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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

Community News:
Pacific Northwest PHP Conference 2015 Speakers Posted
Jun 05, 2015 @ 08:48:30

The Pacific Northwest PHPConference, happening later this year in Seattle, Washington, has officially announced their speakers for this inaugural event.

Thank you so much for your submissions to our CfP for the Pacific Northwest PHP (PNWPHP) Conference. We received over 250 submissions from which we had to select less than 30 to fit into the PNWPHP program.

It was hard to choose. There were so many high-quality proposals, but ultimately we made the tough decisions to make sure we included the talks and speakers that we thought would create the best conference program for our audience here in the Pacific Northwest, while also staying within our budget.

Among those slated to speak are several well-known PHP community speakers like Adam Culp, Beau Simensen, Cal Evans, Davey Shafik and Jeremy Mikola. They've also listed out the sessions and their summaries too. You can pick up your tickets now, but act quickly - the Early Bird pricing ends at the end of June!

tagged: pnwphp15 pacific northwest conference speaker announcement

Link: http://pnwphp.com

Full Stack Radio:
17: Adam Culp - Maximizing Your Conference Experience
May 13, 2015 @ 08:24:56

The Full Stack Radio podcast has posted their latest episode today, episode #17, hosted by Adam Wathan and featuring guest Adam Culp. Adam and Adam talk about ways you can maximize your conference experience.

n this episode, Adam talks to Adam Culp, organizer of Sunshine PHP and ZendCon. They talk about how to get into conference speaking, how to make the most of a conference as an attendee, as well as tips for running a great local user group.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 for the show. If you enjoy it, be sure to subscribe to their feed for more great episodes as they're released.

tagged: fullstackradio adamculp maximize conference experience speaker attendee usergroup

Link: http://fullstackradio.com/episodes/17/

Symfony Blog:
SymfonyCon Madrid 2014: Entire speaker line up revealed!
Oct 23, 2014 @ 12:56:41

In this latest announcement on the Symfony blog they've announced the release of the full schedule for the upcoming SymfonyCon Madrid 2014 (happening near the end of November). The lineup includes:

  • "Growing and managing communities for large Open Source projects" by Jen Lampton
  • "Life After Assetic: State of the Art Symfony 2 Frontend Dev" by Michelle Sanver
  • "Feature Flags with Symfony" by Benjamin Eberlei
  • "The Twelve-Factor App: Best Practices for PHP on Platforms-as-a-Service" by David Zuelke
  • "Implementing data synchronization API for mobile apps with Silex" by Michele Orselli

The event will also include a keynote from Fabien Potencier and close with a look at profiling in PHP from the same. You can find out more about the conference and pick up your own tickets on the main conference site.

tagged: symfonycon madrid speaker lineup released symfony conference

Link: http://symfony.com/blog/symfonycon-madrid-2014-entire-speaker-line-up-revealed

7PHP.com:
Lone Star PHP 2014 Review 01 :: Spotlight On Chris Tankersley's Stay
May 06, 2014 @ 09:40:54

On 7PHP.com there's a new post in their community interview series, this time with Chris Tankersley and some of his experiences at the Lone Star PHP Conference last month.

Welcome to the 7PHP PHP-eatre (theatre) where the screens never tires of diffusing everything that has PHP deep down inside the DNA. Tonight, we'll watch the "after-the-show" of a yummy PHP Conference, named as the Lone Star PHP which took place last week. The screen tonight, features our PHP Rockstar, the Only-and-Only Chris Tankersley.

In the interview Chris answers questions about:

  • His background in PHP and the community
  • What he enjoyed about the conference
  • Some of his favorite sessions
  • The presentation he gave (and how he felt it went)
  • How the conference was different than others he's attended

Check out the full interview with all of Chris' answers too.

tagged: lonestarphp lsp14 christankersley speaker conference wrapup

Link: http://7php.com/lonestarphp2014-review01/

Matt Frost:
Getting Talks Selected
Jan 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
tagged: talk session technical conference advice beginner speaker

Link: http://shortwhitebaldguy.com/blog/2014/01/getting-talks-selected