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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Looking at the YAPC::Europe::2006 statistics page, I note that all the bidders to host next year's YAPC::Europe all only sent one representative. Where they all planning to do it alone? There was definitely a healthy spread of user group representation this year, and at least a new one is being created by some attendees.
The last 7 YAPC::Europe hosts took up the top 11 places in the groups list. Copenhagen.pm are right up there, and have been bidders before, so hopefully they're still thinking about it. Lisbon.pm are getting in some practice with their Perl Workshop next year, so we might see a bid from them in 2008.
But the one that cheers me up no end, is to see MiltonKeynes.pm comfortably sitting in 8th place. So will we see a return of YAPC::Europe to the UK in the not too distant future? Will Tom and his gang host an extended technical meeting to rival Birmingham.pm? Will they pretend to cancel at the last minute to try and get their own back on the 2006 hosts? We shall just have to wait and see
Personally I wouldn't mind seeing Berlin.pm winning, and should have asked tinita to consider bidding. I've had several near misses at getting to go to Berlin on various band tours, but they all fell through for some reason or other. Maybe I'll just have to follow Thomas' lightning talk suggestion and just plan a visit anyway. With flights getting ridiculously cheap to certain European destinations at the moment, it's no more expensive than getting to London these days!