So it turns out that our venue hotel has just a few rooms left available, so we’ve gone ahead and made a group block at both the Holiday Inn next door, as well as the Best Western across the street. Full details on the availability of these new room blocks and how to book them is now posted over on our Location and Hotel page.
As we do each year, we’ve created a mobile app to make your conference experience as smooth as possible. This app will give you access to a customized schedule, details on the sessions & speakers, local maps and much more. All cached offline so that even if your internet goes down you’ll always have your schedule.
It’s available on the following platforms:
We don’t want you to panic, but php[tek] is going to sell out this year. We are working with the venue to try to squeeze in a few more people, but we are going to be setting a hard max on attendance. At this point we have 100 (or less) tickets available, and usually we sell more than that between now and the conference starting.
So if you were dragging your feet on when to snag a ticket, now is absolutely the time to get in there before we have to cut off sales. Also you will need to make sure to book your hotel, since there are only 2 weeks left to get the discounted hotel rate. Rates will go up on April 25th.
Unfortunately a vibrant member of the PHP community and one of our php[tek] 2015 speakers — Mike Dugan — has passed away. All of us at php[architect] send our most sincere condolences to his family and friends. Fellow Laravel community member Joe Ferguson has stepped up and offered to run a tutorial to replace the one that Mike was selected to present for us.
We have been graced with the presence of two separate PHP podcasts that are going to do live recordings at php[tek] this year. Both /dev/hell and Loosely Coupled will be doing recordings at 9:30pm Wednesday and Thursday evenings respectively. Check out the full schedule for more details. Come be a part of their studio audience. (And don’t forget to heckle!)
We will again be hosting a special summit event Wednesday evening of php[tek]. This year the topic will be “Open Source Contribution.” We want to spark a discussion regarding how to create a better understanding between open source project leaders and people who contribute to these projects (or who want to). Specifically, we want to help people who have never contributed to open source software feel comfortable and ready to start doing so!
The evening will begin with some opening remarks and a short primer on using GitHub as a contributor by Michelle Sanver. We will then invite the leaders of many different open source projects to come on stage (and to the front row if we have too many) and serve as a panel to answer your questions and discuss the nature of their projects and how they handle contributions differently.
We have some amazing keynotes lined up this year on very different topics:
Zeev Suraski, co-founder of Zend, one of the masterminds behind PHP 3, co-creator of the Zend Engine (PHP 4), and still a driving force in the PHP ecosystem, will talk about the future of PHP 7.
Yitzchok Willroth, a veteran programmer and Talmudic scholar, will share the “Wisdom of Sages” and how it can apply to your professional development as a software developer.
Jordi Boggiano, author of the infamously popular Composer tool will wrap up the conference by telling behind the scenes details of the Composer Open Source Project.
Check out the full schedule for the rest of the talks as well!
We’ve added some extra training courses to this year’s php[tek] conference. Last year we had only one training course, “Jump Start PHP”. But this year we are offering four separate training classes. We also are allowing registrations for Training Day Only this year due to popular demand (though of course the training costs more when purchased that way, as it isn’t prorated to take into account conference registration).
The classes offered this year are:
Given the 620 submissions it was a very hard process, but we managed to turn it into a schedule full of amazing talks!
We’ve posted the Full Conference Schedule as well as the Speaker Page now. Head over there to check out what the conference lineup looks like for php[tek] 2015!
A big thanks to everyone who submitted. For those who didn’t get accepted this year please keep trying, we could have filled four schedules like this with amazing talks and not diminished the quality.
That’s right, we received 620 submissions—a new record—to the call for papers for php[tek] 2015 this year. (This came in from 171 speakers, making an average of 3.6 submissions from each speaker).
We now have the daunting task of rating all of those submissions and deciding what makes the cut and what doesn’t. From looking at the submissions already, there’s enough amazing talks in there to put on 3 or 4 separate conferences, so we have a painful process ahead.
Thanks to everyone for all the great looking papers! We are going to work on getting the schedule out as soon as possible from this so that people can start making travel plans as needed.