[Wellington-pm] OSDC open for registrations
jarich at perltraining.com.au
Mon Oct 11 07:55:06 CDT 2004
Matthew Hunt wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 11, 2004 at 03:47:16PM +1000, Jacinta Richardson wrote:
>>The cost is $230 and the early bird date expires on the 15th of October.
> Those are some real early birds you've got there. A full four days to
> consider it.
I apologise for the really short notice. We have been extremely busy in
the last few months and simple but important things have been getting
away from us.
As the programme chair my primary focus over the last while has been on
chasing speakers for their papers and passing these to reviewers. As a
result I have not been as diligent as I ought to have been in making
sure that notice of our registrations finally being open, got out to the
>>OSDC is a grassroots-style conference [..]
> By which, I take it that you mean utterly disorganised. I've been
> following the web site occasionally for about six months now (since the
> time it was announced as the YAPC::AU conference) and haven't been able
> to find a scrap of extra information about what to expect from it.
I would like to apologise that our website coverage has been patchy,
however it hasn't been (entirely) stagnant. Our list of talks can be
Once we have sufficient registrations, we'll be able to better judge
which streams will be popular and create the timetable with respect to that.
>>You can register online at http://www.osdc.com.au/
> Why would you bother? What is actually happening?
These are very good questions, and I thank you sincerely for pointing
out to me that they have not been adequetly covered. I've been so
deeply involved in organising the talks and papers that I didn't realise
that not everyone knew all about them.
We're not just "covering Perl, Python and PHP" over 3 days. We're
booking 3 lecture rooms each day for the 3 days and every single slot is
filled with a talk. There are 60 different talks by 45 different
speakers, not including the keynotes. Roughly half of these are Perl
Talks topics range all over the place from dealing with hardware in
Perl, to designing cochlear implants with Python to writing large-scale
PHP. We also have talks on the Firebird Database, Mozilla XUL, Lego
Micromouse (and maze solving), MySQL, CVS, Make, DocBook and writing
You can find the list of speakers and talk titles at
http://www.osdc.com.au/papers/index.html Speaker names listed as
"unavailable" means that that speaker opted to have their paper
refereed. Their names will appear once the refereeing process is over.
There will also be a key-signing, several BOFs (yet to be organised),
lots of opportunities to socialise, a semi-formal dinner, a partners'
programme and other usual conference stuff.
Our catering choices should result in you being extraordinarily well fed
throughout the days of the conference.
The talks are such that I believe I'm going to find it quite difficult
to see everything I want to see. In our initial timetable it was
impossible to put all the talks that interested me in sequential
timeslots, there are too many good talks to fit in the 5 hours of talk
time we have per day (plus 1.5 hours for the keynote, 1 hour for lunch
and 2 by 30 minute tea breaks).
If you have any other questions about what is happening, please don't
hesitate to ask.
> Or is it some great
> secret that needs to be concealed behind a few comic strips to save us
> from ruining the surprise?
:) No big secret, just not an awareness that we haven't communicated
this information. Thankyou again for bringing it to our attention.
>>We look forward to seeing you in December!
> I'm on holiday anyway, but I have to say that I was surprised that the
> conference was even going ahead given the lack of any apparent
> organisation or programme.
> You can call me a cynic, but I think that more people would be inclined
> to part with the money if they knew anything about what they might get
> for it.
Sure, it's cynical. Afterall, why wouldn't Perl Mongers want to come to
the first YAPC in the southern hemisphere? ;) I agree entirely that
people are much more likely to part with their money if they feel that
the conference will be fun and useful to them. Especially people in New
Zealand who'll need an extra reason to part with the money to fly over
I appreciate your email and if you are able to provide further feedback
and pointers to material you feel is not being adequetly conveyed, we
would really appreciate it.
All the best,
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