YAPC::Europe 2013 - 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

211No Response
36Response Percentage

Age Band:

Age Band: pie chart

1under 20
3720 - 29
5530 - 39
2240 - 49
750 - 59
060 and over


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

Gender: pie chart

0It's Complicated

Job Type:

Job Type: pie chart

6CEO/Company Director/Senior Manager
0Non-Technical Manager
19Technical Manager
6Technical 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
  • DBA
  • Solo founder
  • Test engineer


Industry: pie chart

36IT 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:

  • Energy development
  • Localization
  • Mobile Advertising
  • Science
  • Several, 'cause contractor/freelancer


Region: pie chart

14UK / Ireland
45Western Europa
28Eastern Europa
4Southern Europa
10United States / Canada
1Asia / Australaisa
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 long have you been programming in Perl?

7less than a year
71-2 years
233-5 years
295-10 years
56more than 10 years

How many previous YAPCs have you attended?

44This was my first YAPC
Attended YAPCs123456789101112131415total
YAPC::SA / YAPC::Brazil1---1----------6

How many Perl Workshops have you attended?

50Never attended one
Attended Workshops123456789101112total
Austrian Perl Workshop-3--11------17
Belgian Perl Workshop21-1--------8
French Perl Workshop32-------1--17
German Perl Workshop71--2---2-1160
Italian Perl Workshop-2---1------10
London Perl Workshop12631---11---54
Netherlands Perl Workshop3-1-1----3--41
Nordic Perl Workshop43-1-11-1---36
Ukrainian Perl Workshop421---------11
any American Perl Workshops32-----1----15
any Russian Perl Workshops42--1-------13
Other Perl Workshops6111--------15

Do you plan to attend a future YAPC/Workshop?

5Don't Know

If no, could you tell us why?

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

  • I'd love to come to more Perl conferences and workshops -- I'm just not sure how feasible it will be with children.
  • It depends upon the talks, if they are interesting
  • Perl community is extremely hermetic, and it is very difficult to get into it. For me it is no longer fun to attend conferences/workshops only to see the presentations. I would like to contribute something, too. But with a community so closed like this, I am becoming more and more skeptical about its glorious future.

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


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

9Don't Know

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

59I'm a CPAN Author
15I'm a CPAN Tester
19I'm a Perl event organiser (e.g. YAPC, Perl Workshop, QA Hackathon, local technical meetings, etc.)
9I'm a board or committee member of a recognised Perl body (e.g. TPF, EPO, YEF, JPF, etc.)
17I'm a Perl project developer (e.g. Rakudo, Catalyst, Dancer, Padre, etc.)
26I have a technical blog (e.g. on blogs.perl.org or a personal blog)
30I use or contribute to PerlMonks or other Perl forums
44I use IRC (e.g. #perl, #yapc, #london.pm, etc.)
22I contribute to Perl mailing lists (e.g. P5P, Perl QA, etc)
7other ...

If 'Other' please enter your area of contribution

  • I am a perl5 core developer/comitter
  • I frequently speak at London Perl Mongers technical meetings
  • I have a website about Perl
  • I wear T-shirt "use perl or die"
  • i write perl articles
  • I'm a core committer (but you knew that already because you can deduce who I am from the conference figures)
  • I'm a Perl 6 module author

YAPC::Europe 2013

Regarding YAPC::Europe 2013 in Kiev specifically, please answer the following as best you can.

When did you decide to come to this conference?

48I'm now a regular YAPC::Europe attendee
10After YAPC::Europe 2013 in Frankfurt am Main
8After reading a YAPC::Europe blog post
12I was nominated to attend by manager/colleague
18I was recommended to attend by friend/colleague
1After reading the Perl Weekly
4After seeing a link or advert on a Perl specific website
3After seeing a link or advert on a non-Perl website
4After seeing a link on Twitter, Facebook or other social media website.
3After reading an email sent to a mailing list I was in
0After seeing other promotions online/in the press
9other ...

If 'Other', what else helped you decide?

  • "I'm now" doesn't quite fit as I've been to all of them
  • After reading "Pragmatic Perl" (russian e-zine)
  • After reading PerlMonks mail
  • because its in Ukraine
  • http://pragmaticperl.com/
  • I always attend
  • it was in Kiev Ukraine
  • when talk was accepted

Were you a speaker?

18No, but I have spoken before at similar conferences
29Yes, and I have spoken before at similar conferences
2Yes, and it was my first time as a speaker

Note that "similar conferences" includes other YAPCs, 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?

38Ask me later

Were there any speakers not present, who you would like to have seen at the conference?


If 'Yes', which speakers?

