I help with Melbourne Perl Mongers.
I spend an awful lot of time talking about Perl, and have had my picture in the Australian newspapers with a camel. That's rather scary.
The other week my arch-nemesis, Adam Kennedy, asked how the hell do I find out about all these conferences. This was a reference to Manifest, where I did some photography and generally had an absolute blast.
I wish there was some central repository of events that was kept up-to-date, provided an API and iCal feed, and contained rich meta-data. There's none that I know of; in fact, the closest I've found is Facebook, where one can use the API and Facebook Query Language to exttract information on people and events. I would give a talk on a few practical applications, but as it depends heavily on friends willing to disclose their interests and activities to facebook, my augmented social life currently only rocks only if I'm living in Portland or Edinburgh.
The way I normally find out about conferences is still through good old-fashioned word-of-mouth. The ones I would like to attend in the coming year that I'm presently aware of are:
There are more technical unconferences than I could possibly poke a stick at, and I'd go batty trying to list them all. Instead, I only want to make a few special (and local) mentions here.
I have more enough than enough interests to keep me occupied, and many of these have associated expos, conventions, festivals, and the like. Again, there are more of these than I could possibly list, so highlights only are below.
If you'd like to see me at a conference that I haven't mentioned above, it's quite likely because I haven't heard about it! Drop me an e-mail and let me know, especially if there's an open call for papers.