Call for Speakers

Welcome to the Call for Speakers for php[world] 2017 taking place in Washington D.C. on November 15-16 (with additional training on the 13th and 14th). The CfP will close on June 23rd, 2017, at 11:59:59pm Pacific Time. Please make sure that you get your submissions in before that time! No extensions will be granted.


What We Look For

Based on attendee feedback, we are refactoring php[world] into a more focused PHP conference concentrating on providing our attendees deep-dive content which teach core lessons about PHP. We also want talks covering advanced topics in applications and frameworks built in PHP (such as Drupal, WordPress, Laravel, Symfony, and Magento). We encourage submissions on technologies crucial to modern Web development such as HTML5, JavaScript, and emerging technologies. Ideas surrounding the entire software life cycle are often big hits for our attendees. Finally, we do welcome non-technical proposals that will appeal to a developer audience.

Speaker Package

This year the main conference will be 2 days long and will feature workshops running concurrently with the conference sessions.  The two days before that will be filled with full-day training classes. We recognize the tremendous amount of effort that goes into preparing a professional conference presentation and therefore compensate our speakers if they need it. We offer our speakers:

  • A free conference ticket
  • Round-trip economy airfare booked by us
  • Accommodations at the conference hotel:
    • 3 nights for speakers & workshop presenters
    • 5 nights for training class teachers

Talk Types

We are accepting the following types of talks:

  • Regular Sessions – 60 minutes
  • Workshops – 2.5 hours
  • Training Classes – 8 hours


Suggestions for Getting Accepted

We heartily suggest that you submit more than one proposal. Most speakers will be asked to present two talks due to budget.  Therefore the more submissions you make, the higher your chances of being accepted. Make sure your talk title and description clearly define what attendees will learn in your session. Use your own voice and express yourself to us personally, and we give precedence to presentations that haven’t been given before as well.

How Does the Selection Process Work?

By the time the call for papers ends, our team of reviewers will have rated every submission using a partial-blind rating method. However; having the highest rated talk doesn’t mean you will be selected. Our goal is to create a balanced conference with a cross-section of new and useful topics. We will notify speakers in early July once we have the schedule ready.

Code of Conduct 

We do require all our speakers to follow our Code of Conduct. Please familiarize yourself with it.