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  • Well said!

    The scavenger hunt in Toronto was SO MUCH fun. I had not planned on going (figuring my stellar personality wouldn't appreciably aid the effort), but kinda got button-holed in the lobby by a team looking for a fourth member ... it was perhaps the most fun I had during the entire conference. I got to know 3 other guys very well. When I'd see one or more of them the next day, I felt more "connected" to the entire proceedings.

    We took lots of digital photos of Perl functions and other reserved words

  • Buffalo (YAPC::NA 2004) posted everyone's photos on a central wall and I thought it was a great idea. (Having the photo on the badge, not so great.) And while we're speaking of badges: I think the names on badges need to be MUCH LARGER than everyone prints out, mostly because it's difficult to tell who someone is from more than five feet away.
  • One suggestion I would make is have people sign up for "Group Lunches/Dinners" on the wiki beforehand. Randomize into groups of 6 for each day (or as many days as people have signed up for - i.e. I can sign up for a group lunch for 1,2, or 3 days) and presto instant socialization.

    Sign up for three lunches and you get to meet 15 people for sure as opposed to the 2 or so that my retiring personality afforded me during YAPC:NA.

    PS: I was sitting to your right during the closing sessions so belated "How yo

  • Just to comment on the badges at Paris, one problem was that the badge equipment arrived on the opening day of the conference. This meant that we had no way of preparing badges for the early arrivals (e.g. the night before). The result, for those of you who were there, was, of course, absolute chaos! Note to future organisers: make sure you have your badge equipment ready ahead of time.

    The second issue with the badges was that, while the second copy on the board was useful in concept, I felt it wasn't as

    • It might have appeared chaos to the organisers, but every one I spoke to thought the idea was great. There are certainly improvements that could be made and some lessons learned, but in general it was a really good idea and worked really well. I noted lots of people taking photos of the photo board.
    • Hey, at least they were better than the idiots that aranged the badges for YAPC::EU last year. Or didn't arange them. And forgot the printer and the software.

      Oh wait, THAT WAS ME.

      Anyway the one thing I've learned about badges is that the thing that needs to be really big - bigger than anything else - is the person's name. We all know what's the conference is called already. But I don't want to have to squint at people's chests to see what they're called.

  • Well Perl Mongers is part of the Perl Foundation so Allison's keynote should include news about Perl Mongers. If it doesn't, well that's because she always asks me for an update about a month before she is due to speak and I always end up replying to he about two hours before she is due to speak :(

    Other than those organisational failings (which I'm working on!) if there is anything else that you think that Perl Mongers groups can be doing to help newcomers to Perl conferences then I'd love to hear them.

    In f
    • Personally I would rather see it as a separate keynote on it's own. If only to highlight the involvement of the Perl Mongers. I would like to see the groups themselves shout up and say what they've been up to, so that a speaker (whether that's you, Allison, or anyone else) simply compiles them into a summary for the past year.

      I wouldn't say there are any organisational failings, it's just we (group leaders) don't advertise what we do beyond our own locale, and it would be nice to hear how the groups are g

  • I think there should be an article about how to organize a perl conference which including all these great suggestions (just like the article about how to creat a perl monger group on pm.org).
    what's good about the previous confs, what's bad, learn from each one and the perl conference will only get better!

    the YAPC::NA::2005 has a wiki page about suggestion after the conference. http://wiki.yapctoronto.org/index.cgi?YAPCFeedback [yapctoronto.org]
    someone mentioned that there should be a bulletin board for everyone to post upda