March 31, 2006 - I need a perl-based conference system

As TPF Conferences Chair, I try to help eager, excited organizers put together a YAPC. Ever since I ran YAPC in Buffalo in 2004, I've wanted to put together something called Conference::Toolkit that would solve all of the YAPC web-site needs. Well, given my TPF duties, I honestly don't have the time to do this right.

And I want it done right. I want to put together the best conference management toolkit available.

"What about ACT?" you might be saying.

Well, I have checked that out, and it's a promising start. But it's not quite there for a few reasons:

  • It's not on CPAN, so people can't modify it or host their own version.
  • It doesn't currently work with the TPF donation system. (We can work on fixing this.)

What I'd really like to see is something that:

  • Is on CPAN, so anyone can grab it. This allows people to host on their own if they want, people can contribute and, perhaps most of all, other people running a conference can use it. I want everyone running a conference to be able to use Conference::Toolkit.
  • Is also offered in a hosted mode, like ACT is now, so I can point YAPC organizers to it and get them set up quickly. When you coordinate a YAPC, believe me, there are more important things to be doing than messing around with the web site. But that's what we do because we're techies and it's the most attractive to-do item on the list.
  • Is written using one of the Perl frameworks so new people can pick it up easy. I'm thinking Catalyst? or CGI::Prototype? or...?

One path would be to start Conference::Toolkit as a Catalyst project, get it on CPAN, and integrate all the great work already done by the ACT coders. If we make it sufficiently pluggable, we can allow different payment systems, different scheduling systems, etc.

But as I said, I can't do it by myself. I can help with design, review, project management, cat herding, and even a patch or two.

I'm working on contact info for the ACT folks (Eric Cholet and Philippe Bruhat, according to the web site). If someone from the ACT team sees this, do you have any interest in taking the project in this direction? Is there another direction we can go?


Gabor Szabo wrote and subsequently used http://yapcom.pti.co.il/ to organize {YAPC,OSDC}::Israel

contributed by nothingmuch on March 31, 2006 7:23 PM


I am also interested in such a solution. Would be glad about a hint.

contributed by Kalyxo on March 31, 2006 10:00 PM


I wrote one such toolkit! :D It has some missing or lacking parts, but all in all, it can be quite useful to you. It is called Comas (short for "Conference Management System"). Disregard the strongly lacking webpage, as I just haven't had time to work on it yet ;) Better go look at our Alioth project page.
It is strongly tied to Postgres, and written in Perl.
You will see the Alioth site looks also quite empty - that's because we are in the process of moving from gborg.postgresql.org
You can anonymously browse the code or "download it via SVN"<svn://svn.debian.org/comas>, or join the project and have commit access.
As I said, the project is quite strong in some fronts, while quite lacking in others. Some parts, of course, strongly embarass me... But it is a nice system all in all :) Mail me if you are interested in the details.

contributed by Gunnar Wolf on March 31, 2006 10:48 PM


Thanks for the info (both references). I'll take a look.

contributed by Jim Brandt on April 3, 2006 1:51 PM


I would be interested in helping, I would just need some direction.

contributed by Jeremy Fluhmann on April 19, 2006 4:24 PM


I have an online registration system in Perl. I've used it for a provincial computer conference system and have just opened online registration for a provincial Science and Mathematics conference. It does email-back confirmation and generates PDF via LaTeX for mail-in payments. It has extensive Admin functions (data export, user confirmation, etc.) The online sciematics is at: sciematics.richtech.ca The online computer one is at:
sacereg.richtech.ca (and is currently closed but I can provide access passwords to admin areas etc, if interested)

contributed by Les Richardson on April 20, 2006 6:22 PM


If anyone decides to move forward with this and take the lead, please contact me fluhmann AT gmail DOT com (easiest way). I would be interested in helping.

contributed by Jeremy Fluhmann on May 4, 2006 4:29 PM

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  • As TPF Conferences Chair, I try to help eager, excited organizers put together a YAPC. Ever since I ran YAPC in Buffalo in 2004, I've wanted to put together something called Conference::Toolkit that would solve all of the YAPC web-site needs. Well, given my TPF duties, I honestly don't have the time to do this right.

