Perl and the Internet of Things

What is it?

The London Perl Workshop is a free one-day conference in central London, UK. LPW is the UK's Premier Perl Event and so is also known as the United Kingdom Perl Workshop (UKPW). In 2014 it will be held on Saturday 8th November at Westminster University's New Cavendish Campus (see map at foot of page).

How Can I Attend, or Present a Talk?

If you would like to come then please log in and register, if you have attended an Act event recently you will probably already have a login otherwise you will need to create a new user first. You can do this by using the links in the navigation menu to the left of this text.

If you would like to speak then please submit your talk here as soon as possible - the earlier you submit, the more likely your talk is to be accepted.

Is There a Theme?

The theme for the London Perl Workshop will be Perl and the Internet of Things. It will focus on using Perl to control a wide variety of connected devices. We will consider a 'thing' to be a hardware item, a physical device, a virtual device or a service (especially if it is a service that remotely affects hardware).

We have already confirmed that Hakim Cassimaly, co-author of Designing the Internet of Things will be attending the event and giving a special workshop on hardware connected devices powered using Perl. We hope also to have Adrian McEwan (the book's other author) attend.

We welcome the submission of talks, discussions, presentations and workshops using other languages, or that have seperate technical or engineering objectives. The strength in developing is knowledge from a wide variety of sources. If you use another programming language or system to connect physical and virtual devices together and want to submit or attend the event then we would be honoured to welcome you. If you are connected to a UK Hackspace and wish to attend and display then please approach the organisers with ideas of your requirements.

Speakers are invited to talk on any subject that relates to this theme, though we will also accept talks on other subjects. We will accept talks from people of any age, background or circumstance, the London Perl Workshop is an inclusive event and we would love to have you attend.

This year we hope to have access to three Workshop rooms and would like to run as many workshops as possible to introduce new users to the world of connected devices, the literal 'Internet of Things'. We would also love to refresh the skills of those wishing to engage with the latest developments in the Perl and other languages. If you wish to submit a workshop please use the same submission form as the talks, please note that workshops will be 60, 120 or 240 minutes in length.

Proposal Deadline: Friday 24th October 2014
Speaker Notification: Monday 27th October 2014

Watch this space for updates, or check the feed.

Latest News

24/09/14 Science Photo Returns

Once again it is our pleasure to welcome the fine folks at the Science Photo Library as sponsors to the London Perl Workshop 2014.

"Science Photo Library provides striking scientific images and footage, unrivalled in quality, accuracy and depth of information. Our specialist and lifestyle material covers Healthcare, Science and Technology, Space, Environment, Animals, Plants and History.

For more than 30 years, we have worked with leading science and medical experts as well as acclaimed photographers to provide a central source for the best scientific imagery and footage available. We have more than 400,000 images and 30,000 video clips to choose from, with hundreds of new additions added to the website each week. You can search, download and purchase material from our website or, if you want to save time, simply take advantage of our free expert research service.

Perl has played a key part in our business. The Perl community has given assistance and help along the way. We are extremely proud to sponsor the 2014 London Perl Workshop."

It is an enormous pleasure to have the Science Photo Library back with us for 2014.

22/09/14 Sponsored Arduino Workshop

It is our pleasure to announce that this year we will be presenting a Sponsored Arduino Workshop with part-sponsored equipment. Adrian McEwan and Hakim Cassimally will present a 4 hour workshop (split into two parts) focussing on the Arduino and Internet of Things.

The workshop will divide into a structured introduction, and a free period, where you can play with more electronics or code depending on your interests.

First half: Basics of Arduino and Electronics

  • connecting Arduino, basics of IDE, basics of C++ for Arduino
  • breadboard basics
  • wiring up a simple output (LED)
  • wiring up a simple input (button, potentiometer)
  • more complicated outputs - RGB LED
  • connecting to a simple internet app (basic PSGI) to change colour of LED

Second half: Playtime!

Collaborate with other attendees or work by yourself on, for example:

  • more electronics, wiring up a more complicated input/output from our goodie bag
  • more client code: play with C++ on the Arduino side
  • more server code: extend the basic PSGI you connected to earlier into a full featured Cat/Ox/Mojolicious app
  • more Perl interfacing: play with Device::Firmata, Device::Arduino::LCD, or Device::WebIO

As part of this workshop all attendees will leave with an Arduino Uno, Ethernet Shield and various small components. The cost of these components is close to £60 per kit; but thanks to generous sponsorship the attendees who sign up to this will only be charged £25 per person.

To sign up to this you must contact Mark Keating at Email Mark or Claire Jackson Email Claire and confirm your participation. They will give you a link of how to pay. Payment *must* be in advance and numbers will be limited to 15 persons. We recommend you sign up early.

More details will be announced.

The speakers have been generously sponsored by the Enlightened Perl Organisation.

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