YAPC::Europe 2008 - 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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These questions will help us understand who our attendees are.


Attendees pie chart

94No Response
67%Response Percentage

Age Band:

Age Band pie chart

1under 20
4720 - 29
9330 - 39
4340 - 49
950 - 59
160 and over

Job Type:

If your position covers many roles, please base this on your most senior responsibility:

Job Type pie chart

17CEO/Company Director/Senior Manager
0Non-Technical Manager
13Technical Manager
16Technical Architect/Analyst
1Human Resources

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

  • + Consultant
  • Fix-o-tron
  • Freelance Translator
  • Information Manager
  • MScEE,BBA, consultant
  • QA Engineer
  • Senior Claims Advisor (Marine)
  • Technical Director - hence tech manager -and- architect -and- developer -and- sometimes PM


Industry pie chart

70IT Services

If 'Other' please enter your industry sector:

  • all of them! this should be a multiple. OK, let's say it services, web, entertainment, telecommunications
  • Bio Tech
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotech
  • chip industry
  • Communication
  • Fashion
  • Insurance Broking
  • Internet
  • Marketing
  • Selfemployed with different tasks in parallel
  • Software Development
  • Software/Virtualization


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

Region pie chart

35UK / Ireland
72Western Europa
9Eastern Europa
6Southern Europa
7United States / Canada
9Asia / Australaisa
0South America

The Perl Community, YAPCs & Workshops

These questions will help us understand our attendees involvement in the Perl community.

How do you rate your Perl experience?

2I am new to Perl
15I have used Perl a little
95I have used Perl a lot
82I am a Perl expert

How many previous YAPCs have you attended?

67This was my first YAPC
9YAPC::Australia / OSDC::Australia
10YAPC::Israel / OSDC::Israel
0YAPC::SA / YAPC::Brazil

How many Perl Workshops have you attended?

74Never attended one
24Austrian Perl Workshop
27French Perl Workshop
118German Perl Workshop
11Italian Perl Workshop
55London Perl Workshop
35Netherlands Perl Workshop
78Nordic Perl Workshop
7Portuguese Perl Workshop
5Ukrainian Perl Workshop

Do you plan to attend a future YAPC/Workshop?

4Don't Know

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 attend another event like it.

  • For some reason the (London) Workshops always clash with a previous engagement. I plan to attend one day, when it doesn't :)
  • I was there as a sponser and participating at the jobfair. I'm not an IT guy, so the workshops are not for me.
  • I would like to participate again, but most likely I would have to travel abroad and have my employer fund the trip.
  • Let me answer on behalf of 5 persons I know who came to a Perl YAPC/Workshop, never to return again in such a conference. They were all Perl users. They all found that these conferences are, to a large extent, more for people working *on* Perl, rather than people working *with* Perl. The shock was such, that they simply didn't come back.

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


If 'No', do you plan to find one or start one?

18Don't Know

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

50I have a use.perl journal
79I use PerlMonks
61I contribute to other Perl forums
63I contribute to Perl mailing lists (eg P5P, Perl QA, etc)
105I'm a CPAN Author
36I'm a Perl project developer (eg Perl6, Parrot, Catalyst, TAP, etc)
14I'm a CPAN Tester
23other ...
  • active member of Paris.PM
  • comp.lang.perl.misc; #p5p/#perl
  • contribute to our Perl Mongers site
  • debian-perl group!
  • freebsd ports
  • http://perl-nachrichten.de, http://perl-magazin.de
  • I am user of perl not currently a developer
  • I blog about Perl
  • I donate money, organize Perl workshops and Perl Mongers meetings
  • I have a Perl blog
  • I organize the Italian Perl Workshop
  • I speak at conferences and organize a few (like next year's YAPC::EU O:-)
  • I suck!
  • IRC
  • IRC! blog that sucks less than use.perl!
  • newsgroups
  • none
  • organizer of Perl Workshop
  • perl5 comitter
  • TPF/YEF member

YAPC::Europe 2008

Regarding YAPC::Europe 2008 in Copenhagen specifically, please answer the following as best you can.

When did you decide to come to this conference?

