Can't figure out how you're going to get to Chicago for YAPC::NA this year and wish it was in your city? Want to meet Perl luminaries, but aren't sure how? Want to contribute to Perl without writing a new MVC framework?
If you answer yes to at least two of these questions, you might be just the person we want to host YAPC next year. But you can't host if you don't bid. We're starting the venue bidding process earlier this year for YAPC::NA so it's time to get to work. Read on for this year's bid schedule and other details.
We're putting out the request now, roughly two months before YAPC::NA.
And since the request is out there ahead of time, we encourage all bidders to attend this year's YAPC. This will give you a feel for what YAPC is like and allow you to see how it is run. You can also help out if you want to get some experience. We're not making it a requirement that you attend YAPC::NA to bid, but it will be a factor in the voting.
At YAPC we (The Perl Foundation) will schedule a Birds of a Feather (BOF) session to answer questions and give feedback on proposals people are working on. Obviously, the further along your bid is, the more relevant our help will be. Also, by YAPC, we'd like bidders to let us know they intend to bid so we know roughly how many people are working on a bid. This isn't binding, it just gives us a heads-up.
Due date for submissions: Aug. 1
New safety valve: If we have no declared bidders at YAPC, we will appeal once more for bids and extend the deadline to Sept. 1.
The TPF Conferences group will select the host city one month after bid due date.
How do you get started?
You can get details on what a YAPC venue needs in the venue requirements document. When making your proposal, in addition to venue information and possible dates, please make sure to include details on airport locations, local public transit (as well as transit to the venue from the airport!), local cultural attractions, and accommodation information. The more information you provide, within reason, the better.
The review criteria are also available.
Send your proposals to yapc-venues AT yetanother DOT org.
This is your chance to bring a YAPC to your town. It's a very rewarding experience, and is a great way to give to the Perl community.