Heather Burns is a freelance tech policy and regulation specialist from Glasgow, Scotland, Europe. She researches, writes, and speaks extensively on laws, regulations, and political issues which impact our work as web developers. This year she has helped to establish a coalition of privacy teams from the major open source CMSes working together on advancing online privacy, and was named a Mozilla Open Leader to support the work. Outside that, Heather blogs about Brexit and tech policy for fun. She has been designing web sites since 1997 and was a professional web designer from 2007-2015.
Jessica is a software engineer who has been working with PHP and related technologies for 15 years. She enjoys mentoring fellow engineers in automated testing, test driven development, and quality code design. She lives in McKinney Texas with her family and loves coffee, comedy and podcasts.
Pauline is a PHP developer currently employed by Werkspot in Amsterdam. She likes good, clean software design and being as efficient (lazy) as possible. Also cocktails, video games and animal memes. She lives in Amsterdam with her cat, Phife Cat, and about three plants.
Kat works at Monzo as a backend engineer on the fincrime team. Her main interests include automating #allthethings, sorting out legacy code and making things simpler and faster. She's co-organising PHP South West and London Gophers. Kat loves travelling and keeping active, appreciates good coffee and is a big Lego fan. She cycles across Europe with TechBikers to raise money for Room To Read.
Carl Alexander is a PHP developer from Montréal, Canada. He has a website where he publishes articles on a regular basis. It's his way to help the PHP community with these hard-to-learn topics. It's also why he's excited to speak at the Dutch PHP Conference. It's another way for him to help out.
Tomas loves PHP and connecting people, so he founded Czech & Slovak PHP Community Pehapkari in 2015, where all PHP developers can share their knowledge, chat on Slack or grab a beer.
Working with PHP since 2010, Zan is a senior software developer, currently working on SaaS APIs, enthusiastic about the Symfony framework and diversity in tech.
1999 - First web project
2005 - Professional Software Developer
2009 - Leading Teams
2014 - Coaching Software Development Teams
2019 - Software Developer mostly Distributed Systems, IOT and Serverless
Szymon Szymański is a PHP developer since 2010 with experience in developing enterprise-grade applications in distributed environments. Big enthusiast of intentions before tools. Current Head of PHP department in an outsourcing company where he manages and trains over 30 PHP developers. He likes to talk about entrepreneurship and solving problems trough code and good will.
Szymon started coding when he was 11 and since then he had known he was going to develop software for a living. Currently, he leads a software development team at Schibsted Tech Polska. His responsibilities include (among others): advocating the best software development techniques, taking care of software quality, work satisfaction, and developers' personal growth as well as translating business needs into technical tasks. Besides, he codes in PHP and he shares his knowledge - on blogs, at conferences, and at workshops.
Bohuslav Šimek work as a lead programmer in IntraWorlds, where he is primarily responsible for the underlying architecture. In his free time, he is trying to apply [Atwood's Law] (https://blog.codinghorror.com/the-principle-of-least-power/) to PHP. This fruitless effort can be summarized with the following words: "Any application that can be written in PHP, will eventually be written in PHP."
I'm a full-stack software developer who’s been trying to change the world a little since being 10 years old. Not only by coding itself, but also by actively sharing my knowledge on meet-ups, conferences, by doing webinars and live-coding sessions. I received an award from the University of Silesia for the research on monitoring the vital functions of people who have Alzheimer's disease by using wearable sensors and machine learning. Also, I'm computer security passionate and an open-source lover. When not coding, I enjoy photography.
After years of experience in advising and training corporates, SMEs and fast-growing startups on how to do marketing in today's digital era, I was surprised.
I often found companies abusing technology and automation for short-term gain, over the backs of their customers and teams. Which in turn meant that they missed out on a lot of opportunity, which costs a company significant growth.
When we think about AI and automation, we seem to think that we have to use it to replace all customer interaction and human labor. I see companies cheering for that new chatbot tool that replaces customer service. And at the same time I also see people scared for losing their job because of the looming rise of AI.
