Watch the secret YAPC::NA live
TL;DRYou can watch YAPC::NA live here.
Honestly, I don't get it. It seems the organizers of YAPC::NA 2014 have decided to keep total radio silence, so no enemy will know about the event. No blog posts. Hardly any tweets. Even the mailing list was almost deserted.
Then a month before the conference there was a blog post asking YAPC::NA or not which I posted on twitter and to the YAPC::NA mailing list. Not surprisingly some people took offense of me echoing it or calling the whole thing silly. Instead of focusing on the actual issue. The lack of communication.
There was a response to that article in the form of a comment, but still no post on the YAPC::NA web site.
I understand how other things can interrupt the well meaning of people, but if it was an unfixed bug in a piece of open source code, someone could step up and fix it. At a conference, at the Perl conference in NA, I'd hope the organizers would mention they have a time or resource issue. I'd probably even expect the officials of The Perl Foundation to check if the organization of YAPC::NA goes well.
I am sure it will be great fun for those who attend and actually 300 people is not bad. I am just sad the event was not used more for reaching other people, who are not regulars at YAPC.
The live stream
I just sent out the latest issue of the Perl Weekly welcoming people to YAPC::NA. Then I wanted to add more YAPC::NA videos to Perl TV so I turned my attention to YouTube channel of YAPC::NA. That's when I noticed that there is going to be live feed from the conference. (See under Upcoming events). I am glad that there will be live streaming, but why was this kept as a secret?
Just thinking about the fact that I found out about it 10 minutes after I sent out the Perl Weekly to over 5000 people who could have watched it instead of the Mundial.
Anyway, I hope that this blog post will reach a few people who will be able to watch YAPC::NA live.