YAPC::Europe 2011 in Riga — What is YAPC
YAPC::Europe is the largest annual European conference, and is hosted in different city every year. It is aimed to programmers, companies and free lancers, who use the Perl programming language. The conference provides attendees with a deeper understanding of Perl, its philosophy, and the opportunity to learn the latest features and techniques.
YAPCs (which stands for Yet Another Perl Conference) have been held since 1999 and now include: YAPC::NA (North America), YAPC::Asia, YAPC::Brasil, YAPC::Russia and YAPC::Europe. Despite their obvioius primary geographical structure, people from around the world attend each conference.
The European conference, YAPC::Europe, moves between European countries. In 2011 DeepText LLC will host the conference in Riga, the capital of Latvia. The dates for 2011 are 15–17 August.
There are usually 300 to 400 attendees at YAPC::Europe, with 60–80 speakers. The speakers include those who are responsible for the design, implementation, and maintenance of Perl itself. Talks are held in parallel, with 3-4 talks for each time slot. Tutorials and classes are also held during the conference or immediately following it. They are held by well-known stars, and are dedicated to deeper and more specific Perl details and applications. The conference language is English. There is a good collection of talks from previous events on yapc.tv site.
One of the key principles behind YAPC conferences is the minimal price for the attendees.