Announcing the Perl Toolchain Summit in 2024!

After three years of not organising and one successful PTS in Lyon last year, we might have become a bit complacent and forgotten how taxing organizing an event is... After a very slow preparation, we are very pleased to announce the fourteenth edition of the Perl Toolchain Summit!

In 2024, we will be meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, from Wednesday April 25 to Sunday April 28. As has become customary, participants will stay at the hotel, and work in the meeting rooms dedicated for the event.

The first rounds of invitations have been sent. We plan on having about thirty participants. We are always looking for sponsors (ask for our sponsor prospectus!).

The organisation is being handled by a small distributed team of people experienced with this event. This year, we're even more distributed, as none of the main organizers lives in Portugal! We are:

  • Breno G. de Oliveira (GARU) is our remote host, and will handle local matters (venue and accommodation) from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Philippe Bruhat (BOOK) will manage the invitations and sponsors from Lyon, France.
  • Laurent Boivin (ELBEHO) will be handling the money from Paris, France, both inwards (getting it from the sponsors) and outwards (covering expenses and refunding attendees).
  • Neil Bowers (NEILB) will be helping remotely with planning and logistics from Marlow, UK.

Started in 2008 by Salve Nilsen (SJN) as the Perl QA Hackathon in Oslo, the Perl Toolchain Summit is an annual event that brings together the key developers working on the Perl toolchain. Each year (except for 2020-2022), the event moves from country to country all over Europe, organised by local teams of volunteers. The surplus money from previous summits helps fund the next one.

The developers who maintain CPAN and associated tools and service are all volunteers, scattered across the globe. This event is the one time in the year when they can get together.

The summit provides dedicated time to work on the critical systems and tools, with all the right people in the same room. The attendees hammer out solutions to thorny problems and discuss new ideas to keep the toolchain moving forward.

Given the important nature of the attendees' work and their volunteer status, we try to pay for most expenses (travel, lodging, food, etc.) through sponsorship. If you're interested in helping sponsor the summit, please get in touch with Philippe Bruhat at

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