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Weca.mp Announced
March 21, 2014 @ 11:33:30

A new PHP-oriented conference has been announce, but this one has a bit of a twist. Weca.mp is taking place on an island and, instead of passively listening to speakers, attendees will "develop awesome stuff" with PHP.

WeCamp is a new event focusing on not just hearing about cool technology, but also applying it. During the 5 days of the event, you'll get to work on a project together with 4 random other people, under the guidance of an experienced coach. Together with your team mates, you'll work on improving both your technical skills while developing on the project as well as your soft-skills in managing the project and communicating with your team members.

The focus of the event is different than the usual conference-goer might be used to. It puts an emphasis on a work/relaxation mix with several activities besides things tech-related. Attendees will share tents ("glamping" style) with others for each evening of this five-day event and several "coaches" will be on hand to help guide activities. If you're interested check out the conference site or just pick up your tickets now - Early Bird is already sold out!

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Link: http://weca.mp

Community News:
php[tek] Announces Mental Health Summit
February 13, 2014 @ 12:37:22

As a part of their continuous contributions back to the PHP community, php[architect] (the people behind the php[tek] conference) are hosting a special event one evening during this year's conference. The >Mental Health Summit is a joint effort between them and the work Engine Yard has done in the same area.

We are excited today to announce that, in conjunction with Engine Yard's Prompt initiative we are going to be hosting a mental health summit at php[tek] 2014. Similar to the Mentorship Summit that we hosted last year, this will be an evening event we will be hosting for conference attendees featuring four speakers taking about 15 minutes each to speak together on a central topic. We will provide dinner just before and during the summit, and an open social time afterwards so that the conversation can continue.

The speakers at the summit are Ed Finkler, Greg Baugues, Ben Marks and Paddy Foran. Each will present some of their own experiences and thoughts around mental health, especially when it comes to development communities.

Mental health concerns are serious issues that affect a large percentage of the population and includes our community. It's important that we become aware of the issues that are faced, to bring light to the problems that plague so many, and to perhaps even help those near us who are suffering quietly. Whether they realize it yet or not.
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Link: http://tek.phparch.com/mental-health-summit

Michelangelo van Dam:
PHPBenelux Conference 2014 Review
February 03, 2014 @ 09:11:15

If you weren't able to make it to this year's PHPBenelux conference in Belgium, Michelangelo van Dam has posted the next best thing. In his latest post he shares some of his own experiences with this "epic event".

Past weekend was the 5th anniversary of PHPBenelux Conference and people have known it! With close to 50 speakers, 400 attendees and a massive number of sponsors made this conference a true "epic" event. Not because of the numbers, but because of the social events after each conference day. The theme of the conference was "Carnaval" and like you would expect from any big fair, there were arcade games, money slots and even a huge bumper car stand.

He talks about some of the pre-conference activities (like the speaker's dinner and tutorial session) and then each of the two conference days in turn. He also talks about some of the social activities they had this year including bumper cars.

This event goes in the history books as "epic", "awesome" and "painful" (due to bumper cars). Yes, we've raised the bar for ourselves and it will be challenging to give you all a similar experience next year without repeating what we did this year. Knowing our team, we will come up with something crazy. Follow @PHPBenelux and keep an eye out for our announcements.
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Link: http://www.dragonbe.com/2014/02/phpbenelux-conference-2014-review.html

Matt Frost:
Getting Talks Selected
January 27, 2014 @ 09:04:23

If you're considering getting into the world of speaking at an upcoming PHP conference, Matt Frost has some advice for you to help you get started. It can be intimidating, so learn from some of his own experiences as a relatively new speaker in the community.

It's a very busy conference season in and around the PHP Community. [...] These conferences are such a blessing to those who are able to attend, the speakers know their stuff and are very open to sharing and talking outside of their sessions. But you're a smart cookie too! You've got ideas and thoughts and knowledge that other people would like to have, so how do you get in on this? I'm going to tell you how I got into it, your mileage may vary, but hopefully it helps.

He points out that submitting a talk and getting accepted is "a lot like the lotto" sometimes, that you can't win unless you buy a ticket (submit that talk). He looks at a few of the other common questions from beginning speakers - what do I talk about, how do I write an abstract and common first time speaking concerns.

There's no magical elixir that will land you speaking gigs at cool conferences. Everyone that speaks, from the seasoned pro to the up and comer, has worked extremely hard to not only put the talks together; but acquire all the knowledge necessary to give the talk in the first place
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Link: http://shortwhitebaldguy.com/blog/2014/01/getting-talks-selected

Community News:
php[tek] Conference Schedule Announced
January 24, 2014 @ 10:17:47

php[architect], the group behind the php[tek] conference has officially released the schedule for this year's event. This year's conference is in Chicago and runs May 19th through the 23rd.

