Pittsburgh 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
22Responded
66No Response
88Total
25Response Percentage

Gender:

Gender: pie chart

CountDescription
20Male
2Female
0Decline to state

Age Band:

Age Band: pie chart

CountDescription
0under 20
720 - 29
730 - 39
640 - 49
150 - 59
160 and over

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
3CEO/Company Director/Senior Manager
0Non-Technical Manager
0Technical Manager
0Technical Architect/Analyst
13Developer
3Engineer
1SysAdmin
0Student
0Lecturer/Teacher/Trainer
1Human Resources
0Researcher
0Unemployed
1Other

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

  • Software Development Coach

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
2Education
2Engineering
4Finance
1Government
3IT Services
7Internet/Web
1Legal
0Logistics
1Media/Entertainment
0Medical/Healthcare
0Property
0Research
0Retail
0Telecommunications
0Travel
0Unemployed
1Other

If 'Other' please enter your industry sector:

  • Marketing

Region:

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

Region: pie chart

CountDescription
21United States
1Canada
0South America
0Europe
0Asia
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
1Beginner
9Intermediate
10Advanced

How long have you been programming in Perl?

CountDescription
2less than a year
21-2 years
33-5 years
35-10 years
10more than 10 years

How many Perl Workshops have you attended?

CountDescription
4Never attended one
Attended Workshops1234567total
Pittsburgh Perl Workshop752--2142
DC / Baltimore Perl Workshop141----12
Perl Oasis Workshop2-2----8
any European Perl Workshops1------1
Other Perl Workshops311----8

How many previous YAPCs have you attended?

CountDescription
5Never attended one
Attended YAPCs12345678910111213141516total
YAPC::NA514112-1-------280
YAPC::Europe2----------1----14

Do you plan to attend a future YAPC/Workshop?

CountDescription
22Yes
0Maybe
0Don't Know
0No

If no, could you tell us why?

Particularly if this is your first Workshop, we would like to understand why you would not be able or interested in attending another event like it.

  • Great event and 1st time I attended, will more than likely attend next years, and as many PPW's as I can in the future.

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

CountDescription
13Yes
9No

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

CountDescription
1Yes
5Maybe
2Don't Know
2No

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

CountDescription
12I'm a CPAN Author
3I'm a CPAN Tester
6I'm a Perl event organiser (e.g. YAPC, Perl Workshop, QA Hackathon, local technical meetings, etc.)
I'm a board or committee member of a recognised Perl body (e.g. TPF, EPO, YEF, JPF, etc.)
3I'm a Perl project developer (e.g. Rakudo, Catalyst, Dancer, Padre, etc.)
4I have a technical blog (e.g. on blogs.perl.org or a personal blog)
9I use or contribute to PerlMonks, Stackoverflow or other discussion forums
13I use IRC (e.g. #perl, #yapc, #london.pm, etc.)
4I contribute to Perl mailing lists (e.g. P5P, Perl QA, etc)
2other ...

If 'Other' please enter your area of contribution

  • I preach the good word...of Perl
  • intend to contribute to CPAN
  • Sponsoring/Recruiting

Pittsburgh Perl Workshop 2014

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

When did you decide to come to this conference?

CountDescription
8I'm now a regular Pittsburgh Perl Workshop attendee
1After YAPC::NA 2014
1After reading a blog post about the Pittsburgh Perl Workshop
1I was nominated to attend by manager/colleague
4I was recommended to attend by friend/colleague
1After reading the Perl Weekly
0After seeing a link or advert on a Perl specific website
0After seeing a link or advert on a non-Perl website
2After seeing a link on Twitter, Facebook or other social media website.
0After reading an email sent to a mailing list I was in
0After receiving promotional information through my school
0After seeing other promotions online/in the press
4other ...

If 'Other', what else helped you decide?

  • After being hired as a Perl Developer
  • After meeting with Dan Wright to sponsor
  • After seeing the tilt announcement
  • AFter talking to one of last year's attendee

Were you a speaker?

