Samantha leads the payments engineering team at Etsy. Over the course of her career, she has built software and led teams for some of the largest names in technology. Samantha is an internationally renowned speaker, a member of the PHP Framework Interoperability Group Core Committee, and a co-organizer of the NY PHP User Group. She has been recognized by the Huffington Post as one of the top Latin Americans in Media and is a 2015 recipient of the DCFT Powerful Female Programmers Award.
Geek. Mother. Do-er.
Application architect that enjoys crafting efficient large-scale solutions.
After using PHP for more than a decade, I'm a living proof that geek girls are an asset to any team. I love taming the Force of the DevOps dark side and mentoring team mates in achieving craftsmanship. Over the past year I dived deep into Artificial Intelligence, using Watson and Rainbird to deliver real-life applications. This also led me into starting a PhD in Systems Engineering."
Thijs Feryn is a "technical evangelist" at Combell and Sentia. Both are leading webhosting companies in the Benelux area: the former in the SME market, the latter in the enterprise market. His goal is to bring technology to the people and people to technology. He focuses on bridging the gap between code and infrastructure. Thijs is a published author at O'Reilly, he is also involved in many open source communities. He speaks, listens, writes, codes, teaches, blogs, vlogs, organizes and is above all very excited to speak at *"your event name"*
A graduated Computer Engineer, Rafael Dohms has vast experience in the PHP ecosystem as a Developer, Speaker and Contributor. Addicted in building communities he has founded various groups where ever he lives, currently he is to blame for AmsterdamPHP. Developer by career but teacher by vocation he travels the world sharing interest in quality code, innovation and building careers. In his free time you will likely find him gaming or contributing to open source projects.
His contribution hit list includes many projects, from PHP itself to frameworks like Symfony, Zend and projects such as Doctrine and Composer. His hobby is mentoring new Speakers that eventually take speaking slots away from him in future events, a strategy he still thinks is not very smart. Not one to listen to himself he keeps mentoring and suggesting developers everywhere create their own User Groups to grow their networks and knowledge.
I am a PHP developer since 2001, a participant and speaker at one of the Russian biggest programming events - DevConf in 2006 and 2016. My interests include high-loaded systems, object-oriented design, agile development and testing.
Adam Englander is a software architect with over twenty years of software development experience in a number of languages in companies large and small. Adam’s passion is promoting the development of secure and maintainable software. He is the founder of PHP Vegas and truly loves supporting the local and global developer communities.
Robert is a software engineer and PHP consultant. He doesn't shy away from maintaining legacy applications and writing documentation, fixing bugs with the help of tests and believes communication with business stakeholders is the way to develop software. Loves contributing to open source, and is a core contributor to Mockery, a PHP mock object framework for use in unit testing. Author of pugdebug, a standalone debugging client for PHP that uses XDebug as the debugging engine.
Stephan Hochdörfer currently holds the position of Head of Technology at bitExpert AG, a company specializing in software and mobile development. His primary focus is everything related to web development as well as automation techniques ranging from code generation to deployment automation.
Matt Brunt is a Senior Software Engineer with Viva IT where he leads and mentors a team of developers. Helping them to learn and grow into their full potential.
In his spare time, he’s an organiser for the PHP East Midlands user group, and the PHP East Midlands yearly Unconference. When not tinkering with code he can be found reading comics, fighting monsters in dungeons and dragons, or drinking tea and eating jaffa-cakes.
Alexander M. Turek is based in Germany. He follows the evolution around the php ecosystem since the early days of version 4. As a freelance web developer, he focuses on quality assurance in php projects and migration of legacy systems.
Dave is a director and developer at Lamp Bristol, a software consultancy. He’s been writing software commercially for over 15 years in many languages including C, Python, Java and PHP. Dave is keen to pass on his knowledge. He is an organiser and regular speaker at PHP-SW. He also runs a monthly workshop that covers topics including testing, CI and git. When not busy coding Dave enjoys scuba diving and running.
Born in 1982, Niklas started programming at the age of 14 and never stopped since.
Shortly after the dot-com bubble bubble popped, he started with PHP and e-commerce systems.
After a studying, but not finishing applied computer science he became a freelancer and later on a consultant as well.
In his spare time he worked on game enhancements, to this day he refuses to call them cheats, as well as other projects with rather low commercial value.
His life as a freelancer and working for agencies came to an end when he found shopware AG two years ago.
Hired as a core developer, he became the new developer evangelist after one year and he loves it.
Apart from the already mentioned programming languages he picked up golang and loves docker.
