Getting Around Downtown Salt Lake City

The Little America Hotel (our YAPC::NA::2015 — Salt Lake City venue) is located near the south portion of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.  While the area is walkable, often it’s easier to hop onto the TRAX light rail for a stop or two.  Rides in the downtown area are free as long as you stay in the Fare Free Zone.

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Here’s an example:  The City Creek Center is a beautiful, centrally located indoor/outdoor mall with restaurants, shopping, and lots of activity.  It is about 0.8 miles from Little America, which would take about 20 minutes at a leisurely pace on foot.  But you can jump on the Green Line or Blue Line Trax light rail for two stops, free, and you’re there quickly without breaking a sweat.  The light rail trains are spaced just a few minutes apart and typically run until around 11:30pm.

traximageThe YAPC::NA::2015 wiki provides details for this and other transportation options.  Have fun in Salt Lake City!

 

YAPC::NA::2015 — SLC Call For Papers is Open.

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The Call for Papers for YAPC::NA::2015 — Salt Lake is open.  The CFP deadline is January 15th, 2015, so you have a month to get your ideas onto paper and turned in for the selection process.

You can submit your talk proposal on the YAPC website’s talk submission page.

If you’re not sure you have a great idea, submit it anyway; let the community decide.  If this is your first time speaking at YAPC, or you would just like a little extra help polishing, get in touch with your local Perl Mongers Group; they would love to help.  Or visit irc.perl.org#yapc where there are also many friendly and helpful individuals who would be willing to offer tips, review slides, and so on.  YAPC is all about the Perl community, after all.

This year we’re looking for talks spanning a wide range of skill levels.  If you have a “basic” or “beginner” talk, don’t be shy about submitting the proposal; we want to reach out to newcomers to Perl.  But of course we wouldn’t want to turn our backs on the experts either.  The biggest loss is the great idea that never gets submitted.

So plan on it: CFP deadline is January 15th, 2015!  We want to hear from you.

 

 

The YAPC::NA::2015 hotel venue has been finalized.

It’s official.  According to the Perl Foundation press release, the YAPC::NA::2015-SLC conference will be held at the Little America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

Room Rates are discounted for YAPC attendees who reserve their room prior to the expiration of the Early Bird rate, which ends March 1, 2015.

The Little America Hotel is a beautiful downtown Salt Lake venue, with excellent food, and easy access to both the airport and downtown shops and restaurants.  Ground transportation from the Salt Lake City Airport to Little America is provided by the TRAX light rail system.  The TRAX ride is about $2.00 each way, with stops at the airport and immediately in front of Little America.

 

Many shops and restaurants are within walking distance of Little America.  For those who prefer a less pedestrian mode of transportation, buses and light rail are free in the downtown area.

The YAPC::NA Wiki has details on ground transportation, including how to get to Little America from the Salt Lake City International Airport.

Introducing the YAPC::NA::2015 Salt Lake “local” team.

Salt Lake City, Sunset over the Great Salt Lake

YAPC::NA::2015-SLC is being co-organized by a team of individuals from both the Perl Foundation, and the Salt Lake Perl Mongers.  You are probably already familiar with many of the faces of the Perl Foundation group, and they’re doing a fantastic job, but I’d like to take a moment to introduce the Utah “boots on the ground” contingent of the organizing team.

  • David Oswald — I organize Salt Lake Perl Mongers, and am on the core organizing team for the OpenWest conference, produced by UTOS (Utah Open Source).  OpenWest is the largest tech conference in Utah, with an attendance of around 1200 in 2014.  Last year part of my responsibilities were running the Perl track, which went for three days and featured Mark Jason Dominus as a special guest speaker.  On irc I go by davido_ (or something similar).
  • Doran Barton — Doran co-produces Salt Lake Perl Mongers.  He also is on the core organizing team for the OpenWest conference where his focus has been on video production.  On IRC he shows up as fozzmoo, or fozz, depending on his (moo)?d.
  • Jason Hall — The Supreme Overlord, Jayce^ is also on the OpenWest core team, a Salt Lake Perl Monger, and one of the early pioneers of Utah Open Source.  On IRC he goes by Jayce^
  • James Lance — James is another member of the OpenWest core team.  In the past he’s handled operations and volunteers, though he aspires to “anything other than operations and volunteers”.  And he’s a frequent face at Salt Lake Perl Mongers.  On IRC James goes by neybar.

