The future's in the air
I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
in the wind of change
(Scorpions, Wind of Change)

Pretty soon now you're gonna get older
Time may change me
But I can't trace time
(David Bowie, Changes)

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: 3rd December 2016
  • TIME: 08:30 a.m.
  • 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 "Changes". At the 2015 LPW Mark Keating announced that he will be standing down at the end of this year's event as organiser of the London Perl Workshop. It is the 10th event he has organised and he feels that now is the time for change. In the future the event will be run by a new LPW team. 2016 is also the year in which Perl 6 started to make changes and the world itself seems to be continually evolving. How does Perl work in this ever changing world? What are the changes you have seen? What further changes do we need? This broad theme shouldn't restricty you from focussing on the small changes as much as the grander ones.

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 4th November 2016
Speaker Notification: Monday 7th November 2016

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

17/08/16 Fresh Blood: The New LPW Team

After 10 years at the helm of the London Perl Workshop I am standing down as solo lead organiser. My decision was made with a great deal of hard thought and a realisation. I had done what I personally could with the event, it was time for fresh faces, fresh thinking and a new team to take it forward.

During the closing notes of 2015 I told the audience of my decision. I showed them an image of a flooded street near my house. Not two weeks before the LPW2015 I had to abandon my home and decamp to family as the power failed and the waters drowned my home city. It was a week of no power and lots of uncertainty. It made me realise that you cannot plan for everything, unforeseen events can happen, but you can make the best efforts to put in place the best response to uncertainty.

My best response was not to replace myself with one person, another me. I knew I needed to put forward a team, a group of people who would take the task on. So I asked for volunteers, and I received them. I would like to introduce you to the team. I asked them to do so in their own words, where that wasn’t possible, and where it was funny, I added some of my own.

Neil Bowers (NEILB on CPAN)

Neil has been using Perl since 1992, both for fun and profit. He’s stuck with Perl not only because it seems to fit his brain, but also because the community around Perl is so good.

A little known fact about Neil was his appearance in Lester’s 1984 seminal action flick Commando starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Neil was the stunt armpit for Rae Dawn Chong during the Mall scene and a replacement wig manipulator for Alyssa Milano in the film’s action finale.

PerlRick (Rick Deller)

Rick Deller is an Open Source Recruitment Specialist and the Head of Eligo Technology leading a team of highly talented recruitment consultants specialising in Perl, Python, Ruby, PHP, Java Microsoft technologies all things Linux.

Using his extensive recruitment experience, Rick specialises in and has particular success in working with clients to place those hard to fill roles. Recruiting for all levels within Open Source, he has placed 1st line support positions right up to CTO, as well as developers across the board from Junior to Senior Developer.

Rick has worked extensively with the Open Source and Perl communities giving talks and presentations at sector meet-ups, as well as leading industry events such as London Perl Workshop, YAPC:EU, Dynamic Language Conference at FLOSSUK.

Having placed Eligo Technology at the forefront of the Open Source recruitment market Rick uses his extensive knowledge and expertise to understand both the client and candidate expectations in the recruitment process.

"My dream is to see the Perl community grow and develop young talent,
I also would love to work with the community to encourage start-ups
to use Perl and see Perl 6 be a force to be reckoned with."

Rick is a black belt 8th Dan in Karate and Ju-Jitsu. When not involved with the London recruitment scene he can be found bare chested on a beach fighting girl guides in grudge matches. A world class cage fighter, cub-scout mauler and bear wrestler he has also been nominated for 16 awards for his work as on-screen double to Meryl Streep.

Peter Sergeant

Pete has been a long standing member of the Perl community for more years than his boyish looks suggest. Like many programmers Pete started in the community while still a teenager and attended early Perl conferences while young. These days he splits his time between programming and helping find other programmers and companies rewarding employment partnerships. Pete is also a returning sponsor of the London Perl Workshop and we are hugely grateful for the support he has given to the event over the last few years.

Pete is also the recipient of the Perl Camel-Smile Award for a glorious twentieth year, lives in a palatial beach hut in the South China Sea with a cadre of well-trained attack marmosets. A natural polymath, ape-tamer, kangaroo-whisperer, Pete also speaks 600 languages, has 19,000 hobbies, visited Mars and invented the word aubergine as a description for his favourite aunt. His autobiography ‘God I’m Gorgeous’ will be available just as soon as I ghost write it.


Despite living in Leeds and not seeing the irony of having a dog with no collar Smylers was the first person to actively commit hari kari offer his services as a member of an organising team lose his flipping mind for LPW. It is of no small amusement that it was a fellow northerner and remote-organiser who got in there first.

A busy, but active, community member with a strong family life Smylers also enjoys small notoriety for the unusual places he can wedge Perl into, we have been used as a question on a TV show only by his devious efforts. Being a northerner from Yorkshire he also wears a flat cap for 90% of the day taking it off only to shower his whippets and cast it loftily into the air when a racing pigeon returns home. As is often noted by the phalanx of followers he calls his harem ‘eee there’s nowt sexier than a bare chested lad with t’ cap on. Makes thee blakey and you get kittles all ov’r’.

17/08/16 Magnum Solutions Return as Workshop Sponsors

There are some things that you know you can always rely on but it would be a mistake to take them for granted. Dave Cross and Magnum Solutions providing quality training, presentations and talks at the London Perl Workshop fits neatly into that description. In fact Dave maybe a singular definition of the word reliable and I would personally throw in steadfast, humourous, entertaining, friendly and quality as almost-superlatives to always be associated.

Dave is a stalwart member of the London Perl landscape and his influence on it cannot be easily measured, so it is an enormous pleasure when he once again returns with vim and vigour to the London Perl Workshop.

As in every other year Dave will be presenting a classroom lecture, talks and probably lightning talks at the event. The lecture (always fun and always popular) is detailed below. There are other duties and tasks that Dave performs in the community and connected to the event that only the organisers and helpers really get to see and his consistency and enthusiasm is a blessing.

It is a personal privilege that Dave has sponsored his time, efforts, ceaseless support as a sponsor and a friend during my tenure as organiser of the London Perl Workshop and a great honour to have him return in my final year.

Modern Perl Catch-Up

You're a busy person. How on earth are you supposed to keep up to date with everything that's going on in the Perl world? Every new release (and they happen relentlessly - every year) seems to have important changes to the language and if you don't keep up you'll run the risk of using last season's trendy new operator.

Give me two hours of your time and I'll give you an overview of everything you need to know about what has changed in Perl in the last few years. I'll even give you some tips on how you might keep up to date a little more easily in the future.

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