applications in WebGUI. This is a great workshop that typically costs hundreds of dollars at the WebGUI conference, but is being offered free to any YAPC::NA attendee who wants to take advantage of it.

After that, Matt Trout is going to follow up with another web development tutorial, Catalyst: 21st Century Perl Web Development. This tutorial will get you up to speed on what you need to get started building powerful web applications with the Catalyst web framework. Catalyst is a powerful and flexible web framework that rivals systems like Ruby on Rails and Django, only in our favorite language, Perl!

The next day, Stevan Little will be giving a Moose Tutorial. This two hour session will get you up and running with Perl's post-modern object system. Moose adds a powerful and fun object system to Perl 5 that is inspired by Common LISP, Smalltalk, and Perl 6. You don't want to miss this session.

And finally, the Parrot and Perl6 developers are getting together for a Parrot and Perl 6 Workshop. Come to this session laptop in hand and leave with a working version of Parrot and Rakudo (Perl 6 on Parrot). This workshop was the catalyst for having the workshop session this year and from the chatter that I've seen on the planning list, will be a "can't miss" event for those interested in the next iteration of the Perl programming language.

So there you have it, four sessions of in-depth technology that are guaranteed to make it more difficult for you to decide on what talk to go to this YAPC::NA.

You welcome, The YAPC::NA 2008 Organizers

YAPC::NA 2008 Job Fair

06/08/08 02:46 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

If you are attending YAPC::NA 2008 and are interested in finding a new job, then polish up your resume and take a few minutes to stop by our annual YAPC::NA Job Fair and Expo. At the job fair you'll find great companies actively seeking Perl talent like you, as well as, many other Perl-based companies showing off their wares. Join us in the main lobby of the conference center from 1pm until 5pm CST on June 17th and talk with representatives from companies like Summersault, Grant Street Group, CarSpot, Where2GetIt, Virtualmin, PlainBlack, Experian CheetahMail, DWR Trading, Whitepages, and LiveText.

Last Chance For Housing

06/05/08 06:22 PM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

We have officially cut off on-campus housing purchases; however, we just talked with IIT and there are still a few rooms available. If you want on-campus housing and haven't booked it already please email Josh McAdams (joshua.mcadams at gmail.com) before noon CST this Friday (June 6th) and let him know what days you need housing.

Check the Conference Wiki

06/03/08 02:56 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

YAPC::NA 2008 starts in less than two weeks!!! This is just a reminder that all attendees should take a few minutes and browse the conference wiki. There are several BOFs on there as well as the pre-conference and anti-pre-conference dinners. If your name's not on the pre-conference dinner list on the wiki, you won't be included in the "official" headcount for the dinner (and as Uri will tell you, this headcount is important!). There's also the arrivals by air and departures by air pages, as well as room sharing postings, the Thurs-Fri post-yapc Hackathon, and the Sat-Sun pre-yapc Parrot Hackathon. Another note to any first-time yapc attendees, the BOF schedule will likely start to become more structured (locations, days, and times added) during the first day, once people know where things are and have a better idea of their schedules.

See you all at YAPC::NA 2008!

Act Now To Get Your Correct T-Shirt Size

05/27/08 10:43 PM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

We are about to put in the t-shirt order for YAPC::NA 2008 t-shirts. If you are planning on coming, but haven't registered yet, do it now or risk us running out of your size of t-shirts. We'll order a few extras in each size, but everyone who registers after May 25th is in a first-come-first-serve queue for the pool of extras.

Google Sponsors YAPC::NA 2008

05/27/08 07:41 PM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

We'd like to thank Google for continuing to support the Perl community. This year they are one of the top contributors to the conference, picking up all of the t-shirt costs!

Google is a proud user and supporter of open source software and development methodologies. As a company, Google contributes back to the Open Source community in a variety of ways, including source code, Project Hosting on Google Code, and Google Summer of Code. For more information on Google's open source activities, visit code.google.com/opensource.

Thank you Google!

