I voted "No, my boss won't let me." However, I think it only fair to give a better reason than that.
He won't let me for several reasons:
1) It costs too much!
2) It costs too much!
3) You're not the programmer! You're the marketing guy. (Our programmer uses BBx, BTW)
4) You're irreplaceable! (So why do I not make more $$$?)
5) Did I mention that it costs too much?
6) Oh, yeah. I almost forgot. Because I said so!
Who says that programmers can't work in the Marketing Department?
Or is that who says that Marketing people can't program?
heh. This has been a problem for over a year (budgets were severely slashed at the end of Q2 last year). Already considered and acted on, though response has been slow, and too many employers expect me to make a lateral or backward move. *bah* At least at my current place of employment there is some stability, and plenty of drama, er, humor (here, here and here).
Anyone here want to hire me? I would like to stay in the detroit area, but could be convinced to move. I develop in C++, Perl, and VB. I _can_ do HTML, but feel it's below me and my CS degree, I have strong project management and software architectural skills, I speak average Japanese and French...What? No takers...??
Guess I'll keep looking and toiling at my current grind.
One of the side-effects of YAPC not being at the same place every year and waiting for someone(s) to step forward and run the show is that it's not scheduled as far in advance as other conferences. Unfortunately, this opens the door for overlaps which is what happened in my case, so I'll have to break my continuous string of appearances this year. Doh!
Well, let's see... I am Canadian, so right there that states that more money is required... Here would be my costs (in Canadian $$):
Round-trip airfare: $597.82
Cost for the actual conference: $130.16
Cost for single dorm room: $76.56
Now, this is only for the basics! This does not include money for food, spending money, etc. What is the grand total? $804.54. Okay, not TOO bad, but throw food and extras on there and I would need at least $1000. I have in the bank... $280. Maybe my boss would let me have an advanced paycheck... Considering the simple fact that I work at McDonald's, I will say that is not likely!
So I suppose my answer is "No, I cannot attend because I do not have a car and I am too poor at the moment".
(P.S.: I could maybe find cheaper air fares. This is just a quick check I did on Yahoo! Travel)
I don't know yet. Probably not. I'm self funded for the time being, and can afford one, or maybe two conferences this year. And there are a couple of good ones to choose from. At the moment, the O'Reilly Open Source conference is higher on the list, and it's likely to exhaust my budget.
I think YAPC Europe *is* relevant though (to my decision at least). Given limited finances I can only make it to one YAPC, so Europe (being nearer) it is. If there wasn't a European one, I'd probably go to the American one.
I live in Europe, but I asked jcwren if he'd post the
poll. Why? There have been polls in the past about
attending a conference, so I didn't think
it was out of place. More importantly, Y'A'N is
less than a month away,
and I wondered who else would be there (for a possible
BOF session and whatnot). It's certainly
not a slight on Y'E--last year vroom was kind
enough to run Y'E banner ads--it just doesn't make
sense to ask questions about Y'E until Septemberish.
At this moment only 7% of the answers are some form of "Yes". Not that monks represent a huge proportion of the conference's public, or that even this poll has any statistical significance really, but...
Sure looks like a great excuse to lobby them to live stream the thing for us! All tracks, all talks, real time. Not only would it be a First, but it'd be more affordable, possibly interactive, and more.
Imagine if a company sent one person, then four others back at the office watched the tracks they were interested in, and used the person on site to pick up books, get autographs, etc. :)
And, wouldn't exhibitors like it if we could interact with booth staff?
I'm thinking of trying to capture the conference via my dinky intel cam and vaio sr7k. I'll have to play with it some to get a feel for how much space I'll need.
I'm leaning towards a slideshow with sound kind of idea. Maybe grab so many frames per minute or hour.
Of course, it might not be nice copyright-wise to record it and make it available on the web. I suppose I could always ask.
Let you know if it works out or not.
Pricing, at least for this one, is not a consideration because it's so close to home in comparison to yapc's usual venues.
I voted "Yes, my company is paying", but I'm not still 100% certain at this point.
In addition to a new employee to train, a fair 4-5 hour drive (or a surprising $275 for a 30 minute flight), my stepson's birthday, and then murmurs that I'd better not be out of town for my birthday, well, I'm just not sure yet.
I live a block from Washington University here in town and would be willing to put up one or two people for the conference (no charge). E-mail me if you're interested (guy or girl; my roommate is a girl). Some older pictures of the place are available.
I have DSL, wireless LAN, billiards, xbox and HDTV. Please no l33t hax0rZ.
damn, i would kill to have the money for airfare, especially with Fastolfe's offer, but i am unfortunately unemployed right now, and st.louis is a little ways from houston, so i dont get to go :( ......maybe next time