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Lightning Talks!

  • May 6, 2014 · 7:00 PM

What's that you say? Only one speaker per event just doesn't scratch your itch? Then do we have the event for you!


Please come join us for Lightning Talks!


Two hours, plenty of speakers, each given five minutes to make their point.


Please sign up if you're interested in speaking!

While we naturally have a particular fondness for Perl-specific talks, we're interested in any topic which is of interest to the San Francisco Perl community. We are diverse people with equally diverse interests and skill sets. We want our Lightning Talks to reflect that diversity. For instance:


• From Zero to Dancer in Five Minutes? That's game.

• Regex in Perl6? That's game.

• Taming the messaging beast using Kafka? That's game.

• My RDBMS can beat up your NoSQL DB? That's game.

• Coffee roasting: Min-maxing the perfect buzz? That's also game.


The only thing which is guaranteed at this event is that you'll leave both entertained AND educated. It's bound to be a superb evening and one of our most popular events of the year, so RSVP early!

If you're a member of other tech communities here in the Bay Area, please share this event invitation with them. We love the different perspectives and experience which other communities bring to the party.

Also, don't forget to sign up to speak!

If you've never given a talk before, this is a great way to dip your toe into the public speaking waters. If you'd like help preparing or practicing for your talk, please contact the event organizer and she'll be glad to meet with you and lend a hand.

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  • VM B.

    The videos and slides from last week's lightning talks are now available on our Internet Archive collection: https://archive.org/details/sfperlmongerslightningtalks2014

    May 13, 2014

  • Eric E.

    Thanks everybody for a bunch of great talks. If you were there (or get to watch the video of my talk), I'd love some critical feedback on my education talk.

    In particular, I'm wondering if this is the kind of talk that would be worth expanding to 15-30 minutes and shopping to tech conferences. It is unclear to me what the audience for a talk like that would be, or how different people receive it. It can be "yeah, yeah, I knew that" or "woops, I didn't really think about that", or "woof, I just don't care".

    Anywho, if you have any thoughts at all, send me an email or reply here.

    Thanks! And thanks to all the other speakers and to Vicky and Tagged. I had a great time and learned stuff. Sadly, I'm still not a debian contributor.

    May 7, 2014

  • Max

    Did anyone provided a camera? Please record this meetup :)

    May 6, 2014

    • VM B.

      Yup, I have the camera all set up and hope to record all the talks tonight. They'll eventually find their way to our Internet Archive collection: https://archive.org/de...­

      May 6, 2014

  • VM B.

    I'm very pleased to announce that not only will Tagged be providing us with spectacular facilities for this event, they'll also be providing pizza, beer, and wine!

    May 6, 2014

  • VM B.

    Our talk line-up is complete! The talks will be:

    * Ready, set, Go!
    * Semantic Versioning
    * Token-Based Authentication with AngularJS
    * Everything I Know About Startups, I Learned From World of Warcraft
    * Breaking Habits
    * Welcoming new contributors: What I've learned as a Debian Developer
    * Scale Fail
    * Python versus Perl: some gotchas
    * Big Mistakes in Educational Technology
    * Coding Calisthenics With Exercism.io
    * Improving reproducibility and record-keeping with Log::Reproducible
    * Perl Selenium
    * Why you should write a tech ebook

    For the speakers and scheduling, have a look at this Google Doc:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18LK_xqx5g2d6lnlwLfrmhNDk96SvDjnNKvh4CV90zD8/edit?usp=sharing

    We're looking forward to seeing everyone tonight! It should be a great event.

    May 6, 2014

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