YAPC::Europe 2015 - 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

These questions will help us understand who our attendees are.

Attendees:

Attendees: pie chart

CountDescription
70Responded
196No Response
266Total
26Response Percentage

Age Band:

Age Band: pie chart

CountDescription
0under 20
820 - 29
2430 - 39
2440 - 49
1350 - 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
61Male
7Female
0It's Complicated

Job Type:

Job Type: pie chart

CountDescription
6CEO/Company Director/Senior Manager
0Non-Technical Manager
6Technical Manager
8Technical Architect/Analyst
38Developer
2Engineer
3SysAdmin
2Student
2Lecturer/Teacher/Trainer
0Human Resources
0Researcher
0Recruiter
0Unemployed
3Other

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)

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

  • I'm programing but outside the IT structure
  • Principal Consultant
  • University professor

Industry:

Industry: pie chart

CountDescription
1Automotive
7Education
1Engineering
4Finance
4Government
16IT Services
19Internet/Web
0Legal
0Logistics
0Media/Entertainment
0Medical/Healthcare
1Property
0Recruitment
3Research
1Retail
1Security
2Telecommunications
4Travel
0Unemployed
6Other

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

If 'Other' please enter your industry sector:

  • Aerospace/Space
  • Agritech/Bioinformatics
  • Bio tech
  • Energy
  • Non profit
  • We sell (retail?) interesting things to do an experience, such as bungee jumping or a romantic weekend in X (entertainment?, travel?)

Region:

Region: pie chart

CountDescription
9Spain
7UK / Ireland
40Western Europa
4Eastern Europa
2Southern Europa
3United States / Canada
3Asia / Australaisa
1South America
1Africa

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

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
3Beginner
23Intermediate
44Advanced

How long have you been programming in Perl?

CountDescription
0less than a year
31-2 years
63-5 years
155-10 years
46more than 10 years

How many previous YAPCs have you attended?

CountDescription
13This was my first YAPC
Attended YAPCs1234567891011-20total
YAPC::Europe1110933422326277
YAPC::NA5-1--1--1-374
YAPC::Asia11-------1-13
YAPC::Australia / OSDC::Australia1----------1
YAPC::Israel / OSDC::Israel1-11-------8
YAPC::Russia1----------1

How many Perl Workshops have you attended?

CountDescription
14Never attended one
Attended Workshops1234567891011121314total
Austrian Perl Workshop53-2-1--------25
Belgian Perl Workshop211-----------7
French Perl Workshop1--1-------1--17
German Perl Workshop52111----1112194
Italian Perl Workshop-1------------2
London Perl Workshop96-32--1-2----71
Netherlands Perl Workshop211--1-1---1--33
Nordic Perl Workshop42-4----------24
Portuguese Perl Workshop1-1-----------4
Ukrainian Perl Workshop1-------------1
any American Perl Workshops3--1----11----26
Other Perl Workshops81011----------35

Do you plan to attend a future YAPC/Workshop?

CountDescription
66Yes
3Maybe
0Don't Know
0No

If no, could you tell us why?

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

  • depends on funding through the employer

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

CountDescription
50Yes
20No

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

CountDescription
4Yes
4Maybe
6Don't Know
7No

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

CountDescription
42I'm a CPAN Author
5I'm a CPAN Tester
21I'm a Perl event organiser (e.g. YAPC, Perl Workshop, QA Hackathon, local technical meetings, etc.)
6I'm a board or committee member of a recognised Perl body (e.g. TPF, EPO, YEF, JPF, etc.)
11I'm a Perl project developer (e.g. Rakudo, Catalyst, Mojolicious, Dancer, Padre, etc.)
22I have a technical blog (e.g. on blogs.perl.org or a personal blog)
20I use or contribute to PerlMonks or other Perl related forums
36I use IRC (e.g. #perl, #yapc, #london.pm, etc.)
22I contribute to Perl mailing lists (e.g. P5P, Perl QA, etc)
7other ...
  • "I contribute to Perl mailing lists, eg p5p" :-) -- the cynic in me says that that's part of the noise. I'm also part of the signal. (ie commiting stuff, releasing stuff)
  • I occasionally help when a Perl event is organized nearby
  • Moderator on perl forum, contribute in various wikis
  • Perl release manager
  • StackOverflow
  • stackoverflow (that's not really "perl related" per se, is it?)

YAPC Training Courses

Several professional trainers attend YAPCs and provide their courses before and/or after the regular conference. The following questions would help them tailor their courses to better suit the needs of attendees.

Would you be interested in attending training courses either before or after a YAPC?

CountDescription
23Yes
41No

Would you prefer the training courses to be before or after the main conference?

CountDescription
14Before
23Either
1After

How much would you expect to pay for a training course at YAPC?

CountFee
1€ 50
1€ 90
5€ 100
1€ 140
4€ 150
6€ 200
2€ 300
1€ 400
1€ 500

Are there any particular subjects that you would like to see in a YAPC training course?

  • Creating Perl6 modules. Perl6 async. Perl6 om generel... Gotta love it!
  • Data Analysis / Machine Learning with Perl.
  • Large-scale data processing
  • Modern Perl, Perl web frameworks (any)
  • Moo(se)
  • Perl 6
  • Perl in system administration.
  • Perl workflow (tests, modules) Moose (objects)
  • Perl6 for Perl5 programmers
  • Web Frameworks Perl 6

What should we offer to entice new Perl developers to attend the conference?

