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Symfony Blog:
SymfonyCon Paris is announced December 3-5!
April 20, 2015 @ 12:11:56

The Symfony blog has officially announced SymfonyCon Paris including its dates - December 3rd through 5th.

We're so thrilled and excited to announce SymfonyCon Paris! We've just confirmed the official dates, SymfonyCon Paris 2015 will be December 3-5 in a famous Parisian theater: Les Folies Bergère!

To celebrate Symfony's 10th birthday it was logical to come back to Symfony's hometown. As you were (almost) all asking for it, there was nothing more to convince us to do it in Paris. But Paris, is a very big city, with a lot of venues and this year is so special… To celebrate Symfony's birthday, we picked up a magical venue… Welcome to les Folies Bergère! It's downtown Paris and very easy to access wherever you are in Paris.

You can pick up Early Bird tickets right now from the conference site. If you're of the speaking sort, you could also submit to the Call for Paper that's open until June 30th. There will be workshops happening before the conference and the 5th will be a "hackday" for those wanting to gather with fellow Symfony developers and work out some code.

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Link: http://symfony.com/blog/symfonycon-paris-is-announced-december-3-5

Laravel News:
ArtisanConf - A new Laravel Conference in London
April 20, 2015 @ 09:34:00

The Laravel News site has a post talking about a new Laravel-related conference happening in London on July 9th and 10th (at the Barbican): ArtisanConf, "the premier UK conference for Laravel and modern PHP enthusiasts. Up to 300 artisans will convene in the heart of London's Tech City for two days of inspirational talks, engaging networking and amazing learning opportunities."

Jonty Behr is one of the organizers of ArtisanConf, and I asked him why he decided to start this new conference. "Laravel is incredibly popular in the UK, and a lot of developers have been requesting a UK based conference for a while. Although the guys at LaraconEU do an amazing job, not all developers in the UK are able to travel to Amsterdam and we hope to help, educate and build their experience within the community."

The conference already has some amazing (and well known) speakers lined up. Plus they are hoping that there will be something for both beginners and the experienced at ArtisanConf. There will be two full days of talks and more details will be released soon.

You can already pick up tickets from the conference site or, if you'd like a chance at speaking, head over and submit to their Call for Papers.

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Link: https://laravel-news.com/2015/04/artisanconf/

Three Devs & A Maybe:
Episode 61 - Conference Experiences, RFC's & The PHP League with Phil Sturgeon
April 20, 2015 @ 08:58:40

The Three Devs and a Maybe podcast has posted an episode recently talking about some of their own experiences at conferences, RFCs and an interview with special guest Phil Sturgeon.

This episode we are fortunate enough to have Phil Sturgeon back on the show. Originally recorded on the 11th Feb and only now being released (blame Edd), the show starts of with a comparison between Phil and Fraser's snowboarding injuries. We then move on to discuss standing desks, Sunshine PHP, American weather, and conference experiences. Following this DDD (Development Driven Development...) is touched upon, along with a look at the current stack Phil is using at work. Finally we chat about the 'attack-of-the-clone' packages Phil has noticed around the PHP community (ultra-tiny-small-restful frameworks etc.) and how far the 'The League of Extraordinary Packages' has grown.

They talk some about The League but also about other topics including the No Capes podcast, the PHP UK Conference, the domain-driven design community and scalar type hints. You can listen to this recent episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the show, consider subscribing to their feed too.

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Link: http://threedevsandamaybe.com/conference-experiences-rfcs-and-the-php-league-with-phil-sturgeon/

Community News:
North East PHP Conference 2015 Call for Papers Opened
April 09, 2015 @ 08:53:04

The 2015 edition of the North East PHP Conference has officially opened up their Call for Papers for this year's event. This community conference will be held in Boston, Massachusetts on August 22 and 23rd at the Microsoft Nerd Center there in town.

The Northeast PHP Conference is a community conference intended for networking and collaboration in the developer community. PHP + UX + WEB = The best low-cost conference in North America! Last year we had two awesome keynote speakers, and we have amazing Keynotes planned for this year: Steve Krug, author of "Don't Make Me Think" and "Rocket Surgery Made Easy", will be giving the opening keynote. Frances Berriman of Code for America and former front-end development lead for GOV.UK will be delivering the closing keynote.

The speaker package includes a ticket to the event, up to three nights in the hotel, an invitation to the speaker's dinner and some special "speaker swag". Their Call for Papers closes on May 15th, so be sure to submit early and often to get your topics in and in front of the organizers!

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Link: http://2015.northeastphp.org/call-for-papers/

Community News:
PHP Conference Asia
April 07, 2015 @ 12:33:37

A new PHP conference has been announced as the "first pan-asian PHP conference": PHP Conference Asia. While the details are a bit sparse right now, they do have a form on the main site where you can enter your details for more information.

The conference will be held in Singapore in September (24th and 25th). The call for papers will open in May so if you're interested in speaking at this inaugural event, be sure to keep an eye out for that.

Be sure to subscribe for updates as they're released and keep an eye here for more announcements about the event as they come.

