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SitePoint PHP Blog:
A Review of Bulgaria PHP – Game On!
Oct 12, 2016 @ 10:52:09

The editor of the SitePoint PHP blog, Bruno Skvorc, has posted a summary of his experience at Bulgaria PHP, a recent PHP conference held in Sofia, Bulgaria back in the beginning of October.

BulgariaPHP is a PHP conference consisting of one workshop day, and two talk days with two tracks each. Just like last year, this year’s conference happened in the SEC (Sofia Event Center) in Sofia, Bulgaria, on the top floor of the Paradise Mall. Unlike last year, however, this year’s edition had a theme.

Excellently organized by the event team at SiteGround, a shared and cloud hosting provider 500 employees strong, the conference was all up in retro gaming, from the attendee badges and decals, to the surroundings and micro-events within the event. Even the crew were all dressed as Super Mario, which I’m sure would have caused an aneurysm or two in the minds of Nintendo’s lawyers had they gotten wind of it.

He talks about his experience as both a speaker and attendee at this year's event (and how he felt "spoiled"). He covers some of the speakers that were at the event, the topics he personally learned about and how the conference itself was handled (sponsors, the theme and the charity the conference provided to a local school).

tagged: bulgariaphp conference bgphp16 review speaker attendee

Link: https://www.sitepoint.com/a-review-of-bulgaria-php-game-on/

Laravel News:
Laracon EU – Interview with speaker Freek Van der Herten
Aug 18, 2016 @ 10:37:20

The Laravel News site has published an interview with one of the speakers for the upcoming Laracon EU Conference, happening at the end of this month (August 2016). In the interview they talk with well-known Laravel-er Freek Van der Herten.

This year’s Laracon EU has a fantastic speaker lineup including twenty-two speakers from all across the world. Tickets are still available and it’s one you will not want to miss.

Freek Van der Herten (@freekmurze) is one of those speakers and he graciously took a break from releasing new packages to allow me the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his talk and the conference experience.

Freek answers questions about his previous experience at Laracon EU, his Laravel-related backup package, other talks he's excited about and words of encouragement to those attending the conference. Check out the full post for his answers to these and other questions.

tagged: laraconeu speaker interview freekvanderherten confernece

Link: https://laravel-news.com/2016/08/laracon-eu-interview-with-speaker-freek-van-der-herten/

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/

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

php[architect]:
php[tek] 2016 Conference : Speaker Previews
Apr 26, 2016 @ 11:27:20

If you've been considering attending the php[tek] conference this year but aren't quite sure what it's all about, you should check out these speaker preview videos for a bit more detail.

A number of our speakers for our php[tek] 2016 conference have graciously offered to make preview videos for us, showcasing what their talk will be out.

We started releasing them a few days ago and will be continuing to do so over the coming week. You can see a full playlist of these from Youtube below. Make sure to pick up your ticket soon, the conference is just 4 short weeks away!

You can find the current list of videos in this playlist over on YouTube that includes speakers like:

  • Cal Evans
  • Joe Ferguson
  • Tim Lytle
  • Jeff Geerling
  • Doris Chen

If you're ready to pick up a ticket of your own, check out the main conference site for more details about the event, sessions and to order your tickets.

tagged: phptek tek16 conference speaker preview video community

Link: https://www.phparch.com/2016/04/phptek-2016-conference-speaker-previews/

Laravel News:
New Speakers Announced for Laracon.us
Feb 04, 2016 @ 10:03:42

The Laravel News site has posted an announcement about some of the latest additions to the Laracon.us schedule for this year's event.

Laracon.us scheduled for July 27-29, in Louisville Kentucky has announced nine speakers for the event.

These speakers include Taylor Otwell (creator of Laravel), Zeev Suraski of Zend, Adam Wathan from Tighten Co. and Amanda Folson, developer evangelist at PagerDuty. If you're interested in joining this group and would like to submit your own ideas for sessions, the call for submissions is still open for now. If you're just interested in the conference and want more information (or to get tickets) you can check out the main conference site.

tagged: laracon15 laraconus speaker announcement louisville kentucky

Link: https://laravel-news.com/2016/02/new-speakers-announced-for-laracon-us/

Joshua Thijssen:
My guide to commenting on joind.in
Dec 21, 2015 @ 10:44:16

If you've been to any PHP conference (or attended a PHP-related online event) in recent years, you probably have heard of the speaker/event feedback site Joind.in. The concept is simple: when you attend a talk or event you go to the site, give the speaker a star rating and leave them comments. This gives the speakers direct feedback on how they did and where they can improve. There's a a trick to giving valuable feedback, though, and Joshua Thijssen has posted some helpful tips to guide you and your comments in the right direction.

The joind.in website can be considered a presenter’s portfolio: it contains a list of talks they have done in the past (and where), plus it contains reviews from attendees. [...] This is why many conferences and presenters will talk about joind.in and ask you to rate and comments on their talks: it gives them feedback on how you experienced the talk, what can be improved to make it even better, and gives the presenters more chance to get accepted on even the larger conferences, where sometimes there are only 50 slots, but over 500 people submitted talks).

[...] Even though commenting and rating talks by itself isn’t really difficult and is quick to do so, there are some common “mistakes” and pitfalls which I’d like to discuss.

He breaks it down into five main points, elaborating on each as he goes through them:

  1. Stars don’t tell you everything
  2. Rate the presentation and speaker, not your expectations.
  3. Don’t punish the presenter for external faults
  4. Comment anonymously
  5. Give suggestions on how to improve

For each one he also gives examples of good feedback versus comments that aren't as helpful to the speaker. Each one of these is an easy trap to slip in to, so remember them next time you're giving a speaker feedback (even if it's not on Joind.in!).

tagged: speaker feedback useful commenting joindin event conference guide

Link: https://adayinthelifeof.nl/2015/12/17/commenting-on-joindin.html

Community News:
Sunshine PHP 2015 Speakers Announced
Oct 30, 2015 @ 11:53:24

The Sunshine PHP Conference (happening in February 2016 in Miami, Florida) has officially announced their speaker list for their upcoming event on the main conference website.

Speakers and topics for this year's event (well, the 2016 one) include:

  • Adam Wathan: "Applying the 4 Rules of Simple Design"
  • Amanda Folson: "Give Me a REST!"
  • Chris Russell: "The Pattern to Design Patterns"
  • Dave Stokes: "MySQL's JSON Data Type"
  • Eli White: "Web Security and You"
  • Gemma Anible: "Navigating Your Git Repository"
  • Jessica Mauerhan: "Behat: Beyond the Basics"

...and much more. Check out the speakers page for more information about the who and what of this great conference. They've also already opened registration so if you want to pick up tickets, head over to the Registration page and get yours today. Early bird tickets are available until December 15th and are only $240 USD each.

tagged: sunshinephp16 conference speaker announcement miami

Link: http://2016.sunshinephp.com/speakers

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

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