London Perl Workshop 2014 - Survey Results

The following survey results are a simple presentation of the raw data. No attempt has been made to analyse the data and compare with previous years. See forthcoming PDFs for more in depth analysis.

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Demographics (required)

These questions will help us understand who our attendees are.

Attendees:

Attendees: pie chart

CountDescription
84Responded
108No Response
192Total
43Response Percentage

Age Band:

Age Band: pie chart

CountDescription
0under 20
1120 - 29
3330 - 39
3240 - 49
750 - 59
160 and over

Gender:

Although this question is optional, with your help we would like to monitor changes in attendance over time.

Gender: pie chart

CountDescription
76Male
6Female
0It's Complicated

Job Type:

If your position covers many roles, please base this on your most senior responsibility. Also base this on the role you perform, rather than your job title. For example, a 'QA Developer' would be a 'Developer' role, and 'Information Manager' would a Manager role (Technical or Non-Technical depending upon your responsibilites)

Job Type: pie chart

CountDescription
13CEO/Company Director/Senior Manager
0Non-Technical Manager
9Technical Manager
4Technical Architect/Analyst
41Developer
5Engineer
4SysAdmin
0Student
0Lecturer/Teacher/Trainer
0Human Resources
1Researcher
2Unemployed
5Other

If 'Other' please enter your professional job role or title:

  • Development Manager
  • Freelance IT Consultant
  • manual labor
  • Recruiter
  • senior consultant

Industry:

If you or your company undertake work within mulitple industry sectors, please select the primary one you are currently working within.

Industry: pie chart

CountDescription
0Automotive
1Education
2Engineering
3Finance
1Government
23IT Services
29Internet/Web
0Legal
1Logistics
3Media/Entertainment
2Medical/Healthcare
0Property
0Research
2Retail
5Telecommunications
0Travel
3Unemployed
9Other

If 'Other' please enter your industry sector:

  • Construction
  • Data Analyst
  • Recruitment
  • self employed

Region:

Please note this is the region you were a resident in, prior to attending the conference.

Region: pie chart

CountDescription
58United Kingdom
21Europe
3North America
0South America
2Asia
0Australaisa
0Africa

The Perl Community, YAPCs & Workshops

These questions are designed to help us understand our attendees level of involvement in the Perl community.

How do you rate your Perl knowledge?

CountDescription
9Beginner
24Intermediate
50Advanced

How long have you been programming in Perl?

CountDescription
5less than a year
41-2 years
43-5 years
145-10 years
57more than 10 years

How many previous Perl Workshops have you attended?

CountDescription
14Never attended one
Attended Workshops1234567891011total
London Perl Workshop181297633-3--193
Austrian Perl Workshop12----1----12
Belgian Perl Workshop21--1------9
French Perl Workshop1-2--------7
German Perl Workshop411-1------18
Italian Perl Workshop31-1-------9
Netherlands Perl Workshop3---------114
Nordic Perl Workshop1312-1-11--41
Portuguese Perl Workshop1-1--------4
any other European Perl Workshops33-111-----27
any American Perl Workshop211-1----1-22
any other Perl Workshops21-1-------8

Do you plan to attend a future YAPC/Workshop?

CountDescription
78Yes
6Maybe
0Don't Know
0No

Are you a member of a local Perl Mongers user group?

CountDescription
66Yes
18No

If not, do you plan to find one or start one?

CountDescription
4Yes
7Maybe
3Don't Know
8No

What other areas of the Perl Community do you contribute to?

CountDescription
54I'm a CPAN Author
10I'm a CPAN Tester
26I'm a Perl event organiser (e.g. YAPC, Perl Workshop, QA Hackathon, local technical meetings, etc.)
7I'm a board or committee member of a recognised Perl body (e.g. TPF, EPO, YEF, JPF, etc.)
19I'm a Perl project developer (e.g. Rakudo, Catalyst, Dancer, Padre, etc.)
25I have a technical blog (e.g. on blogs.perl.org or a personal blog)
31I use or contribute to PerlMonks, Stackoverflow or other discussion forums
41I use IRC (e.g. #perl, #yapc, #london.pm, etc.)
22I contribute to Perl mailing lists (e.g. P5P, Perl QA, etc)
6other ...

If 'Other' please enter your area of contribution

  • I give a Perl developer loads of kisses and hugs...
  • I have a raptor sticker on my laptop case
  • I''m gradually fixing up my historical perl codeso I can upload it to CPAN. Some of it is already on github.
  • twitter, Google+

London Perl Workshop 2014

Regarding London Perl Workshop 2014 specifically, please answer the following as best you can.

When did you decide to come to this conference?