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Link: http://launch.phpconf.asia/

Community News:
ZendCon 2015 Call for Papers Opens
April 02, 2015 @ 12:49:37

Zend has announce the official opening of the Call for Papers for ZendCon 2015, their annual PHP and technology conference. Instead of their usual venue in California, though, they'll be holding the event in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 19th through the 22nd.

We're pleased to announce the ZendCon 2015 PHP Conference, the most anticipated PHP centric event of the year, where community and enterprise PHP developers from around the world gather to share and learn the latest hot trends and technologies in today's professional PHP development.

We know speakers are key to the success of a conference and hope you will submit a talk. In appreciation for the efforts provided, our speakers package ensures they will not need to worry about anything other than delivering the best talks.

While ZendCon is put on by Zend (a company largely focused on PHP) they accept talks on more than just PHP-related topics. You can find out more about the conference in previous years (and some of the topics that were accepted) on the main conference site. The Call for Papers ends on May 15th so be sure to get those submissions in early and often!

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Link: http://cfp.zendcon.com/

Community News:
"Are Conference Talks Getting Too Soft?" (Adam Culp & Cal Evans)
March 03, 2015 @ 11:57:42

There's an interesting set of posts from PHP community members Adam Culp and Cal Evans each on a similar subject centering around conferences and the presentations made at them. They both wonder if talks are getting too "soft" and not focusing as much on the technology and getting in-depth as they should be. From Cal:

PHP conferences are changing very slowly, and not in a way that I like. I blame myself. As a frequent speaker I am getting lazy. I get caught up in the excitement of the CfP, I write up 5-10 abstracts and shotgun them into the CfP system hoping that something hits the mark. I've not actually written these talks. In most cases, I'm pretty sure I can get 45 minutes on the topic, but I don't know for sure because I've not bothered to write it yet. Adam Culp talks about this very thing in his post "Are Conference Talks Getting Too Soft?".

Adam points out that, while introductory talks and overviews are acceptable level coverage for someone new to the speaking scene (or development), the trend seems to be that everyone is providing less "meat" in their talks.

It is hard to teach a great amount in a 1 hour talk, but if there is not some immediately usable content an attendee will have a tough time proving to their short sighted boss that it was worth their time.

Both Adam and Cal set out a challenge, both to themselves and other speakers in the community. They encourage you to spend more time with your subjects, get in-depth into the topics, present on what you're excited about and maybe even try them out locally first.

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Link: http://www.geekyboy.com/archives/1076

Matthew Setter:
The Path To The First PHP Conference Talk
February 24, 2015 @ 12:08:10

Matthew Setter was encouraged by some recent conversations and conference sessions about getting out into the PHP community and taking up presenting at conferences. In his latest post he talks about some of these conversations and his ideas moving forward.

[The PHP UK Conference 2015] was an especially meaningful conference for me, as the opening keynote, by @coderabbi, moved me to take more action, more serious, dedicated, and focused action than I've taken to date. [...] I sat there thinking "WOW, I'm really a part of the community". I also started thinking I want to contribute more, and build a profile just as big as his, and many of the others at the conference. So what to do?

He talks about the encouragement from others he's gotten to get up and present at a conference and the feedback he's gotten on his (unfortunately so far) rejected submissions. He's renewing his effort, though and has plans to document his progress via a "pseudo-journal" during his journey to hopefully serve as a guide to others wanting to share their knowledge with the community. He talks some about his plan moving forward and the work he's doing on the public speaking side to improve his skills.

While not for everyone, speaking at conferences is a great way to share experience, information and start conversations about new technology. If you've ever thought about making the move, follow Matthew's journey or check out these other articles to help you get started.

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Link: http://www.matthewsetter.com/path-first-php-conference-talk/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Sunshine PHP 2015 Wrap-Up
February 12, 2015 @ 13:06:30

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode following this year's Sunshine PHP conference, a special episode wrapping up the conference with organizer Adam Culp.

Cal and Adam talk some about the event, how Adam thought it went and how strong the schedule was with great sessions. They also talk about how Sunshine PHP uses themes in their event (this year's was "teams"). They end the episode talking about what Adam learned from this year's event and the diversity of the crowd.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 for listening offline. Be sure to subscribe to their feed for more episodes as they're released.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/02/11/sunshine-php-2015/

Laravel News:
Laravel.us & Laravel.eu 2015 Conference Websites Launched
February 04, 2015 @ 09:23:25

On the Laravel News site today there's an announcement posted about the launch of the Laracon 2015 conference websites for both editions, in the United States and in Europe.

Today both the Laracon.us and Laracon.eu conference sites have been launched. Both sharing the same style of branding and logo. The US conference will be held in Kentucky on August 11-12, and the EU in Amsterdam on August 25-26. Early bird pricing is available for both and the speaker lineup will be announced at a later time.

The Early Bird tickets for each even come in at just a bit over $300 USD and no schedules have been posted, but that's a great price for either of these two-day events. Each site also has links to subscribe to a mailing list related to the event so you can get the latest updates as they're released.

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Link: https://laravel-news.com/2015/02/laracon-2015-conference-sites-launched/


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