    And I want it done right. I want to put together the best conference management toolkit available.

    "What about ACT?" you might be saying.

    Well, I have checked that out, and it's a promising start. But it's not quite there for a few reasons:

    • It's not on CPAN, so people can't modify it or host their own version.
    • It doesn't currently work with the TPF donation system. (We can work on fixing this.)

    What I'd really like to see is something that:

    • Is on CPAN, so anyone can grab it. This allows people to host on their own if they want, people can contribute and, perhaps most of all, other people running a conference can use it. I want everyone running a conference to be able to use Conference::Toolkit.
    • Is also offered in a hosted mode, like ACT is now, so I can point YAPC organizers to it and get them set up quickly. When you coordinate a YAPC, believe me, there are more important things to be doing than messing around with the web site. But that's what we do because we're techies and it's the most attractive to-do item on the list.
    • Is written using one of the Perl frameworks so new people can pick it up easy. I'm thinking Catalyst? or CGI::Prototype? or...?

    One path would be to start Conference::Toolkit as a Catalyst project, get it on CPAN, and integrate all the great work already done by the ACT coders. If we make it sufficiently pluggable, we can allow different payment systems, different scheduling systems, etc.

    But as I said, I can't do it by myself. I can help with design, review, project management, cat herding, and even a patch or two.

    I'm working on contact info for the ACT folks (Eric Cholet and Philippe Bruhat, according to the web site). If someone from the ACT team sees this, do you have any interest in taking the project in this direction? Is there another direction we can go?


    Gabor Szabo wrote and subsequently used http://yapcom.pti.co.il/ to organize {YAPC,OSDC}::Israel

    contributed by nothingmuch on March 31, 2006 7:23 PM


    I am also interested in such a solution. Would be glad about a hint.

    contributed by Kalyxo on March 31, 2006 10:00 PM


    I wrote one such toolkit! :D It has some missing or lacking parts, but all in all, it can be quite useful to you. It is called Comas (short for "Conference Management System"). Disregard the strongly lacking webpage, as I just haven't had time to work on it yet ;) Better go look at our Alioth project page.
    It is strongly tied to Postgres, and written in Perl.
    You will see the Alioth site looks also quite empty - that's because we are in the process of moving from gborg.postgresql.org
    You can anonymously browse the code or "download it via SVN"<svn://svn.debian.org/comas>, or join the project and have commit access.
    As I said, the project is quite strong in some fronts, while quite lacking in others. Some parts, of course, strongly embarass me... But it is a nice system all in all :) Mail me if you are interested in the details.

    contributed by Gunnar Wolf on March 31, 2006 10:48 PM


    Thanks for the info (both references). I'll take a look.

    contributed by Jim Brandt on April 3, 2006 1:51 PM


    I would be interested in helping, I would just need some direction.

    contributed by Jeremy Fluhmann on April 19, 2006 4:24 PM


    I have an online registration system in Perl. I've used it for a provincial computer conference system and have just opened online registration for a provincial Science and Mathematics conference. It does email-back confirmation and generates PDF via LaTeX for mail-in payments. It has extensive Admin functions (data export, user confirmation, etc.) The online sciematics is at: sciematics.richtech.ca The online computer one is at:
    sacereg.richtech.ca (and is currently closed but I can provide access passwords to admin areas etc, if interested)

    contributed by Les Richardson on April 20, 2006 6:22 PM


    If anyone decides to move forward with this and take the lead, please contact me fluhmann AT gmail DOT com (easiest way). I would be interested in helping.

    contributed by Jeremy Fluhmann on May 4, 2006 4:29 PM

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