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PHP Roundtable:
045: A php|tek 2016 Special
Jun 06, 2016 @ 10:22:16

The PHP Roundtable podcast, hosted by PHP community member Sammy K Powers, has posted their latest episode as recorded live at this year's php[tek] conference.

We record live from main stage at php|tek in St. Louis, MO. We discuss speaking at conferences and recent events in PHP-FIG.

Sammy is joined in this episode by fellow community members Gary Hockin, Ben Marks, Samantha Quiñones and Joe Ferguson. You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio or video players or directly on YouTube. If you enjoy the episode be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter for updates when new episodes are posted.

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Link: https://www.phproundtable.com/episode/live-from-php-tek-2016

Ben Ramsey:
7 Tips for php[tek]
May 23, 2016 @ 09:42:29

Ben Ramsey has a post to his site sharing a few tips for those attending the php[tek] conference this year (though most of them could apply to just about any technology-related conference out there.

This week, I’m attending php[tek]. This is my seventh php[tek], and the first I’ve attended not as a speaker. It’s one of my favorite conferences, and I didn’t want to miss its first year in a new city: St. Louis. As we gear up for the eleventh php[tek] conference, I thought I’d list my seven tips for getting the most out of your php[tek] experience.

His suggestions cover things to help you get the most enjoyment from the conference, and not just from the sessions:

  • Hang out in the evenings, after the conference sessions.
  • After the conference events, follow folks to the bar.
  • Take advantage of the “hallway track,” and don’t forget the regular sessions.
  • Attend the morning keynote sessions.
  • Join the conference IRC backchannel: #phptek on Freenode.
  • Use the official hashtag: #phptek
  • Take lots of pictures and upload them to Flickr.

Each of the suggestions comes with a bit of description and photos from previous years. If you're attending this year's conference, I'd definitely recommend talking a look over the full post and getting prepared for a great week of learning and community at this year's conference.

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Link: https://benramsey.com/blog/2016/05/phptek-tips/

php[tek] 2016 Conference : Speaker Previews
Apr 26, 2016 @ 11:27:20

If you've been considering attending the php[tek] conference this year but aren't quite sure what it's all about, you should check out these speaker preview videos for a bit more detail.

A number of our speakers for our php[tek] 2016 conference have graciously offered to make preview videos for us, showcasing what their talk will be out.

We started releasing them a few days ago and will be continuing to do so over the coming week. You can see a full playlist of these from Youtube below. Make sure to pick up your ticket soon, the conference is just 4 short weeks away!

You can find the current list of videos in this playlist over on YouTube that includes speakers like:

  • Cal Evans
  • Joe Ferguson
  • Tim Lytle
  • Jeff Geerling
  • Doris Chen

If you're ready to pick up a ticket of your own, check out the main conference site for more details about the event, sessions and to order your tickets.

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Link: https://www.phparch.com/2016/04/phptek-2016-conference-speaker-previews/

Community News:
php[tek] 2016 Schedule Posted
Jan 27, 2016 @ 11:13:37

As is mentioned in this quick post to the php[architect] site today, they've posted the schedule for this year's php[tek] conference happening in St. Louis in May.

We are excited to announce the schedule of sessions for php[tek] 2016! We had to sort through over 500 submissions to hand-pick the best 55 talks to fill out our schedule from over 30 internationally based speakers. You can see the schedule online now. Make sure and get your Early Bird Sale tickets and we look forward to seeing you in St. Louis!

There's a huge range of talks happening during this year's event including sessions like:

  • "I Promise() to Teach You Asynchronous PHP" (Eric Mann)
  • "WordPress Code Performance" (Stéphane Boisvert)
  • "Legacy: a Retrospective" (Jessica Mauerhan)
  • "Becoming a Polyglot" (Kirsten Jones)
  • "Mastering the Basics of OAuth2" (Joseph Maxwell)
  • "Professional Development, professional Developers" (Steve Grunwell)
  • "On the Road towards PHP 7" (Josh Deckard)

Be sure to check out the full schedule for looks at these and more great topics being covered over the multi-day event. As mentioned, tickets are also already on sale so you can get yours now if there's sessions you'd like to see. You can find more information about the conference in general from the [https://tek.phparch.com](main conference site).

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Link: https://www.phparch.com/2016/01/schedule-posted-for-phptek-2016/

Community News:
php[tek] 2016 Call for Speakers Announced
Dec 15, 2015 @ 13:55:32

The php[tek] conference has officially announce the opening of their Call for Speakers for the 2016 edition of their conference, happening May 23rd through 27th in St. Louis, Missouri.

PHP runs over 82% of the internet at the moment. Take a moment to think about that staggering statistic. Because of this, the use-cases of PHP are extremely broad, and we want php[tek] to reflect that. We therefore want submissions that cover the entire range of Web Development processes. We want to hear about how PHP is getting the job done throughout the world.