Is this our inevitable future? Is it a mere fact that humans and robots just cannot work together? That it's one or the other? No, it’s not.
I found out that by restructuring a company you can actually leverage AI and automation on the right spots, so it can in turn make full use of core human capabilities such as EQ and Ethics. By putting AI and humans in spots that make full use of their specific strengths, a company can create a system for long-term sustainable growth. I call this Brand Humanizing.
"Technology should aid humans so they can be more human, not less."
Mike has been working in web application development using PHP for 10 years, including 4 years managing a development team for a property tech startup and before that 4 years building a real time application for managing operations at skydiving centres, as well as some time freelancing. Through working on business critical systems with real time elements Mike has learned the value of comprehensive logging & monitoring, redundant checks on applications & infrastructure, and of course well written testable code!
Developer, writer, speaker, musician, and Community Advocate, PJ is the founder of DevRelate.io. He is known to travel the world speaking about programming and the way people think and interact. He is also known for wearing hats.
I am a DevOps Engineer working with primarily PHP applications within automated cloud infrastructure deployments. With history as a Linux server admin, performance expert, technical writer, and DevOps, I have worked with a range of technology to solve complex problems like DDoS and botnets, security, caching systems, and automating PHP upgrades
Freelance PHP developer, using and creating open source software to fulfil clients' needs. From NL, now living in Sofia.
Markus Winand is an independent author, trainer and consultant on all things SQL. His book “SQL Performance Explained” has just been translated into a fifth language. It can be purchased as a print edition, and it’s also available to read for free on his use-the-index-luke.com website. Markus is currently working on his second book centered on the idea that things have changed a lot since SQL-92. It is likewise available free of charge online (modern-sql.com).
Backender in an awesome team at Usabilla and obsessed with creating the perfect search engine with the help of Elasticsearch. Into DDD and BDD. Enthusiastic scuba diver and cyclist - obligatory when Dutch. Come talk to me about anything Elasticsearch!
Ex-theatre actor. 4 espressos a day.
I am Jayesh Kawli, living in Boston, Massachusetts. I have been writing iOS applications for more than 5 years. Currently, I am working at Wayfair as an iOS developer and a tech lead for the checkout team. Our team is responsible for handling cart and payments in the Wayfair iOS application.
As a senior developer, I like to share my knowledge and experience with other people. I have presented a variety of topics at our internal Lunch and learn meetings, local meetups as well as on the international platforms.
In my spare time, I like to work on side-projects and open source libraries. I also write a blog which touches active topics in iOS development along with occasional off-topics such as food, travel and web development.
(Web) software developer, security enthusiast, avid gamer, and surprisingly social introvert. I enjoy both building and breaking things of all sorts, though more complicated usually means more fun! I'm particularly interested in how software can go horribly wrong, both on the tech side and on the human side, and how we can prevent and/or fix these issues.
Benoit Jacquemont fell in love Web development in 2000 after a previous experience in Point of Sales software development.
From Java to PHP, from Oracle to MySQL, from management software to eCommerce website, he works mostly on projects with a high dose of OpenSource, at Smile Group.
He becomes CTO of Smile Group in 2009, at a time where the company had 450 employees.
In January 2013, he co-founds Akeneo, with Frédéric de Gombert, Nicolas Dupont, and Yoav Kutner.
Then the startup adventure begins for him, as Akeneo's CTO.
Antonio Perić-Mažar is CEO at Locastic, an agency based in Split, Croatia. Its main focus is to build amazing mobile and web applications for their clients, which range from small startups to enterprise companies from all around the world. For the last 10+ years Antonio has dedicated his time to delivering high-quality software solutions for his clients and in 2011 he founded Locastic. In a very short period of time the team grew up and they became very popular in the development world.