Topics to be presented at this year's conference include:

  • Build your first Symfony2 application
  • Introduction to OAuth
  • How to hack conversations
  • What to expect from Drupal 8
  • Threading in PHP
  • HHVM in 2014
  • Two factor authentication and you

...and lots more. You can check out the full schedule here and pick up tickets at the Early Bird price on the conference site.

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Link: http://tek.phparch.com/schedule/

7PHP.com:
What Is An UnConference (uncon) & How Is It Different From A Conference?
January 16, 2014 @ 09:18:57

If you've ever attended a conference (or are planning on it in the near future) you may have heard of something called an "unconference". If you're not 100% clear on what it is, check out this new interview with Michelangelo van Dam.

Have you been to an unconference aka uncon? I have not unfortunately (at least not yet)! But I was curious of what it actually is, the benefit you can reap from it, the responsibilities that it presents and how it's different from a conference. I started looking around of a possible interview (with uncon organizers around) about it since last year. But this year, 2014, I was adamant of getting it rolling.

To concretise this wish, the perfect man for it was Michelangelo! Perfect because he never turns down an opportunity to share his knowledge and wisdom with The PHP Community and also mainly because he has organized and participated at so many different uncons. Besides, he's the founder and co-leader of the PHP-BENELUX user-group - the level of insight and advice that you get from him is invaluable and of high quality.

They start off with a bit of talk about Michelangelo's background as a developer and his involvement in the PHP community. There's also a bit about the Zend Certification Exam and the PHPWomen group. Finally, they get into the unconference - what it is, what kind of content you can expect and how you can get involved in one at your next conference.

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Link: http://7php.com/unconference-dragonbe

Beth Tucker Long:
How to Submit a Talk to a Conference
January 03, 2014 @ 09:03:25

If you've ever thought about submitting a topic to speak at a technology conference, but never quite knew how to take those first steps, check out this advice from Beth Tucker Long. It's a list of steps and reminders to follow when thinking about your topics and submitting.

I've been on both sides of the proverbial conference table. I have been the one submitting proposals, hoping against hope that they will pick mine, and I have been on the selection committee, struggling to choose between hundreds of awesome proposals when you only have a few talk slots available. Through these varied experiences, I've learned a few things about what works and what doesn't when submitting a conference proposal.

Her list includes things like:

  • First and foremost, remember to hit spell-check
  • Have someone else read your submission
  • Identify a clear problem that the topic of your talk will help solve
  • Be honest about your topic
  • Share past feedback in the comments or notes section
  • Submit a lot of proposals
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Link: http://www.alittleofboth.com/2014/01/how-to-submit-a-talk-to-a-conference

PHP Town Hall:
Episode 17 Authors Galore, Conferences and Game Changers
December 31, 2013 @ 12:54:15

The PHP Town Hall podcast has posted their seventeenth episode today - Authors Galore, Conferences and Game Changers. In it they feature guest Cal Evans a well-known member of the PHP community and author of Signaling PHP.

Cal Evans talks with us about some of the great projects he is (and has) been involved with, including training days, writing books, speaking, organising conferences and a bunch more.

They also talk some about Phil's own book, the Sunshine PHP conference and much more. You can listen to this latest episode a few different ways - either the audio via the in-page player, by downloading the mp3 or you can watch the video of the live recording on their YouTube channel. If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe to their feed for more PHP community goodness.

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Link: http://phptownhall.com/blog/2013/12/30/episode-17-cal-evans-nomad-bat-shit

Community News:
[php]tek 2014 Call for Papers Opened!
December 16, 2013 @ 07:56:19

The [php]tek conference has officially announced their Call for Papers for their upcoming (in 2014) conference:

Today we are opening up the Call for Papers for php[tek] 2014. We are looking forward to reviewing all of the amazing submissions we expect to get this year. Last year we had over 400 submissions, can we break the record this year?

Head over to the Call for Papers page to see details on the few changes we are making this year, and also check out our Speaker's Package (which is the same as last year).

The Call for Papers is only open until January 10th (UTC) so be thinking of those topics and get them submitted!

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Link: http://tek.phparch.com/opening-the-call-for-papers/

Zend Blog:
Join us for our first ever ZendCon hackathon!
November 14, 2013 @ 09:32:27

For those that will be attending the upcoming ZendCon Europe the Zend blog has announced the first ever ZendCon hackathon happening the night of the first day of the conference (Monday the 18th) starting at 7pm.

This special event reserved for ZendCon Europe attendees will stretch your coding limits to the extreme in a friendly competition. Join us on Monday night (room TBA) at 7:00PM for the hackathon kick-off. The rules will be announced then, and the hackathon will run throughout the event until Wednesday. Prizes include the highly coveted big green elePHPant, a 1 year subscription to GitHub, and certification vouchers for the fresh new PHP and ZF2 certification exams!

More information about the event will be shared at the actual conference, but if you're attending but sure you check out this fun event. Hackthons are a fun way to get people together, group up to write new and interesting applications...oh, and the prizes are nice too!

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Link: http://blog.zend.com/2013/11/13/join-us-first-ever-zendcon-hackathon/


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