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Monday September 29, 2008
03:51 PM

The Italian Perl Workshop 2008 has ended

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On September 18 and 19, 2008, the Italian Perl Workshop 2008 took place at the Computer Science Department of the University of Pisa. It was a huge success; here are some numbers: 2 days of conference, 2 parallel tracks, more than 30 talks, 120 attendees, 20 sponsors, 3 patrons (Comune di Pisa, YAPC::Europe Foundation, Perl Foundation), and many international guests, including: Tim Bunce, Rafaël Garcia-Suarez, Marcus Ramberg and Matt S Trout.
It's been very satisfying for us to hear the positive feedback of guests, speakers, participants (http://www.perl.it/blog/archives/000614.html) and of sponsors (http://conferences.yapceurope.org/ipw2008/news/282).
More in depth: the IPW team worked very hard in order to make this the best Italian workshop ever. In particular we took great care in public relations with our sponsors.
Here are some numbers relating to behind the scenes action :-)
  • December, 2007: the IPW organization started.
  • € 2000 of budget allocated for guests travel/accomodation
  • event FREE of charge including:
    • 4 quality coffee breaks
    • t-shirt + perl.it freebies (pen, bag and stickers)
    • attendance certificates (on parchment paper)
    • wifi network (under capitve portal)
    • many conference freebies (kindly offered by sponsors)
    • auction (value about of € 5000)
  • speaker's kit including:
    • personal assistant: IPW staff person helped speaker to setup mic and video projector, and with translations (if necessary for English talks) etc.
    • USB Logitech presenter
    • mineral water
    • timekeeping to ensure schedule adhered to, with regular feedback to speaker
  • conference dinner paid for all speakers
  • Companies recruitment sessions
  • professional and pleasant reception staff
  • 1 day introductory Perl course
  • Hotel discounts, lunch discounts etc.
  • local television (http://www.50canale.tv/) reportage
  • well coordinated press release
  • video recording of all talks
  • printed and oline survey for attendees
  • online survey for sponsors

See you at IPW 2009!

- Enrico

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  • nice to see the organizers write a final report for the event. on the same token, is there anything that the organizer had missed or need to do better next time? any lesson learned?