CountDescription
42I'm now a regular London Perl Workshop attendee
10After London Perl Workshop 2013
5After reading a blog post about the London Perl Workshop
1I was nominated to attend by manager/colleague
7I was recommended to attend by friend/colleague
2After reading the Perl Weekly
3After seeing a link or advert on a Perl specific website
0After seeing a link or advert on a non-Perl website
3After seeing a link on Twitter, Facebook or other social media website.
3After reading an email sent to a mailing list I was on
0After seeing other promotions online/in the press
8other ...

If 'Other', when did you decide?

  • after i got a flight an room in price
  • attended 2012, could not in 2013
  • friend told me
  • I meant to last year but couldn't
  • IRC - #london.pm
  • My super romantic boyfriend invited me...
  • the theme was extremely appealing

Were you a speaker?

CountDescription
41No
18No, but I have spoken before at similar conferences
20Yes, and I have spoken before at similar conferences
5Yes, and it was my first time as a speaker

Note that "similar conferences" includes other Workshops and/or YAPCs, as well as Linux, Open Source or large technical events.

If you were a speaker, would you have been able to attend if you hadn't been speaking?

CountDescription
28Yes
2No

If you weren't a speaker, would you consider speaking at a future conference?

CountDescription
44Yes
4No
17Ask me later

What was your motivation for coming?

CountDescription
40the list of speakers
47the quality of the talks scheduled
17to be a speaker
49to meet with Perl/project co-contributors
61to socialise with Perl geeks
15to visit London
10other ...

If 'Other' please let us know your motivation for coming

  • Event organiser
  • I was the Organiser :)
  • It was a great workshop last year
  • my interest in learning about my boyfriend's dark side!
  • other stuff and expo
  • pimping my business
  • Sponsors
  • the community
  • to learn
  • To learn about Perl

What aspects of the conference do you feel gave value for money?

CountDescription
77the talks / speakers
33the conference venue
19the city of London
34the hallway track
53the attendees
6other ...

If 'Other' please enter your suggestions

  • expo
  • pre and post conference meeting
  • Pub Social
  • Sponsors
  • The beer
  • the conference theme

What kinds of talks would you prefer at future London Perl Workshops?

CountDescription
2More beginner level talks
5More intermediate level talks
18More advanced level talks
45It's about right
13No preference

Are there any topics you would specifically like to see featured?

  • Beginner content would be great if we could some how get people interested in coming to attend it.
  • big data
  • Dunno if there's a room for an "Pass the mic" room session, if new people want to have a crack at doing a micro talk without the rabbi-in-the-headlights pressure of a Lighting talk. Everyone gets a minute to stand up. Might bring forth a round of next-generation lightning talkers / people spreading the word. Public speaking of any kind takes some guts. Content-wise, I think "Perl applied to real-life practical situations / problems" talks always spark interest.
  • I am concerned that speakers may have been put off from doing more mainstream Perl talks because the theme was outside the realm of the work that the majority of us do. I'm sure the theme helped bring in attendees but in the future it would be good to stress that nobody be put off from presenting on topics that are useful to Perl developers.
  • I was always intrigued about how main contributors find time to contribute to CPAN or Perl community while at the same time they have a job that take them most of their available days. Ofc this is not really a topic and I can get some of this information by engaging people on the pub lol
  • I'd make a dedicated conference or track for Perl6
  • Intermediate level usage of well known large tools e.g Catalyst, Moose, DBIC.
  • More recruitment focussed talks! :-D
  • more war stories of using Perl, less about the nitty gritty of Perl internals.
  • not topics but practical workshops.
  • Perl 6
  • TDD using Test::Most, Moose, how to approach problems using these. Tools: how to get the most from git, vim, sublime text, perltidy, Linux, VirtualBox etc Related tech: mongodb, message queues etc. Run a hackathon concurrently?
  • Web Authentication HowTo (e.g. OAuth), Pitfalls of developing webapps (how not to do it), MessageQueues,
  • What's happening in non-perl languages or projects, that may be of interest to perl a well
  • XS/Perl guts

How do you rate the workshop?

How would you rate your overall satisfaction of the following areas of the workshop?

Choices 1 2 3 4 5
Newsletters/Updates 21 41 10 - -
Web site 13 52 12 1 -
Registration process 46 31 1 1 -
Directions/Maps 31 29 15 1 -
Content of the talks 52 23 4 - -
Schedule efficiency 50 23 6 - -
Social events 35 22 1 - -
Facilities 32 34 11 1 -
Staff 65 11 - - -
Overall experience 54 25 1 - -
Value for money * 64 13 1 - -

Key:
1 = Very Satisfied
2 = Somewhat satisfied
3 = Somewhat un-satisfied
4 = Very un-satisfied
5 = N/A

* Note that while the workshop has no attendance fee, your time and travel expenses aren't free :)