Perl Events, Great and Small
- Usually free, sometimes they pass a hat for donations.
- Usually have local speakers.
- Sometimes bring in prominent speakers for special talks.
- Low barrier to attending and presenting.
- Great for demoing a talk or getting your feet wet presenting.
- Great for networking at the local level.
- Often monthly.
- Fairly easy to organize.
- Size varies from a few people to tens of people.
This newer addition to the organized event list brings people together to share physical space while working on projects. This often allows people who usually work separately to hash some things out in person.
- Low cost, usually paying your own room and some food. Sponsors cover some cost.
- Many locals plus some folks travel.
- Will usually have several prominent Perl coders present.
- Low barrier for attending and contributing.
- Great chance to learn about active projects and get involved by talking to some folks in person.
- More organization since it is for several days and there are venue details.
- Size in the 20's or 30's.
A workshop is a fully organized and scheduled event, but is compact and often takes place over a weekend.
- Some cost for attendance, typically very low.
- Draws from the surrounding region (could be a large region) with some folks traveling from further away.
- Have a mix of local presenters and prominent Perl trainers/presenters.
- Usually one or two days.
- Full schedule of talks, possibly two tracks.
- Size varies from high 10s (80-ish) to over 100.
- Great chance to learn about Perl and meet Perl people in a small setting.
- Much more organization because you have speaker/talk details, venue details, and attendee details. More people means more issues to deal with. More money means higher stakes for mistakes.
Yet Another Perl Conferences are at the top of the Perl public event ladder on the grassroots side and they are the largest Perl events outside OSCON. Recent YAPCs from around the world have routinely drawn 400 attendees (YAPC::NA, EU, Asia, Brazil, etc.). Some YAPCs have morphed into Open Source Developer Conferences that have talks on other languages.
- Attendance fee, but still very low cost for a full conference.
- Draws from the larger region (country/continent) and world-wide.
- Mostly experienced presenters with some new presenters.
- For presenters, full conference-style presenting. Usually large rooms with possibility of a large audience. Often large screen display with PA system.
- Usually 3 days, with training and hackathons sometimes added on.
- Attendance varies from 150 to 400 or more.
- Full schedule of talks, keynotes, lightning talks, BOFs. Sometimes as many as 4 tracks.
- Extra features such as job fairs, special conference dinners, etc.
- Great chance to soak in pure Perl talk for 3 days.
- Oranization is full-blown. Takes 6 months to a year to fully organize. Many details to arrange for. Usually takes a full team like the local Perl Mongers group to support it. Large budget with many sponsors.