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Laravel News:
Laraconf Brazil 2016
Oct 17, 2016 @ 11:53:12

On the Laravel News site there's a post that wraps up Laraconf Brazil 2016 with a quick summary for those that weren't able to attend.

The Laravel community in South America put together their first unofficial one day Laravel conference in Brazil on October 8th.

“What I most enjoyed was the ability to network with every attendee,” said Matheus Marabesi one of the organizers, “people around Brazil came to our conference, and it was amazing”.

The event featured ten talks from scaling applications to TDD, to career development. It was a nice mixture of things developers care about. They also, with the help of the sponsors, were able to record every talk and have it available in a YouTube playlist.

As the conference was in Brazil, the sessions aren't in English unfortunately. They included sessions covering: caching strategies, test-driven development, multi-tenant architecture and Elasticsearch. The post also includes several photos from the event and answers to a few other questions from organizer Matheus Marabesi.

tagged: laraconfbrazil16 brazil conference wraup laravel laracon

Link: https://laravel-news.com/2016/10/laraconf-brazil-2016/

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/

Zend Blog:
PHP.RUHR – It’s more than just PHP
Oct 07, 2016 @ 12:43:23

On the Zend blog there's a new interview posted with Marc Grotholtman one of the organizers of the PHP.RUHR conference coming soon in Dortmund, Germany (November 10th).

We recently spoke with Marc Grotholtman, organizer of the upcoming PHP.RUHR conference. With access to web developers and decision makers in Germany and around Europe, PHP.RUHR offers a full day of expertise and entertainment for all attendees. In three short years, the event has outgrown its old venue and will now be hosted by the Signal Iduna Park stadium on November 10, 2016

Marc answers questions about the event and some of his own background including:

  • topics/sessions to be presented at this year's event
  • what he sees as highlights of the conference
  • what the future holds for PHP.RUHR

He also talks briefly about where he sees PHP as a language being in five years and advice for businesses wanting to use PHP for mission-critical systems.

tagged: phpruhr conference interview organizer marcgrotholtman community

Link: http://blog.zend.com/2016/10/04/what-is-php-ruhr/#.V_eaz5MrKMI

Community News:
Laracon EU 2016 Videos Published
Oct 07, 2016 @ 10:25:53

As Freek Van der Herten mentions in his latest post to his site, the videos for all of the sessions at this year's Laracon EU conference have been posted on their official YouTube channel.

This year’s Laracon EU was an amazing conference. The venue was astonishing, there were lots of cool talks and interesting people to talk to. If you’re using Laravel or PHP going to this conference really is a no brainer.

If you were unable to attend or want to see the talk you missed during the conference you can now do so. The organisers have uploaded video’s of all talks to their YouTube channel.

Freek talks briefly about his presentation (covering backups in Laravel applications) and mentions some of the future plans for the backup package that he's created to make it simpler. Other sessions that were presented at the conference also included:

The full playlist can be found on the Laracon Youtube channel.

tagged: laraconeu16 video published youtube sessions conference laravel

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTRH6vjWG_E&list=PLMdXHJK-lGoCMkOxqe82hOC8tgthqhHCN

Anna Filina:
Re: When it comes to submitting talks, how many is too many?
Sep 14, 2016 @ 11:12:35

For those out there that are speakers (or are wanting to try their hand at speaking) at a technology conference, Anna Filina has shared her own thoughts about how many talks to submit to a single conference...and what might be too many.

I read this interesting post by Cal Evans about submitting conference proposals. He makes some very valid points, but I’d like to add my own experience as an organizer, so that when you submit, you have multiple perspectives.

She responds to Cal's comments about filtering talks based on topics the conference has mentioned, submitting a max of four talks and submitting the best idea first. Anna also shares some of her own recommendations as an organizer from the Confoo conference(s).

