In November 2016, several MetaCPAN developers came together in Chicago for an invite-only intensive workshop, dubbed meta::hack, to upgrade the MetaCPAN API and do other critical work on the project.

The event was a success! Several attendees have written blog posts about the event, giving an idea of what it was like, and Neil Bowers is writing a four-part technical series on MetaCPAN:

This event and the work done there was made possible by the generous donations of sponsors.

Platinum Sponsors B.V., part of the Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), owns and operates, the world leader in booking accommodations online. Each day, over 1,200,000 room nights are reserved on has supported Perl in countless ways over the years, and employs many well-known CPAN authors, including Sawyer X, Steffen Mueller, Philippe Bruhat, Mickey Nasriachi, Rafaël Garcia-Suarez, Yves Orton, Stevan Little, and an awful lot more (you can see a hopefully complete list in the source of ACME::CPANAuthors::Booking).

cPanel is a web-based control panel for managing a web hosting account. It provides a simple yet powerful interface for managing email accounts, security, domains, databases, and more. cPanel was originally written (in Perl!) by Nick Koston in 1997. cPanel (the company) now employees over 200 people, and Nick is their CEO. They've been using Perl for nearly 20 years now, and have long been supporters of Perl and its community. You may recognise some of their developers who are CPAN authors: Todd Rinaldo (TODDR), Reini Urban (RURBAN), Mark Gardener (MJGARDNER), Xan Hilmisdóttir (XAN), and others. Their CEO, Nick, still develops in Perl today.

Gold Sponsors

Elastic is the company behind the Elasticsearch open source search and analytics engine, along with Logstash, Kibana (which lets you visualize your Elasticsearch data), and Beats (lightweight agents for sending data to Logstash or Elasticsearch). The company was founded in 2012, though work started on Elasticsearch in 2010. Elastic have supported Perl and MetaCPAN in a number of ways — one of their employees Clinton Gormley (DRTECH on CPAN) helped Olaf start the work to move to Elasticsearch v2 at the 2015 QA Hackathon.

FastMail is a commercial hosted email service founded in 1999, which has established a reputation for technical leadership in the hosted email space, with a focus on security, privacy, and reliability. It is run by FastMail Pty Ltd, an Australian company based in Melbourne. From their early days they've been users and supporters of Perl, and several of their developers are CPAN authors: BRONG, ROBN, and ROBM (one of the founders). In late 2015 they acquired, another hosted mail company and longtime user and supporter of Perl. Pobox's tech team includes RJBS and WOLFSAGE.

Perl Careers is a Perl-focused recruitment consultancy, run by a Peter Sergeant, a CPAN contributor (PAUSE id SARGIE) with a recruitment background, rather than by a non-technical person. Peter works with clients and candidates in London, the US, and Australia. Perl Careers regularly supports Perl events.

Silver Sponsors

Since 1997, ActiveState has been providing software application development and management solutions, especially around Perl. ActivePerl (the original "Perl for Windows" distro), Perl Dev Kit, and polyglot Komodo IDE are some of the flagship products that have made them renowned by Perl developers around the world. More than two million developers and 97% of Fortune 1000 companies use ActiveState's solutions to develop, distribute, and manage their software applications.

Perl Services is the contracting company of Renée Bäcker, a CPAN author (RENEEB) since 2004. Perl Services regularly supports Perl events — for example they also sponsored the QA Hackathon this year.

ServerCentral ServerCentral is a managed datacenter services provider offering fully managed cloud, network, and server infrastructure for startups and Fortune 500s worldwide. They provided the space, wifi, and food for meta::hack, and two of their employees were taking part: Joel Berger (JBERGER) and Doug Bell (PREACTION). ServerCentral uses Perl for inventory management, deployment systems, and numerous devops related projects.

Advance Systems  is a premier provider of workforce software solutions and supports MetaCPAN.

Bronze Sponsors

The Vienna Perl Mongers group had some money left over from running YAPC::Europe 2007, and they decided to use some of that to become a bronze sponsor for meta::hack — one part of the Perl community helping another! They are currently trying to get their monthly meetings running on a regular basis, learning some Perl 6, and hoping to win the bid for hosting the European Perl Conference in 2018 (in Salzburg).

easyname is an international domain and webhosting provider. They have positioned themselves as an honest provider tailored towards professionals and domainers. They do not practice deceptive marketing tactics and sneaky upsells. They are proud long time supporters of CPAN.

The Enlightened Perl Organisation (EPO) is a membership organization within the Perl community. The EPO helps to manage many Perl projects, competitions, initiatives and conferences. It provides business aid, advice, and management services on a not-for-profit basis. All donations and membership fees are used in direct support of community projects.