It is my enormous pleasure to announce the awardees for the 2012 Send-A-Newbie initiative. This year we have three applicants who were successful and they all come from across the Europe and beyond.[1] The attendees have all ensured that without the financial assistance of the EPO they would not be able to attend the event which is our caveat for application. All three applicants will be sponsored their flights and accommodation to attend YAPC::EU::2012::Frankfurt.

The three awardees are:

  • Claudio Ramirez from Belgium
  • Dr Umer Zeeshan Ijaz a research Fellow from Glasgow University originally from Pakistan
  • Manzur Mukhitdinov from Uzbekistan

At this point two of the applicants are submitting visa applications and we are awaiting the information concerning that. Once we have secured dates of travel and accommodation I will be coming to the community to help me to integrate these people into the event.

I will also be discussing with the organisers getting sponsored attendance at the conference, conference dinner and pre-meeting socials and encouraging[3] people to buy these new people a drink and generally embrace them into the community.

I would like to thank all of our donors and sponsors for this year and would encourage people to continue donating. You can use this simple web form to donate, we will now max out the reserve budget for the send-a-newbie initiative so a real need to raise extra funds to finalise this years expenses and continue the program into the future is required. All donations are useful and gratefully accepted. If you would like to discuss a sponsorship package whereby you entertain a marketing or promotional contract or position, please do not hesitate to contact me.


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[1] One of our applicants is currently residing in the United Kingdom but comes from Asia.[2]

[2] Send-A-Newbie is not restricted to Europe for the applicants but has traditionally only received applications from Europe and Asia.

[3] Though previous experience has taught me that in the Perl Community little encouragement is actually needed.