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  • You're constantly referring to YAPC::Europe, but I think you ment YAPC::NA (at least in the first two paragraphs, as the rest is more general).
    • I did mean YAPC::Europe, but the thought could be applied to any YAPC. I'm more involved in YAPC::Europe, so that's where my natural focus lies. I couldn't afford to fund myself to go to Chicago anyway, but Europe is more feasible. I would be interested to discover what (if anything) we can do to keep new attendees coming back, or at least getting involved with the Perl community.
      • ok, but in your first sentence you said that you won't be speaking at this years YAPC::Europe because your talks (which link to YAPC::NA) are deemed too long...

        Regarding people coming back to YAPCs: I think that a lot of 'local' attendees still don't can or want to travel to next YAPC, which mostly isn't local. For example, there where 67 Austrians at YAPC::Europe 2007, but only 10 registered for 2008. Not everybody gets her trip payed by the employer, or wants to fund it on his own.

        OTOH, at YAPC::Europe

        • ok, but in your first sentence you said that you won't be speaking at this years YAPC::Europe because your talks (which link to YAPC::NA) are deemed too long...

          I'm doing the talks at YAPC::NA, but they're both too long for YAPC::Europe, which has a 30 minute time limit this year.

          I think that a lot of 'local' attendees still don't can or want to travel to next YAPC

          That's definitely a factor, but I'm hoping that we give them enough of a good experience that they do decide to go to another.

          Not everybody gets her trip payed by the employer

          Exactly, which is why I want to see if there is something we can do to encourage those people. With the economic downturn happening in the world at the moment, more companies are unlikely to be willing to send so many people these days. So we fall back on

          • I'm doing the talks at YAPC::NA, but they're both too long for YAPC::Europe, which has a 30 minute time limit this year.

            Now I get it! :-)

            Yes, that hard 30 minute limit is a bit annoying, but it sure makes it easy to generate the schedule..

  • I quote from the Call for Papers.


    If your talk is much longer than 30 minutes, please consider breaking it into 30-minute parts, to accommodate our schedule.


    The fixed slot size is something we used for NPW and in my opinion it worked very well. We want to give speakers/attendees the maximum outcome of a conference by creating exposure, if one third of your conference time is spent in a tutorial you miss out on a lot of other exciting activities. And some people might skip or leave early from longer running s
    • Unfortunately my main talk isn't something I can split. It's already a long talk, and because it generates some healthy discussion, can last a little longer.

      I'm still planning on attending, but more likely using my own resources, and not those of my employer. Hence why I was thinking about those attendees who are in a similar position, who aren't previous speakers or recognisable members of the community. What are they looking for in a YAPC conference, and how can we give them the right experience that the