Leader of Birmingham.pm [pm.org] and a CPAN author [cpan.org]. Co-organised YAPC::Europe in 2006 and the 2009 QA Hackathon, responsible for the YAPC Conference Surveys [yapc-surveys.org] and the QA Hackathon [qa-hackathon.org] websites. Also the current caretaker for the CPAN Testers websites and data stores.
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So I noticed something about the YAPC::NA schedule the other day. I'm the only native British speaker (at least that I'm aware of) on it! At the moment I only know of one other British based attendee. It's a far cry from previous years, when there was a notable contingent from London.pm attending. I must be missing something. Was there a notice that said UK based perl hackers should not attend?
Part of my reason for attending YAPC::NA is so I can see some of the talks that are appearing at YAPC::Europe this year, as then I'm unlikely to have time to see them. I'm also looking forward to seeing some of the talks that won't be appearing at YAPC::Europe either, such as Adam's PITA talk. I'll also be interested to see how the 4 track approach works, as although our 4 tracks aren't quite the same, it does spread out the attendance to the talks a little more.
All in all I'm quite impressive by both schedules. There are some common talks, but by in large there is a strong lineup from both sides of the Atlantic.