Importantly, we don’t necessarily look for talks that are only about PHP itself. Some of our most successful presentations have been on products built on PHP (such as WordPress, Drupal, and other frameworks) and on technologies that are crucial to building on the web (HTML5, JavaScript, Mobile Development, Apache, Databases, Deployment, etc.)

This Call for Speakers will end January 16th just before midnight UTC so get out there and submit those topic ideas soon! If you're interested in the package provided to speakers see this page on the CfP site or the general conference site for more information on the conference itself.

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Link: https://tek.phparch.com/call-for-speakers/

Posting videos from php[tek] 2014
Dec 05, 2014 @ 11:08:09

php[architect], organizers of the annual php[tek] conference, have start to post the videos recorded at their 2014 event over on YouTube. Not all of the sessions are published yet, but there's a few to get you started if you missed the event (or just want a refresher):

Be sure to subscribe to the channel to be notified when new videos are added of the over forty sessions that happened during the event.

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Link: http://www.phparch.com/2014/12/posting-videos-from-phptek-2014/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Eli White
Jan 14, 2014 @ 09:19:07

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has release their latest episode today - another interview with a member of the PHP community. This time it's with Eli White of Muskteers.me and [php]architect.

In the interview Cal and Eli talk about the differences between conferences like ZendCon and [php]tek and where the group is looking to take the [php]tek conference in the future. They discuss the idea of the many local conferences that have popped up over the last year and how they've almost become the "community conferences".

You can listen to this latest interview either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/01/14/interview-with-eli-white-2

Community News:
[php]tek 2014 Announced
Sep 10, 2013 @ 12:04:26

On the [php]architect site today there's a new post about the next edition of their [php]tek conference coming in 2014.

Once again we are planning on hosting our annual php conference: php[tek] in Chicago, IL. You’ll find everything that you love about our conferences again, but also a number of new events and activities that are being planned this year. Check out the website to find more details about the conference this year or lock in your registration early to make sure you will be there. More details will be released over time, and keep an eye out for our Call for Papers that will happen in the coming months.

The 2014 edition of [php]tek will be held in the same place as year's past and will be happening May 19th through the 23rd. There's also several events already planned for next year's event including an open social night, a hackathon and "newcomer sessions" (to introduce people new to [php]tek about activities and the community). You can already pick up your tickets at the Early Bird rates until February 15th, 2014.

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Link: http://www.phparch.com/2013/09/phptek-returns-in-2014/

Community News:
Preparing for php|tek
May 14, 2009 @ 22:08:40

This year's php|tek conference is less than a week away and all of the hard work and planning has paid off. The conference, the most recent in a series Marco Tabini & Associates have held in Chicago, Illinois, is bringing together speakers from all over the world to talk on subjects ranging from version control, to rapid application development to development frameworks. Marco Tabini, CEO of MTA has this to say about this year's event, "Preparations are down to the wire and, like every year, we have some great surprises in store for our attendees. php|tek is a unique mix of community happenings and great learning opportunities and, for me as for many other people, a great opportunity to meet up with old friends and new acquaintances."

The week will also include a few other events outside of the normal daily sessions, one of which is the Unconference happening just after the last session each day. Keith Casey of Blue Parabola organized this year's event. With the help of the Joind.in site and some community involvement, he's set up some great sessions to compliment each of the day's normal sessions. I asked Keith what he felt was the real goal behind the Unconference and how to make it really work.

"The vital - and therefore most difficult - part of an unconference is getting the word out. First, people need to know it's happening. Then they need to know how to participate both in the pitching and voting of sessions [and] they need to know which session is happening where." In his opinion, though, the real key to a successful unconfernece is to make the connection between the people with something to say and the ones that want to hear it.

None of this would come together without the hard work of others "behind the scenes" handling things like reservations at the hotel, setting up special need for the speakers and coordinating with the staff to make sure things run smoothly during the week. One member of this team is Elizabeth Naramore. She's spent the last few months coordinating things to to make the week flow as smooth as possible. Elizabeth noted that, despite still working out the last minute details, they're "really excited about hosting this year's conference. We have brilliant speakers and some great social events planned, along with a few surprises, just to keep everyone on their toes."

If you're haven't registered yet, there's still time! The conference begins next Tuesday with the Tutorials day and goes through Friday at lunch with regular and Unconference sessions. You can still register on the php|tek website if you'd like to attend but you have to be fast - since the conference is next week, you have to sign up before the end of this week!

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Blue Parabola Blog:
php|tek 2009 Webcast Series
Apr 03, 2009 @ 07:12:11

If you've been enjoying the pre-php|tek 2009 webcase series but have been wondering where the video and slides for the presentations were, BlueParabola has what you need!

After long wait, we've finally gotten things together and have slides and some of the video available for the php|tek webcast series.

Presentations posted so far include Keith Casey's look at project management, Matthew Turland's web scraping talk and, most recently, Tony Bibbs' look at using Propel.

You can find out more about the webcasts (and sign up for upcoming ones) on this page from the php|tek website. There's still time to register for today's event - the second part of the "PHP and Flash" series from Lee Brimelow.

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