I went to the two opening social events of the Pittsburgh Perl Workshop on Friday night. I’m always surprised when pre-conference events are organised as I imagine that it’s the last thing the organisers want to be doing the evening before the conference begins.
The first event was hosted by Google. They had food, drink and a fairly pleasant room for everyone to meet in. Someone from the local Google office gave a quick talk on the cool things that Google were working in Pittsburgh and gave a very short pitch on encouraging people to apply for jobs at Google.
The second event was held at a local restaurant so people could go out and have a proper dinner if they needed one. I didn’t eat anything as I was having problems with timezones and jetlag and a lost appetite. But I did get to chat to some people I hadn’t met before and to catch up with some others.