77I'm now a regular YAPC::Europe attendee
33After YAPC::Europe::2007 in Vienna
0After joining Facebook event
27After seeing promotions online/in the press
19I was nominated to attend by manager/colleague
37other ...
  • 4 months before
  • After a friend told me YAPC::Europe::2007 was so cool :)
  • After YAPC::2006, I knew I'd attend YAPC::EU again some time. I missed 2007, so here I was
  • Company I work for would pay for the trip
  • Member of Copenhagen.pm
  • Have wanted to for a long time, but never really able to
  • I live in Copenhagen
  • I was asked to publish
  • I was informed by my collegue who participated in the jobfair before
  • Invitation
  • Just felt like it
  • Mailing list messages
  • Nordic Perl Workshop
  • Planned to attend another YAPC for years now.
  • Recommended by a friend
  • Recommended by DKUUG/SSLUG
  • Saw that the timings were in line with my vacations
  • Tried to go to YAPC since about 5 years. I manged it this year. Yeah!
  • Wanted to see what it was like after going to YAPC::NA
  • When I found out it was a local event
  • when I had to cancel going to YAPC::Europe::2007
  • When I learned it was going to be in Copenhagen
  • When I saw I can do it
  • When I saw it on the Interwebs
  • When it was announced to be in Copenhagen
  • When we became a sponsor
  • Word of mouth

Were you a speaker?

37No, but I have spoken before at similar conferences
46Yes, and I have spoken before at similar conferences
10Yes, 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 weren't a speaker, would you consider speaking at a future conference?

36Ask me later

What was your motivation for coming?

84the list of speakers
79the quality of the talks scheduled
38to be a speaker
117to meet with Perl/project co-contributors
154to socialise with Perl geeks
45to meet Larry Wall
48to meet Damian Conway
73to see Copenhagen
16other ...
  • Because I have attended all previous YAPC Europe
  • Become part of the community
  • Curiosity
  • FUN in general, gathering new ideas
  • Headhunting
  • Learn something
  • Negotiate about bugs & features with authors, and about other things I need and plan to do
  • Tempting tutorials!
  • The fact that it was local and cheap, good value for money
  • The subjects covered by the talks
  • To buy things at the auction and at the O'Reilly bookstand
  • To participate at the jobfair
  • To see other YAPCs
  • To visit a YAPC "near" me
  • Work paid for it and it's fun, plus and incidentally I get to meet other Perl hackers
  • YAPC is just fun :)

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

170the talks / speakers
9the conference bag
54the tshirt
9the job fair
103the conference dinner
100the conference venue
69the city of Copenhagen
61the hallway track
127the attendees
16other ...
  • Bag? which bag?!?
  • Beer
  • BOFs
  • Damian
  • Larry / Damian
  • Lunch
  • Metro
  • The attendees, the attendees, your great job as an organizer
  • The catering / coffee / lunches
  • The food
  • The pre-conference meeting
  • The Tattooed Widow
  • Tutorials
  • Which conference bag?

Did you have holiday planned around your conference attendance?

99I came just for the conference
12several days before only
161 day before only
24several days before and after
221 day after only
16several days after only

Were there any talks you want to see, but missed??


If 'Yes', which talks did you miss?

The following are based on the number of mentions each talk got in all the submitted comments.