In 2012 Antonio co-founded SHIFT Conference, the biggest startup/business tech event in South-East Europe. SHIFT Conference hosted people like Tom Preston-Werner (Github), Steve HUffman (Reddit), Justin Kan (Twitch), Allan Grant (Hired), Des Traynor (Intercom), Tomaž Štolfa (Layer) and many others. More info: http://2015.shiftsplit.com/, http://2014.shiftsplit.com/).
During the last few years Antonio also focused on sharing his business and development knowledge with Startups and other Entrepreneurs and he spoke on many conferences including:
2011 - Why Symfony2 framework is good choice? (Web strategija Croatia)
2012- Why Symfony2? - ZgPhp Group
2013 - Symfony workshop - Croatia
2013 - Sylius - PHP Conference Croatia
2013 - Symfony workshop - eZSummer Camp (http://ezsummercamp.com/)
2013 - few small talks in local user groups
2014 - Building SIngle page application with Symfony2 And AngularJS, PHPDay Verona
2014 - Sylius - PHPDay Verona, unconference track
2014 - Sylius as Ecommerce solution - WebCampLjubljana, Slovenia
2014 - Started Symfony User Group Croatia (www.symfony-croatia.org)
2014 - Building Restful API with Symfony2, PHPSummerCamp Croatia
2014 - Building Single page application with Symfony2 and AngularJS, ZgPhp Croatia
2014 - Mentoring Startups at Shift Conference
2015 - Croatia entrepreneurship conference 3P - how to build a successful company
2015 - Mentoring Startups at Shift Conference
2015 - eZpublish/Php Summer camp - Using Sylius as an eCommerce solution with eZ
2015 - Better Software Italy - A recipe for effective leadership
2015 - Building Real Time applications with PHP - Symfony Camp, Ukraine
2016 - Croatia entrepreneurship conference 3P - why quality services are the most important thing
2016 - Summer Jam Croatia - entrepreneurship conference - how we build and lead our company?
2016 - Symfony Croatia - Using Sylius in production - our experince
2016 - Symfony Camp Ukraine - Maintainable + Extensible = Clean ... yes, Code!
2017 - PHPUK - Drupal8 for Symfony Developers
2017 - Dump Days - Progressive web applications are here!
2017 - Dump Days - Panel discussion: Developers - most wanted profession in the world
2017 - PHPDay Verona - Drupal8 for Symfony Developers
2017 - DEVit Greece - Symfony more in depth with events and services (workshop)
2017 - Symfony/Sylius Croatia Meetup - Lessons learned while developing with Sylius
2017 - DutchPHP - Drupal8 for Symfony developers workshop
2017 - DutchPHP - Drupal8 for Symfony developers
2017 - WebSummerCamp - Building APIs in an easy way using API Platform (workshop)
2018 - TNT Split (Tourism and Technology) - Go Mobile, or Go Home
2018 - PHP day Verona - Real REST is easy with Api Platform (workshop)
2018 - CodeID (Odessa, Ukraine) - Symfon 4: the new way of developing web application
2018 - Digital Labin, Croatia - Panel discussion, state of Industry
2018 - WebCampZg, croatia - Real REST is easy with Api Platform (workshop)
2018 - Symfony Camp, Kiev - Progressive web apps are here!
2019 - GrowiIT, Novi Sad, Serbia - Service workers are your best friends!
In his free time, he is also working on his PhD in Computer Science.
Jeroen has been active in the PHP world for 20 years. He filled roles as backend PHP developer, dba, team lead, agile coach and CTO.
Evaldo is Web/PHP developer with 10+ years of experience. He spoke at several Brazilian conferences usually about PHP and Linux related topics. He wrote a PHP and MySQL book in Portuguese and enjoys helping free/open source projects.
Dan is the maintainer of the Imagick PHP extension and occasional contributor to PHP core.
After making video games for Playstation, PCs and mobile phones, Dan moved into making websites where he is happiest making working as a backend PHP developer.
Currently, Dan is launching http://opensourcefees.com/ which is aimed at making it possible for companies to support Open Source projects.
