YAPC - Yet Another Perl Conference information and documentation
Organize an open source conference.
This module contains documentation and some support code for proposing, planning, and executing a technical conference. While the specifics are relevant to a series of conferences supported by the Yet Another Society, the content may be informative for any group with an interest in promoting collaborative efforts and discussion on a focused technical topic.
The intended audience is a small but dedicated crew that would intend to take on such an event as the Yet Another Perl Conference, a grass-roots conference and symposium series on the Perl programming language. These conferences have been carried out in a stronghold of interest by small local core groups, with the aid of the local users groups and members of the community.
Corporate sponsorship is used to lower the cost of participation and raise the quality of the services offered, in return for good will, recognition, and the ability to help create the atmosphere where conversations can flourish, and keep the endeavor vital.
The first Yet Another Perl Conference was held in Pittsburgh, PA at Carnegie Mellon University in 1999, and had about 275 participants. The event was attended by a small but mighty group of interested and interesting Perl people, including Larry Wall, who delivered to opening keynote on the first day of the two-day event.
The event was such a success that it was repeated, again at Carnegie Mellon University, in 2000 -- and dubbed YAPC North America 19100, in honor of all the "year 2000" concerns of the time. Attendance was some three hundred and fifty people.
Leon Brocard and Greg McCarroll took it on themselves to carry out the first European YAPC in 2000 also, at the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, with the theme "The Art of Perl." Some two hundred people attended, and volunteers from London and surrounding areas helped in force.
In 2001, YAPC North America left Pittsburgh for Montreal, where Richard Lafferty and Luc St-Louis chaired the conference at the University of Montreal. About four hundred and twenty people attended. Once again, local groups turned out in numbers to volunteer for any and all tasks.
The European YAPC went into another strong year with YAPC::Europe 2001 at Hogeschool Holland, Amsterdam, with a Security theme. Ann Barcomb, Jouke Visser, and a large and dedicated crew from the Netherlands, created an excellent atmosphere for both talks and discussion, raising the overall standard once again.
Kevin A. Lenzo <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Copyright (C) 2000, 2001 Yet Another Society. Free use and redistribution of this document is encouraged under the same terms as Perl itself.