30th August - 1st September 2006
Birmingham, UK

Welcome the eighth official bulletin for the 2006 YAPC::Europe Perl Conference in Birmingham, UK.

The Preliminary Schedule

We have been blessed with a wealth of quality talks and over the last week we have been having a hard time trying to schedule everything and avoiding conflicts for speakers and themes. It's not been easy, but we think we have got a schedule we can let you see. So here it is....

Please bear in mind everything is subject to change.

Our Sponsors

We'd like to introduce you to a few of our sponsors.

  1. Shadowcat Systems -

    Our first Gold Sponsor, Shadowcat Systems, will be sponsoring the Workshop Room at the conference.

    Shadowcat Systems is a developer of open source software projects and a keen supporter of community software. Shadowcat also provides consultancy and support for automated systems, network frameworks, open source software and internet components, and develops proprietary solutions for clients and its own, licensed, proprietary software.

    Shadowcat Systems are based in the United Kingdom but we deliver solutions, consultancy and support to a global community of clients via onsite supervision along with traditional and internet based communications.

  2. The Positive Internet Company Ltd. -

    Media Sponsor Positive Internet have donate a server to us, in order for us to host the Conference Website, along with the Conference Wiki, Birmingham OpenGuides and the Birmingham Perl Mongers website.

  3. UKUUG -

    UKUUG, also a Media Sponsor, have very kindly been publicising us to their members online and via their printed newsletters.

    UKUUG - the UK's Unix and Open Systems User Group - is a non-profit organization and technical forum for the advocacy of open systems, particularly Unix and Unix-like operating systems, the promotion of free and open-source software, and the advancement of open programming standards and networking protocols. It uniquely caters for the needs of people in this area. Formed in 1976, it is totally funded by membership subscriptions and is completely independent of specific hardware and software vendors. All profits are used to further the activities of the organization.

  4. Apress -

    Book publishers Apress have signed up as Media Sponsors, and have long been supporting the publication of Perl and Open Source Software books, and we are delight to have them supply books for the conference auction.

We are in touch with more sponsors and aim to announce them in forthcoming bulletins. Many thanks to everyone who helped with sponsorship so far, but we're still looking for anyone else who can help, no matter how little you think you can contribute. So if you'd like to sponsor us, please get in touch.


Should you wish to contact us, there is an email address available for direct contact, 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. Look out for more news and announcements in the future.

The Birmingham 2006 Organisers

Barbie | Birmingham Perl Mongers user group |

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YE2006 - Backstage Pass - Bulletin 8.1
by barbie (Deacon) on Jun 19, 2006 at 17:02 UTC

    The YAPC::Europe::2006 Backstage Pass
    Bulletin 8.1
    - A 'Behind The Scenes' missive from the organisers

    Mirror In The Bathroom

    We now have a call for proceedings. This is essentially directed at speakers. As we've had problems contacting some authors, we're including the text here too, in the hope that we reach as many of the speakers as possible. If you're not a speaker you may want to skip the next bit :)

    Now we have the proceedings, we're looking to get further input from the speakers. We plan to have two formats for the proceedings, a printed booklet and a CD. The booklet will include abstracts to talks and speaker bios, along with sponsor information. The CD will include the same in PDF format, together with local links to any material that is submitted by authors for inclusion on the CD. Recommend formats are HTML slides or PDF files. It is worth bearing in mind that if providing properitry formats, not everyone will be able to read or view your presentation or paper.

    So what can a speaker send? We would like to encourage the submission of full papers on your talk subject, however we are happy to accept slide presentations, or both. Papers and presentations should be submitted to by end of day Friday 21st July 2006. Please prefix your submission mail with [PAPER] if possible, as it will help us to spot the real mail from the spam.

    Too Nice To Talk To

    As previously announced .... we have a schedule :) Please bear in mind that everthing is subject to change, although we'll be a tad disappointed if there were any major changes. I hope you'll agree we have been rather fortunate to have a very strong lineup for this year's conference, and there are plenty of talks to interest everyone, whatever your skill level. We would like to thank all the speakers for submitting their talks, as it's them you'll be coming to see :)

    Doors Of Your Heart

    For those who cannot live without an internet connection, you will be pleased to know that we have made progress on getting wireless access into the venue. Although the CBSO Centre does have broadband access, it is a 2MB link shared between 10 venues across the city. Not really enouh to keep you lot happy ;) So we have been looking at having a dedicated ADSL Broadband feed. This is looking good and we hope to have confirmation of access very soon. Brian and myself did a site visit recently to test out the wireless coverage between rooms and the main hall. Brian set up a small network and we wandered around the building with laptops to guage the connectivity. We're pleased to report it's good, and with the planned amount of kit we expect to install, we hope to be able to cope with the demand.

    Twist And Crawl

    The website login was released to speakers and dispite a few hiccups, most of them have been able to update and save their details. As such expect an announcement on the launch of registration VERY soon!

    Best Friend

    As some of the rooms at Jury's Inn can accommodate 2 double beds it may be worth people trying to pair up if your don't mind sharing. As such there is now a wiki page to help you find a room mate.

    Save It For Later

    With the conference getting ever closer (less than 3 months away now) it's getting difficult to contain our excitement over everything we have to tell you. We know some of our announcements are long, as some have already told us, but we have such great stuff to tell you, we thought the old adage of "better out than in" to be quite suitable ;)

    End Of The Party

    More announcements coming shortly, so keep an eye out for them.

    If you have any questions about the conference the organisers can be reached at, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

    The YAPC::Europe::2006 Organisers.

    PS: This Bulletin was brought to you by the inspiration of The Beat, classic Ska from the heart of Brum (that's Birmingham to non-locals).

    Barbie | Birmingham Perl Mongers user group |