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Symfony Blog:
SymfonyLive London 2016 is in 3 weeks!
Aug 26, 2016 @ 10:52:09

On the Symfony blog they've posted an update about their upcoming Symfony Live London event happening in just three weeks.

We’re almost there! Only 3 weeks until the SymfonyLive London conference! We’re getting more and more ready as the days go, what about you? It’s high time you got your ticket!

What’s in store for you?

The post goes on to talk about the different features of the conference including:

  • Pre-conference workshops on September 15th
  • A full day double-track conference
  • The sponsor village
  • The Social event with all the attendees

They also mention a raffle they're holding to give away Symfony elePHPants to a select few individuals. You must purchase your ticket during a certain time to be entered into the raffle but you could win an elePHPant or a full reimbursement of your ticket to the conference. Check out the full post for more details.

tagged: symfonylive london conference upcoming raffle ticket elephpant

Link: http://symfony.com/blog/symfonylive-london-2016-is-in-3-weeks

Anna Filina:
ConFoo Montreal 2017 Calling for Papers
Aug 24, 2016 @ 12:58:17

Anna Filina has a post to her site mentioning the opening of the Call for Papers for Confoo Montreal 2017, a yearly multi-disciplinary programming and web related conference in Montreal, Canada.

Want to get your web development ideas in front of a live audience? The call for papers for the ConFoo Montreal 2017 web developer conference is open! If you have a burning desire to hold forth about PHP, Java, Ruby, Python, or any other web development topics, we want to see your proposals. The window is open only from August 21 to September 20, 2016, so hurry. An added benefit: If your proposal is selected and you live outside of the Montreal area, we will cover your travel and hotel.

You’ll have 45 minutes to wow the crowd, with 35 minutes for your topic and 10 minutes for Q&A. We can’t wait to see your proposals. Knock us out!

This year's event (well, the 2017 event) will be held March 8th - 17th. You can find out more about the conference itself from the main website. There's less than a month left now to submit session ideas, so get in there and submit today!

tagged: confoo17 montreal conference callforpapers cfp canada

Link: http://afilina.com/confoo-yul2017-cfp/

Symfony Blog:
We're sorry to announce the cancellation of the SymfonyLive Chicago 2016
Aug 11, 2016 @ 10:49:08

On the Symfony Blog there's a sad announcement that they are having to cancel SymfonyLive Chicago for their 2016 event.

We are very sorry to inform you that we are canceling the SymfonyLive Chicago conference this October 13th and 14th.

After much pained reflection, we realize that we have no choice. Our venue requires a minimum number of attendees, a number from which we are too far, and we know that over the next two months, we cannot possibly meet the requirement.

We have never held a SymfonyLive conference in Chicago before and were hoping to extend the Symfony community’s reach to the mid-west. Unfortunately, it just won’t be possible this year. However, we are confident that with another year of work, we will be able to bring the SymfonyLive back to the United States and hope that you will still be interested in our common goals to keep improving the framework for the benefit of everyone!

They do note, however, that both SymfonyLive London and SymfonyLive Berlin are still on and registration is open for both.

tagged: symfonylive chicago cancelation announcement conference symfony

Link: http://symfony.com/blog/we-re-sorry-to-announce-the-cancellation-of-the-symfonylive-chicago-2016

Laravel News Podcast:
Episode 23 - The Laracon US Recap Episode
Aug 10, 2016 @ 12:51:56

The Laravel News podcast, hosted by Matt Stauffer and Jack Fruh, has posted their latest show - Episode #23: The Laracon US Recap Episode.

In this episode, we talk about last weeks Laracon, some of our favorite talks, and the new Laravel News.

Topics mentioned in the episode include the video of Taylor Otwell covering the new features coming in v5.3, this recap post that includes slides from the presentations and the release of the new Laravel News site design. You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by subscribing to their feed and getting links to this and other recent shows.

tagged: laravelnews laravel podcast news laraconus16 recap conference

Link: https://laravel-news.com/podcast/23

Stefan Koopmanschap:
The Speaker Package
Jul 12, 2016 @ 13:38:36

Stefan Koopmanschap has continued his look at conferences and sharing some of his own personal views around them and, mostly, the Call for Papers process. In his new post he focuses on the Speaker Package, a nicety that's often provided by the conference to help the speaker come to and stay at the event.

The speaker package is the term used for the package of reimbursements and other advantages you have as a speaker. This may (or may not) include a free ticket to the conference, travel and/or hotel reimbursements, a speakers dinner and some other things.

When submitting to a conference, it is important to realize what the speaker package consists of. [...] I made the mistake once of making assumptions about the speaker package (in this case: I assumed travel was being reimbursed) when submitting proposals to a conference. I got accepted, but then found out my flight was not covered by the conference. Because of that, I had to cancel that conference.

