August 2007 Archives

YAPC::NA in Chicago...again! has stepped up to be first group in recent years to bid for a repeat YAPC, and in close voting they nudged out Columbus for the opportunity to do it. Jonathan Rockway will be the head organizer, with support from previous Chicago organizers Josh McAdams and Pete Krawczyk.

Both groups submitted strong bids and it was a tough choice.

Watch for more announcements with final dates and other details. See you in Chicago!

After a running the Perl Foundation Grant Committee for almost two years, Ovid has decided he needs to step down. Naturally, this means we need someone to step into this role and we're hoping to get new people into the Perl Foundation.

Running the Grant Committee is a very important volunteer position with specific responsibilities. These include:

  • Every three months, putting out a call for grant proposals and organizing votes on them.
  • Finding and retaining grant managers to oversee grants which are awarded.
  • Keep abreast of important trends in the Perl community.
  • Work the Grant and Steering committee to help shape Perl Foundation policy.
  • Keep the blog updated with regular events happening with the grant committee.
This role requires:
  • A good understanding of the needs of the Perl community.
  • Thick skin ("why did you morons approve X?", "You aren't funding enough grants!", "You are funding too many grants", etc.)
  • Patience. Sometimes the wheels turn slowly.
  • Discretion (never publicly discuss rejected grants. Respect privacy)
  • Tact (you have to let rejected grantees down gently while telling them why their grant was rejected)
Aside from the above, we like to see initiative on the part Grant Committee Secretary. New ideas, grant-related or not, that help the Perl Foundation better serve the Perl community are always welcome. To help the transition, Ovid has volunteered to help the new Grant Secretary get to his or her feet and answer any questions which might arise.

If you're looking for a way to make an impact in the Perl community, and help the Perl Foundation drive Perl development, the Grant Committee chair position may be for you. If you're interested, email Richard Dice at rdice at We hope to hear from you soon.

2007 White Camels awarded

The 2007 White Camel awards for contributions to the Perl community were awarded at OSCON.
  • Norbert E. Grüner, for years of service helping to organize conferences and workshops throughout Europe, as chair of The YAPC::Europe Foundation.
  • Allison Randal, as leader and manager of Perl 6 & Parrot, plus her revisions to Perl's Artistic License.
  • Tim O'Reilly, for O'Reilly Media's long-time support of the Perl community, back to to 1997 with the first Perl Conference, which has since morphed into OSCON.
Thanks to all the winners.

If you have an idea for doing some work for the Perl community and you think it's worthy of a grant, please send your grant entry to [email protected] by the end of August. We will be awarding the grants by the beginning of October.

YAPC::NA::2008 Bid

Read on for the bid. The formatting suffered a bit on this one too.

YAPC::NA::2008 Bid

Read on for the full Columbus bid. Note that the version we received was nicely formatted, especially the tables. When I copied from the PDF, I lost the formatting.

Call for Venue Closed

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The call for venue for YAPC::NA::2008 is closed. We received two bids, a rebid from Chicago and a first-time bid from I'll be posting the bid details shortly. The Conferences Committee will then begin the review and voting.

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