13Juerd Waalboer - Unicode Best Practices
9Aaron Crane - Faster Regexes: What to do when text matching is your bottleneck.
9JJ - The Camel and the Snake
8Jesse Vincent - Step 3: Prophet - A peer to peer replicated property database
8Smylers - HTML 5: What's that all about?
8Paul Johnson - Effective Code Coverage
7Barbie - Understanding Malware
7Mike Fragassi - Perl Logging Practices
7Dave Cross - Proud to Use Perl
7Jesse Vincent - Everything but the secret sauce
6Leo Lapworth - Evolving Architecture - Further
6Smylers - When MySQL Bites: Quirks to Watch Out For
6Edmund von der Burg - Modifying databases - changing the schema in a controlled way
6Philippe Bruhat - Perl (secret) operators
6Abigail - Regexp::Common, the next generation
5Adam Kennedy - Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong... Again
5Dave Cross - Ye Compleat History of Ye Perle Mongers of Olde London Towne (Part 1)
5Chia-liang Kao - Branch Management with SVK
5Nuno Carvalho - Is Your Script Fast Enough
5Dmitry Karasik - IO::Lambda - async I/O shouldn't be that complex
4Marcus Ramberg - Building Catalyst apps on the Amazon Web Service Platform
4Chia-liang Kao - prototype::signatures,
4Patrick Michaud - Building Compilers with the Parrot Compiler Toolkit
4Abigail - Regexp mini tutorial: Character Classes
4H.Merijn Brand - Speed up Text::CSV_XS
4Nadim Khemir - AsciiO version 1.0
4Adam Kennedy - Tiny
4Patrick Michaud - Rakudo: Perl 6 on Parrot
4Léon Brocard - Working in the cloud
4Mark Overmeer - From XML Schema to Application
4Tara Andrews - 101011 manuscripts: Perl and the Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa
3Jonathan Rockway - Moose Introduction
3Marcus Ramberg - Web Services with OAuth
3Mike Astle - Profiling Modules - A Survey
3Jonathan Worthington - Putting Types To Work In Perl 6
3Léon Brocard - 10 modules I haven't yet talked about
3Adam Bartosik - do { "TDD and refactoring" } or die "trying"
3Wolfgang Laun - Generate and Execute: A Paradigm for Perl Programs
3JJ - Perl at the Microsoft Scripting Games 2008
3Erwan Lemonnier - Pragmatic Contract Programming in Perl
2Matt Trout - DBIx::MasterClass
2All Perl 6 talks,
2Herbert Breunung - WxPerl beyond Frames and Buttons
2Daniel Ruoso - Perl 6 is just a SMOP
2brian d foy - Indexing BackPAN
2Adam Kennedy - Strawberry Perl - Achieving Win32 Platform Equality
2Lars Jorgensen - Making (large) legacy systems beautiful
2Michael Zedeler - Stream oriented processing with DSlib
2Thomas Klausner - CPANTS
2Jonathan Rockway - Describing classes with Ernst
2Roman Parparov - Computer working by itself - Beautiful, isn't it
2Thomas Klausner - die Perl, die!
2Philippe Bruhat - Messing with Git History using Git::FastExport
2Chris Williams - Rough Guide to CPAN Testing
2Steffen Mueller - Application deployment and dependency management with PAR
1Dave Cross - Perl in RPM-Land
1mtm - Low maintenance data integration (ETL)
1Mark Overmeer - CPAN6 progress
1Stefan Hornburg - Interchange - The Open Source Online Shop Platform
1Lars Dieckow - From an idea to CPAN
1Adam Kennedy (Alias) - Strawberry Perl
1Alex Kapranoff - Perl inside Nginx
1Andrew Shitov - How to make Google Books at home
1Matt Trout - Elegant^Elegant: Web application metaprogramming with Reaction
1Strawberry Perl - Achieving Win32 Platform Equality
1Uri Bruck - Perl in Software Art
1Darko Obradovic - CoSAIR.org - Making of a Game AI Programming Platform
1Jeremiah Foster - The debian - CPAN interface
1Alberto Simões - TPF Grants Committee,
1Andrew Johnson - Asynchronous Distributed Job Processing with Helios
1Yusuke Kawasaki - DOM manipulation by Gainer/Wiimote over HTTP
1Josh McAdams - Open Flash Chart and Perl

There are always conflicts in the schedule, as it's difficult to know what everyone would like to see. However, if you could list a few talks that you missed, it would give speakers an idea whether they would be worth updating their talks for furture events.

Where there any speakers not present you were hoping would be at the conference?


If 'Yes', which speakers?

The following are based on the number of mentions each speaker got in all the submitted comments.

14Audrey Tang, Mark Jason Dominus
5Yuval Kogman
4Michael Schwern, Tim Bunce
3Randal Schwartz, Marty Pauley, chromatic, Greg McCarroll, Yves Orton
2"Mock" aka Will Whitaker, Ingy, Tatsuhiko Miyagawa
1Sam Vilain, Johan Vromans, Allison Randal, Richard Foley, Simon Cozens, Leopold Toetsch, Dave Rolsky, Lincoln Stein, Aligator Decartes, Tom Christiansen, Nat Torkington, Gisle Aas, Graham Barr, Paul Kulchenko, Nicolai Langfeldt, Michael Schilli, Jeff Horwitz, Ken Williams, Rafael Garcia-Suarez, Chip Salzenberg, Paul Fenwick, Jonathan Rockway, Stevan Little

What kinds of talks would you prefer at future conferences?