He makes the recommendation that, if the speaker package seems unclear by the documentation on the site, you ask the organizers for the information instead of assuming. He also shares one of his own personal rules about submitting - not putting in any submissions if the conference doesn't have a speaker reimbursement package. He does this because he sees the time he puts in to prepare and present as valuable and the package is a conference's way of saying that work is appreciated.

tagged: conference opinion speaker package compensation submission callforpapers

Link: http://leftontheweb.com/blog/2016/06/30/The-Speaker-Package/

Laravel News:
Laracon US Live Stream
Jul 06, 2016 @ 09:38:40

On the Laravel News site there's an announcement about a live stream available for Laracon US happening at the end of July (2016) - the 27th through the 29th.

For the first time ever, Laracon US is offering a live stream plus early access videos.

When you purchase access on the day of the conference you will get an email link to access the stream and be able to watch all the talks except for the one by Ryan Singer.

You can pick up your ticket for just $25 USD and get access to both the stream and early access videos. You can find out more about the conference itself and the talks that are scheduled on the main conference website.

tagged: laraconus16 laracon live video stream earlyaccess video ticket conference

Link: https://laravel-news.com/2016/07/laracon-us-live-stream/

Cal Evans:
Public Speaking: A Conference Organizer’s Perspective
Jul 04, 2016 @ 10:55:25

For those interested in how things work "behind the scenes" at technology conferences and how it looks from an organizer's perspective, Cal Evans has put together a video to share his own experiences.

My good friend Adam (@adamculp) and I spent a few minutes answering questions about how talks are selected in a [Call for Papers]. If you’ve ever wondered, about the process, give it a listen.

The recording was of a live Google Hangouts session they did a while back answering both some of the common questions people have and questions from their viewers. They talk about the Call for Papers process, how they've selected talks in the past and the role that passion plays. There's also discussion about speaker experience, diversity and how to find out the interest level of you topic. There's plenty more mentioned in the video as well, so if you're considering submitting to a technology conference be sure to give it a listen (well, watch...it is a video after all).

tagged: public speaking conference organizer perspective calevans adamculp video qa

Link: https://blog.calevans.com/2016/06/29/public-speaking-conf-organizers-perspective/

Stefan Koopmanschap:
On submitting to CFPs
Jun 24, 2016 @ 13:18:15

If you've considered submitting to a Call for Papers to speak at a technical conference but aren't sure exactly what the process is like, Stefan Koopmanschap has shared some of his experience in a new post to his site.

Having been a conference organizer as well as a speaker, I've seen both sides of the CFP process. Because of that, I've made some decisions as a speaker on how I handle CFPs. Since I've discussed this with several people in the past year but it keeps coming up, I've decided to document one of my decisions here.

He talks about a "first world problem" of not knowing if you're accepted to one conference before applying to the CfP for another at the same time. He also looks at the usual Call for Papers process from the perspective of an organizer and how to sift through the (usually) hundreds of submissions that come in. He also shares his own personal rule for submitting to a conference: only submit if you're absolutely sure you can attend.

tagged: submit callforpapers cfp organizer rule conference

Link: http://leftontheweb.com/blog/2016/06/24/On-Submitting-To-CFPs/

Davey Shafik:
The Syntax of Tech Communities
Jun 07, 2016 @ 13:18:43

Davey Shafik has an interesting post to his site sharing some of his views on the "syntax" of different programming communities - PHP, Ruby, Python and Perl.

In my (almost) three years of being in a developer relations type role I have attended events in several communities and have observed how they differ from my primary community (PHP). As I’ve tried to understand those differences and the reasons behind them, I have had many discussions with members of many more communities also.

After attending my first PyCon (US) I was struck by just how welcoming and diverse the community is and had many conversations trying to understand why this is. This is not what this post is about. This post is about conferences specifically, and how communities place different priorities on different things when it comes to how they run, organize, speak at, and attend events.

He talks about conferences - both attending and speaking at them - and how the situation differs from community to community. He did some background research on why things are they way they are and how that has influenced the overall focus of the community.

tagged: syntax community tech perl ruby python conference

Link: https://daveyshafik.com/archives/69985-the-syntax-of-tech-communities.html

PHP Roundtable:
045: A php|tek 2016 Special
Jun 06, 2016 @ 10:22:16

The PHP Roundtable podcast, hosted by PHP community member Sammy K Powers, has posted their latest episode as recorded live at this year's php[tek] conference.

We record live from main stage at php|tek in St. Louis, MO. We discuss speaking at conferences and recent events in PHP-FIG.

Sammy is joined in this episode by fellow community members Gary Hockin, Ben Marks, Samantha Quiñones and Joe Ferguson. You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio or video players or directly on YouTube. If you enjoy the episode be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter for updates when new episodes are posted.

tagged: phproundtable podcast video ep45 phptek tek16 conference special

Link: https://www.phproundtable.com/episode/live-from-php-tek-2016