Welcome to YAPC::NA::2014 -- our 15th North American YAPC!
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I'd like to thank all of you for coming to Orlando. I'm very excited
about the conference that we've put together for you.
I'd also like to thank our conference sponsors:
* grant street group
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I'd also like to take a minute to remind everybody about our Standards
of Conduct. If at any point you have any issues or concerns, please
reach out to one of our staff members and we will work with you to
If you're a staff member, I'd like to ask you to raise your hand at
this point. Later on this afternoon, we will all be wearing tee shirts
with STAFF on the back. We will also have a staff member in every talk
room, with a radio, who will be able to reach the organizers as
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Similarly, we will have shirts available for all attendees later on
this afternoon. We're going to be live-printing them on site today, so you may get to watch your shirt being made!
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Now a few logistical details:
* all our talks will happen here on the second floor. We will be
breaking this large room into 4 rooms for talk tracks, and
converting it back into a single room for keynotes and lightning
* we'll also have the hackathon and the hardware hackathon here on the second floor, across the hallway.
* the birds of a feather rooms are up on the 3rd floor. schedules have been posted for the BoFs on the wiki.
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This year, all our talks will be live streamed to our YouTube channel and will be available for later viewing
If you're not a guest at the hotel, here's a code you can use to get online.
can haz fud?
Food-wise, we will have a continental breakfast in the morning. We'll
also have snacks later on in the day. You are on your own for lunch. I
know we have a lot of people attending who are old friends, but we
also have a lot of first time attendees, who may not know anybody in
the community. I'd like to encourage you, if you see anybody around
lunch time who seems like they don't have someone to eat with, to
invite them into your group.
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For evening activities, tonight we'll be having our traditional VIP
reception, which you're all invited to.
Tomorrow night, we're having a game night, which all the organizers are really looking forward to -- we hope everybody comes out and has a good time
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Finally, I hope everybody takes a few minutes on social media to let
people who weren't able to make it how much fun they're missing out
on. Make sure to use our official hashtag, #yapcna.
Again, thank you all for attending, I'm looking forward to a wonderful