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Community Heroes: Liz and Wendy


Raising Hopes, Raising Joy and Raising Money

When you travel to Perl conferences, or talk on Perl channels, you will at some point hear about (or if you are fortunate meet in person) Liz and Wendy. Many of you reading this will already be familiar with the both of them and perhaps, like me, you will already have a deep respect for them as well.

Liz and Wendy have been cornerstones of the Netherlands Perl community and the European community for more years than any of us care to count (though no doubt Wendy could tell us). They were the owners of a succesful Perl consultancy that sponsored a number of events for many years and since ending that company they have branched into new directions which has seen them further associating with, and promoting, Perl.

I doubt that anyone realises the vast number of things they do to help the community, and I can gurantee that right now they are both feeling abashed that I am writing about them. But without them community projects such as Send-A-Newbie, PerlQA, YEF, YAPCs, EPO, CPAN Testers, numerous Workshops, Perl track at FOSDEM etc.; would either be struggling or not exist at all.

Whenever you meet Liz and Wendy at a conference you will find Liz working hard with the Perl6 developers, speaking on Perl6 and running hackathons.

Liz hacking on material

But you will find Wendy everywhere else. Either manning a stall selling merchandise, books and giving away promotional material for Perl; helping organisers in any way she can; bringing the largest collection of Perl books to events; generally socialising and being one of the highest points of the Hallway Track.

wendy manning a stall

During the Summer conference season Liz and Wendy drove around Europe with a car packed full of camels, books and merchandise, promoting and supporting the community. While doing so they sold books for many Perl authors and patches to support Perl5 and Perl6 development.

This is no small effort, they were not paid for this, this was simply out of the dedication they have to our community. They raised €2,000 (two thousand Euros) for Perl5 and Perl6 from the sale of patches and auctioning of merchandise. That's fifteen Perl6 patches, fifteen Perl5 patches, t-shirts and various small items. I should also note that many in the Perl community gave 'wild' donations to help the Perl Foundation. Gordon Banner lost out on a bid to buy a t-shirt but still donated his losing bid (thanks Gordon).

All of this is valuable to both the Perl Foundation, the local conferences, and all of us in the community.

But it doesn't end there. They are probably going to despair of me for telling you this but the total donation was matched by Liz and Wendy. The only comment they made on delivering this to the TPF was this:

"it is mostly grassroots driven. People had fun buying the patches and the shirt, and several people expressed their wish we would do this more often, and that it was a bit sad that we did not have more patches. It was fun."

They worked hard, they gave their time, their experience and their love to the community. Their wish is that they could do it more as it 'was fun' for the community. They praise the grassroots, the people who came to the events, who took the time to talk, who took a sticker or bought a book, and if they had no money to buy a patch donated what they could.

Liz and Wendy do these things because they cherish and honour their community. I am proud that I cherish them just as much. They are truly 'community heroes'.

YAPC::NA::2015 Closes Sold-Out Conference

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As we close YAPC::NA in Salt Lake City, we want to thank everyone who attended, organized, and sponsored this year's conference. Without our community coming together in support, we wouldn't have such a great event! This year, YAPC sold-out at 340 attendees with a reported attendance of over 350.

Specifically, The Perl Foundation would like to thank our local organizing team for all of their hard work. David Oswald and his team from the Salt Lake Perl Mongers worked diligently to organize the local venue and local volunteers. We also want to thank the staff at Little America for all of their help and support.

With the introduction of our new sponsorship programs, we are excited to announce that YAPC this year boasted 14 sponsors! We'd like to thank each of our sponsors for helping make YAPC possible, and playing such an important role in our event. Our job fair offered a great opportunity for our participants to connect with all of our wonderful sponsors and learn about career openings.

We hope that everyone in attendance, as well as those who took part in YAPC via our live streaming, enjoyed the talks this year. We'd like to thank our speakers for their effort in preparing and presenting to such a high standard. Thank you to John Anderson and Jayce Hall for organizing our speakers this year.

We we like to thank our keynote presenters this year - Seth Johnson, Larry Wall, and Phil Windley. We would also like to thank Ricardo Signes for hosting the Q&A session with Larry.

This year we also introduced a beginner's track for new Perl developers. We'd like to thank Karen Pauley and Ya'akov Sloman for organizing the track.

We would like to say "thank you!" to our TPF volunteers, board members, and committee members, namely conference chair Health Bair for his work organizing YAPC, as well as board treasurer Dan Wright.

Perhaps most importantly, we want to thank YOU! Thank for you joining us this week in Salt Lake, and thank you for your commitment to The Perl Foundation and the Perl Community.

Earlier this month The Perl Foundation's Board Treasurer Dan Wright announced that ZipRecruiter (@ZipRecruiter) has joined to support TPF and YAPC::NA as a Silver Sponsor. Not only will their sponsorship assist with YAPC::NA::2015 in Salt Lake City, but they will be supporting the efforts of The Perl Foundation year-round.

"ZipRecruiter has used perl from our company's inception, and we've benefitted greatly from the language, CPAN and the perl community," said Will Redd, Co-Founder at ZipRecruiter.