Correction on "Last Call for On-Campus Housing"

05/27/08 01:39 PM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

There was an incorrect date in the last post, May 30th is when we have to have the final numbers in to the University. Please sign up for on-campus housing before May 30th.

Last Call for On-Campus Housing

05/27/08 05:44 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

If you are planning on coming to YAPC::NA and want to stay on campus, time is running out for you to book your room. We have to have the final list into the University by 5pm CST on May 30th.... be sure to sign up before then.

Also, if you want an on-campus credit account for food, please purchase it before the 30th. Not having the card doesn't exclude you from having meals, but it does help the school plan out the number of people dining on-campus. Also, all of the extra credit can be used to feed the post-YAPC hack-a-thons!

Allant Continues to Support YAPC::NA

05/21/08 04:26 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

Allant is a Marketing Optimization solution provider that leverages predictive intelligence, strategic and analytic services and marketing automation to maximize marketing spend productivity, strategy and results for its clients. In serving their clients, they are heavy users of Perl and are looking for more Perl talent to help them dominate marketing optimization. Allant sponsored YAPC::NA in 2006 and we thank them for sponsoring once again in 2008.

Controlling Your Server With Virtualmin

05/21/08 04:22 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

Virtualmin is a powerful and flexible web server control panel that is capable of managing your virtual domains, mailboxes, databases, applications, and entire server from one comprehensive interface. It is an exciting piece of software that runs on top of Webmin, which is compatible with nearly every UNIX-based Operating System in existence. And, best of all, Virtualmin is a sponsor of YAPC::NA 2008.

Thanks Virtualmin.

Where to get what?

05/21/08 04:14 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

Are you a business looking for location based services and maps to help drive customers into your business? If so, you might be interested in Where2GetIt, one of YAPC::NA's latest sponsors. Are you a Perl developer looking for a successful company with a presence in the midwest? You might be interested too.

Where2GetIt is a new sponsor to YAPC::NA and we would like to welcome them to the premier North American Perl event, as well as, thank them for thier usage of Perl and support of the Perl community.

Thanks Where2GetIt!

New Sponsor Focused on New Cars

05/21/08 04:01 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

CarSpot.com is a new sponsor to YAPC::NA this year and not only do they provide great automobile location services, but they do it with Perl and they and looking for more Perl talent to help them continue to be a high quality automotive search. We would like to thank CarSpot and encourage you to thank them too for helping making YAPC::NA 2008 a success. Be sure to visit CarSpot at this year's job fair and expo.

No Starch and YAPC::NA Team Up Again

05/21/08 03:54 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

No Starch Press boasts publishing "the finest in geek entertainment" and that they continually do. They explore topics that will excite geeks everywhere, even those that get banned by traditional online media.

This year No Starch stepped up as a contributor to YAPC and for that we thank them.


05/21/08 03:48 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

Dave and Andy have carved out an impressive niche in the tech-book industry with thier amazingly successful set of book published in the name of The Pragmatic Programmers. Though they tend to lean toward Java and Ruby in their books, they are always big supporters of Perl and YAPC::NA. We'd like to thank them once again for contributing a set of top-notch books to the YAPC::NA auction.

Makers of 'The Camel'

05/21/08 03:43 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

When you think quality tech books, one of the first publishers that comes to mind is O'Reilly. O'Reilly branded Perl as the 'Camel' language and hosts scores of conferences each year including OSCON, which was historically The Perl Conference. As always, O'Reilly has donated books for the YAPC::NA charity auction and has promoted YAPC::NA in it's newsletters. This year, they are also providing everyone with a copy of The Perl Review. We would like to thank them for their continued support.

Rimm Kaufman Sponsors Again!

05/21/08 03:37 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

The Rimm-Kaufman Group provides paid search marketing services and web effectiveness consulting to online retailers. Their clients range from startups to the Fortune-500 and include both B2C and B2B direct marketers. And, they are looking for Perl developers to join them in their pursuits. RKG has once again stepped up as a YAPC::NA sponsor and for that, and for using Perl, we thank them.

