The Perl Conference in Orlando 2016 - Survey Results


The following survey results are a simple presentation of the raw data. No attempt has been made to analyse the data and compare with previous years. See forthcoming PDFs for more in depth analysis.

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These questions will help us understand who our attendees are.


Attendees: pie chart

144No Response
36Response Percentage

Age Band:

Age Band: pie chart

0under 20
920 - 29
2930 - 39
2840 - 49
1250 - 59
360 and over


Although this question is optional, with your help we would like to monitor changes in attendance over time.

Gender: pie chart

1It's Complicated

Job Type:

Job Type: pie chart

6CEO/Company Director/Senior Manager
0Non-Technical Manager
4Technical Manager
10Technical Architect/Analyst
0Human Resources

If your position covers many roles, please base this on your most senior responsibility. Also base this on the role you perform, rather than your job title. For example, a 'QA Developer' would be a 'Developer' role, and 'Information Manager' would a Manager role (Technical or Non-Technical depending upon your responsibilites)

If 'Other' please enter your professional job role or title:

  • Consultant
  • Engineer - Retired
  • hardware verification engineer
  • Sr. Developer
  • Technical Debt Collector

Current Job Status:

Current Job Status: pie chart

77Gainfully employed
3It's complicated


Industry: pie chart

8IT Services

If you or your company undertake work within mulitple industry sectors, please select the primary one you are currently working within.

If 'Other' please enter your industry sector:

  • Accomodations
  • IT Consultant
  • Manufactoring
  • music tradefair


Region: pie chart

64North America
1South America

Please note this is the region you were a resident in, prior to attending the conference.

The Perl Community, YAPCs & Workshops

These questions are designed to help us understand our attendees level of involvement in the Perl community.

How do you rate your Perl knowledge?


How many previous Perl events have you attended?

22This was my first Perl Conference
Attended YAPCs123456-1011-20total
The Perl Conference (formerly YAPC::NA)161237369260
YAPC::Australia / OSDC::Australia13-----7
YAPC::Israel / OSDC::Israel1------1
YAPC::SA / YAPC::Brazil1-1----4

How many Perl Workshops have you attended?

43Never attended one
Attended Workshops1234567891011-2021-30total
Pittsburgh Perl Workshop63111--1-1--42
Frozen Perl Workshop3-2---------9
Perl Oasis Workshop132---------13
DC / Baltimore Perl Workshop24112-------27
any European Perl Workshops41-11------140
Other Perl Workshops322---------13

Do you plan to attend a future Perl event

1Don't Know

If no, could you tell us why?

Particularly if this is your first Perl event, we would like to understand why you would not be able or interested in attending another event like it.

Are you a member of a local Perl Mongers user group?


If not, do you plan to find one or start one?

4Don't Know

What other areas of the Perl Community do you contribute to?

42I'm a CPAN Author
7I'm a CPAN Tester
3I'm a board or committee member of a recognised Perl body (e.g. TPF, EPO, YEF, JPF, etc)
14I'm a Perl project developer (e.g. Rakudo, Catalyst, Dancer, Padre, etc)
17I have a technical blog (e.g. on or a personal blog)
23I use or contribute to PerlMonks or other Perl forums
36I use IRC (e.g. #perl, #yapc, or
15I contribute to Perl mailing lists (e.g. P5P, Perl QA, etc)
8other ...
  • "Drive-by" project contributor via GitHub
  • contribute to Perl 6 dev and docs
  • Help run a Perl Mongers user group
  • I used to post questions, answer a few at Perlmonks. Qs these days are re javascript and xslt, not so much Perl.
  • PAUSE administrator, Perl Toolchain Gang
  • Periodic PRC participation
  • Reporting issues and provide test cases.
  • Stack Overflow

The Perl Conference in Orlando 2016

Regarding The Perl Conference in Orlando 2016 specifically, please answer the following as best you can.

When did you decide to come to this conference?

31I'm now a regular The Perl Conference attendee
12After YAPC::NA 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT
3After reading a The Perl Conference blog post
0After joining the Facebook event group
7I was nominated to attend by manager/colleague
6I was recommended to attend by friend/colleague
4After seeing a link or advert on a Perl specific website
1After seeing a link or advert on a non-Perl website
2After reading an email sent to a mailing list I was in
2After seeing other promotions online/in the press
13other ...
  • Accepted to speak
  • After being accepted to speak
  • After seeing Perl 6 was released
  • considering after 2015, talk accepted cemented my attendence
  • finally decided, proximity to home was a plus
  • hearing that Damian Conway was teaching perl 6 classes
  • Here for historical research
  • I go when I can
  • I noticed YAPC would be close (I'm in Boca Raton)
  • Moved back to North America from Australia, so I can attend again
  • Wanted to go to Flordia and work would only pay for something in this price range
  • when my current employer paid for it :)

How do you feel about renaming "YAPC" to "The Perl Conference"?

25I like it
18I'm okay with it
23It doesn't really matter to me
6I don't like it
4other ...
  • Doesn't matter to me, might to other people.
  • I like it, bit I think it'll always be called YAPC informally
  • Mixed feelings. I liked the effort on display in 2015 (and the 2016 CFP) to make it less 100% focused on Perl topics, and this feels like walking that back.
  • people will still call it "YAPC" no matter what you call it officially ...
  • YAPC was a catchy name. TPC is Java-style boring :)

Were you a speaker?

7No, but I have spoken before at similar conferences
26Yes, and I have spoken before at similar conferences
3Yes, and it was my first time as a speaker

Note that "similar conferences" includes other Perl Conferences, as well as Linux, Open Source or large technical events such as workshops.

If you were a speaker, would you have been able to attend if you hadn't been speaking?


