2015/01/25 1 Comment
Fosdem, the Free and Open Source Developers’ European Meeting. See all about it on https://fosdem.org/2015/
The Perl-community will be present with a big booth and a so-called devroom. The devroom will be room K.3.401, and you can see the schedule on https://fosdem.org/2015/schedule/track/perl/ .
We have 11 presentations by 11 speakers. Most talks will be 45-50 minutes, except for 1 of 20 minutes and one of 40 minutes. The schedule will be interesting for Perl- and non-Perl-people alike.
There will be no coffee-, tea- or lunchbreaks, between every talk is just a short 5-minutes break.
We did have so many great proposals, even before doing a Call for Speakers, that we could fill a second day in our devroom.
We finished the schedule within the deadline, so we will be printed nicely with our schedule in the FOSDEM conference-booklet
So, everybody is more than welcome in our very own devroom at the FOSDEM in Brussels on Saturday, January 31st, starting at 10:30 to 19:00. We have a nice mix of relatively not-yet-so-famous and some very famous Perl-developers. Topics range from an enthusiastic story why CPAN is awesome, the current status of Dancer and Perl 5.22 and Perl 6(.0.0), the story of Perl 6 since its beginning, and some amazing new developments in Perl 6. We are quite proud of this schedule, of which Wendy thinks is the best Perl-schedule ever at FOSDEM. The nice thing is, most of the speakers committed themselves to speak at FOSDEM months ago.
On Sunday, February 1st, the big main room “Janson” in building J, which can hold 1,400 attendees, will sport two Perl-presentations. The amiable Dana Jacobsen will give a very nice presentation at 12:00, “Design and Implementation of a Perl Number Theory Module”. Following him will be the inventor and benign dictator for life of Perl, Larry Wall, who at 13:00 will announce that Perl 6.0.0 will be released somewhere this year (yes, the year 2015), and yes, we have been looking forward to that for quite some time.
That’s not all. We have a big booth, two tables, conveniently in the same building as the devroom, on both days of FOSDEM: 31 january & 1 February 2015. You can find us in K building, level 2, booth number 17, and next to us will be Python, OpenUI5 and many more. See https://fosdem.org/2015/stands/ for info about which communities will have a stand.
At the booth you will find the largest library of Perl-books, the big Perl camel, goodies, brochures, tuits, buttons, stickers, soft toy camels in three sizes, and quite a bit more.
See https://fosdem.org/2015/schedule/buildings/ for where the buildings are. See https://fosdem.org/2015/practical/transportation/ for directions on how to get to FOSDEM. Go to the Free University Brussels, Campus Solbosh, and meet 6,000 to 7,000 open source enthusiasts.
You can to contribute to our booth. Bring brochures, job descriptions, pens, books, buttons, t-shirts, stickers, and other goodies from your company, institutation, organisation, as long as it has something to do with Perl, Please bring that with you. If we can use it for Perl promotion, and if there is still room on the tables, we will put it there and give it away. Or we sell it and use the proceeds for a donation to The Perl Foundation.
Friday night is the famous Beer Event ( https://fosdem.org/2015/beerevent/ ) at Delirium Café (Impasse de la Fidélité 4, Brussels, http://www.deliriumcafe.be/). It will be enormously busy as always, with many hundreds of people (more than 1,000?). We know that a group of at least 10 Perl Mongers will come, and some of us will try to come early and conquer our own table / corner, probably on the first floor (so not the ground floor, the one upstairs!). Pay for your own drinks… And don’t come too late. Rather soon, the Delirium Café will be filled with people, and the alley it is located will be filled with people, and when that happens, the alley will be closed by security people, and you have to wait for people to get out before you can get in.
Saturday night we want to have dinner with a large group of people at Brasserie-restaurant La Porteuse d’Eau (the waterbearer), Avenue Jean Volders 48, Brussels (see http://www.laporteusedeau.be/ ). We have reserved space for 70 people on the first floor (again, not the ground floor, but upstairs). You are welcome to register with Wendy van Dijk (wendy (at) wendy (dot) org). Only people who have registered can join us (last year it got a bit busy, so we have to do it this way). Also tell Wendy about any dietary wishes, because the menu will be limited to only a small number of options, and there will be a vegan and a vegetarian menu.
On Sunday, after we cleaned the booth and stored all stuff in our van, we will have dinner in La Becasse ( http://www.la-becasse.com/ ), which is on walking distance from the university: Chaussée de Boondaal 476, Ixelles / Brussels. We have reserved room for 50 people at 18:30 and later. Again, you have to tell Wendy that you want to join us, so please send an email to Wendy.
Many thanks to all who have talked, thought, chatted, mailed with us, who proposed a talk, who helped spread the call for talks. Excellent cooperation!
Hope to see you Friday, Saturday, Sunday, in Brussels, Belgium.
Wendy van Dijk