Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this conference for?


Talk range from beginner to advanced, ensuring that there's something in there for everybody. Regardless if you are a programmer that has little or no Perl experience, or have already been using Perl for quite some time, there will be something for you.

In 2013, we bring back our well praised "From Zero to Perl " track. This one-day special track, intended to complement our introductory talks, will help bring you up to speed with Perl quickly.

Is there an additional price for the add-on classes?

Yes, due to the additional costs associated with these courses, there is an additional fee. Limited seating is available on a first-come first-serve basis.

If I attend the add-on classes, can I also go to other talks?

Yes. For the first time ever, we will be holding the add-on classes on the day before PPW. This means that if you attend an add-on class, you will still be able to attend PPW in its entirety.

What if I only want to buy admission to the add-on class?

If you are only interested in attending on Friday, and do not wish to participate in the Saturday and Sunday courses, you may do so for an additional $75 fee.

Can I pay half-price for only one day of the conference?

Sorry, due to the already very low costs of the event, it will not be possible for us to make provisions for people that will only be attending for one day.

How can I contact you?

You can contact the conference organizers by sending email to organizers at pghpw dot org.

Do I have to pick the track I want?

No, you don't need to schedule your sessions. On the day of the event, you can go to whichever sessions you want. Feel free to optimize your own schedule by bouncing between tracks.

What do I need to do to get the student discount?

On the day of the event, you must bring a valid student ID card along with photo identification.

When will you announce the speakers and schedule of classes?

The schedule will be announced a few weeks after the call for papers has concluded.

When will registration open?

Our goal is to provide a high-quality, low-cost experience for everybody. This means we need to negotiate with our vendors and budget our costs before we can set prices for the event. Once we have done that, we will open registration. This usually happens two to three months prior to the event.

What is this year's theme?

In the past years, PPW has adopted a yearly theme. However, we've found that this hasn't added as much to the conference as we would have liked.

Instead, "the point of the conference" is to provide programmers and students with great talks, focusing on pratical solutions in Perl to real problems.

Who are the Pittsburgh Perl Mongers?

We are a local branch of the Perl Mongers, a world-wide network of programmers that like Perl.

Why are you hosting this conference?

Perl is a very powerful programming language. While most commonly known for its applications in systems administration and web site development, Perl is useful for a lot more. Perl is presently being used to power some very large enterprise level applications. This conference is our way of getting the word out to people that didn't know how powerful it really is.

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