The Perl Toolchain Summit 2017

It is my pleasure and honor to announce that the Perl Toolchain Summit will be held in Lyon, France from Thursday 11th May 2017 through Sunday 14th May 2017. This is the event previously known as the Perl QA Hackathon, where we bring together as many of the key people working on the Perl toolchain as we can.

For this tenth edition, the entire event will be hosted in the hotel Campanile Lyon Part-Dieu, which participants of 2014 Perl QA Hackathon may remember. Attendees will stay at the hotel, and the meeting rooms will be opened for extended hours, so that nothing but sleep stands in the way of the code and discussions.

There's enough room to host 30 or more people. Work is in progress to assemble the list of attendees, create the web site, and gather sponsorship to cover the cost of bringing the lead developers together for four days of intense discussion, design and coding.

The organisation is being handled by a small distributed team of people experienced with this event:

  • Philippe Bruhat (BOOK) is chief organiser, and will handle local matters (venue and accommodation) from Lyon, and be the public face of the event. He was co-organiser of the Perl QA Hackathon in 2011, 2012, and 2014.
  • Neil Bowers (NEILB) will be taking care of sponsorship and the attendees before the event. He was co-organiser in 2016, and helped with sponsorship for 2015.
  • Laurent Boivin (ELBEHO) will be handling the money from Paris, both inwards (getting it from the sponsors) and outwards (covering expenses and refunding attendees). He was co-organiser in 2012 and 2014.

The name was changed from "Perl QA Hackathon" to "Perl Toolchain Summit" to more closely reflect the nature of the event: it's not what most people think of when they hear "hackathon", and the scope is more than just Perl QA. It's still all about Perl (and about all Perls).

We will be blogging more in the near future, so watch this space!

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