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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

Michelangelo van Dam:
PHPSrbija Conference 2016 review
Jun 02, 2016 @ 12:56:40

Michelangelo van Dam has posted a review of a recent conference he spoke at - the PHP Srbija Conference 2016. it shares a bit about the conference in general and some of his own experiences as a speaker.

This past weekend I was invited to speak at PHP Srbija Conference 2016 which was held in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia in the south-east of Europe.

He details some of the travels he took to get to the conference, some of the other speakers in attendance and the area where the conference was held. He also covers some of the sessions that were presenting including the keynote from Chris Hartjes and talks from PHP notables like Sebastian Bergmann, Rafael Dohms and Marco Pivetta. He makes a definite recommendation to attend future events to anyone out there not able to attend this year and how he felt privileged to be a part of this year's conference.

tagged: phpsrbija conference 2016 pc16 review speaker

Link: http://www.dragonbe.com/2016/06/phpsrbija-conference-2016-review.html

Free the Geek:
Episode 18 - Talking Conferences and Mental Health with Matthew Turland
May 25, 2016 @ 09:25:26

The Free the Geek podcast hosted by PHP community member Matthew Setter has posted its latest episode. In this new show Matthew talks with Matt Turland about conferences and mental health.

In this episode I wonderful chat with Matthew Turland about what it’s like speaking at conferences and mental health - especially within the IT community.

It’s a chat which I feel privileged to have had, primarily because it can be such a sensitive topic for so many people around the world. Matthew was very kind to open up to me and share with me some of his struggles, and how he’s dealt with them over the years.

He also shared a host of links to some excellent resources, should you or someone you know, be in the same position; links which you can find in the related links section.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the show and want to hear more chats with members of the PHP community, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow the show on Twitter to get the latest updates when new episodes are released.

tagged: freethegeek podcast matthewsetter ep18 matthewturland conference mentalhealth

Link: http://freethegeek.fm/episode/episode-0018

Ben Ramsey:
7 Tips for php[tek]
May 23, 2016 @ 09:42:29

Ben Ramsey has a post to his site sharing a few tips for those attending the php[tek] conference this year (though most of them could apply to just about any technology-related conference out there.

This week, I’m attending php[tek]. This is my seventh php[tek], and the first I’ve attended not as a speaker. It’s one of my favorite conferences, and I didn’t want to miss its first year in a new city: St. Louis. As we gear up for the eleventh php[tek] conference, I thought I’d list my seven tips for getting the most out of your php[tek] experience.

His suggestions cover things to help you get the most enjoyment from the conference, and not just from the sessions:

  • Hang out in the evenings, after the conference sessions.
  • After the conference events, follow folks to the bar.
  • Take advantage of the “hallway track,” and don’t forget the regular sessions.
  • Attend the morning keynote sessions.
  • Join the conference IRC backchannel: #phptek on Freenode.
  • Use the official hashtag: #phptek
  • Take lots of pictures and upload them to Flickr.

Each of the suggestions comes with a bit of description and photos from previous years. If you're attending this year's conference, I'd definitely recommend talking a look over the full post and getting prepared for a great week of learning and community at this year's conference.

tagged: phptek tek16 conference opinion tips enjoyment community

Link: https://benramsey.com/blog/2016/05/phptek-tips/

Free the Geek Podcast:
Episode 17 - Talking Conferences and Security with Chris Cornutt
May 03, 2016 @ 09:45:26

The Free the Geek podcast, hosted by PHP community member Matthew Setter, has posted their latest episode - an interview with Chris Cornutt about conferences and security topics.

In this episode I chat with Chris Cornutt, founder of PHPDeveloper.org, websec.io, and Lone Star PHP about conferences and all things security.

It’s a rousing chat about the state of security within the PHP and wider development community. He also gives me an inside look at what it’s like to run the long-running Lone Star PHP conference in Texas. Grab your favourite beverage and your comfy chair, and get ready for a rousing fireside chat with Chris and I.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 of the show for listening at your leisure. If you enjoy the episode be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter for updates when the latest episodes are released.

tagged: freethegeek ep17 chriscornutt episode conference security

Link: http://freethegeek.fm/episode/episode-0017