If you weren't a speaker, would you consider speaking at a future conference?

15Ask me later

What was your motivation for coming?

42the list of speakers
42the quality of the talks scheduled
23to be a speaker
44to meet with Perl/project co-contributors
58to socialise with Perl geeks
21to meet Larry Wall
21to meet Damian Conway
11to visit Orlando, FL
14other ...
  • Classes
  • dancer and moose tutorial
  • networking / historical research
  • past quality of confrences (thanks to YouTube)
  • Perl 6
  • PRC Challenge
  • Promote my company
  • survey Perl-based employment
  • the trainings/tutorials
  • to get guests for FLOSS Weekly
  • To remember why I love Perl
  • Trainings
  • Use the training budget!

What aspects of the conference do you feel gave value for money?

75The talks / speakers
29The tshirt
10The Sponsor Expo
27The conference venue
10The city of Orlando
38The hallway track
56The attendees
35Tutorials before and after the conference
16The beginner track
2Free Linux Journal subscription
2Other ...
  • being able to give a shoutout at the lightning talks
  • chance to reconnect with Perl dev from previous jobs

Will you wear the event shirt after The Perl Conference?


What kinds of talks would you prefer at future conferences?

3More beginner level talks
11More intermediate level talks
19More advanced level talks
42It's about right
6No preference

Are there any topics you would specifically like to see featured?

  • A talk explaining why it's taken 12+ years to release perl6 and they acknowledge that it's still too slow. Why would anyone should adopt a language for their business when the implementers can't seem to fix the problem when it's been known for a long time? There are a lot of cool features in perl6 but I certainly couldn't sell it to the company I work for.
  • anything related to Perl 6
  • distributed systems, message queues
  • e-commerce
  • I attended the conference because Damian Conway was having a perl 6 training on Sunday. I wanted to take his other training course on Thursday, but work would only allow me to go for half the conference.
  • I would like to see a session each day. It would be Newbies Asking Questions. Well, I don't think it needs to be restricted to Newbies necessarily, but perhaps in the beginner track there could be a session where people could drop in and ask questions about anything Perl-related. On the beginner track, these questions would probably be fairly straightforward to answer. Part of the fun will be that even the moderator might not have all the answers, but other newbies might be able to contribute their shared wisdom.
  • I would prefer a little more weight given to talks about applications (versus Perl-qua-Perl) and non-technical topics.
  • In convincing my employer that they should give me the hours to attend, it is always helpful if I can bring back insights on dealing with older code bases in modern contexts. So at work this year, we will talk a lot about Test2 and Devel::QuickCover in our reports. ( It's harder to ask for the talks that I personally will find fun because most often they're talks about things I didn't know I wanted to know... )
  • Internal Perl5 architecture
  • Moar Perl 6 :)
  • More advanced talks about Perl 6 features, such as concurrency.
  • More on testing.
  • More talks about projects (e.g., BioPerl) vs. individual modules; more talks about integrating Perl into solutions (vs. individual modules). I would also find add'l talks on other languages that are complimentary to Perl (e.g., R). Given that O'Reilly's OSCON doesn't really address languages any more it might be a way to get more people involved.
  • not sure.....using perl as glue for doing great things.
  • Perl 6
  • Perl 6 on Android devices, including step by step installation process.
  • perl5 to perl6 project migration paths
  • Perl6 ecosystems, opportunities to grow and get a job.
  • Seemed like there was a majority of Perl 6 topics, would have been nice to still see a good variety of Perl 5 topics.
  • Show us your projects you've built with Perl
  • Using Minion with Mojolicious.
  • We talk too much about the language and not enough about the cool stuff people are doing with it.
  • Web development with Perl. There was a web dev class, but it didn't have Perl. Would like to see a Perl web framework like Catalyst or Mojolicious in a course.

If a banquet was provided as an additional registration item for about $50, would you attend it?


How do you rate the conference?

How would you rate your overall satisfaction of the following areas of the conference?

Choices 1 2 3 4 5
Newsletters/Updates 35 27 8 1 -
Web site 20 31 18 4 -
Registration process 35 34 4 1 -
Directions/Maps 37 25 4 - -
Content of the talks 51 24 2 - -
Schedule efficiency 45 26 2 1 -
BOFs 4 10 5 2 -
Social events 24 33 9 2 -
Parking 8 9 2 4 -
Facilities 36 34 4 1 -
Food service 25 34 16 1 -
Accommodation 40 31 - - -
Staff 64 12 - - -
Overall experience 53 23 1 - -
Value for price 63 13 - - -

1 = Very Satisfied
2 = Somewhat satisfied
3 = Somewhat un-satisfied
4 = Very un-satisfied
5 = N/A

Conference Attendance

In order to help future organisers gauge an appropriate conference fee, how much would you (or your company) have paid for a conference ticket? Feel free to provide an answer for all rates, where corporate rate would be paid for by your company (including a Master Class place), standard rate would be the regular price paid by attendees in paid employment, and lastly the concession rate for anyone who holds proof that they are in fulltime education or are unemployed.

Would you pay double for The Perl Conference if we could exclude sponsorship advertising?


How did you pay for the conference fee?

21N/A - I was a speaker
5N/A - I was a sponsor
38My company paid
15I paid out of my own pocket
0I wasn't able to attend

If your employer didn't send you, did they give you time off to attend?


Does distance prevent you from being able to attend some Perl conferences?


What area of the US would make it easier for you to attend?

22New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont)
26Mideast (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania)
20Great Lakes (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin)
9Plains (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota)
22Southeast (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia)
20Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas)
17Rocky Mountain (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming)
19Far West (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington)

Did you bring a guest with you on your visit to Orlando that did not attend the conference?