13More beginner level talks
21More intermediate level talks
43More expert level talks
89It's about right
24No preference

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

  • - localisation and internationalisation
    - high performance computing
    - security
    - fast string matching
    - advanced regular expressions
  • A beginner's track
    More serious talks
  • A session for "Rookie Lightning Talks" and possible a 45 minute block with several 10 minute talks for first time speakers. Need a real beginner track, including the usual topics like how to build a module for CPAN. The speakers can change every year, but these simple topics should endure as they can be very important at the right point in a programmers life.
  • Although I prefer expert level talks, I'd really like to see a beginner level track - not for me, I'll probably attend no matter which talks, but for attracting perl "novices" who feel scared to go at the moment.
  • Beginners Track is a good idea, but as many attendees are experts it would be also nice to learn about teaching perl
    Best/Worst Practices
    Making CPAN modules - as there are now several ways to build one and META.yml is still developing, module-beginners need help with that
  • Corporate Perl for next years YAPC::Europe sounds interesting.
  • Distributed programming with perl tools
  • Examples of big, real life applications composed from "mainstream" components (Catalyst, DBIx::Class, ...) - architectural decisions, naming conventions, ..
  • Generating code during runtime. Emulating macros. Opcode hacking.
  • I would like to see more experts making intermediate/expert level talks, rather than fun talks.
  • I would prefer more in-depth talks instead of beginner talks - or in addition to!
  • Interfacing with other programming languages.
  • Introductions to other programming languages, from a Perl point of view.
  • Mapping/Geospatial related?
  • Mashups
  • More advanced Web topics
  • More functional programming
  • more success stories, and less perl syntax talks
  • More talks about testing
  • Natural Language Processing, PDL
  • None that spring to mind - a wide range of ideas usually get covered. Maybe a longer Ovid-testing presentation?
  • OO - What are objects, classes, prototypes and how to use them
  • Open Source Community Management
  • Parellelization
    Computing clouds and clustering
  • Perl use in system administration
    (I hope forthcoming YAPC in Lisbon, as being dubbed "Corporate Perl", may cover some of this),
    in the same vein, Perl use for Monitoring (like by Nagios/Munin, SNMP etc. plug-ins),
    Perl use in Engineering (does anyone do this at all? because I haven't found any modules on CPAN and once proposed to Adam Kennedy a name space like Eng or so)
    Perl use in Numerical Analysis (again, does anyone do this? probably number crunching requires compiled code anyway?)
    Perl use for (engineering, physics) Data Analysis,
    as well as for visualization (e.g. interpolation, approximation, curve fitting, line fairing, SVG)
    Perl for Webapps (I'm fed up of all the RAILs, J2EE, PHP Hype in this area and Perl has completely disappeared from the radar of web developers, and if still known is looked down at very condescendingly, thought of as not a proper programming language)
  • perlguts, non-trivial xs, crazy things like Devel::Declare
  • POE
    more on databases, rather than introductions to DBIx and such
  • Practical approaches to:
    1. mod_parrot configuration and optimization
    2. mod_parrot/rakudo memory analysis and optimization
    3. mod_parrot/rakudo best practices
    4. conformity in the community about recommended standard approaches (patterns/best practices), and leaving going timtowdi, for those who have a special need only.
    5. enterprise standards for perl
    6. marketing perl, clean up perls appearance to the world
  • Scalability and high volume web sites
  • svn vs git, applications
  • System Admin tracks
  • templates - current alternatives + future directions
    web frameworks - ditto
  • The announced topic "Corporate Perl" of the next YAPC will be very interesting!
  • The topics featured were very interesting, it was a right mix of things. Hope to see more of such diversity next year.
  • unusual use of perl (bioligy, simulations, AI ..)
  • Using Catalyst or Jifty, OO design, more focus on practical stuff rather than theoretical/structural stuff
  • XS

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
Content of the talks 84 93 9 - -
Efficiency of the schedule 109 68 10 1 -
BOFs 8 18 29 2 -
Social events 80 76 11 2 -
Parking 14 2 3 3 -
Facilities 93 73 10 1 -
Food service 83 76 22 8 -
Web site 89 77 19 2 -
Registration process 112 61 7 1 -
Hotel options 27 65 33 9 -
Staff 133 43 1 - -
Overall event experience 122 65 2 - -
Value for price 136 38 6 1 -

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

Would you like to expand on any strong views?

