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Community News:
Sunshine PHP 2016 Call for Papers Now Open
Aug 31, 2015 @ 10:14:10

The 2016 edition of the Sunshine PHP conference, happening in Miami, Florida between February 4th and 6th, has officially opened their Call for Papers for their upcoming event.

We’re pleased to announce our conference, SunshinePHP is one of the best PHP conferences where community members from around the world come together to learn and share information about the latest trends and technologies in professional PHP development.

The speaker package for their 2016 event includes an all-access pass to the conference itself, airfare/travel to the event, two hotel nights and lunch provided on regular conference days. They're accepting submissions until midnight (EST) on September 30th and highly advise submitting more than one session idea. They also have a few suggested topics they'd like to see at this year's event including:

  • Virtualization and environments
  • Development principles
  • User Experience/Usability
  • Continuous Integration
  • Debugging
  • Teamwork and/or Developer Management
  • Professional development

It may be a PHP-centric conference but they're looking for a wide range of other topics to round it out too. If you have an idea for a session you'd like to present, be sure to submit as soon as possible!

tagged: sunshinephp16 conference callforpapers cfp open announcement

Link: http://cfp.sunshinephp.com/

Community News:
SkiPHP Conference Call for Papers Deadline Coming Soon (Sept. 15th)
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:13:03

The SkiPHP conference has posted a reminder to all of the speakers (or those wanting to become speakers) in the PHP community - their call for papers for the 2016 edition of their event ends on September 15th, just 20 days from today!

We are committed to getting the best speakers possible! To do that, we have arranged for a generous speaker package that makes it well worth our speakers' time. If one or more of your talks are accepted, and you commit to speak at Ski PHP, we will provide the following to you: a complimentary full ticket to the conference, three nights stay at a hotel, round-trip airline ticket to Salt Lake City, speaker dinner before the conference [and more].

If you're interested in submitting for the 2016 event, head over to their Call for Papers page on the conference website and submit now! If you just want to find out more about the conference check out the main conference site. Tickets aren't on sale just yet, but keep an eye on their Twitter account for information on when sales will open.

tagged: skiphp15 conference callforpapers submission cfp deadline saltlakecity utah

Link: https://www.skiphp.com/speak/package

Larry Garfield:
Just how insular is the PHP community?
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:20:37

In this post to his site Larry Garfield takes a look at how insular the PHP community is and, instead of just expressing personal opinions on the subject, looks at data around some of the "same old faces" comments recently pointed at the PHP community.

Periodically, there is a complaint that PHP conferences are just "the same old faces". That the PHP community is insular and is just a good ol' boys club, elitist, and so forth. It's not the first community I've been part of that has had such accusations made against it, so rather than engage in such debates I figured, let's do what any good scientist would do: Look at the data!

He starts with a look at the Joind.in conference feedback site and the data it has to offer. This is what he's basing is research on, pulling the information from the site's JSON API to work through it locally. While the detailed information is attached on another page he does share a summary of his findings. Interestingly enough, just a bit over half of the speakers at these events were first-time speakers. His results show that there's an average of 13.1% of new speakers at each event too.

tagged: insular community conference speaker joindin data results

Link: http://www.garfieldtech.com/blog/php-conference-data

Community News:
Confoo Conference opens Call for Papers
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:34:42

The ConFoo conference has officially announced the opening of their Call for Papers for the 2016 edition of their conference.

We are looking for the best speakers, willing to share their experience and their skills with developers and managers. The 2016 conference will cover [a wide range of] aspects of Web development. [...] You may present in English or in French. If you can present in either language, simply add a note when submitting. Presentations are 35 minutes + 10 minutes for questions.

Topics they're looking for include everything from PHP to mobile development and several other languages (including .NET, Java and Python). The conference will take place in February of 2016 (24th through 26th) in the Bonaventure Hotel in Montreal, Canada. Be sure to get your submissions in soon as the call for papers will close on September 20th, less than a month away. You can find out more about the conference, the call for papers and what they'll provide for their speakers on the Call for Papers page of the site.

tagged: confoo conference callforpapers open deadline cfp

Link: http://confoo.ca/en/call-for-papers

Joe Ferguson:
On Community Silos
Aug 13, 2015 @ 10:17:30

Joe Ferguson recently attended the Laracon US conference, a conference centered around the Laravel framework and the community that's around it. In this post to his site he shares some of his thoughts about the event and something else that came up during the course of the event - the topic of "silos" in communities.

When the [JeoPHPardy] game was over I was thinking about a lot of the questions that the contestants couldn’t answer and how that relates to this being a Laravel conference. (As opposed to a PHP conference). [...] The point I’d like to make is that a random sampling of Laravel conference attendees were unable to answer medium to high difficulty PHP related questions. [...] I find it frustrating that a random sampling of Laracon attendees seem to be out of touch with not only notable PHP podcast hosts, the Framework Interoperability Group that is guiding the way they write code, and inner workings of the PHP language itself.

