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.
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!