DPC

Call for papers

We're Back!

This year marks the eleventh edition of the Dutch PHP Conference, once again hosted in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. Our tutorial day will be Thursday, June 29th, with the main 2-day conference following on the 30th and July 1st.

And with that news, we’re throwing open the Call for Papers! The CFP is open until February 26th, you can send in as many proposals as you like, so start submitting!

Topics

We’ve had great speakers presenting talks about the PHP ecosystem, frameworks, DevOps, architecture, JavaScript, scaling, testing, performance, security and more. And we would like to advance on these very topics for this year’s conference as well.

But we also would like to invite speakers to talk about non-technical subjects that are increasingly instrumental in maintaining success as a developer or development team. These are topics like communication, understanding, relationships, (self) management and even the business and economics part of development. In other words: the soft skills that complement the deep technical skills. And about the surrounding environment necessary to be successful as a technical developer.

This invitation is intentionally a bit broad in the hope to inspire everyone to share their ideas and insights and hard-fought experience in the broader development arena that we all thrive in.

Aiming for a more diverse speaker line-up

Diversity can be defined as people coming together from different races, nationalities, religions and sexes to form a group, organization or community. A diverse organization is one that values the difference in people. It is one that recognizes that people with different backgrounds, skills, attitudes and experiences bring fresh ideas and perceptions.

Ibuildings and the DPC team are working on improving diversity in the tech community we are a part of. We strongly encourage underrepresented groups to submit proposals. We believe diversity enriches our community and supports the principal purpose of our conference: sharing ideas, experience and insights with each other in an open, inclusive environment for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race or religion. We are committed to maximize opportunities for these groups to responsibly do our part in helping to resolve the imbalance that exists today in our communities.

Talk category

  • Tutorials are 3 or 6 hours in length
  • The standard conference sessions should be 45 minutes including Q&A

To bring some variety in our schedule we provide the attendees talks on different levels; beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Speaker package

If you’re accepted, the speaker package will cover:

  • travel costs within budget
  • hotel stay in our speaker hotel Hampshire Eden 
  • and a free ticket to the conference

How does this work?

It's simple: We've just opened the Call For Papers form on our website. All you have to do is visit and tell us about your latest and greatest talk ideas. Yes, you! We're excited about that thing you were talking about at lunch the other day. Send it in!

Once the Call For Papers closes, the organizers handpick a team of developers for the selection committee. The list of abstracts is copied into a spreadsheet and each member rates the talks on a scale of 1 - 10. The organizers average up the ratings and do some manual review for statistical outliers. With this in hand, they begin making final picks.

The scores from the selection committee are leading but a few other factors are involved. We try to ensure a wide variety of presentations, not only talks about frameworks or APIs. We also look for a balance between well-known veterans and exciting young upstarts. Finally, submitting multiple talks may work in your favor if you request travel expenses. In short, we prefer exciting content over exciting presentations (although both doesn't hurt) so hit us with your best topics.

If you're selected, you'll receive a confirmation email, followed by more details as the event draws closer. Our speaker package will cover your travel and hotel expenses. We expect to release the schedule within six weeks of the CFP closing. If you're not accepted, then remember that every year our uncon is open to all talks and the winner receives a guaranteed spot at next year's conference.

We're expecting a great conference this year and look forward to seeing you all in Amsterdam!

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