OpenMake Making YAPC A Success Once Again

05/21/08 03:24 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

Open Make Software is a Chicago-local company that provides both Open Source and Commercial solutions that manage the complexities of build management for any size of development team. OpenMake supports enterprise level, multi-language and multi-platform build engine processing that unifies applications written in different languages. The are in search of many talented developers, including a build manager that knows Perl. And to top it off, they have supported both YAPC::NA's in Chicago! Be sure to let Open Make know that you appreciate their support of the Perl community.

Experian CheetaMail is Looking for You

05/21/08 03:12 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

Experian CheetahMail is the trusted service provider of online marketing solutions for top enterprises worldwide and they are looking for Perl programmers to join them. They were once again a top-contributor to YAPC::NA and will be at the Job Fair and Expo on June 17th in the conference center.

Grant Street Group Sponsors YAPC Again!

05/21/08 03:07 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

Grant Street Group is once again a key contributor to YAPC::NA. Grant Street Group develops, hosts and administers customized software applications used by government entities and financial institutions to support a variety of financial transactions related to revenue collection and auctions of fixed income instruments, tax deeds and real estate. They are on the hunt for talented Perl developers and will be present at the YAPC::NA 2008 Job Fair and Expo. Be sure to stop by on Tuesday and thank them for using Perl and for continuing to support YAPC.

Sponsorship and Keynotes Oh My!

05/21/08 02:56 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

There is no doubt that Google is a big supporter of the Open Source community. They have released well over a million lines of internal code under OSS licenses and host the Summer of Code each year. They also are among the top supporters of YAPC::NA. This year Google not only picked up the tab on the conference t-shirts, but also provided speakers for the closing keynote. Brian Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman, Googlers and subversion developers, will be keynoting on June 18th about the Open Source community. Thank you Google!

Thank You ITA Software

05/21/08 02:49 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

We would like to thank ITA Software for being a Gold Sponsor for YAPC::NA 2008. ITA provides advanced IT services for the airline industry and is looking for talented programmers to join them in an industry that provides challenging problems and opportunities for innovation.

ITA has been a regular sponsor for recent YAPC's and we thank them for that. Be sure to stop by their table at the Job Fair and Expo in the conference center on the afternoon of June 17th.

CBSSports.com Sponsors YAPC

05/21/08 02:40 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

The YAPC::NA organizers would like to thank CBSSports.com for sponsoring the conference. CBSSports.com is a unit of CBS Interactive, a division within CBS that works with many of CBS's online properties. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, CBSSports.com is looking for top-notch Perl programmers like you. They will be at the YAPC::NA job fair, so be sure to bring an up to date version of your resume.

Call for Lightning Talks now open

05/19/08 08:30 PM by R Geoffrey Avery (‎rGeoffrey‎)

Not giving a full length talk but have something to say? Want to break into speaking with something a little quicker? Here is your chance to get one third of your 15 minutes of fame. Submit your Lightning Talk today.

At least two speaking spots will be held in reserve until the middle of the conference so you may be able to comment on something learned at the conference if the spirit moves you. However, if you submit your talk by June 9 or are a first time speaker you have an even better chance of being accepted.

New Master Class At YAPC::NA

05/16/08 03:13 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

We are excited to add a fourth master class to the post-YAPC class lineup. Gabor Szabo is holding his "QA Test Automation using Perl" course on June 19th and 20th on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology. Please register today.

There are now four classes being offered including:

On-Campus Housing Reminder

05/14/08 08:20 PM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

You can now purchase on-campus accommidations. The rates are $60/night for a single room and $100/night for a double room. Rooms come with twin beds and linens. They are dorms, so don't expect a luxury hotel; however, $60/night in Chicago during the summer is a steal.

When checking out using the conference payment system be sure to check any checkboxes, as well as, radio buttons for items that you plan to purchase.

YAPC::NA 2009 Call For Venue

05/12/08 03:08 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

The call for venue for YAPC::NA 2009 has officially been opened. This year the deadline has been moved up to June 1st with the winning organizers being announced at this year's YAPC::NA. If you think that your group is up to hosting YAPC, be sure to get your bid in today.

