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Beth Tucker Long:
How to Submit a Talk to a Conference
October 29, 2014 @ 09:21:00

If you've ever considered taking the leap and trying your hand at speaking at (technology) conferences but weren't sure where to start Beth Tucker Long, well known PHP community member and speaker, has posted a guide to help you submit a talk to your conference of choice.

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.

She provides a "checklist" of sixteen things that she's learned over the years about submitting ideas to events and what to do/not do when giving the actual presentation including:

  • First and foremost, remember to hit spell-check
  • Don't talk about yourself in your talk description
  • Explain the practical applications of your topic
  • Share past feedback in the comments or notes section
  • Submit a lot of proposals
  • Don't submit multiple topic ideas or variable time lengths in one submission

The final three on her list have more to do with the presentation itself than the proposal and, in my opinion, are almost more important: don't talk down to your audience, be brief and be interesting.

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Link: http://www.alittleofboth.com/2014/01/how-to-submit-a-talk-to-a-conference/

Symfony Blog:
SymfonyCon Madrid 2014 Entire speaker line up revealed!
October 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.

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

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Mike Stowe
September 10, 2014 @ 10:28:23

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released it's latest in its series of community member interviews. In this latest episode Cal interviews Mike Stowe, a developer evangelist at Mulesoft.

They talk some about the services that Mulesoft provides and how they're trying to branch out to various developer communities. They also talk some about another project Mike's been interested in: RAML (an API modeling language). They finish the episode with a mention of the San Francisco PHP User Group.

You can listen to this latest episode via the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 for listening at your leisure. If you enjoy the interview, be sure to subscribe to their feed.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/09/09/interview-with-mike-stowe

Community News:
Sunshine PHP Call for Papers Opens
September 02, 2014 @ 10:37:39

The Sunshine PHP conference has officially announced the opening of their Call for Papers for their 2015 event happening February 5th through 7th in Miami, Florida.

We're pleased to announce our conference, SunshinePHP should be 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. [...] We know speakers are key to the success of a conference and hope many will submit talks. In appreciation of their efforts, our speaker compensation package includes: a full conference pass, access to conference tutorials, complimentary airfare/travel, 2 complimentary hotel nights, lunch and a hotel shuttle for travel to and from the airport.

They're looking for sessions covering a a wide range of topics including things like Javascript, HHVM, user experience, framework-related sessions and developer management. The Call for Papers ends on September 30th (end of this month) so be sure to get those submissions in while you still have time! If you're interested in what's been presented before, check out last year's conference site.

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

Community News:
Confoo Conference Call for Papers Opens
August 29, 2014 @ 10:32:25

The Confoo conference has officially announced the opening of their Call for Papers for their 2015 event (happening in mid-February). The conference is multi-disciplinary and covers a wide range of topics including: .NET, PHP, Databases, Mobile, UX and Security.

We are looking for the best speakers, willing to share their experience and their skills with developers and managers. [...] 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.

The call for papers will only be open until September 2nd (less than a month) so be sure to submit early and submit often. It's recommended that you submit more than one session too. You can find out more about the conference - or just pick up tickets of your own - on the main conference website.

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

Qandidate.com Blog:
How we manage our development process at Qandidate.com
August 22, 2014 @ 10:34:46

The Qandidate blog has a new post today that "pulls back the curtain" as to how they manage their development process and get their work done.

At Qandidate.com we tried a lot of different project management tools and techniques. After two years of experimenting I want to share our current process, seen from my role as product owner (PO). One reason for sharing this, is to help you improve your process, but the most important reason is to start a discussion with you based on your experience, to improve our process even more. Our main rule at Qandidate.com is to embrace change. Always be open for changes that may or may not improve your process. If a change improves the process it's a win. If you didn't try it you will never know!

They walk through the three main points over the overall flow of work there:

  • The process itself including two week sprints containing (unestimated) stories
  • A demo and stakeholders meeting showing the work they've done during the sprint and get feedback from the stakeholders
  • The stories and how they're created and when/how new ones are added (their "piano meetings").

They also include testing, both frontend and backend, and focus on small chunks of functionality instead of quick and dirty hacks. While their process won't work for every group (and is more of a "scrum-but..." setup) it is interesting to see how another group does their work.

