We are committed to reaching out to under-represented populations and working to support them. As php[architect] and One for All Events, LLC are a minority and women-owned respectively, this is extremely important to us. We continue to make sure our message of welcome and inclusion is reaching the people we want to serve and that we’re delivering that message through the experiences at our events. This includes the following efforts for php[tek] this year:
To help developers from under-represented groups who may not have the financial resources available to them to attend our conference, we have pledged to provide at least 5% of our available conference tickets free to those groups. We are offering 10 free tickets to people from underrepresented groups at conferences. We’ve partnered with diversitytickets.org to handle distributing these tickets in a fair and impartial manner. You’ll need to submit a short application through their system in order to be considered for these tickets. These are full conference tickets (though they can be swapped for a training class ticket instead if desired). We thank our diversity sponsor: Balsamiq for helping make this possible!
We will be donating a portion of our proceeds to non-profit organizations that help support these groups. Also, we are happy to work with groups such as these to provide free or discounted sponsorship tables so that they can connect with the attendees and share their mission. If you are affiliated with one of these non-profit organizations, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can work together!
We recognize how important it is to have our speaker lineup also reflect the audience that we want to serve. To that end, we’ve put a lot of emphasis on inviting speakers from diverse backgrounds to bring their knowledge to our audience. For 2019, our speaking staff was 45% female and 25% people of color, up from 26% and 10% last year.
We also cover all costs for our speakers such as hotel and flight to make sure that no-one is financially hurt in their efforts to provide excellent quality education for our attendees.