July 2008 Archives

White Camel Awards 2008

For ten years the Perl community has made it a point to recognize the many significant contributions made by the unsung heros of Perl. These volunteers often work behind the scenes, serving the community and contributing to the ongoing success of Perl. The White Camel award is intended to honor those who make noteworthy and ongoing non-technical contributions in benefit of the Perl community.

This year we have three White Camel winners. Each one is deserving of the award for numerous reasons and all are considered community-builders in their region of the world.

The first White Camel recipient for 2008 is Jacinta Richardson. She has been credited for saving more than one Perl Monger group from dying and has been heralded as the "gardener of the Australian Perl Community", in the sense that she provides energy while subtly encouraging others to take responsibility. She is an active member in every Monger group in Australia, as well as many other FLOSS groups in the area. She has helped organize OSDC, Linux.com.au, and SAGE conferences. She works with Perl Training Australia in supporting the Perl community with such ventures as perl.net.au and Perl Tips.

The second White Camel recipient for 2008 is Tatsuhiko Miyagawa. Despite his considerable technical contributions to Perl, Miyagawa has also been an active community organizer and advocate for Perl. His work, in code and in the community, is seen so often that it is rumored that he never sleeps. He has been one of the main organizers for YAPC::Asia for three years, drawing record attendance for any YAPC in the world. He has organized numerous meetings for Shibuya.pm, growing it to one of the largest Perl Monger groups in existence. He frequently reaches outside of the Perl bubble and organizes cross-language meetings and events.

The third White Camel recipient for 2008 is Gabor Szabo. Gabor is also a three time YAPC organizer. He is responsible for thee YAPC::Israel conferences, OSDC::Israel 2006, and multiple Hungarian Perl Workshops. He is an active member of his local Perl Mongers group where he has worked to organize meetings and grow the group's popularity and attendance. He has contributed to the greater Perl community by way of countless weblog entries, comments, emails and support.

Congratulations to this years winners and thank you all for the great list of nominations.

Thanks to Booth Helpers

I wanted to post a quick thanks to the folks helping out with the TPF booth this year. So thanks to ben hengst (notbenh), Jeff Lavallee, Uri, Josh, and all the other folks who took some time to make sure people got answers to their Perl questions. Jeff is a local and actually got permission from his manager to come down for just the day and man the booth.

Perl on a Stick at OSCON

As reported recently, Adam has made progress with his Perl on a Stick project. In fact, he's made enough progress that we're able to offer 1G USB drives loaded with Strawberry Perl here at OSCON for $15. We have them at the TPF Booth, so stop by and get one.

TPF is at OSCON 2008

The Perl Foundation is at OSCON, so come join us. We'll be in the Expo Hall and we'll have some Perl items at the booth. If you'd like to help out and staff the booth, stop by or sign up on the wiki. Look forward to seeing you.

You can find on use.perl some updates on Adam Kennedy Perl on a Stick grant.


    This is the first release of Strawberry Perl Portable Edition for Mobile Devices and Flash Drives (or whatever the hell it ends up being called).
   Firstly, please note this is extremely alpha. In fact it's SO alpha that it's basically just whatever is on my test flash drive, zipped up with no packaging at all.

   To install, simply unzip it absolutely anywhere you like.

The Perl Foundation is looking at giving some grants ranging from $500 to $3000 in August 2008.

In the past, we've supported Adam Kennedy's PPI and Strawberry Perl, Nicholas Clark's work on Perl internals, Jouke Visser's pVoice, Chris Dolan on Perl::Critic and many others (just check http://www.perlfoundation.org/grants for more references).

You don't have to have a large, complex, or lengthy project. You don't even have to be a Perl master or guru. If you have a good idea and the means and ability to accomplish it, we want to hear from you!

Do you have something that could benefit the Perl community but just need that little extra help? Submit a grant proposal by July 31.

As a general rule, a properly formatted grant proposal is more likely to be approved if it meets the following criteria

  • It has widespread benefit to the Perl community or a large segment of it.
  • We have reasons to believe that you can accomplish your goals.
  • We can afford it.

To submit a proposal see the guidelines at http://www.perlfoundation.org/how_to_write_a_proposal and TPF rules of operation at http://www.perlfoundation.org/rules_of_operation. Then send your proposal to [email protected].

On August 1st, proposals will be made available publicly (on this blog) for public discussion, as it happened in the previous round. So, please make it clear in your proposal if it should not be public.

Note that accepted but not funded proposals in the previous round do not need to be re-submitted.

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