He goes on to share his frustration with the "silo" that it seems like the Laravel community has created, making their interactions with the general PHP community somewhat less. He points out that he's not picking on Laravel, though. He shifts the focus away from complaints about the community differences and instead emphasizes bringing people out of these silos. He includes a few practical things that can help too: attending a conference, going to a more general PHP user group, etc.

tagged: community laraconus15 conference involvement laravel silo encouragement

Link: http://www.joeferguson.me/on-community-silos/

Run Geek Radio:
Episode 007 – Don’t be a jerk
Aug 10, 2015 @ 09:56:09

The Run Geek Radio podcast, with host and PHP community member Adam Culp, has posted their latest episode today: Episode #007: Don't be a Jerk

The topic for this episode is how developers treat other developers and consultants, and how we should strive to stick to the facts, stay professional, and not get personal. He shares a story of a friend and the trials they went through because another developer, in their haste to convince the client of their value, went on the attack of the consultant.

Adam also talks about his own conference talk plans and training for the Keys100 race. You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 of the show directly. If you enjoy the episode, be sure to subscribe to their feed too.

tagged: rungeekradio ep7 jerk training keys100 developer consultant conference speaking

Link: https://rungeekradio.com/episode-007-dont-be-a-jerk/

Symfony Blog:
SymfonyCon Paris’ schedule is out!
Aug 06, 2015 @ 10:51:10

The Symfony blog has a post officially announcing the release of the SymfonyCon Paris schedule for their 2015 event (happening December 1st through 5th).

And here it is! After a month of deliberations and thoughts, we finally selected all the speakers for SymfonyCon Paris 2015! It’s been very difficult to choose among all the great talk proposals we received, thank you again to all the people who took the time to submit a talk idea. The complete schedule of the conference is out! For Symfony’s 10th birthday, be ready to listen to super exciting talks.

Speakers at this year's event include:

  • Nicolas Grekas (about Symfony 3)
  • Ryan Weaver (Symfony as a microframework)
  • Several members of the core team including Sarah Khalil, Benjamin Eberlei and Kris Wallsmith

You can find the full schedule on the SymfonyCon Paris website or just pick up your ticket now!

tagged: symfonyconparis15 speaker announcement schedule december conference

Link: http://symfony.com/blog/symfonycon-paris-schedule-is-out

Matthew Setter:
PHP South Coast 2015
Jul 23, 2015 @ 09:55:46

For those that weren't able to attend this year's PHP South Coast conference (in Portsmouth, UK) Matthew Setter has posted a wrap up of some of his experiences there and what the conference was like.

I’m on the train heading to Stansted airport, after what I can only describe as a brilliant weekend in Portsmouth, attending the inaugural PHP South Coast, conference. I’ve not been to Portsmouth for 10 years, but the wait was well worth it.

He talks about the venue where the conference was held and some of the talks that were given during the day long event. There were two tracks so, unfortunately, he wasn't able to attend all of the talks but he does provide summaries for those he was able to attend. He also spotlights the opening keynote from Cal Evans about the importance of community and how it relates to your career. He ends the post talking about something he found quite valuable: meeting people, both those he knew from online and others just attending the event.

tagged: phpsouthcoast15 conference wrapup experience talks venue interaction

Link: http://www.matthewsetter.com/php-southcoast-2015/

Lorna Mitchell:
So You're Thinking Of Submitting A Talk
Jul 17, 2015 @ 09:21:40

With another round of "conference season" and Call for Papers starting up, there's some timely advice from Lorna Mitchell with some suggestions about submitting a talk to the conference of your choice.

I've been a conference speaker for a lot of years now, which doesn't make me an expert but it does mean that people ask me for advice pretty regularly! With the Call for Papers open for PHP North West at the moment (awesome conference, first weekend in October, CfP at http://conference.phpnw.org.uk/phpnw15/call-papers/), I've taken this question a few times. Here's my advice in a nutshell.

She shares five tips that she feels can help you make for a better abstract and submission including writing it down before submitting and asking for peer reviews before hitting that submit button. She also links to a few other helpful resources that can provide even more tips to help you even once you've been selected.

tagged: submit conference talk advice opinion callforpapers technical

Link: http://www.lornajane.net/posts/2015/so-youre-thinking-of-submitting-a-talk

Community News:
True North PHP Kickstarts a Woolly Mammoth
Jul 13, 2015 @ 15:36:32

Peter Meth and Chris Hartjes, organizers of the popular Canadian PHP conference True North PHP have created a kickstarter for the latest generation of ehePHPants they hope can join the family - the woolly mammoth (complete with tusks and a nice fuzzy coat).

There's no arguing that people in the PHP community love their elephpants. The announcement of a new elephpant being available in a new colour sends people reaching for their wallets or using their network of connections to try and get one (or often more) for themselves.

As the True North PHP conference moves towards it's 4th edition we wanted to create our own unique elephpant to give away to attendees and allow others to obtain as well. So of course we thought of a Woolly Mammoth.

The kickstarter is only running for three more days, so if you'd like a chance to pick up a woolly mammoth elePHPant to call your own, be sure to head over and pledge for your package of choice. There's just a few days remaining and it's getting down to the wire. They won't get made unless the goal is met, so grab yours now!

tagged: truenorthphp woolly mammoth elephpant kickstarter conference

Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1035100786/truenorth-php-woolly-mammoth-plush-toy/