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So it has been a month since I last posted (I took a long break to rest from blogging, just was feeling a bit blogged out, but now I am back :) ).

You may have already gathered, if you are a member of the EPO or are on any of the mailing lists that this has been posted to, that the Enlightened Perl Organisation has taken over the running of the send-a-newbie program that was first initiated by Edmund von der Burg for YAPC::EU::2009.
The call for donations to this excellent scheme has already been sent out and we have now sent out the call for applicants.
I thought I would use this blog post to repeat these two calls and to direct anyone who doesn’t know about this effort to te appropriate locations.

If you know of any mailing lists, forums etc., that can be used to post these messages to then please do not hesitate to do so.

The mailouts are printed below, just copy and paste as appropriate and spread the word. Please also consider donating to this effort.


Subject line: Donate to Send-a-Newbie
Last year many individuals and companies donated money to the send-a-newbie initiative run by Edmund von der Burg. It was a great success. At the end of last year Edmund approached the EPO with the task of organising a similar event this year as he was unable to because of other commitments.

Therefore I come to you all to ask you to donate once again to this excellent project, please make a donation at (or send your donation to If you made a donation last year, I thank you and would gratefully ask for you to do so once more.[1]

If you are new to this idea allow me a few moments to describe it.

The send-a-newbie scheme will allow people to attend a Perl conference (YAPC::EU for us, and this year YAPC::NA will have a scheme organised by the Perl Foundation) if:

a. they have never attended a YAPC/Major Perl event previously;
b. they are financially unable to do so;
c. they work in/study/use Perl.

The only changes we have made to the terms of entry this year is to broaden the scope. The Enlightened Perl Organisation members voted that we manage this initiative on the sole condition that it was open to all people regardless of age or circumstance (there were some minor restrictions in the previous year that did not reflect our requirements).

This year we will be listing our sponsors on the website to express our thanks[2] and because we believe in openess of information. A list of names will appear that people can admire and give respect[3]. If you would like to/do donate and don’t want your name listed then please contact Mark or Rosellyne and let them know and they will ensure that you are not listed.

Thanks for your consideration, and thanks-in-advance to those who are considering donating.

Kind regards

Secretary to the EPO

p.s. If you know of any list, forum where this information might be posted then I would kindly ask that you repeat it there.

[1] Please, please, pretty please on bended knees :)

[2] An almost exact opposite of name and shame.

[3] Also they can perhaps feel sickened that they were too jaded to support such a great idea.



Subject line: Send-a-newbie – Applications

The application process for the Send-a-Newbie initiative to allow participation at YAPC::EU::2010, which allows applicants who would otherwise be unable to due to financial constraints, is now open.

Please go to: for more information on how to apply.

Please note that the only condition is that you have not attended a YAPC or major Perl Workshop previously. No constraint on age, experience etc., is made.

If you know of any mailing list that this notice may be displayed then please forward the contents/repeat the information there.

If you wish to donate to this initiative then please visit: (or send your donation to

Kind regards

Mark Keating
Secretary to the EPO


-ttfn – Mark