21Damian Conway
11brian d foy
8Tatsuhiko Miyagawa
6Mark-Jason Dominus
5Tim Bunce, Léon Brocard & Paul Fenwick
4Gabor Szabo
3Ricardo Signes, Leo Lapworth & Randal Schwartz
2Patrick Michaud, Anatoly Sharifulin, chromatic, Audrey Tang, Allison Randal, Sebastian Riedel, Karen Pauley & Mark Keating
1Yuval Kogman, barbie, Alberto Simões (ambs), Chris Williams (BinGOs), Florian Ragwitz (rafl), Yves Orton, Paul Johnson, Clinton Gormley, Philippe Bruhat (BooK), Jesse Vincent, Steffen Mueller, Abigail, Dave Rolsky, Wendy van Dijk, Larry Wall & Liz Mattijsen

Additional comments:

  • Damian Conway, of course. Mark-Jason Dominus and Paul Fenwick are also interesting speakers.
  • One more keynote speaker in addition to Larry would have been expected. Also would be nice to see Miyagawa at YAPC:EU since he's very productive and behind many modules I depend on.
  • Yes, Tim Bunce, but not for giving a public talk, but for having a small-group developer conversation about DBI related projects

What kinds of talks would you prefer at future conferences?

3More beginner level talks
19More intermediate level talks
36More advanced level talks
56It's about right
7No preference

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

  • "How wifi works and why it's so hard to get it right". Yes, I know, it's not Perl-related. But it's so much yapc-related...
  • A solid beginner track.
  • AnyEvent, human communications
  • Beginner and then intermediate talks about Perl internals, for people that might want to understand and hack on the Perl interpreter in the future.
  • Big Data and Perl, Security, Business (DevOp, Perl in Business and related tools)
  • Big Data, more about other technologies who interface with Perl (Postgres for example, ElasticSearch/Sphinx/SOLR, servers, templates...), and Evil Tricks are always fun. There is often a web focus at YAPC and less analytics/bio/research.
  • GUI
  • moar perl6 talks! :)
  • Modern Perl Technics
  • Mojolicious
  • More live demos. In few cases lack of Internet Connections prevented it to present.
  • More Perl6, MoarVM, Perl5 compiler enhancements (read: rurban talks)
  • More practical day-to-day work-related tips, less research and future projects.
  • more presentations of Perl products/applications
  • more tracks, not just 3
  • More uses cases.
  • New modules and projects. How people are approaching package/project management (eg. carton vs wigwam vs puppet vs chef vs whatever.) Community++
  • NoSQL databases and usage, ZMQ (the talk at Yapc just reminded me why I now use SALT/Python, puppet etc).
  • Object Orientation Best Practices Design Patterns
  • P5P -- an update on what's happening there, the current state of development, and so on
  • Perl & networking Perl & multiprocessing/multithreading computing Effective work with legacy Perl code
  • Perl and SOA, refactoring large legacy code bases
  • Perl course for beginners
  • Perl guts
  • Remote debug with perl Using SOAP Memory management in v5 vs v6
  • RPM, distribution, deployment, using fresh versions of perl on CentOS, Parallel processes, daemons, IPC, highload, PSGI
  • talks about good software design
  • testing, xs
  • The Perl5 development management process.
  • Web Development Web Frameworks Testing
  • Web Development

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 58 47 3 3 -
Website 47 60 9 1 -
Registration process 71 38 6 1 -
Directions/Maps 61 43 6 1 -
Content of the talks 32 67 13 2 -
Schedule efficiency 60 49 4 2 -
BOFs 14 24 7 4 -
Social events 72 36 3 1 -
Parking 8 2 2 - -
Facilities 40 60 8 1 -
Food service 46 53 14 4 -
Accommodation 42 41 7 2 -
Staff 77 36 2 1 -
Overall experience 71 42 2 - -
Value for price 83 27 2 - -


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.

Corporate Rate:

7€ 100
1€ 1000
1€ 110
6€ 150
1€ 150-200
1€ 160
3€ 200
5€ 250
4€ 300
1€ 350
7€ 400
8€ 500
1€ 600
1€ 80

Standard Rate:

25€ 100
1€ 100-150
3€ 110
3€ 120
1€ 125
5€ 150
1€ 20
5€ 200
2€ 40
3€ 50
1€ 60
3€ 70
1€ 75
1€ 80
1€ 90

Concession Rate:

1€ 10
1€ 100
7€ 20
2€ 25
4€ 30
1€ 35
3€ 40
1€ 42
12€ 50
1€ 60
1€ 70
1€ 75
2€ 80
2€ 90

Would you pay more for a YAPC if we could exclude sponsorship advertising?


If so, how much?

1€ 1000
3€ 150
1€ 200
2€ 25
1€ 300
1€ 90

How did you pay for the conference fee?

20N/A - I was a speaker
1N/A - I was a sponsor
47My company paid
43I 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 YAPCs?