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  • "Value for price" is a relative concept in Copenhagen - everything's so expensive, but that's got nothing to do with YAPC::Europe. I had a good time and plan to attend the next one as well.
  • (I was a speaker, so didn't pay for the conference, but the value/price of Copenhagen in general is not great.)
  • - The web site lacks too much for a conference that pretend to be professional.
    - The conference fee (individual rate) was too high.
  • 1) I think that 30 min per talk is not enough. Most talks were very light without going deep into the matter at hand.
    2) Copenhagen was very expensive.
  • 1. it was excellent that there was sponsored lunch - not only it saved time, but also helped to socialize - almost everyone eating together
  • A diner for 300 people could have more variance, more to choose from.
  • About the website: why did you write the dates in MM/DD/YY format? Dates in this format are difficult for the majority of YAPC::EU's attendees, who are more used to DD/MM/YY or DD/MM/YYYY dates. And the best format, of course, is YYYY-MM-DD (with a 4-digit year), which everyone understand, even the few people from across the Atlantic. Another possibility would be to use the month's full English name.
  • Again, no printed proceedings available.
    web site: I missed detailed info how to go to the venue
    talks: I want talk alternatives when Larry Walk is talking (no keynote)
  • Altogether: a very pleasant experience.
  • As a vegetarian I had a though time finding something acceptable to eat (the university staff helped out a lot). Please think of us next time (I fear Lissabon is even more carnivore-oriented as Copenhagen).
  • As a vegeterian, I disliked the lunched utterly: sandwich with cucumber, with tomato, with lettuce, with shrimps (WTF?). Not tasty. Vegetarians can eat cheese, egg and many sorts of sauces. The attendees dinner had nothing special for vegetarians (yeah, vegetables and potatoes, wow, I'm so honoured).
    Power outlets!!! So many people could not use their notebook because of the lack of sufficient numbers of power outlets.
    Good bag: there wasn't one. Pity.
    Schedule: everything was 30 minutes. Speakers could hardly go deep into their subject. Next time please also 45 and / or 60 minute items.
    Directions: it was not clear where the venue was (the entrances to the building, what building exactly).
    Schedule: maybe next year a beginner's track? And some rooms extra for hackathons, BOFs and other meetings.
    Ravelinen: just Carlberg's beer was no fun. Those idiots had Leffe on tap and refused to sell it to us, it was just for the "real clients" inside the restaurant. Morons, that's what they are.
  • At launch the website was just a default ACT install - no design or stylesheet was applied. This unfortunately does not portray a good image of YAPC, especially when compared to Perl's competitors. Now of course I realise that the majority of programmers are not designers, but if the organisers do not have these skills then asking for help on use.perl.org or the conferences mailing list may have helped. See http://conferences.yapcasia.org/ya2008/ for an example of what can be done with ACT.
    The food service was fantastic - such a good idea to provide catering on-site. This meant that people were not disappearing to the pub etc and so ensured that the afternoon talks started on time with no latecomers. I would love to see this repeated at future YAPCs.
  • Don't put so much stress on beer.
  • food service was not good for vegetarians. I was lucky as I do eat fish and could find food by looking through the bags but I know several vegans had a hard tome and even I had to pick the bits of meat out of the salad.
    hotels: Copenhagen is an expensive city, not you guys' fault ;-)
    I had a problem with the venue change for the tutorials after the conf. Did not get the email that brian foy said had been sent out on Friday. I really think that when a change like that is made at short notice you should have made certain that the registered attendees were aware, probably by announcing it in the conference platform. Just updating the News page on the wiki was not enough - there were guys on both days who were inconvenienced because they just did not [or were unable to] look at that page. That's the only reason for my 'staff' rating above; other than that I thought that you guys were great ;-)
    But my overall impression of the week was good enough to override these gripes.
  • For Speakers: It would be great to have an extra screen to watch for those whose notebooks can only show ouput either at their TFT or the external output. (No, i won't switch to windows =)
  • I did not have any idea of what to expect from the conference, and I would not have taken it if it weren't in the Copenhagen area. I must admit, I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality and overall atmosphere :)
  • I especially liked the free lunch bags. :)
  • I feel the conference lacked enough communication during the year.
    Also, registration opened way too late.
    I also felt the absence of selected hotels by the organizers so that most people could be together at an affordable place.
  • i found 30 mins was a little short for the talks, a lot of the time the speakers had to rush to finish everything they wanted to cover. perhaps 10 or 15 mins longer would have helped.
  • I really liked the fact there was a 10 minute break after each talk, and that all the talks were of the same length. This greatly reduced the number of people moving around during the talk. OTOH, having only one length of slot available made it harder for speakers to prepare. Sometimes, you need at least 45 minutes, or it turns out that 20 minutes is enough.
    I scored the 'social events' very negatively, due to the really poor auction this year. I will come back to that in a separate email - this text box is too small to list all the grieves.
  • I was quite irritated by the silly games, both at the dinner and before the auction, to give away a few trinkets. It felt like being held hostage by an annoying salesman. Time at a conference like YAPC is extremely precious, so wasting it is really a shame.This is definitely not what I came to YAPC for.
    I realize that it is quite difficult for the organizers to deal with that kind of problem though.
