The Perl Conference Newsletter: 3/25/18

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Keynote Speaker:  VM (Vicky) Brasseur

VM (aka Vicky) spent most of her 20 years in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams, and providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses. Now she leverages nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience and a strong business background to advise companies about free/open source, technology, community, business, and the intersections between them.


She is the author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, the first book to detail how to contribute to free and open source software projects. Think of it as the missing manual of open source contributions and community participation. The book is published by The Pragmatic Programmers and is now available in an early release beta version. It's available at


Vicky is the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016). She's a moderator and author for, a board member for the Open Source Initiative, and a frequent and popular speaker at free/open source conferences and events. She blogs about free/open source, business, and technical management at

Register your Birds of a Feather (BoF) Event

Birds of a Feather (BoF) gatherings have been a long-standing tradition at Perl Conferences. Attendees often ‘flock’ together to talk about a shared topic, that is sometimes inspired by a conversation that came up in the hallway or after a scheduled talk.  BoFs are not limited to Perl specific topics though and sometimes attendees know ahead what BoF gathering they are hoping to find! This year organizers are giving you the opportunity to secure space and get the word out about your BoF meeting.

By registering a BoF early you can guarantee the most visibility through promotion. All BoF proposals must be approved by The Perl Conference Organizers. Registration does not guarantee room assignment. Rooms will be reserved for BoFs on a first come, first served basis.

Get your BoF promoted and space reserved by requesting it here

Attend The Perl Conference

Tickets available on Eventbrite:

The main conference runs from June 18-20, 2018 with tutorial sessions on June 17, 21, and 22. The conference events and recommended lodging are conveniently in one place:

The Little America Hotel

500 Main St

Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

Conference Hotel Rooms and Rates

Our contract with the Little America Hotel awards us a discounted conference room rate of $169.00 per night prior to April 2nd. Self-parking is included for guests and attendees. Valet parking is available for $7 per day.

All rooms must be booked by Friday, 5/18/18. No room availability is promised past this deadline.

Reservations can be made online at: or by calling 1-800-437-5288 (Note: Please be sure to let the agent know that you are reserving a room for The Perl Conference).

The Perl Conference has a special rate on suite-style rooms located inside the conference hotel, called “Tower” rooms. These spacious rooms have amazing views overlooking Salt Lake City and are located inside the conference hotel.

More information can be found at:

Speaker Invitations sent 3/21/2018

If you submitted a talk during The Perl Conference’s CFP, all invitations for approved submissions have been sent. The most recent round went out March 21st, so check your spam box if you missed yours.

Want to sponsor The Perl Conference?

The best way to sponsor The Perl Conference is through a sponsorship to The Perl Foundation. By sponsoring TPF, not only do you get recognition for your support of TPC::NA, but you are also recognized as a sponsor of our regional Perl Workshops, our Outreach Program for Women, beginner training initiatives, and our grants programs for an entire year. It really is the way to get the most value for your sponsorship money. Find out more by visiting or by contacting

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