We get a dev-room at Fosdem after all. Emergency Call for Papers!

Duncan Garland duncan.garland at ntlworld.com
Sat Jan 26 11:20:08 GMT 2013


Isn't this something TPF should get behind?

The Perl Community organises good conferences but they tend to be for quite
small audiences. I've been told that YAPC Tokyo is the biggest with roughly
800 attendees and the next biggest ones are grouped around the 300 mark.

 Fosdem claims to attract 5000.

We always talk about breaking out of the echo chamber, but never seem sure
about how to do it. Isn't this an important opportunity?

Shouldn't TPF commit to sponsoring this today and then launch a drive to
find a commercial sponsor to reimburse TPF?

(Perl still isn't listed on https://fosdem.org/2013/schedule/ as having a
developer room.)



-----Original Message-----
From: london.pm-bounces at london.pm.org
[mailto:london.pm-bounces at london.pm.org] On Behalf Of Wendy G.A. van Dijk
Sent: 25 January 2013 20:41
To: london.pm at london.pm.org
Subject: We get a dev-room at Fosdem after all. Emergency Call for Papers!

Hello all,
We know it is late, but we still have to try to make this work.
Maybe to save the honour and pride of Perl!  :-) Would you like to give a
presentation in Brussels, please send me and/or Claudio a proposal.
Today or tomorrow please.
Kind regards,
Wendy van Dijk


Dear Perl Mongers,

I have to make this short and simple.
Therefore most of this email is copied from last year's Call for Speakers.

What?  Fosdem, Brussels, 2 & 3 february 2013 https://fosdem.org/2013/

Where? Free University Brussels, Campus Solbosh:

Why so late?
Because our dev-room request was denied at first.
They gave it to another programming language community.
Now another community could not fill their dev-room.
We are Perl, so we jumped in and we asked for this.
We got it.  Now we have to fill it.

So be quick and send in your presentation proposal.

Claudio Ramirez (nxadm, email: padre.claudio at apt-get.be) and Wendy van
Dijk (email: nl.pm at wendy.org).

Thank you.  Hope to meet you all in Brussels.


Copied and adapted from last year's Call for Speakers:

Please forward to your Perl contacts.


Taking place in the beautiful city of Brussels (Belgium), FOSDEM is the
biggest free and non-commercial European event organized by and for the
community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to
meet (see http://fosdem.org/2013/).

Over the last years the Perl community had an increasing presence at FOSDEM.
Over the last two years we managed to have both a booth and a dev-room. We
collected an impressive positive return and wish to renew the experience.

Our dev-room request for this upcoming edition (2013) was at first rejected,
in favor of another programming language community.
So we would only have a booth.  But another open source community could not
fill their dev-room and we hastily requested it for the Perl-community.
Yesterday we got approval.

The stand request is approved some time ago.  The stand will be open
throughout the weekend. The dev-room event will take place Saturday,
February 2nd 2013 , between 11:00 and 19:00, in room AW.126.
The room itself has 75 seats, WIFI and a VGA projector.

This environment, being a university classroom with raised seats, lends
itself perfectly for talks. This is a wonderful opportunity to present your
Perl project -big and small- or talk about subjects you care about. We are
looking for a variety of subjects on all levels:
starter and advanced, generic and specialized, core internals and CPAN. We
have 8 hours time, so we have the flexibility of using different time
formats: e.g. talks of 20 minutes, more classic talks of 40 minutes or
longer (although we learned from experience that longer talks should be
split into slices of 20 or 40 minutes).

Please don't doubt to send a proposal (information about yourself, subject,
short description and time needed). If you have several subjects you are
enthusiastic to talk about please send alternative proposals. In the case
more than one talk is not selected, your proposal will help us when putting
the schedule together and even have backup talks in case someone cancels.
Also mention your time constraints (if any).

Please send your talk proposal by e-mail to the address below as soon as you
read this.  You will receive an answer within 2 days.
We will submit a definitive schedule on Sunday 2013-01-27 to the FOSDEM

Please forward / distribute this call as wide as possible (certainly to your
local mongers).

Claudio Ramirez (nxadm, email: padre.claudio at apt-get.be) and Wendy van
Dijk (email: nl.pm at wendy.org).

NB1: This is a community event without sponsoring. We don't have the means
to pay for your trip and time. If you want to sponsor part of the event,
please feel free to contact us.

NB2: We'll also appreciate volunteers, booth and dev-room. Please tell us
your availabilities so we can also prepare a planning for this.

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