  • I would have liked some conventions with hotels, like they did in Vienna (and Copenhagen is more expensive than Vienna). Moreover, I think that directions could have been better in the web site: putting a map without some clear indications of where to take the Metro, where to go, etc. makes all the attendant do the same work by their own. And no, the wiki's no help here, because all of us did it at the very end :D
  • I would have liked the key talks to have been held during the day - not in the morning were I was unable to attend.
  • Internet access was poor.
    Wanted to buy stuff in the auction, but it took too long and I lost interest and left even before it actually got started.
  • It sucks that year-after-year attendees continue to have chronic wireless problems, either no network ar a terribly overloaded network.
    I realize that this isn't a very solvable problem since the network comes with the venue and setting up custom network hardware would be expensive, but still.
  • Make it easy for companies to pay for several attendees.
    Put a level on the talks to give a heads up - specially about beginner stuff.
  • No, I won't mention the wireless net. Promise.
  • No, thank you.
  • not just 30 min talks.
    no lightning talks from regular speakers (you know who you are)
    auction way way to long
  • On the webbsite, the location and map links in the navigation to the left should be merged.
  • Overall an excellent conference.
  • Parking in CPH was somewhat complicated, but that's my own responsibility, being aware that the conf was in a major city. Hotels w/parking are rare, it seems. But it wasn't a big problem. YAPC was excellent.
  • Parking was excellent! Never had trouble find a space, and all for free! However, there was absolutely no parking information available on the webpage, which is essential information for local attendees.
    Registration was impressively efficient. Even though I registered the day before the conference after bank hours, the process was registered correctly, and a badge was ready and printed.
    Having just attended the $2,000 OSCON, a registration fee of 900DKK including lunch & dinner is impressive value for money. Keep it up!
  • Please make a reliable and sufficient WiFi available. In these times, more and more talks will depend on available access.
  • Price for conference was ok.
    Price for hotels was amazingly high.
    Website was cluttered and confused.
    Not enough time for BOFs to be truly effective.
  • Quite good conference, except for the wireless coverage and the lack of a printed programme.
    Some talks were very good, others a waste of time. Some speakers don't have anything to say or don't know how to present it (e.g. reading slides or white text on red background on a blurry projector).
  • Showing pictures of the hotel rooms and facilities would be of great help.
  • Social event needed a microphone or other way of greatly amplifying the signal-to-noise ratio of the french guy making competitions for gifts.
  • Some of the salads sucked!
  • The "perl culture" bits of the conference w/o any technical content get tiresome quickly.
  • The auction has been terrible. Too slow and boring. All those books and silly stuff should really be out of the auction.
  • The auction needs to be rethought. it was long and there was a lot of boring content.
  • The auction went very wrong. Undressing contests, totally boring BooK's ugly T-shirts sale and the whole length of the event. Please, bring Greg McCarroll next time to be the auctioneer :)
  • The biggest problem with the venue was lack of power points, for people with laptops. The assumption was that they would exist, so a lot of people never managed to take notes.
  • The BOFs were mostly ignored from the schedule, and no opportunity was made to make them more visible for new attendees.
    No easily accessible venue map, and the 2.07 (?) rooms were too far away from the main rooms.
  • The conference signs weren't too perceptive - they should have been bigger or more often placed. The wireless network left something to be desired.
  • The number of Perl conferences is increasing, and this is great!
    Perhaps now is the correct timing to expand: in addition to the current YAPC::Europe conferences (which in my opinion should not change), should there not be a separate "Corporate" Perl conference, specifically designed for Perl users ? I mean, IT professionals who just use Perl for their job ?
  • The organization of the conference seemed to be very smooth. I know it can't have been because it never is, but as far as I know, not a single glitch made it through to the attendees. The organizers did a great job!
  • The organization seemed less focused then in Vienna, and it relied on people checking the website instead of sending out more stuff by email.
  • The wifi was a bit flaky.
  • The wifi was too weak.
  • The WIFI..............(non-existent)
  • There should be two or three hotels that hold the majority of participants to facilitate the Fluxx track. This year we were split all over town. The bofs were almost non existent this year. We really need the organizers to provide several time slots and locations that bof organizers can choose from. Copenhagen is too expensive.
  • there was a big problem with WiFi, which is a shame, as limited CPAN contributions during the conference.
  • there were no vegetarian food.
  • Vegetarian options should be asked upfront on registration and not made the responsibility of the attendee.
  • very poor WLAN at Copenhagen Business School, otherwise excellent venue...
  • Very well run and organised.
    Vegetarian food options were sadly limited.
    It was harder to meet up and socialise than at YAPC::EU Wien, maybe because hotels were spread out. Also seemed to be little activity on the Wiki?
  • Weak WiFi.
  • Web site: I would have wanted more detailed journey plan.
    Overall experience: the danish girls look beautifyl. :-)
  • When you get a bunch of perl hackers in one place, the network will be severely strained. :) Wifi and wireless services need to have greater capacity that was available at CBS.
  • YAPC::EU is going from strength to strength
  • Yes. Where was the vegetarian lunch?
  • You did a great job!
  • You don't do an "economy" conference in a city or even country with prices like Copenhagen, sorry. 150-200 Euro/night in a decent hotel for a double bedroom?! The low registration price suddenly doesn't mean so much.

