Your Fantasy Perl Conference schedule
What talks do you want to hear at conferences? I recently finished going through the proposals for OSCON, and the ones I thought were really good were the ones the Perl committee solicited or helped to develop. That is, instead of waiting to see what speakers suggested and lived with that, we went out to get what we wanted. And, I think this is going to be a pretty good OSCON for Perl.
At Frozen Perl, Chris Prather, one of the organizers for YAPC::NA 2011, was telling me about their plan to schedule talks first and find speakers later. I was just checking the YAPC::Rīga website, and They are doing the same thing.
As a frequent speaker, I've lately been asking the conference to suggest topics to me. It's more challenging for me that way and raises my game a bit. Maybe that will work for other speakers as well.
So, imagine your fantasy conference (unrestrained Perl conference schedule, not conference about fantasies). You're the organizer. What would you put in the schedule and who would you assign the talks to?
I have a long list, but I'll give you a couple of them:
- Surviving Perl and Unicode (Tom Christiansen)
- Fast data with PDL (???)
- Perl and the new HTML5 (???)
- Git Boot Camp (Scott Chacon)
Suggest your own three topics, maybe with speakers attached, and perhaps the organizers can twist some arms. Chris did mention that he initially had to twist arms but his targets eventually relented.