The People Making YAPC::NA 2012 Work

The People Making YAPC::NA 2012 Work

Here are some of the people currently involved in organizing YAPC::NA 2012. The list grows longer everyday... if you want to get involved, please volunteer.

Outside Help

You may have noticed that to bring together YAPC::NA 2012 I’m bringing in some outside help. Skilled people like Russell Betts, Sarah Bownds, and Ryan McCombs who couldn’t write a single line of Perl code to save their lives. There are still many more like them to follow.

One thing I don’t think we do well as a community is ask for help. We’re a ridiculously smart bunch of people who believe we can solve any problem that is presented to us. That is true when it comes to computing challenges. And some of us even bring other skills like singing, writing, teaching, public speaking, and business. But most of us don’t have those skills, and don’t ask for them when we need them.

I’m hoping that by starting this tradition of bringing in outside experts we can learn as a community to get the help we need to build a better Perl. A better Perl isn’t just about better code, it’s about being better at everything that we do.

Jesse Thompson

Jesse Thompson is a veteren Perl programmer and has been with MadMongers since nearly the beginning. In addition to helping out on the software dev team for YAPC::NA 2012, he will be in charge of speakers for YAPC. So if you have an idea for a speaker you’d like to see, or you’re a speaker and have an idea for a talk, he’s the man to see.

Jesse Thompson is a veteren Perl programmer and has been with MadMongers since nearly the beginning. In addition to helping out on the software dev team for YAPC::NA 2012, he will be in charge of speakers for YAPC. So if you have an idea for a speaker you’d like to see, or you’re a speaker and have an idea for a talk, he’s the man to see.

Tina Bohling

This is Faustina “Tina” Bohling. She is a veteran event planner and will be heading up our Job Fair and other activities that are designed to bring new faces to the Perl Community. Tina has also volunteered to help us do fund raising. Tina has never written a line of code, nor is she in any way affiliated with the Perl community. However, she sees the enormous opportunity that we as a community present. We come together and share our knowledge and connections for nearly free every year. This kind of thing has huge potential as a community outreach program to match up intelligent people with a career they might not have otherwise considered. So for Tina, if she can help the Perl community grow, and help people find jobs, that’s a win-win. 

This is Faustina “Tina” Bohling. She is a veteran event planner and will be heading up our Job Fair and other activities that are designed to bring new faces to the Perl Community. Tina has also volunteered to help us do fund raising. Tina has never written a line of code, nor is she in any way affiliated with the Perl community. However, she sees the enormous opportunity that we as a community present. We come together and share our knowledge and connections for nearly free every year. This kind of thing has huge potential as a community outreach program to match up intelligent people with a career they might not have otherwise considered. So for Tina, if she can help the Perl community grow, and help people find jobs, that’s a win-win.

Graham Knop

Graham Knop is working on a long list of improvements to ACT (the conference registration system) along with the rest of the dev team for YAPC::NA 2012. He’s a great supporter of all things Perl, and recently helped the DBIx::Class guys migrate their repository to GitHub. 

Graham Knop is working on a long list of improvements to ACT (the conference registration system) along with the rest of the dev team for YAPC::NA 2012. He’s a great supporter of all things Perl, and recently helped the DBIx::Class guys migrate their repository to GitHub.

Craig Dunigan

Meet Craig Dunigan. He’s a Perl programmer for the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is leading up the charge for developing a curriculum for the YAPC::NA beginner’s track. He has taught Padawan Perlers through-out his career, so this should be Yet Another Perl Curriculum for him.

Meet Craig Dunigan. He’s a Perl programmer for the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is leading up the charge for developing a curriculum for the YAPC::NA beginner’s track. He has taught Padawan Perlers through-out his career, so this should be Yet Another Perl Curriculum for him.

Sarah Bownds

Sarah Bownds, a professional event planner, will be creating and running the spouses program. She’s currently planning the details for it. Some of the possibilities are a museum crawl, a winery/brewery tour, shopping, etc.

Mary Hoerr

Mary Hoerr is one of our great volunteers at YAPC::NA. She’s currently working on finding a new credit card processor for The Perl Foundation. She’ll also be one of the roadies at YAPC::NA there to help you out with anything you need.

Mary Hoerr is one of our great volunteers at YAPC::NA. She’s currently working on finding a new credit card processor for The Perl Foundation. She’ll also be one of the roadies at YAPC::NA there to help you out with anything you need.

