Partnering with BlackMesh

We are excited to announce that BlackMesh is the Conference Partner of our php[world] conference. This conference is focusing on bridging the gap between various communities to not only share experiences but to learn what the future holds for PHP as a language.

The five-day conference will bring together hundreds of developers and business executives from around the world to discuss PHP through a series of trainings, keynotes, presentations and networking. Developers will be able to share their personal involvement with PHP and open source platforms and get the opportunity to learn about new developments and project tools.

BlackMesh is recognized as a leader in providing information technology solutions across multiple platforms. It is great that BlackMesh is supporting the vision that we have had for php[world] through their sponsorship of the conference. Having the expertise and technology the bring as our Conference Partner, we believe that they will help bring a range of innovative knowledge to our attendees.

“We are excited to be a part of this event and are committed to working with all communities to discover new innovative technologies,” says Eric Mandel, President of BlackMesh. “The team from BlackMesh is looking forward to the networking opportunities and creating new connections.”

With BlackMesh’s support, we are able to put on this engaging conference and offer attendees the opportunity to take away new experiences. This conference will also offer a variety of exciting networking and social events to make lasting memories for our attendees. Registration is still available at http://world.phparch.com/pricing-and-registration/. Make sure and snag your tickets today!

Game Night & Hackathon

We are just over 4 weeks away from our inaugural php[world]!  We know that a lot of you will be traveling in from a long distance (many internationally) and we want to make sure that you have the best experience.

If you want to visit downtown DC during your trip, it is easily accessible via the Silver Line on the Metro. We will have information sheets available at the conference to let you know about the local area and typical DC destinations.

But we don’t want you to have to leave the hotel if you don’t want!  Much of the value of a conference is getting to network with your peers and make contacts that you will rely upon in the future.  We have two evening activities planned to make sure that you can do just that:

Game Night

On Wednesday night, after the reception is over and people have had time to find for dinner, we will be opening the keynote room back up and break out some board games for people to play.  (The big screen may find a use as well for us during that time).  It will be a great time to come and just hang out into the evening while getting to better know your fellow attendees.

Hackathon

On Thursday night, again after the reception has closed, we will be re-using one of the session rooms to host a late night hackathon!  We will have multiple open source projects, and probably a few APIs represented.  Show up, bring your laptop, and pick an open source project that needs some help.  There will be people here who are ready to help you get started and contributing.  If you are going to be attending the conference and would like to have your own open source project represented, drop us a line and we will get you on the list!

We are looking forward to seeing all of you in just a few scant weeks!

Five Amazing Keynotes…

We are excited to announce today the amazing keynote speakers that we have lined up for you!  We’ve worked hard to find the best speakers and talks that cover the breadth of the PHP experience. We want php[world] to be a conference that pulls together all the different fragmented communities of PHP into one place to share ideas, and our keynotes reflect that mission.

We will have Luke Stokes, Co-Founder and CTO of FoxyCart, speaking on his experience of forming his own company. Angela Byron, a core committer to the Drupal Project and Director of Community Development at Acquia, is going to talk to us about the efforts Drupal has been making to break out of its own community and embrace libraries from other projects. Andrew Nacin, a WordPress Lead Developer, is going to share how WordPress built their automatic security updates and convinced their community of its benefits. Also, Jeffrey A. “jam” McQuire, Open Source Evangelist at Acquia, will present how the Open Source Software revolution, with PHP leading the way, is making for better business, better government, and, he hopes, a better world!

Finally we are going to wrap up the conference with “The Greatest Panel on Earth.” We will have key people representing seven of the biggest PHP frameworks and applications: WordPress, Drupal, Magento, Joomla!, Symfony, Laravel, and Zend Framework all together in one place to answer all your most difficult questions!

Read on for full descriptions of all the keynotes, or visit the schedule or speaker list to explore more!  Register soon and book your hotel before our block sells out! We look forward to seeing you in D.C. this fall!

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Schedule Posted and Early Bird Sale Extended

Scheduling took us a lot longer than expected, but only because the response to the Call for Papers was simply amazing (635 submissions!).  In fact, it was so great that we decided we couldn’t keep php[world] contained.  To accommodate as many fascinating talks as we could, we extended the conference schedule to include five concurrent sessions.  Honestly, we could have scheduled 10 concurrent sessions and still not had enough room for all of the amazing talks, but we couldn’t book any more space at the venue this year.

We have topics that span the whole world of PHP.  We specifically chose to highlight seven specific tracks relating to WordPress, Drupal, Magento, Joomla!, Zend Framework, Symfony, and Laravel, and you can see everything on our schedule page.

Last, but not least, we are extending the Early Bird deadline by one week!  You now have until July 25th to receive your $200 Early Bird savings!  Don’t get too complacent, though, that’s still just two weeks away.  Pick up your ticket today if you want the biggest savings possible.

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Overwhelming response!

All of you have given us a monumental task here at php[architect].  At the end of our Call for Papers, we received 635 (yes, 635!) separate submissions from 172 different speakers.

We’ve spent all last week reviewing each and every one, and this week are working at pulling that all together into a schedule.  Stay tuned, you should hear back from us soon.

Welcome to the Inaugural php[world] conference!

The team at php[architect] magazine is excited to bring you a brand new conference in the Washington, DC area.  Having run our php[tek] conference for many years now (and other conferences as well).  We felt it was time to start another one as well.  But this conference has a different mission behind it.  Our php[tek] conference is known as the definitive conference in the US for the core PHP developer.

We wanted to create a conference however that appealed to the all the different communities that exist around the PHP ecosystem.  Whether you are a core PHP developer, a heavy framework user (such as Zend Framework or Symfony), or a WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, or Magento developer … this conference will be for you!  We are designing this conference to bring the entire world of PHP development together in one place!

Read more about this conference on our ‘About’ page, submit to our Call for Papers, or go ahead and Register if you believe in this concept as much as we do!   See you in November in DC!