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Link: http://labs.qandidate.com/blog/2014/08/21/development-process-at-qandidate-com/

php[architect]:
php[world] Conference Five Amazing Keynotes
August 21, 2014 @ 10:33:24

The php[architect] group has officially announced the five keynote speakers they'll be having at this year's php[world] conference conference.

We are excited to announce today the amazing keynote speakers that we have lined up for our php[world] conference this November. We've worked hard to find the best speakers and talks that cover the breadth of the PHP experience. We want php[world] to be a conference that pulls together all the different fragmented communities of PHP into one place to share ideas, and our keynotes reflect that mission.

The keynote speakers for this year come from a wide range of communities:

  • Luke Stokes: "Turning Your Code Into a Company: The Parts They Don't Tell You."
  • Angela Byron: "Drupal 8: A Story of Growing Up and Getting Off the Island"
  • Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire: "Idealism as code: From philosophy to empowerment"
  • Andrew Nacin: "Trust, Community, and Automatic Updates"

The final "keynote" is actually a panel of seven developers representing some of the major projects in the PHP ecosystem: WordPress, Drupal, Magento, Joomla!, Symfony, Laravel, and Zend Framework. You can find out more about these keynotes here or just check out the conference on the main conference site.

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Link: http://www.phparch.com/2014/08/phpworld-conference-five-amazing-keynotes/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Beth Tucker Long
August 12, 2014 @ 10:40:06

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode, another in their series of community interviews. This time it's with Beth Tucker Long, an organizer of the Madison PHP Conference and former editor of the php[architect] magazine.

They talk some about her plans for the future (post-php[architect]), how she's trying to get back into coding. She talks about her mentor, Beau Simenson, and the consulting work she has going on. They also talk some about the Madison PHP User Group and Conference and the other organizers.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe to the feed and get the latest episodes as they're released.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/08/12/interview-with-beth-tucker-long/

Community News:
Northeast PHP Conference 2014
August 06, 2014 @ 09:14:15

The Northeast PHP Technical Conference is happening again this year in Boston, Massachusetts September 6th and 7th, 2014:

This year's Northeast PHP Conference will once again be held in Boston, MA from September 6 to 7. This year we have another great selection of speakers and topics, the list of which can be found at http://northeastphp.org/talks.

We have 2 great Keynote speakers lined up as well: Steve Krug and Frances Berriman.

Steve Krug is an information architect and user experience professional, best known for his book 'Don't Make Me Think'. Frances Berriman previously worked as the front-end lead for the UK government's award winning project GOV.UK and is now an advisor for Code for America.

They've even reduced the price of the tickets for this great two-day event to $150 USD to make it even more accessible for a wider audience of attendees. Each day includes breakfast/lunch/snacks and lots of great sessions including topics like:

  • Web application security
  • Building HTML5 games
  • Unit testing
  • Influencing developers
  • Composer

You can pick up your tickets at northeastphp.org/tickets, and as a special bonus for our readers, you can get an extra $25 USD off the normal price using the code "phpdeveloper" on checkout!

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Link: http://northeastphp.org

7PHP.com:
Know Thy Conference - Know The EndPoint API Conference
August 05, 2014 @ 13:55:21

The 7PHP.com site has a new interview posted with Ivo Jansch about a conference this year that's not specifically targeted at PHP developers but is inclusive of them: EndPoint API Conference. The interview touches on topics such as the origin of the conference, what some of the goals are and some of Ivo's own background.

This conference is all about APIs. We use more and more smart devices in our daily lives and many of these devices communicate with the internet by ways of APIs. Once, the web was the dominant way of consuming content, but these days it's all about smart devices. Watches, Glasses, TVs - I can see a future where every device becomes smart and can run apps.

This means that web development is experiencing a major shift. Websites become clients too, just like other apps. This means developers need to start thinking more in client/server terms, and we think Endpoint can help developers do that as efficiently as possible.

Ivo also answers other questions about:

  • Where the motivation for the conference came from
  • What kind of attendance they're expecting
  • What kinds of opportunities it offers
  • Where it excels/lacks compared to other similar events
  • If it could be an inspiration for a user group to start up

Check out the full interview for answers to these and more questions about this new conference. You can also find out more about the conference itself on the event's website.

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Link: http://7php.com/api-conference-endpointcon/#gtgt_Can_we_tag_this_as_a_PHP_API_Conf_or_a_general_API_conf_regrouping_any_programmers_usingcoding_APIs


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