YAPC::NA Housing Registration Open

05/08/08 03:30 PM by Pete Krawczyk (‎sachmet‎)

Housing, parking and meal options are now available for purchase in the YAPC::NA 2008 registration system.

This year, all dorm accommodations are in the MSV dorm due to construction at SSV. We have both single and double rooms available. If you register for a double room and wish to allow a roommate to check themselves in, please let Josh or myself know so we can make the appropriate arrangements. Housing registration will close on Friday, May 30th at 11:59 PM CT. After that time, you will have to make alternate arrangements.

The dining cards work the same as in 2006: you can purchase a card at registration that works at the various dining areas on campus. The cards are available in $20 increments. In 2006, we estimated that breakfast would cost approximately $5 per day, lunch $10 per day, and dinner $15 per day. Dinner will be provided on Tuesday.

If you haven't taken the time to register for the conference, you can do that at the same time. It's only $100 for three days of presentations, tutorials and workshops! And for an additional $200, you can register at The Perl Review for two-day master classes as well. It's the best bargain of the conference season!

Deutsche Boerse Systems Sponsors YAPC

05/02/08 03:05 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

We are excited to announce or latest sponsor, Deutsche Boerse Systems. Deutsche Boerse Systems Inc. is the US operating unit of Deutsche Börse Systems AG, originally established to provide technical operations and support services to the Alliance CBOT/Eurex (a/c/e) in late 2000. Today, they provide technical services for the full range of Deutsche Börse Group markets and systems with a regional focus on North America.

Thank you Deutsche Boerse!

Knowmad Technologies Sponsors YAPC::NA 2008

04/30/08 02:21 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

The YAPC::NA 2008 organizers would like to thank Knowmad Technologies for sponsoring YAPC and supporting the Perl community. Knowmad Technologies is an Open Source software company that creates solutions to increase productivity. Knowmad produces high-quality software that fits the unique needs of their clients. They are programmers with an eye for aesthetics, usability and business sense.

Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Knowmad specializes in process improvement, automation, software integration and self-service applications. Their software solutions empower small-to-midsize companies to operate more efficiently.

Thanks Knowmad!

YAPC on Facebook

04/27/08 10:31 PM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

We have create a Facebook event for YAPC::NA 2008. If you happen to be a Facebook user, please sign up for the event and spread the word.

Three Days Remaining For Early Bird Pricing to YAPC::NA 2008

04/27/08 09:05 PM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

There are only three days remaining to take advantage of the reduced rate for attending YAPC::NA 2008. We'll be turning off the early bird pricing on May 1st, so sign up now.

Master Classes at YAPC::NA 2008

04/27/08 03:27 PM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

The Perl Review is conducting three master classes at this year's YAPC::NA. Each class is two full days of training on the two days after YAPC, June 19-20, from 9am to 5pm. The price for each class is $200, and you can register for the classes through The Perl Review.

Master Classes are offered especially at conferences and are cut-rate, extremely low cost offerings of regular courses taught by training organizations.

YAPC::NA 2008 Schedule Posted

04/26/08 02:30 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

The YAPC::NA 2008 schedule is officially posted and we have an exciting set of talks this year. Presentations range from Rakudo, the Perl 6 compiler targeting Parrot, to techniques for cleaning up your Perl 5 code and from using Perl for programming social networking sites to stopping malicious software from effecting your systems.

Between the reduced rate of $85 for the three-day conference and the exciting list of talks, how can you not register for YAPC::NA 2008 today.

Conference Map

04/21/08 01:26 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

Dave Rolsky set up a conference map that is open for attendees to view and edit. Please feel free to add any points of interest, or, if there is some type of location that you'd like the conference organizers to add, just let us know.

Purchase Your Conference Ticket Now!