There are others among Salt Lake Perl Mongers who are contributing, but these folks have been with it from the start.  You may notice several common threads.  We’re all Salt Lake Perl Mongers, and we all also happen to work on the OpenWest core organizing team.  Hopefully our experience with that annual conference will help us to make YAPC::NA::2015 as elevated as it can be.

OpenWest Kickoff

Kickoff at OpenWest 2014.

If there is anything you would like to talk about regarding YAPC, Utah, the venue, or anything else that’s on your mind, come find us in #yapcadmins on irc.perl.org.  We’re thrilled to bring you YAPC!

YAPC::NA::2015 website is active.

The YAPC::NA::2015-SLC website is live and kicking.  Here is the URL:

http://www.yapcna.org/yn2015/

Arches/Raptor YAPC logo: Perl Elevated: YAPC::NA::2015 - Salt Lake City

Perl Elevated: YAPC::NA::2015 – Salt Lake City

On the front page you’ll notice our YAPC::NA15-SLC logo.  The logo and the “Perl Elevated” slogan are patterned after the Utah license plate, which itself was inspired by the iconic symbol of one of Utah’s five National Parks; Delicate Arch at Arches National Park.  The Raptor logo is also well-chosen for this image.

Registration for the conference is now open, and may be accessed via the website.

YAPC::2015 Dates Announced!

We’re happy to announce that YAPC::NA::2015 will be held June 8th-10th, 2015.

  1. We have not yet finalized a location. It will be announced by August 1st 2014.
  2. The Call for Speakers and Call for Trainers will happen October 1, 2014

See you there!

Lunch – Wednesday June 25

All conference attendees are on their own for lunch today as usual.

This is a forward from The Double Tree Hotel Restaurant:

Today’s lunch was well attended and I believe our guests were very satisfied. Like I told you, our dining room only holds about 80 seats and that is right about how many folks we had.

For tomorrow, we will once again offer our lunch buffet, with the menu being the following:

  • A wide assortment of fresh salad bar items
  • Chef’s soup of the day
  • Glazed Pork Loin
  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • Mashed Potaotes
  • Steamed Vegetables
  • Chef’s Dessert Table
  • Soft Drinks.

Thanks again, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

The price is $12.95.

Evening activities for Tuesday 2014-06-24

There are many activities this evening for YAPC participants (and friends) to attend.

The last event (Guest Keynote Charlie Stross) will be over at 6:00 PM. Everyone is on their own for Dinner if they choose, though there will be food served later tonight.

At 7:00 PM,  Game Night will be on Floor 2 where dinner was served last night. Fajitas, including a vegan option will be available.

At 10:00 PM, The Bad Movie Night BOF will meet at a location TBD. Those interested can gather by the elevators on floor 2. If you’re late, try #yapc or the mailing list to find out where the event is meeting.

We are also working on the internet issue  it’s mostly an AT&T problem and they are proving difficult to work with. #damnitstevan

Lunch – Tuesday June 24

All conference attendees are on their own for lunch today as usual.

This is a forward from The Double Tree Hotel Restaurant:

Today’s lunch was well attended and I believe our guests were very satisfied. Like I told you, our dining room only holds about 80 seats and that is right about how many folks we had.

For tomorrow, we will once again offer our lunch buffet, with the menu being the following:

A wide assortment of fresh salad bar items

  • Chef’s soup of the day
  • Teriyaki Chicken with roasted pineapple
  • Pasta Alfredo
  • Seasoned white rice
  • Snap Peas with Red Peppers
  • Chef’s Dessert Table
  • Soft Drinks.

Thanks again, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

The price is $12.95.

The VIP Mixer today has moved.

The VIP Mixer today has been moved to The Summerlin room, on the second floor of the venue.

Join us for our annual VIP Reception.

The Perl community, along with its exceptional sponsor Linode, will be hosting the annual VIP Reception. VIP—Very Important to Perl—focuses on first- and second-time attendees of YAPC.

Neophytes are VIPs in the Perl community, and those of us who have been around are grateful to see you joining our community. So please join us. Whether you’ve been using Perl for 20 years (in which case you are a host) or 20 months (in which case you are an honored guest) please come and meet the people you’ve heard of but never seen. The CPAN authors, and the users of your modules.

This is a special opportunity to connect to the Perl community and everyone is invited.

http://www.yapcna.org/yn2014/wiki?node=VIPMixer