The Conference Fee

In order to help future organisers to 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 standard rate would be the price paid by your company, the individual rate for those in paid employment, but funding themselves, and lastly the student rate for anyone who holds proof (e.g. a recognised student card) that they are in current fulltime education, or have just completed their studies.

Standard Rate:

1€ 50
1€ 80
1€ 99
20€ 100
1€ 100-200
6€ 120
1€ 121
1€ 128
14€ 150
1€ 180
32€ 200
15€ 250
4€ 300
2€ 350
1€ 400
2€ 500
1€ 1000
1€ 1200
1€ ?

Individual Rate:

1€ 40
9€ 50
1€ 60
4€ 70
2€ 75
8€ 80
2€ 90
2€ 99
1€ < 100
40€ 100
7€ 120
2€ 125
12€ 150
3€ 180
2€ 200
1€ 240
1€ no idea

Student Rate:

3€ 10
4€ 20
5€ 25
5€ 30
1€ 33
4€ 40
31€ 50
1€ < 50
3€ 60
6€ 70
3€ 75
6€ 80
1€ 90
1€ 50-100
10€ 100
1€ 150
1€ 200
1€ 240
1€ no idea

How did you pay for the conference fee?

43N/A - I was a speaker
3N/A - I was a sponsor
77My company paid
60I paid out of my own pocket
0I wasn't able to attend