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Posted on June 14th, 2006 by Josh

Chicago.pm is proud to announce another sponsor… ValueClick. ValueClick is being kind enough to make sure that Damian Conway makes it to YAPC and to various Perl Mongers groups around the country.

ValueClick is one of the world’s largest integrated online marketing companies. They deliver scalable solutions for advertisers to cost-effectively acquire customers and for publishers to maximize their revenue. ValueClick’s industry experts can solve your most complex online marketing needs today.

Oh yeah, and they are hiring Perl programmers.

Thanks ValueClick!

Rimm-Kaufman Group

Posted on June 13th, 2006 by Josh

We’d like to thank our latest sponsor, the Rimm-Kaufman Group. The Rimm-Kaufman Group provides search marketing services and consulting to online retailers with clients ranging from startups to the Fortune-500 and including both B2C and B2B direct marketers.

Thank you Rimm-Kaufman.

Annual YAPC Dinner Details

Posted on June 9th, 2006 by Pete

Every year at YAPC, attendees are treated to dinner one of the nights of the conference. This is also when the annual YAPC fundraising auction is held. This year’s dinner will be held on Tuesday night, June 27th, at Dave and Buster’s in Chicago, from 6:00 PM until at least 10:30 PM. We are currently arranging transportation from the conference hall; more details will be announced later.

In addition to dinner and the auction, we have reserved the lower level for free game play. Free play includes tons of arcade classics, as well as interactive games, such as jet ski and racing games. We also have two pool tables and a shuffleboard table reserved for our exclusive use during this time, as well as an indoor golf simulator.

This dinner wouldn’t be possible without sponsorship; we’d like to thank ITA Software, ThoughtStream and Stonehenge for their support.

We have several items from our fine auction sponsors, as well as a few other surprises. Thanks are in order to Big Nerd Ranch, O’Reilly, Apress, No Starch Press, Pragmatic Bookshelf, Stonehenge, Shopzilla, Openmake, and Manning Publications for donating items to the auction.

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Follett Library Resources

Posted on June 7th, 2006 by Josh

Our next featured sponsor is Follett Library Resources. They are a wholesaler of books just North of Chicago who help make sure that school libraries have a strong collection of books in stock. Oh yeah, did I mention they were hiring?

Thank you Follett!

Manning Publications Co.

Posted on June 7th, 2006 by Josh

Manning Publications Co. is the latest YAPC::NA sponsor. Manning is donating books for auction at our Tuesday evening dinner and charity auction. In the pile of books are a few certificates for copes of “Minimal Perl”, the soon to be released Perl title form Manning.

Thank you for your support Manning.


Posted on June 7th, 2006 by Josh

Yet Another Perl Conference is proud to announce Yet Another Conference Sponsor: CheetahMail. CheetahMail is an Experian company that specializes in Email Marketing, Web Site Analytics, and Advanced Campaign Management.

Thank you CheetahMail!


Posted on June 7th, 2006 by Josh

Another big name in Perl has became a sponsor of YAPC::NA, Socialtext. If you are looking for fast and secure collaboration their enterprise wiki can meet that need. Also, they are working on an open license for their software that should be out soon, so be sure to keep an eye on them.

Thank you Socialtext.


Posted on June 7th, 2006 by Josh

The sponsorship floodgates have opened, so there will be a lot of announcements today. The first is Damain Conway’s Thoughtstream. The response to our open classes was so great that Thoughtstream and Stonehenge are both giving back large contributions to YAPC. Be sure to thank them at the conference because there contributions are helping to make our Tuesday evening banquet a reality.

Also, if you haven’t signed up for a class yet, you are missing a great deal. Experience either Damian Conway teaching “Perl Best Practices”, Randal Schwartz teaching “Intermediate Perl”, or brian d foy teaching “Learning Perl” for only $200. That’s a small fraction of the normal cost for any of these classes, so don’t miss the chance to receive professional Perl training at a great price.

Time To Register

Posted on June 2nd, 2006 by Josh

Well, it’s June so the countdown to YAPC::NA is on. There are just over three weeks left until the conference begins. If you were thinking about waiting to the last minute to register, that time has come. Though we will officially take registrations up until the weekend before the conference, I’d advise you to register as early as possible. It just makes things easier on all of us ;)

Why would you want to come to YAPC? Well, probably because there are over sixty Perl talks crammed into three days of conference proceedings, all for only $100.

If that’s not enough, we have classes taught by Damian Conway, Randal Schwartz, and brian d foy on the two days immediately following the conference. These classes cost only a small fraction of what you would typically have to pay.

Still not convinced? Well, if you are even thinking about a new job we are having a job fair during the conference. Companies from around the country will be on site hunting for the best Perl programmers to join their teams. Come for the conference, leave with a new gig.

Want more? How about what we think is one of the best swag bags for any YAPC to date? Not only is the canvas bag nice, but the contents are pretty sweet too. Rumor has it there is the latest copy of some Perl magazine, the latest distro of some version of Linux, as well as, a some fun and games.

Wow, you’re not an easy sell are you? Let me just say that we are working to make sure that this years banquet and auction have all of the bells, whistles, and blinking lights that you could imagine outside of Vegas. Oh, speaking of the auction, this years auction will be full of great items including an entire week at the Big Nerd Ranch, a couple of high-dollar electronic gadgets, a custom made collectible like you’ve never seen before (trust me, you’ll want to be there for this one), as well as gobs of books donated from our many publisher friends.

If that’s not enough, remember that YAPC is in Chicago: the windy city, the city of broad shoulders, the city of the World Champion White Sox, the city of the Cubs, the city of deep dish pizza, the summer home of King Tut, the… well, you get the idea.


Posted on June 1st, 2006 by Josh

zoomshare is the latest sponsor of YAPC. zoomshare gives you all the tools you need to you make your free website and they even host it for you. Create your own homepage, share pictures, write a blog, all for free.

Thank you for supporting YAPC::NA.