New to Perl? Come to The Perl Conference in Orlando for only $50.

Perl is a thriving language backed by an active community that continues to grow daily as newcomers discover what the language has to offer. The Perl Conference (also affectionately referred to as "YAPC::NA") is the premiere North American event featuring training, workshops, hackathons for all things Perl and for all skill levels.

If you are new to Perl and have never attended YAPC before, The Perl Foundation is pleased to announce a very special welcome gift for a few lucky individuals. If this is your first time, you could join the Perl community at YAPC::NA::2016 in Orlando, Florida June 19th through 22nd for only $50.

Here's what your $50 will get you:

  • Free admission to the main conference event, including all track talks, all keynotes, and some fun social events. (Regular ticket price is $250).
  • Free hotel accommodations June 19, 20, and 21 (The lowest room rate is $119/night)
  • Free Zero to Perl 5 Beginner Class. (Regular ticket price is $75).

That's over $650 worth of YAPC for only $50!

Q: What is the fine print?

A: This must be the first time you have attended YAPC. You must submit your request to by April 10th, 2016 12:01:00 AM EST. There are a very limited number of these offers (four, total). We will choose at random from those who make their request in time. If you are chosen you will be contacted by email with instructions on how to register. Because we want to be sure that those who are awarded this tremendous savings actually use it, part of your registration will require that you forward your travel arrangements. Failure to follow through in registering or in forwarding travel arrangements in a timely manner will result in someone else being randomly chosen in your place.

The request email must include your name and contact information. One request per person.

The hotel room rate will be covered, but upon checking-in to the hotel the registrant will need to present a credit card to the hotel for incidentals, additional nights, and any applicable taxes and fees. Travel, parking, and food expenses are not covered by this offer.

All attendees of YAPC::NA::2016 must be registered to attend the conference, and must abide by the Standards of Conduct as outlined on the YAPC::NA website. This offer is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Q: What if I don't win?

A: If you are a student or active or retired military and are not selected for this program, you may still be eligible for a scholarship to attend YAPC (hotel and Zero to Perl class not included) for $50. Please see here for details.

Q: Do other conferences do this?

A: Yes. This program is inspired by the Enlightened Perl Organization's "Send A Newbie" program and has been done in the past at YAPC::EU and YAPC::Asia. However, this offer is not connected to the EPO's initiative.