Over on the blog for the Sunshine PHP conference (happening next month, February 8th and 9th in Miami, Florida) they've posted a clarification about the intentions of the event and a reminder that it's a "by developers, for developers" event.
Recently we overheard SunshinePHP being grouped together with commercial “for profit” events and conferences, which prompted us to write this blog post to clear things up. The SunshinePHP Developer Conference is NOT a profit driven event, and is actually a community led event by developers, for developers. Early on we tried to make this more public, but it appears the message was lost with everything the conference contains. (we’ve made it too good)
They note that any profits made from the event will be going back into future events (as put on by the user group) and the PHP community. This kind of thing is similar to some of the other PHP user group-organized conference that have popped up over the last year - good to see the trend continue.
If you're interested in the conference itself, you can find out more on the main event site or just go ahead and register for the event. You can still pick up your tickets until February 1st for about $220 USD (General admission) or $160 USD (Student).