This session is intended to help conference speakers and potential future speakers brush up on their presentation skills. If you're likely to be speaking at conferences like this one but aren't confident that your speaking and presentation skills are up to scratch, this session is for you. In fact, even if you think your presentation skills are up to the job, you could probably still learn something from this session.
Damian Conway is known as the "Mad Scientist of Perl". He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and recently ceased to be an honorary Associate Professorship with the School of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
A popular speaker and trainer, he is also the author of many infamous modules including: Parse::RecDescent (parsing without lexing), Lingua::EN::Inflect (English transformations without a dictionary), Lingua::Romana::Perligata (Perl programming without English), Class::Multimethods (polymorphism without objects), Quantum::Superpositions (quantum computing without tears), and Coy (error messages without karma). A three-time winner of the Perl Conference's Larry Wall Award, Damian is now banned from future competition and instead has the conference's Best Technical Paper named after him.
He is a former columnist for The Perl Journal, and author of the books Object Oriented Perl and Perl Best Practices.
Damian is heavily implicated in the design of Perl 6, where his job is to tempt Larry with evil ideas, and to explain Larrys apocalyptic visions.
He also runs an international IT training company - Thoughtstream - which provides programmer training from beginner to masterclass level throughout Europe, North America, and Australasia.
He lists his technical interests as: programming language design, teaching programming, object orientation, software engineering, natural language generation, synthetic language generation, emergent systems, declarative programming, morphing, human-computer interaction, geometric modelling, the psychophysics of perception, nanoscale simulation, and parsing.
He lists his personal interests as: reading, fitness, cinema, and Total World Domination.
In his spare time, he travels barefoot across the U.S. - teaching, playing his flute, having alopecic flashbacks, preaching pacifist philosophy, and generally beating the tar out of bad guys with his deadly kung-fu skills.