Welcome the twelfth official bulletin for the 2006 YAPC::Europe Perl Conference in Birmingham, UK.
Important: Registration Payment
As of 23:59 GMT+0100 Friday 25th August, payment via the website will close. If you are still planning to attend the conference we advise you to register as soon as possible.
Please note that the payment method of Bank Transfer has now been disabled. As funds would need to be cleared into our account by close of business 25th August, this would not be possible if you were only beginning the transaction now.
We have over 200 people registered for the conference and we are extremely close to reaching our limit. It is currently unlikely we will have registration on the door. As such, if you are planning to come and turn up on the day, please be aware that we may not be able to accept admittance. We have to abide by health and safety regulations and cannot exceed our allowed attendance limits.
Directions are now available online for many routes to Birmingham, hotels and the conference venue. If there are any directions we have not included that would be useful to you, please let us know and we'll do our best to add them.
Further instructions for places to eat and drink around the conference venue will be added shortly.
We are currently investigating the possibility of recording some of the talks. At the moment this isn't guaranteed, and if it is possible we will need a signed confirmation from the speakers concerned that we can record them.
If you are a speaker, you may need to get permission from your employer for us to record your talk, so please ensure that you get the correct agreement before signing your confirmation. Confirmation notices can be signed during the conference. Please also consider what licensing you wish to have assigned to your talk audio.
Things To Do for Early Arrivals
On the early arrivals page of the wiki, we have added some suggestions for things to do for early arrivals. Most of the activities are a short walk or bus ride from the city centre and can be a nice way to get to see other parts of the city.
Joerg Plate has announced that he plans to visit Cadbury World, so if others want to join him, advertise your interest on the wiki.
On Tuesday 29th August, we will be doing a "get in and setup" at the venue. After this we will decamping to just around the corner to The Panama Bar on Gas Street, where we will begin pre-registration. We will likely be there earlier, but will be there at least from 6pm.
YAPC::Europe - Day One
The venue will open at about 8am. Once conference crew are in place, then registration for the day will begin. The opening speeches and keynotes will begin at 8.45am, so you'll need to be there early to get a good seat.
We would like to register as many people as possible before the opening speeches though. So if you are able to make the pre-registration on Tuesday night, please do so, otherwise try and get to the venue early. We will be registering people throughout the conference, so if you are a late arrival, please go to the registration desk in the foyer when you get here.
Note that badges should be worn at all times while at the venue.
YAPC::Europe - Day Two
During the second day of the conference there is a broadcast recording that will be taking place. This is not related to the conference, but we have been asked to ensure that people who are coming in and out of the Shadowcat Room (the workshop room) do so quietly so as not to disturb the recording.
Saturday, 2nd September
For those leaving on Sunday or later after the conference, we are planning to get together on the Saturday after the conference. We'll meet in a pub in the city centre (Broad Street on a Saturday night becomes club central), then decamp to a nearby restaurant. Pub and restaurant will be decided during the conference.
Please let us know before hand on the wiki's Staying Late page, if you want to meet up with us, so we have an idea of numbers. Don't worry if you're a bit undecided though, as you can let us know next week. We just need to gauge what size of pub and restaurant to suggest.
Should you wish to contact us, please use the organisers' email address, where you can mail us with your questions and suggestions. There is also the regular YAPC::Europe conference mailing list, which is open to all.
That's all for this release. There may be a couple of short announcements over the next few days, but this is likely to be the last main bulletin. As such we hope you all have a safe journey getting to Birmingham and we look forward to seeing you all next week.
YAPC::Europe::2006 is sponsored by
Morgan Stanley, Systems Mechanics,
YAPC::Europe::2006 | 30th August - 1st September 2006 | Birmingham, UK