June 2008 Archives

It's Pittsburgh for YAPC::NA 2009

The Perl Foundation is happy to announce the returning of the Yet Another Perl Conference to it's origin for 2009. The Perl Foundation Conferences Committee has chosen Pittsburgh as the venue for the next North American YAPC.

As has been a trend for the past few years, the votes were very close. We had two great bids from Pittsburgh and Columbus.

planet yapc now available


Thanks to Karen and Marty Pauley, we now have a Plagger site set up aggregating yapc feeds. Give it a shot and let me know if we're not picking up your blog.

YAPC::NA 2009 winning bid to be announced in Chicago

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As you may remember, this year we changed the YAPC::NA bidding process up a bit. We moved everything up a few months and will make an announcement during the closing ceremonies at this year's YAPC::NA in Chicago as to where the 2009 YAPC::NA will be held. If you'd like to offer any feedback or thoughts on the new process, please feel free to contact me - fluhmann at perlfoundation dot org

YAPC::NA::2009 Pittsburgh.pm Bid

Here is Pittsburgh.pm's bid for hosting YAPC::NA 2009

YAPC::NA::2009 Columbus.pm Bid

Here is Columbus.pm's bid for hosting YAPC::NA 2009

Bids for YAPC::NA 2009

The Call For Venue is closed and we received 2 bids for hosting YAPC::NA 2009. A rebid from Columbus.pm to try and bring it to their town in 2009, and a bid from Pittsburgh.pm to try for an anniversary back where it all started. I'll be posting the bids shortly. The Conferences Committee is in the process of reviewing and voting on the bids.

Help TPF Fund Grants!

The 2008Q2 grant round was by far the largest in recent years in both the quantity and quality of grant requests received by TPF. Characterisitically, TPF authorizes about US$5,000 of grant funding per quarter. In 2008Q2 we received nearly US$45,000 in grant requests.

We see this as both a positive thing and a problem. The positive part is that it shows some great activity in the Perl community and people recognizing that TPF can be a means through which Good Things in the Perl community can be supported. The problem is that this sudden burst in fund-requesting is not matched by our current financial state.

Put simply, TPF does not have the funds to grant anywhere near $45,000 in a single quarter. (The actual total of approved grants was slightly less than $40,000.) When the grant requests first came in I noticed how large and good this grant proposal pool was and the financial problem it might represent. So I started a discussion with the TPF executive to determine the best way we could be responsible to both the grant proposal submitors and to our finances. Our conclusion was:

  • We would double the budget of the Grants Committee for this quarter, to $10,000;
  • The Grants Committe would not only vote on approve/deny for the grant proposals, but also rank order them;
  • I would appeal to the community to help us fund approved grants that ranked outside of the budget the GC was provided.

The list of grants and their dispositions that you see in Alberto's posting, http://news.perlfoundation.org/2008/06/2008q2_grants_results.html, reflects this strategy. These grants are listed in Alberto's posting in their rank ordering. My posting here is meant to give information on this situation to all members of the Perl community and to ask for your help to fund the grants we can't fund without your help.

If you would like to help us fund more of these grants, here's what you can do to help. Please visit our donation page, https://donate.perlfoundation.org/index.pl?node=Contribution%20Info. In the "For" drop-down, select "Perl Development Fund". In the comments box, please write "2008Q2 grants". For any funds received for the next month (until July 2/2008) we will dedicate them towards the rank-ordered list of grants. Any donations collected that for whatever reason we are not able to apply to the 2008Q2 rank-ordered grants we will allocate to the GC in future granting rounds.

One additional word -- of all the approved grants, only one (SMOP) concerned Perl 6. We are able to fund this out of the targeted Perl 6 donation we received 2 weeks ago from Ian Hague, http://news.perlfoundation.org/2008/05/tpf_receives_large_donation_in.html. The $10,000 budget does not include this grant. This way we can approve more funding to enable as many grants as possible.

Thank you for your support of these great grant proposals from Perl community members.

It took a long time, but for this round we had a big number of excellent proposals. Unfortunately TPF is unable to fund all the proposed grants as they exceed the funds available for Grants. Thus, TPF GC ranked proposals accordingly with its relevance to the community, and the first few were funded.

These are the funded proposals:

As a side note, the last proposal was funded using Perl 6 funds, from Ian Hague donation, and thus, outside the GC budget.

Follow the proposals that, although accepted, will not be funded:

Unfortunately, there was a few proposals that did not convince the committee, and were rejected. Without any particular order:

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