Rob Hoelz

As part of our efforts to bring about YAPC::NA 2012, we’re building and improving a lot of software. The person heading up that charge is Rob Hoelz, a two year veteran of MadMongers and a life long geek. Rob is leading a team of about five developers to add improvements to ACT, the conference registration system, and other utilities to help us promote and run YAPC. All of these improvements will be handed down to the next generation of YAPC organizers.

As part of our efforts to bring about YAPC::NA 2012, we’re building and improving a lot of software. The person heading up that charge is Rob Hoelz, a two year veteran of MadMongers and a life long geek. Rob is leading a team of about five developers to add improvements to ACT, the conference registration system, and other utilities to help us promote and run YAPC. All of these improvements will be handed down to the next generation of YAPC organizers.

Russell Betts

Say hello to Russell Betts. You probably don’t know him, because he’s not a programmer and hasn’t had any involvement with the Perl community, until now. However, Russell is a veteran fund raiser who is in charge of fund raising for YAPC::NA 2012, and is also volunteering his services to get The Perl Foundation’s fund raising plan in order. With Russell’s help we will build a bright future and an amazing YAPC.
Russell is also the President of the local Urban League. He works with organizations like CUNA and United Way who believe strongly in helping students find jobs, helping displaced workers retrain for different industries, and generally improving the status of the daily lives of many people. Certainly not everyone has a raging programmer locked up inside them waiting to get out, but some do, and with Russell’s help we can make sure that when they do, they become Perl programmers. 

Say hello to Russell Betts. You probably don’t know him, because he’s not a programmer and hasn’t had any involvement with the Perl community, until now. However, Russell is a veteran fund raiser who is in charge of fund raising for YAPC::NA 2012, and is also volunteering his services to get The Perl Foundation’s fund raising plan in order. With Russell’s help we will build a bright future and an amazing YAPC.

Russell is also the President of the local Urban League. He works with organizations like CUNA and United Way who believe strongly in helping students find jobs, helping displaced workers retrain for different industries, and generally improving the status of the daily lives of many people. Certainly not everyone has a raging programmer locked up inside them waiting to get out, but some do, and with Russell’s help we can make sure that when they do, they become Perl programmers. 

Steve Kaftanski

Steve Kaftanski is a good guy to know. You may want to know him, because the company he works for, Extreme Engineering Solutions, uses lots of Perl and therefore they hire Perl developers. I’m glad to know him because he’s a member of MadMongers, and will be helping teach the beginners track at YAPC. He’s also on the YAPC dev team, and the YAPC fund raising team.

Steve Kaftanski is a good guy to know. You may want to know him, because the company he works for, Extreme Engineering Solutions, uses lots of Perl and therefore they hire Perl developers. I’m glad to know him because he’s a member of MadMongers, and will be helping teach the beginners track at YAPC. He’s also on the YAPC dev team, and the YAPC fund raising team.

Brian Yulga

Brian Yulga is new to both Perl and MadMongers, but he’s very eager to learn and get some experience under his belt. Brian as serving as YAPC::NA 2012’s webmaster. And as he gains comfort with Perl, he hopes to help out the YAPC software dev team.

Brian Yulga is new to both Perl and MadMongers, but he’s very eager to learn and get some experience under his belt. Brian as serving as YAPC::NA 2012’s webmaster. And as he gains comfort with Perl, he hopes to help out the YAPC software dev team.

JT Smith

I guess it’s about time I introduce myself. My name is JT smith. I’m the blogger who has been bringing you all the news about YAPC::NA 2012. I’m also the leader of MadMongers, the group putting on YAPC. And I’m also the one responsible for some of the big Perl apps out there like WebGUI, The Lacuna Expanse, and The Game Crafter.  My job for YAPC, besides bringing you the news every single day between YAPC 2011 and YAPC 2012, is to make sure YAPC::NA 2012 runs as smoothly as possible. So if you want to volunteer to make that happen, have a pet peeve about a previous YAPC, or have an idea on how we can make this YAPC great, I’m the guy to talk to.

I guess it’s about time I introduce myself. My name is JT smith. I’m the blogger who has been bringing you all the news about YAPC::NA 2012. I’m also the leader of MadMongers, the group putting on YAPC. And I’m also the one responsible for some of the big Perl apps out there like WebGUI, The Lacuna Expanse, and The Game Crafter.

My job for YAPC, besides bringing you the news every single day between YAPC 2011 and YAPC 2012, is to make sure YAPC::NA 2012 runs as smoothly as possible. So if you want to volunteer to make that happen, have a pet peeve about a previous YAPC, or have an idea on how we can make this YAPC great, I’m the guy to talk to.