Speaking at QCon London next month
I've been invited to speak at QCon London next month. I'll be giving two keynotes: my infamous Fun With Dead Languages talk plus a one-hour mini-tutorial entitled Instantly Better Presentations. I'll also be offering the full one-day version of that second talk as a tutorial earlier in the same week.
I've spoken at several of QCon's sibling conference (YOW! in Australia, Goto Aarhus in Denmark) over the past couple of years and always found them to be a great way to bump myself out of my fairly deep Perl rut, while at the same time helping to raise awareness of Perl in some quite different developer communities.
If you're interested in coming along to QCon, or even just to my Presentation tutorial, registrations are now open. There's a price rise coming on February 8th, so you may want to get in quickly. And, regardless of when you register, you can save an extra £100 by using this promotion code: CONW100
Would love to go, but I can't really afford spending 1.5k + VAT + 3 days off work on it.
Sometimes I wonder what kind of programmer can afford these, when the same money would buy them a brand new collection of the latest cool books. Maybe people who are blowing investors money.
Your web site is out of date: http://damian.conway.org/Events/
@Jerome: I can't imagine that most programmers in attendance actually pay for this. Many employers will cover the cost and send folks on company time. Compared with hiring a trainer or sending people to a multi-day training, the price isn't ridiculous. However, since I'm used to the low cost of YAPC and other Perl conferences, I definitely get sticker shock when seeing conferences like this. I imagine that the speakers are better compensated though.
@Jerome: @Nick nailed it. This is an enterprise conference, which means that employers are almost always picking up the tab. And the prices for this conference are actually fairly modest (for that universe). In particular, the cost to attend just the Presentation Skills tutorial I'm giving is well below what other local providers have previously charged for my public courses.
But, yes, this is not the usual grass-roots Perl event. I keep hoping I'll make it to an LPW some year, but the November/December timeframe just never seems to work for me. :-(
@dolmen: Thanks for pointing that out. I've now updated it for my entire European trip.