ZipRecruiter's web-based platform streamlines the hiring process by enabling companies to post a job to 100+ job boards with 1 click and to manage all applicants through a simple online interface. By providing a central location for finding, screening and tracking applicants, ZipRecruiter helps employers make the best hiring decisions quickly and at a fraction of the cost of traditional job boards.

By supporting The Perl Foundation year-round, ZipRecruiter's sponsorship will not only be applied to TPF conferences, but also to the development of Perl, training of new Perl programmers, and other TPF initiatives. "Perl has been an important factor in our success, and we're happy to be able to give back to the community. We're also sponsoring TPF to help get the word out to Perl programmers that there's another company that's doing significant new software development projects using perl," added Redd.

To learn more about ZipRecruiter visit or follow them on Twitter @ZipRecruiter. Would you like to be a Perl Foundation or YAPC::NA sponsor? More information can be found at

The Perl Foundation Announces DreamHost YAPC::NA Sponsorship

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The Perl Foundation is pleased to announce DreamHost ( as one of the newest sponsors of YAPC::NA::2015. DreamHost uses Perl in their custom-built control panel, for managing a big part of their server infrastructure, and for distributing calculations between machines. They also use Perl for their hosting platform, as well as a web application platform. "DreamHost is honored to be sponsoring YAPC::NA! DreamHost was built upon a solid foundation of Perl back in our earliest days," said Brett Dunst, VP of Brand and Community at DreamHost. "Perl was the very best option at the time for our needs and we continue to use it heavily in 2015! The CPAN ecosystem allows us to get a lot done very quickly, rather than writing everything from scratch."

Since 1997 DreamHost has helped entrepreneurs and developers the world over bring their dreams to life on the Internet. From domain registrations to web hosting and even powerful cloud storage and computing services, more than 400,000 customers trust DreamHost to be their online home. Packed with unbelievable value, DreamHost is the best place to launch a blog, website, or web application into the stratosphere.

"DreamHost is a huge proponent of open source software, and CPAN is one of the largest collections of open source functionality that is free to use," Dunst added. "Not only that, the Perl community is extremely friendly and welcoming!"

Interested in learning more about DreamHost? Visit or follow them on Twitter @dreamhost. Would you like to be a Perl Foundation or YAPC::NA sponsor? More information can be found at

YAPC::NA::2015 Hackathons Announced

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The Perl Foundation is excited to announce three hackathons that will be running sequentially with YAPC::NA 2015 in Salt Lake City this June. These events include a Perl 6 hackathon with Perl creator Larry Wall to be held on June 11th.

The cost to attend these three hackathons is included in all YAPC::NA 2015 passes, but we do encourage you to RSVP online so we know how many to expect. Putting on these events is not cheap! Along with being able to attend each hackathon, we will also be providing rooms, wi-fi, and snacks throughout the day. So we would appreciate your help! To help cover these costs, we have a suggested donation of $50 per day, which you can make during your online registration.

Each hackathon listed will run from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm. We will provide snacks and drinks, but you will be on your own for lunch.

This year's hackathons will be:

Sunday, June 7th 2015: Pull request hackathon

Come join your fellow Perl developers for a day of bug squashing and developing as you participate in the 2015 CPAN Pull Request Challenge. Or, bring your own pet project and just enjoy a day of hacking amongst your like-minded peers.

Thursday, June 11th 2015: Perl 6 hackathon with Larry Wall

Come spend an entire day working on the next generation of Perl. There's no better way to learn it than to do it! Perl creator, Larry Wall will be on hand throughout the day.

Friday, June 12th 2015: Hardware hackathon

Get up to your armpits in Arduino! Bring your own toys or come check out some of ours. It's time to get creative and see what you can make.

We look forward to seeing you! Please take a moment to register on the YAPC site:

Call for Master Classes

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Are you an experienced Perl instructor who would like to offer a
course at YAPC:NA this year in Salt Lake City? We want to offer the
Perl community a selection of courses and tutorials before and after
the conference.

Master Classes can be a half day (3 hours), full day (6 hours) or 2
days in length and will run on Sunday 7th, Thursday 11th, and Friday
12th of June.

To submit your proposal please send the following information to
[email protected]

  • Class Title
  • Names of Speakers
  • Speaker Biography
  • Abstract
  • Class Description, including
    the course's length
    the intended audience
    any prerequisites or expected level of knowledge
    any supplies you will be providing to students
    any supplies you expect students to bring
    a short course outline
    maximum class size
  • The dates on which you would be willing to give your course (June 7th, 11th, 12th)
  • A list of requirements for the venue (A/V, Internet, etc.)
  • Cost of the Class

Please bear in mind that it is our goal to keep the cost of these
classes down for students as this is a low cost conference.

Deadlines Approaching!

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As you prepare for this year's YAPC::NA be sure to take advantage of the early bird rates being offered by Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City! Reserve your room(s) prior to March 1st 2015 and receive a nightly discount.

After March 1st, rates will go up $20/room/night. So be sure to book today. The reservation link can be found at


Don't forget that submissions for your YAPC::NA::2015 talks are due before midnight (23:59 EST) on March 1st 2015. Please submit your proposal by visiting

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