04/17/08 01:58 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

With exactly two months remaining until YAPC::NA 2008, we are officially opening the payment system for registration to the conference. From now through the end of April, an early-bird price of $85 USD is available for attendees. After that, the registration cost goes up to $100 USD, so if you are looking to save some money on registration, book now! Of course, we are also making the full-price registration available for those who are feeling generous.

Some things to note:

If you are a speaker, DO NOT pay for the conference unless you really really want to. We will be passing out a coupon code sometime in the next few weeks so that you can properly register.

Also, if you are wanting to book on-campus accommodations you'll have to wait a week or so to reserve those; however, you can register and pay for the conference now to take advantage of early bird pricing. The housing registration system will be available very soon. The maintainers of ACT (the system we use to manage the conference) are working hard to create a more robust purchasing component of ACT that will make booking housing easier this year. A lot of this work will be done at next week's ACT hack-a-thon. Please join all of the ACT Hackers in making ACT an even better system for managing YAPC's around the world.

And finally, be sure to get the word out. We want to make this one of the best YAPC::NA's to date and to do that we need attendees! Tell your friends. Tell your boss. Tell your local PM group or LUG. YAPC::NA 2008 is almost here!

Initial talk acceptances sent out

04/08/08 07:25 PM by Pete Krawczyk (‎sachmet‎)

If you submitted a proposal for YAPC::NA 2008, please check your email. We have sent out the initial wave of talk acceptance notices. If you received one, please take a moment to confirm your talk by using the link provided.

We would like to release the schedule by Friday, but we need to have most of the talks confirmed in order to do so. Please confirm your talks today! You can do this by editing your talk and checking the "Confirmed" box at the bottom, then saving it. Please also take the time to confirm your abstract and other talk information.

If you are unable to give your talk, please get in contact with myself or Josh McAdams and let us know, so we can arrange to have the time slot filled. Thanks!

Apress is the Latest YAPC::NA Sponsor

04/08/08 04:40 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

The organizers of YAPC::NA 2008 would like to thank our latest sponsor, Apress. Apress is a publisher providing "Books For Professionals By Professionals". Apress has been a regular sponsor of YAPC and we would like to thank them for continuing to support the community.

Call For Participation Is Over

04/05/08 04:09 PM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

The call of participation for YAPC::NA 2008 has officially closed. We'd like to thank all of submitters who contributed well over 100 talks for consideration. We are hard at work going through the proposals and will be getting in contact with potential speakers soon.

If you didn't get your submission done in time, you can still submit a lightning talk. The call for lightning talks will open closer to conference time.

Keep checking back for information regarding the conference schedule and registration.

Last Day To Submit Talk Proposals

03/31/08 03:15 PM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

Today is the last day that we will be accepting proposals for talks for YAPC::NA 2008. If you were planning on submitting a talk, but have been putting it off, don't wait any longer! We aren't going to be too strict about turning off the submissions system at exactly midnight tonight, but the end is near.


03/23/08 12:26 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

The League of Professional System Administrators has teamed up with YAPC::NA 2008 and is requesting that members submit papers to YAPC. If you are a member of another organization that has members that make use of Perl, please let them know that we would love to hear from them and see some Perl papers from new and interesting people and places.

LinkedIn YAPC::NA 2008

03/23/08 12:06 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

I've created a group on LinkedIn for people interested in YAPC::NA 2008. Everyone is invited to join, especially if you are planning on being at the conference.

New YAPC::NA RSS/Atom Feed

03/22/08 11:49 PM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

The location of the YAPC RSS/Atom feed has been changed to the default location built into our conference management system. If you want to follow the latest YAPC::NA 2008 news through your feed reader, add http://conferences.mongueurs.net/yn2008/atom/en.xml to your blog list.

Call for Participation Extended Through March 31st

03/15/08 11:44 PM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

There have been a few requests to extend our call for participation in order to give speakers more time to get their proposals together for YAPC::NA 2008. March 15th was the original deadline for proposals to be submitted; however, the YAPC::NA 2008 organizers have decided to not turn off the CFP system until the end of March. We thank everyone who has made a submission so far.

