patch -p1

(More details on patch -p1 hackathon)

What's a hackathon?

The web has several definition for "hackathon", from the simple meeting of coders to the marathon with objectives, time-attack tracks, almost organized as an eSport contest.
patch -p1 will stick to the fun defintion: just a bunch of coders, working in the same place, sharing knowledge and tips, serious work in a fun environment.
The Carrefour Numérique² let us use the room Classe Numérique for 3 days (Friday to Sunday), with network, electricity, tables, chairs...
The French Perl Mongers brings food and beverages.
You come when you want, with a laptop and a few ideas to bring to life. Or you come to help others to bring their ideas to life.
You stay as long as you want (1 hour, 1 day, the whole 3 days...).
You meet new people, you code (in Perl), you help to code (in Perl). You prefer to work on documentation or webdesign of such or such project? Great! Come too!

You're new to Perl and are afraid that you won't make it? Naah. Come. Although we don't have "certified" teatchers, we'll help you to bring your ideas to life.

To summarize, the Carrefour Numérique² et the French Perl Mongers provide you with a working environment, free entrance. Come to code. Come to learn. Come to have fun.

We made patch -p0 in July, this is patch -p1 in December.
The plan is to make several hackathons every year here (quaterly?), because this location is giving a very inspiring base for developing new ideas and code.

Where? When?

The patch hackathons are at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris, France and take part in the Carrefour Numérique² inside there.

patch -p1 starts on Friday Dec 6th and ends on Sunday 8th, from 10:00 to 18:30, non-stop.
(These are open hours. You come and leave when you want)

How much?

Free. No fee.

The treasurer of the French Perl Mongers says I should say that you can donate to our non-profit association if you want to.
But the event is free of charge!

What about registration?

This is not mandatory.


So, you can come even if you didn't register. But we'll appreciate if you can register, so we can organize better. I also assume that if we run out of seats, we'll give priority to registered people.

If you want to know if you can come "right now, I can be there in 30 min", either you come anyway and have a look, or you connect IRC, channel #patch of and ask.

Register here

Perl 5 or Perl 6?

Both... if we have people interested in any of those languages.

Once I'm here, what's the plan?

You arrive with yur laptop, you say Hello, you have a coffee (or not).
If you have an idea, a project and you need help, you ask for silence and present it.
If you come to help, either you tell it to the attendees or you go from one group to another and check whet they do and how you can help.

We will start a wiki entry before the hackathon so one an write what he plan to wok on or propose one's help.
(You'll have to be registered to modify the wiki).

The plan is: coding on Friday, talking and coding on Satursday (if we have speakers), coding on Sunday.

Around 11 o'clock, organizers could ask what you want to eat/drink (on place). If needed, they'll go for some shopping around.
You help yourself when you're hungry.

Who do you expect? Any skill required?

You're a Perl coder, but you code alone? Come and meet the community for a coding event.

You're a newbie?
As the event welcomes beginners, we try to put a big focus on helping beginners and trying to integrate them into the open source contribution flow. Especially out the experiences of the Quack and Hack 2012 Europe at the same location, we saw how productive it can be to integrate people from outside of the development scene into our problems. I hope we get also this time some people from non development areas, like designer.

You don't know Perl, but the concept of such an event question you?
As already said, a project is more than code. Who did never swear facing a inadequete interface?
Adding complementary skills to a project is a key to success.

You're a fan of $lang1 and want to troll about $lang2?
(for values of $lang1 and $lang2 inluding Perl)
Come on, don't you have any smarter thing to do? Why don't you try to set up a similar event for $lang1?

Code of Conduct?

None. Or just one sentence:
Be nice, pay attention to others.

We want to have a great time, so we expect you'll behave nicely. No need to insist on that.

Nevertheless there will be the organizers, the staff of Carrefour Numérique² .
Don't let anyone piss you off, don't let anyone being pissed off.

Anything in the evenning?

Some of you may have travelled days to be there (or even just a couple of hours). Sometimes the feeling is so good that some want to spend extra hours either coding or just chatting.
Nothing's planned yet. But likely we'll have a first in a bar close to Cité des Sciences, with free WiFi (Dock's Café for instance). Then we could have dinner together.

We publish the plans in the wiki asap.

Captain Obvious speaking: more motivation if we have 20 regsitered persons, than if we have only 3 :-)


If you have any questions, email us at or at at

Please register for the event here.