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

CountDescription
9No
3No, but I have spoken before at similar conferences
7Yes, and I have spoken before at similar conferences
3Yes, and it was my first time as a speaker

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

CountDescription
9Yes
1No

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

CountDescription
10Yes
0No
1Ask me later

What was your motivation for coming?

CountDescription
7the list of speakers
5the quality of the talks scheduled
8to be a speaker
11to meet with Perl/project co-contributors
16to socialise with Perl geeks
4the career fair
2the "From Zero to Perl" course
8to visit Pittsburgh
2other ...

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

  • learn/hear about interesting perl projects/applications
  • To learn more about Perl

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

CountDescription
16the talks / speakers
7the conference venue
13the city of Pittsburgh
10the hallway track
15the attendees
1other ...

If 'Other' please enter your suggestions

  • Career Fair

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

CountDescription
0More beginner level talks
6More intermediate level talks
5More advanced level talks
7It's about right
3No preference

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

  • development environment tools. how does ingy make things work? how to set up for contributing to multiple CPAN projects on github, running those tests, making distributions, etc. and using john's app:gitgot
  • functional programming, different styles of OO, different styles of testing
  • I like hearing about stuff from other languages and modern Perl techniques that are in line with practices in other languages (like Java). Also more Functional Programming stuff would be cool.
  • I think "how things work" talks are very informative. For example, MJD's pseudohashes talk taught me things about perl I would never have encountered otherwise. They predated me, and I had no idea why delete $array_ref->[0] should be a thing.
  • I would like to see more practical talks about particular issues that Perl developers deal with. For example finding and using common libraries, using relational databases, etc.
  • Unicode talks are always good to have over and over again. More meta talks about finding jobs, telecommuting, work environments, collaboration on OSS projects, etc. I also like talks about other languages that share features someone has pulled in from an idea found elsewhere.
  • Would it be appropriate to have companies who are participating in the career fair have a speaker to discuss what the company does, recruiting needs, etc.?

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 9 8 1 - -
Web site 8 12 1 - -
Registration process 13 7 1 - -
Directions/Maps 9 8 - - -
Content of the talks 5 12 3 - -
Schedule efficiency 10 10 - - -
Social events 7 9 - - -
Parking 2 8 4 - -
Facilities 8 12 1 - -
Wi-fi 8 8 1 3 -
Food service 6 11 3 1 -
Staff 18 3 - - -
Overall experience 12 9 - - -
Value for price 13 8 - - -

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

What was your opinion on hosting this conference at a hotel?

CountDescription
13I believe that hosting this conference at a hotel added value to the event
4While hosting this conference at a hotel is an improvement, I did not like this specific hotel
1This conference is better suited to be hosted at an academic institution
3I have no preference on the event location

Where did you stay during the conference?

CountDescription
14I stayed at the conference hotel
1I stayed at a different hotel
1I stayed with family / friends
6I live locally
0Other

Will you attend the Pittsburgh Perl Workshop in 2015?

CountDescription
14Yes
0No
8Undecided

Conference Attendance

In order to help future organisers gauge an appropriate conference fee, how much would you (or your company) have paid for a conference ticket? Feel free to provide an answer for all rates, where corporate rate would be paid for by your company (including a Master Class place), standard rate would be the regular price paid by attendees in paid employment, and lastly the concession rate for anyone who holds proof that they are in fulltime education or are unemployed.

Corporate Rate:

CountFee
1$ 100
3$ 150
1$ 200
2$ 250
1$ 300

Standard Rate:

CountFee
2$ 100
1$ 120
2$ 125
4$ 150
1$ 250

Concession Rate:

CountFee
2$ 100
2$ 40
2$ 50
1$ 60
1$ 75

How did you pay for the conference fee?

CountDescription
5N/A - I was a speaker
2N/A - I was a sponsor
5My company paid
8I paid out of my own pocket
0I wasn't able to attend

If the event price was increased to $150 regular / $40 student next year, would that affect your decision to return to Pittsburgh Perl Workshop?

CountDescription
3Yes
16No
0I will not return next year, for other reasons