YAPC::Europe 2011 in Riga

YAPC::Europe 2011 “Modern Perl”

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The Third YAPC::Europe 2011 Newsletter

04/04/11 11:26 by Andrew Shitov (‎ash‎)


This is the Third YAPC::Europe 2011 Newsletter.

Thank you for being with us during the long period since the previous newsletter. Today we've got an integral update of activities around YAPC::Europe in Riga, and those are the main topic of today's newsletter.

In this issue:

  • Attendees statistics
  • Speakers statistics
  • Speaker training (brand new!)
  • Teaching classes
  • Discounts
  • Accommodation
  • New sponsors

Attendees statistics

On 17th March, the 100th attendee was registered on the conference website. Today there are 127 registered people coming from 22 countries and 44 monger groups. Here is the list of counties, sorted by the number of attendees: Germany, United Kingdom, Russia, Austria, USA, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, Poland, Croatia, France, Australia, Estonia, Italy, Belarus, Sweden, Israel, Latvia, Hungary and Belgium.

If you don't see your country in the beginning of the list, it's time to tell your friends and colleagues about the conference.

Speakers statistics

We've got 45 talk submissions right now. They cover a number of topics of Modern Perl and include Jesse Vincent's "‎Perl 5.16 and Beyond‎" and Matt S Trout's "State of the Velociraptor‎". The latter is becoming yet another YAPC tradition.

If you'd like to give a talk or a lightning talk, please submit it online.

There will be a special branch of talks during the conference intended for beginners. We invite experienced speakers to give their own talk in that branch.

Among that, we are proud and happy to announce that Larry Wall attends the conference.

Speaker Training

This year we introduce a special event for the speakers: Speaker Training. This is a half-a-day class for those who would like to give a talk at YAPC it the most effective way. Our goal is not only to select interestingly described talks, but also to have interesting, expressive and charismatic speakers, attractive at both the theory and the show.

Speaker Training will happen on Sunday, 14th August. The event is free. To attend it you only need to become a speaker and tick a star at its page.

Speaker trainers are Damian Conway and Alex Kapranov.

Teaching classes

We present a list of teaching classes which take place before and after the main YAPC::Europe days. The classes will be run by experienced Perl stars.

This is the list of classes we are ready to announce:

Dave Cross
Introducing Modern Perl
Sunday, 14 August 2011
8 hours

brian d foy
Surviving Perl Unicode
Sunday, 14 August 2011
4 hours

Jonathan Worthington
Object-Oriented Programming in Perl 6
Thursday, 18 August 2011
8 hours

Herbert Breunung
WxPerl in Details
Thursday, 18 August 2011
8 hours

Damian Conway
Perl Best Practices
Thursday, 18 August 2011
8 hours

Gabor Szabo
Testing with Perl
Thursday, 18 August 2011
8 hours

Damian Conway
Understanding Regular Expressions
Friday, 19 August 2011
8 hours

Teaching classes will be held in conference rooms outside the venue, but still inside the Old Town. There will be snacks, tea and coffee available for the attendees. Classes are an extra option: you don't need to attend the conference to attend the class, and vice versa. You can buy a conference ticket online.


Let us remind that less than two weeks left before the Early Bird price expires. Buy a ticket before 14th of April and save 20 Euro.

You can also save additional money if you attend more than one paid training class. The registration for the second class saves you 10 Euro; for the third one — 30 Euro.


The YAPC attendees tend to stay close to each other. In Riga it is very easy if you choose a hotel in the Old Town (called Vecriga in Latvian). Visit our page hotels.yapceurope.lv to find a hotel close to the venue. Having the hotel booked, please include yourself into the wiki list "Who Stays Where".

New sponsors

We are very pleased to announce our new sponsors: Booking.com, $foo magazine and O'Reilly.

Our new Platinum Sponsor: Booking.com.

Booking.com is part of Priceline.com (Nasdaq:PCLN) World's #1 Online Hotel Reservations Company attracting over 30 million unique visitors every month and offering 120,000+ hotels worldwide.

Due to the growth of IT department Booking.com are now hiring 20+ Perl people.

Booking.com uses Perl, Apache, mod_perl, MySQL, Memcache, Mason, JavaScript, Git, Linux & more! Their software development basis is SCRUM = Agile!

Are you ready to relocate to Amsterdam in an international, result driven, fun & dynamic work environment? Join them!

Our new Sponsor: $foo magazine.

$foo is the first German Perl magazine dedicated to Perl. It is published every three months and can be purchased as PDF or printed.

You can read workshops about topics as Perl 6 or WxPerl, tutorials about Moose and many more. There a are 6 CPAN modules introduced with a short abstract each issue.

Our new Sponsor: O'Reilly.

O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, research, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly has been a chronicler and catalyst of leading-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and galvanizing their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.

Call for sponsors

We've got great sponsors, but we still need money to make the conference the best ever YAPC::Europe. Talk to your companies, they are willing to participate, we know! More information about the sponsorship plans is published online.

Uz redzēšanos!*


* Goodbye (Latvian)

In the following newsletters: * Attendees statistics update * YAPC organizers training (brand new!) * New sponsors * Pre-conference meeting * Attendees dinner * Conference auction * Riga sightseeing

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See you all at YAPC::Europe 2011 in Riga!