  • "Developers welcome!" Is YAPC intended to build the Perl community, or be an excuse for the existing Perl community to get together? I feel like it's the latter. Growing the community should help grow YAPC.
  • A mix of general technical content that isn't Perl specific -- my wife is a Python developer, and didn't feel she could justify YAPC to her (perl-using) company because she didn't know any Perl, and nearly all the talks were specific to Perl. See: YAPC::Asia :)
  • A Perl5 course for beginners An overview of using CPAN, important modules, choosing modules, installing modules
  • Advertise more with fun/free events for beginners
  • beginner tutorials
  • Sponsorship as in Send-a-newbie program and share their experiences as beginners.
  • Training helped me justify it to my employer. Maybe a workshop with some of the latest buzzwords as well as "how to write good tests".

YAPC::Europe 2015

Regarding YAPC::Europe 2015 in Granada specifically, please answer the following as best you can.

When did you decide to come to this conference?

CountDescription
36I'm now a regular YAPC::Europe attendee
4After YAPC::Europe 2014 in Sofia
3After reading a YAPC::Europe blog post
1I was nominated to attend by manager/colleague
7I was recommended to attend by friend/colleague
4After 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
1After seeing a link on Twitter, Facebook or other social media website.
2After reading an email sent to a mailing list I was in
0After seeing other promotions online/in the press
7other ...
  • after heping Granada proposal (Barcelona.pm member)
  • after travel costs were funded
  • Have been away from YAPC::EU for too lon
  • I was invited to speak
  • Organizer
  • Watched previous YAPC recordings
  • When I saw the location

Were you a speaker?

CountDescription
23No
7No, but I have spoken before at similar conferences
29Yes, and I have spoken before at similar conferences
11Yes, and it was my first time as a speaker

Note that "similar conferences" includes other YAPCs, as well as Linux, Open Source or large technical events such as workshops.

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

CountDescription
36Yes
5No

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

CountDescription
26Yes
2No
13Ask me later

Were there any speakers not present, who you would like to have seen at the conference?

CountDescription
30Yes
26No

If 'Yes', which speakers?

  • Adam Kennedy
  • brian d foy
  • BooK
  • Damian Conway
  • Dave Rolsky
  • David Golden
  • Glen Hinkle
  • Joel Berger
  • Jonathan Worthington
  • Jonathan Swartz
  • Mark Jason Dominus
  • Michael Schwern
  • Osfameron
  • Patrick Michaud
  • Paul Fenwick
  • Paul Johnson
  • Ricardo Signes
  • Sebastian Riedel
  • Su-shee
  • Tim Bunce
  • Toby Inkster
  • more women.
  • The Perl5 Pumpking ought to be present.

What kinds of talks would you prefer at future conferences?

CountDescription
3More beginner level talks
6More intermediate level talks
15More advanced level talks
31It's about right
11No preference

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

  • As long as the topics are versatile, I'm good
  • Dedicated Beginner Track (or extra day before the conf) to get newbies and non-Perl-people up to speed (and thus maybe attract newbies & non-Perl-people)
  • GUI
  • I like war stories. We did this, it went wrong, we fixed it like that. The sort of things you can't learn from reading the man page, however well written (or well presented) it is. I'd also like more talks from outside of the web/internet space. Last year we had one about using Perl in the IT for car parts manufacturing, and at APW2014 we had one about using Perl in some biological research applications.
  • I would like see some off-topic talks
  • Less internals, more results/applications
  • Mojolicious Async programming Javascript Oracle Big Data
  • Mojolicious Asynchronous and reactive programming
  • Perl 6
  • Perl downstreams, i.e. OS distributions.
  • perl internals
  • perl5 core development (what's going on, how to participate, for beginners)
  • The mix of levels was good for Perl content, but as mentioned, I think a page from YAPC::Asia's book ("cool tech talks, with gentle bias in the direction of Perl content) would be a good growth move. Many YAPC attendees might be primarily Perl hackers, but we're a diverse enough group that we ought to be able to turn up all kinds of cool technical topics to talk about without requiring Perl knowledge.
  • There are some jokes about PERL vs Perl and I'd actually like to see a best practise talk.
  • Using Perl inside PostgreSQL
  • Xs integration with p6

How do you rate the conference?

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

Choices 1 2 3 4 5
Newsletters/Updates 22 42 4 1 -
Website 31 33 4 - -
Registration process 35 28 4 1 -
Directions/Maps 31 31 7 - -
Content of the talks 25 37 6 - -
Schedule efficiency 30 22 14 2 -
BOFs 3 6 4 1 -
Social events 32 31 4 - -
Parking - 4 - - -
Facilities 14 41 10 2 -
Food service 27 33 6 1 -
Accommodation 31 21 2 1 -
Staff 44 17 4 2 -
Overall experience 39 28 2 - -
Value for price 50 14 1 - -

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

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
4€ 200
2€ 240
9€ 250
3€ 300
4€ 400
1€ 450
3€ 500
1€ 600

Standard Rate:

CountFee
21€ 100
4€ 120
5€ 150
1€ 180
2€ 200
1€ 300
1€ 75
1€ 90

Concession Rate:

CountFee
1€ 10
1€ 100
1€ 120
1€ 20
1€ 200
1€ 25
1€ 30
1€ 40
10€ 50
2€ 500
1€ 70
3€ 75
4€ 80

Would you pay more for a YAPC if we could exclude sponsorship advertising?

CountDescription
5Yes
39No

If so, how much?

CountFee
1€ 100
4€ 50

How did you pay for the conference fee?

CountDescription
24N/A - I was a speaker
1N/A - I was a sponsor
18My company paid
16I paid out of my own pocket
0I wasn't able to attend

If your employer didn't send you, did they give you time off to attend?

CountDescription
21Yes
11No

Does distance prevent you from being able to attend some YAPCs?

CountDescription
36Yes
18No