YAPC::NA 2008 Banners

02/27/08 12:43 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

The folks over at PlainBlack were nice enough to offer up some graphic design assistance and created a set of banners for people to help promote YAPC::NA 2008. Please feel free to use these banners and linke to this site to help spread the word about YAPC.

ActiveState Sponsors YAPC::NA 2008

02/22/08 12:43 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

The Chicago Perl Mongers are happy to announce our latest sponsor, ActiveState. ActiveState has been a long-time supporter of the Perl community and the dynamic languages communities in general. They are the creators of ActivePerl, the Perl Dev Kit, and the Komodo Perl Dev Kit, which is tailored for programming in dynamic languages.


ActiveState has been kind enough to not only make a cash donation, but to also donate a few copies of their Perl Dev Kit and some other goodies for our conference auction. Thank you ActiveState.

Call for Participation

02/15/08 12:42 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

The Chicago Perl Mongers are excited to officially open the call for participation for YAPC::NA 2008. To submit your proposal, visit http://yapc.org/America, create an account, and let us know what you'd like to talk about. Submissions will be accepted through March 15th 2008, so get yours in soon.
We are currently accepting proposals for conference talks with durations of 20, 45, 70, and 95 minutes. These talks can be directed at any level of Perl programmer, from the noobies to seasoned Perl veterans. If you want to show off an amazing hack or new framework that youve been involved with, this could be your chance. Possibly you just want to contribute to the community by giving an introductory talk on regular expressions or subroutines; we intend on having something for everyone this year.
If 20 minutes is a too intimidating for you right now or if you just dont have enough material to fill up that much time, dont fret, well be opening the call for lighting talks soon. These 5-minute mini-presentations are a great way to get a quick point across and to get some experience in presenting in front of a crowd. Keep watching this news source for more information about the lighting talks.
This year we are also planning on introducing more hands-on workshop-style tracks to the conference. These sessions will typically be a little longer than a normal presentation and will be much more informal. During the workshops, conference attendees will be able to interact with presenters to actually do things like compile Parrot or create a hello world program in Perl 6. If you are involved in a project and would like to host a workshop, please contact Josh McAdams directly at joshua dot mcadams at gmail dot com.

Packt Publishing Donating Books to YAPC

01/20/08 12:41 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

Packt Publishing has stepped up as a YAPC::NA sponsor and offered to donate a shipment of books from their catalog. One of the books being donated is the new Catalyst book written by our own Jonathan Rockway. We are excited to have Packt as a sponsor and are looking forward to taking a peek at the books that they are sending.
Packt Pub
For those who don't know, Packt, pronounced Packed, is a UK-based publishing company started in 2004. They focus on producing cutting-edge books for communities of developers, administrators, and newbies alike.

Plain Black Sponsors YAPC

01/17/08 12:40 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

The YAPC::NA organizers would like to thank Plain Black for once again sponsoring YAPC North America. Plain Black Corporation is the maker of WebGUI, a Perl-based open-source content management system, and provides comprehensive support and training to its users. In 2001 WebGUI was made available to the public and quickly grew to become one of the most popular content management systems available today.
Plain Black
Be sure to stop by plainblack.com and check out WebGUI and the services that Plain Black provides.

Summersault is the first sponsor for YAPC::NA 2008

01/01/08 12:32 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

We are happy to announce that YAPC::NA 2008 has just received its first sponsorship. Summersault, a website development company specializing in robust, secure and scalable web applications written in Perl, has given a substantial contribution to the conference. They are also offering a special on their web hosting service to anyone who mentions that they heard about Summersault through YAPC::NA.
Even if you aren't interested in changing your hosting provider right now, be sure to tell Summersault thanks for keeping YAPC::NA a low-cost conference accessible to just about anyone.

YAPC::NA 2008 Website Open For Business

12/17/07 12:30 AM by Josh McAdams (‎jmcadams‎)

With 2008 drawing near, the YAPC::NA 2008 organizers have officially opened the conference website to the public. Check this website often. As the conference gets closer, the most up-to-date information about the conference can be found here.

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