Rob Allen is a software consultant and developer with many years experience and writes code in PHP, Swift and other interesting languages. He leads Slim Framework's development team and contributes to Apache OpenWhisk and other open source projects. Rob is a published author and based in the UK where he runs Nineteen Feet Limited, focussing on API development, training and consultancy. In his spare time, Rob blogs at akrabat.com and can often be seen with a camera in his hand.
Christian Liebel is a cross-platform development enthusiast thrilled by the opportunities offered by modern web technologies: Christian helps enterprises and independent software vendors to develop modern, cross-platform business applications based on Angular. He speaks about Progressive Web Apps at user groups and conferences, both national and international and published a book on this topic as well. Publishing regularly in major German developer magazines, Christian is well known in the German-speaking developer community.
Joel Lord is passionate about web and technology in general. He likes to learn new things but most of all, he likes to share his discoveries. He does so by travelling at various conferences all across the globe. He graduated from college in computer programming in the last millennium. Apart for a little break to get his BSc in computational astrophysics, he was always in the industry. As a technical evangelist with Auth0, he meets with developers to help them make the web a safer place. During his free time, he is usually found stargazing in a camping site somewhere or brewing a batch of beer in his garage.
Ayesh Karunaratne is a freelance software architect from Kandy, Sri Lanka, now traveling the world with his laptop, camera gear and a single-person tent in his backpack that packs neatly as a flight cabin baggage.
Andrew Rota is a software engineer and engineering manager specializing in platform-level frontend user interface architecture for web applications at scale. Currently leads the Frontend Platforms team at Wayfair in Boston, MA.
Domain Driven Design, Test Driven development and team dynamics are some subjects you can learn about by attending my talks. I’m Joop Lammerts, and I have done web development since the beginning of 2.0. After working in solitude for ages I now found myself surrounded by enthusiastic colleagues.
I’m a typical “home schooled” developer. But it is impossible to work on complex domain models on your own. So I looked for place where I can learn, but still commit to my “no nonsense - it works doesn’t it” approach. I now work with business owners and domain experts on a day to day basis to create happiness among their clients.
In a previous live I’ve been a youth social worker. So i have a great knowledge and experience in the field about group dynamics and working together as a team. I would like to share all my lessons learned with you! So hopefully I will see you at one of my talks.
Kevlin is an independent consultant and trainer based in the UK. His development interests are in patterns, programming, practice and process. He has been a columnist for various magazines and web sites, including Better Software, The Register, Application Development Advisor, Java Report and the C/C++ Users Journal. Kevlin is co-author of A Pattern Language for Distributed Computing and On Patterns and Pattern Languages, two volumes in the Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture series. He is also editor of the 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know site and book.
Larry Garfield has been building websites since he was a sophomore in high school, which is longer ago than he'd like to admit. Larry was an active Drupal contributor and consultant for over a decade, and led the Drupal 8 Web Services initiative that helped transform Drupal into a modern PHP platform.
Larry is Director of Developer Experience at Platform.sh, a leading continuous deployment cloud hosting company. He is also a member of the PHP-FIG Core Committee.
I am a Lithuanian, living and working in Netherlands. My professional experience consists mainly of working with big, fast-growing e-commerce companies for over 12 years such as pigu.lt, gog.com and coolblue.nl. I am a developer focused on delivering high quality, efficient and solid code. I'm keen to learn new things, which helps me to have a broad knowledge spectrum from server side performance to building quality PHP applications and helping teams to create great quality code. Quality and UX is the key.
Tobias is an open source enthusiast and has spent many years trying to bring something good to the community. He is a Symfony core team member, co-host of the Sound of Symfony podcast, organizer of Swedish PHP meetups. He maintains projects like httplug.io, guzzle, buzz, php-geocoder, KnpGithub API client, Maingun API client, LinkedIn API client, Neo4j bundle, Puli, Assert and many more. He is also involved with the PHP-FIG by writing a PSR for HTTP clients.