I know how hard it is to go through so many talks. At ConFoo, we receive close to 1000 proposals. [...] I don’t mean to tell other conferences what to do. However, speakers should always bear in mind that conferences operate differently. Perhaps organizers can create a comprehensive guideline specific to their event.
tagged: submit talk session conference toomany opinion organizer confoo

Link: http://afilina.com/re-how-many-is-too-many/

Symfony Blog:
SymfonyLive London 2016 is in 3 weeks!
Aug 26, 2016 @ 10:52:09

On the Symfony blog they've posted an update about their upcoming Symfony Live London event happening in just three weeks.

We’re almost there! Only 3 weeks until the SymfonyLive London conference! We’re getting more and more ready as the days go, what about you? It’s high time you got your ticket!

What’s in store for you?

The post goes on to talk about the different features of the conference including:

  • Pre-conference workshops on September 15th
  • A full day double-track conference
  • The sponsor village
  • The Social event with all the attendees

They also mention a raffle they're holding to give away Symfony elePHPants to a select few individuals. You must purchase your ticket during a certain time to be entered into the raffle but you could win an elePHPant or a full reimbursement of your ticket to the conference. Check out the full post for more details.

tagged: symfonylive london conference upcoming raffle ticket elephpant

Link: http://symfony.com/blog/symfonylive-london-2016-is-in-3-weeks

Anna Filina:
ConFoo Montreal 2017 Calling for Papers
Aug 24, 2016 @ 12:58:17

Anna Filina has a post to her site mentioning the opening of the Call for Papers for Confoo Montreal 2017, a yearly multi-disciplinary programming and web related conference in Montreal, Canada.

Want to get your web development ideas in front of a live audience? The call for papers for the ConFoo Montreal 2017 web developer conference is open! If you have a burning desire to hold forth about PHP, Java, Ruby, Python, or any other web development topics, we want to see your proposals. The window is open only from August 21 to September 20, 2016, so hurry. An added benefit: If your proposal is selected and you live outside of the Montreal area, we will cover your travel and hotel.

You’ll have 45 minutes to wow the crowd, with 35 minutes for your topic and 10 minutes for Q&A. We can’t wait to see your proposals. Knock us out!

This year's event (well, the 2017 event) will be held March 8th - 17th. You can find out more about the conference itself from the main website. There's less than a month left now to submit session ideas, so get in there and submit today!

tagged: confoo17 montreal conference callforpapers cfp canada

Link: http://afilina.com/confoo-yul2017-cfp/

Symfony Blog:
We're sorry to announce the cancellation of the SymfonyLive Chicago 2016
Aug 11, 2016 @ 10:49:08

On the Symfony Blog there's a sad announcement that they are having to cancel SymfonyLive Chicago for their 2016 event.

We are very sorry to inform you that we are canceling the SymfonyLive Chicago conference this October 13th and 14th.

After much pained reflection, we realize that we have no choice. Our venue requires a minimum number of attendees, a number from which we are too far, and we know that over the next two months, we cannot possibly meet the requirement.

We have never held a SymfonyLive conference in Chicago before and were hoping to extend the Symfony community’s reach to the mid-west. Unfortunately, it just won’t be possible this year. However, we are confident that with another year of work, we will be able to bring the SymfonyLive back to the United States and hope that you will still be interested in our common goals to keep improving the framework for the benefit of everyone!

They do note, however, that both SymfonyLive London and SymfonyLive Berlin are still on and registration is open for both.

tagged: symfonylive chicago cancelation announcement conference symfony

Link: http://symfony.com/blog/we-re-sorry-to-announce-the-cancellation-of-the-symfonylive-chicago-2016

Laravel News Podcast:
Episode 23 - The Laracon US Recap Episode
Aug 10, 2016 @ 12:51:56

The Laravel News podcast, hosted by Matt Stauffer and Jack Fruh, has posted their latest show - Episode #23: The Laracon US Recap Episode.

In this episode, we talk about last weeks Laracon, some of our favorite talks, and the new Laravel News.

Topics mentioned in the episode include the video of Taylor Otwell covering the new features coming in v5.3, this recap post that includes slides from the presentations and the release of the new Laravel News site design. You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by subscribing to their feed and getting links to this and other recent shows.

tagged: laravelnews laravel podcast news laraconus16 recap conference

Link: https://laravel-news.com/podcast/23

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/