It's A Perl Christmas

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). Please save the date and register, we hope to see you there!

  • DATE: 12 December 2015
  • TIME: 9:00AM
  • WHERE: 115 New Cavendish Street London W1W 6UW (map at bottom 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 "A Perl Christmas". This year we have heard that Perl 6 hope to have a beta release (note: achieved Oct 2015), and a version 6.0.0 release for Christmas 2015. In honour of that we will be devoting this event to all things related to Perl 6. What effect has Perl 6 had on the ecosystem, the modules, the libraries and the community? What does the future hold for Perl 5 and Perl 6? We will also accept talks and workshops on Perl 5 and Perl 6 related subjects as well as the existing Perl Frameworks and Libraries.

Once again we will be inviting people to run a Hardware hacking event. If you have an idea of an event or goal you would like to achieve to coincide with the London Perl Workshop then please contact the organisers.

We welcome the submission of talks, discussions, presentations and workshops using other languages, or that have separate 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.


If you would like to sponsor the London Perl Workshop then please do not heistate to contact Mark Keating and he will help you with your proposal.


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. 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 6th November 2015
Speaker Notification: Monday 22nd November 2015

Please note that we will be starting to accept talks earlier than the proposal deadline and these will be given a priority on the schedule. Talks that match our theme will be given a higher weighting on the schedule.

Watch this space for updates, or check the feed.

Latest News

10/12/15 Pre-Event Social

It is less than 48hrs until the London Perl Workshop and the tension and excitement is building to a low hum in the ears of the organisers, speakers, and many attendees...

So if you would like to relieve that stress (or compound it in a social setting) you will need to attend the pre-Conference Social.

This year the nice people at Eligo have arranged for us to have a room at the Sports Bar in Waterloo Station. This means that we will have a convenient location, easily accessible and filled with the delightful community of technical people who may or may not have a fondness for Perl.

The Chief Overlord, Mark Keating, will be there in some form at some point in the day so be sure to be on the look out for him. It all kicks off from 18:00. See you at the event.

09/12/15 A Call for Volunteers

As always the London Perl Workshop is an event entirely reliant on the generosity of volunteers and sponsors.

So I come to ask for volunteers for the running of the day. We need people to help set up, fetch, carry, chair rooms and clean up (basically there's a lot of small and odd jobs that many hands moving make it quick and easy work).

If you are able to come and help, the Shadowcat team with the Chief Overlord will be on site from around 07:45 onwards and we would love if people could help us put up signs etc. The main day starts at 09:00 and registration starts at 08:30 - so people are needed to help get us ready and direct arrivers as there are exams in the same building on the same day.

A Word of Thanks

For the past two years we have also run a 'donate what you want' system on the registration for those who are able, and willing, to donate to the running costs.

Each year we collect a little more and I am proud to say that this year was a record year for those donations. Thank you all, this contribution will be used to help sponsor this event and other events in the Perl calendar.

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