Chris Holland leads a small Software Engineering Team at an HR company. Throughout a career spanning more than 20 years, Chris has held Sr. Engineering and Leadership roles for small and large successful publicly-traded companies such as EarthLink and Internet Brands, serving business models across Content, Commerce, Travel & Finance on a wide variety of technology stacks including PHP/LAMP, Java/J2EE and C#/.Net, catering to audiences over 100 million monthly visitors.
Chris is also a contributor to NomadPHP and php[architect] magazine, and has been published in CIOReview.
Philipp lives to demo interesting technology. Having worked as a web, infrastructure, and database engineer for more than ten years, Philipp is now working as a developer advocate at Elastic — the company behind the open source Elastic Stack consisting of Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats, and Logstash. Based in Vienna, Austria, he is constantly traveling Europe and beyond to speak and discuss about open source software, search, databases, infrastructure, and security.
Mark is a Senior Software Engineer on the SMS team at MessageBird BV, based in Amsterdam.
He has been working in the computer software industry since before symbolics.com was registered as a domain name, before the term "cyberspace" was first used in fiction, when Linus Torvalds and Rasmus Lerdorf were still at high school, and Mrs. Zuckerberg had yet to give birth to a bouncing baby social network enabler; and has been developing for the Web in a variety of languages since the days when the Tim Berners-Lee's creation comprised less than 1,000 sites.
Over those years, he has contributed to a number of open source projects: some still extant, others lost to history, including a minor submission to PHP's SPL. Currently he is coordinator and lead developer for the PHPSpreadsheet library (formerly PHPExcel), and a coordinator and developer on the PHPOffice library suite (PHPWord, PHPPowerPoint, PHPProject and PHPVisio). Most recently, he has been working on new datastructures such as Tries, Quadtrees and Matrices; hoping that someday he'll be able to get them included in SPL.
His particular interests include PHP integration with office suites, Generators, Anonymous Functions and Classes, Datastructures, Textual analysis, Geodata and geographic information systems, and "big data" and data analysis.
Like you, Pim is on a quest to do things a little bit better every time. As a scrum developer, he has extensive experience with solid coding, patient mentoring and tackling big projects using Domain Driven Design.
Presentations by Pim are always fun, engaging and conversational. But don't fret; if you just want to listen and let others speak, it wíll be worth your time.
Pim has worked at Procurios since 2012 and has seen a multitude of fundraising, political party and other clients that all share a common goal: getting the very most out of their software.
Andreas helps solving problems at bitExpert, a german Software and Media Solution provider. He sometimes even uses code for that. Besides his family, his work as jack-of-all-trades and contributions to different open-source-projects he still finds the time to run PHPUGFFM, the PHP-Usergroup in Frankfurt/Main and maintain PHP.ug.
Denis started his PHP-journey back in 2007, when he was in university, working on a requirements engineering tool using PHP 5.2. The tool still floats around the internet, but he is too embarrassed for his code to tell people where. Since then he wrote code he is less embarrassed about at an e-commerce agency, a startup and now at SensioLabs.
Matthias Noback has 15 years of experience in web application development. He is the author of Principles of Package Design, Microservices for everyone and Style guide for Object Design. While always striving for better programming practices in general, he's taken a special interest in application architecture, Domain-Driven Design, testing, microservices and application integration patterns.
Software architect by profession but mathematician by education, Arnout has his interests on the boundary between the two, where formal modelling and logical reasoning meet practical problems and pragmatism. He works at Moxio, where he solves complex information management problems with innovative software, and aims to grow a culture of learning and quality. In his free time he contributes to a number of open source projects, like PHP_CodeSniffer, Symfony and the PHP core, and maintains a number of packages himself.
Chris is a freelance consultant based in York, Uk with experience working in the public sector, small and large companies throughout North Yorkshire. Chris has over 10 years experience with PHP and has a keen focus on both software architecture and none functional requirements such as security, performance and maintainability. In his free time, Chris can often be found producing or playing with experimental libraries and contributing to Zend framework.