The Swiss Perl Workshop invited me to attend and offered to cover my expenses. I'd rather work for my money by teaching my Mastering Perl class while I'm there. We decided to experiment with crowd funding as a way of funding my travel and the class.
I've developed a variety of rewards around my book Mastering Perl and the class based on it. You can participate in the campaign even if you can't attend the class: sponsor a student to attend for free or get a special signed copy of Mastering Perl. I also have a free day in Switzerland where I might be of use to you.
The Mastering Perl class will be in Zürich, Switzerland on September 9-10. It's all day at a location the organizers are still nailing down, but we'll have those details later. The topics come right from the Mastering Perl book, which you can see online in various places.
And, don't forget to sign up for the Swiss Perl Workshop!
Risks and challenges
The only real risk is showing up in Switzerland to teach the class. I once tried to arrange a Nordic Perl Workshop in Iceland, but a volcano erupted and prevented everyone's travel. No kidding.
I've taught this class many times, the book is already on sale, and I'm committed to coming since I'm sure the campaign will be successful. The money allows us to book the space.
We're using this funding method as an experiment. There might be some bumps with non-US credit cards, but we'll work that out. If you can't pay through Kickstarter, please contact me so we can arrange an alternate method.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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