A software engineer who also loves to share his thoughts about quality, tests and object oriented programming. Active member of the PHP community and contributor to open source projects.
Katy Anton is a security professional with a background in software development. An international public speaker, she enjoys speaking about secure coding and how to secure software applications.
In her previous roles she led software development teams and implemented security best practices in software development life cycle. As part of her work she got involved in OWASP Top Ten Proactive Controls project where she joined as project leader.
In her current role as Application Security Consultant at CA Technologies, Katy works with security teams and software developers around the world and helps them secure their software.
Shawn is one of the earliest adopters of Laravel and has been one of its biggest proponents. He operated the Laravel IRC chat room and created Laravel.io, Laracon EU, the Laravel Podcast, the Laravel Certification Program and wrote one of the first published short-form Laravel books.
Shawn has been a professional software developer for 20 years and has been involved in teams large and small to develop everything from eCommerce sites to health care management systems to video games.
Over the past 10 years, Shawn created and ran his own web agency and consultation / training businesses and is extremely interested in entrepreneurship. He's always seeking new techniques and understanding and has spent the past few years studying functional programming and distributed reactive systems design.
I'm a developer at Enrise, meetup organizer for PHPAmersfoort and international speaker who's eager to learn from others. Ever since my first conference I've been hooked on getting involved with the community. I love meeting people that inspire me and I'm fueled by challenges along the way.
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." – Albert Einstein
I'm a senior full stack developer @TiDi Media, passionate about writing quality software and building complex but easy to use systems. I've been using open source software since 1996 and using php since 1998-ish. When not programming or doing devops stuff, I love spending time with my family or on my other passion, ballroom dancing
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 for a big e-commerce retailer. My professional experience consists mainly of working with big, fast-growing e-commerce companies for over 14 years such as pigu.lt, gog.com and currently - coolblue.nl. I am a developer focusing on SOLID principles, clean and efficient 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.
Tobias is a software entrepreneur and have spent many years working within the web development ecosystem. He is organizer of Swedish PHP meetups, co-host of the Sound of Symfony podcast and a public speaker and Symfony core team member. He has written articles for php[architect], sitepoint and is a certified Symfony developer. Tobias is actively maintaining httplug.io, guzzle, buzz, php-geocoder, KnpGithub API client, Maingun API client, LinkedIn API client, Neo4j bundle and many more. He also writes a PSR for HTTP clients.
Hans Dubois, Technical Team Lead @coolblue.
I have been developer at Coolblue for 5 years now. Working in the team that is responsible for Search. And working a developer for 15.
My daily drive is making teams better, by working on their process and tools of work. I'm passionate about sports especially American Football, Ice hockey and soccer
Nikola is a web developer and software architect specializing in PHP driven applications and web services. He's passionate about object-oriented design, code quality and best practices in software development. Nikola use and contribute to open-source quite a bit, and what he does can be found at his GitHub profile
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.
Veteran of PHP affairs, BDD practitioner, devops enthusiast.
I started using PHP as a student, back in 1999. At first I worked as a one man band web developer and from there I progressed, via focusing on PHP development in a team environment, to be a senior dev, tech lead & technical analyst.
I found much more happiness doing backend stuff so I focus on scalable backends and devops tasks this days.
Gab is a Developer Advocate for Google Cloud solving data problems across the diverse range of storage engines and technologies. She enjoys sharing her knowledge through her blog and conference speaking. Gabi also is an accomplished world traveler and has an intimidating lego collection and writes at gabriela.IO and proudly maintains Congress, who is?
Philipp is part of the infrastructure team and a developer advocate at Elastic. He is frequently talking about full-text search, databases, operations, and security. Additionally, he is organizing multiple meetups in Vienna.
Ondřej works as the CTO at Slevomat.cz, moving between product and software development. He enjoys quality assurance and frequent deployment of innovations for the end users. He shares his experience at conferences across Europe, offers his expertise as a consultant, and organizes trainings. He also created PHPStan, a popular static analyzer that focuses on finding bugs in code without running it.
Mark is Lead/Senior Developer at Paybreak, a fintech company based in Altrincham near Manchester, UK. He has worked in the computer software industry since before symbolics.com was registered as a domain name, before "cyberspace" was first mentioned 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 developed for the Web in many different 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: including a minor submission to PHP's SPL. Currently he is coordinator and lead developer for the PHPExcel library, and a coordinator and developer on the PHPOffice library suite. Most recently, he has been working on new datastructures such as Tries, Quadtrees and Matrices; hoping that he'll eventually be able to get them included in SPL.
His particular interests include PHP integration with office suites, Generators, Textual analysis, Geodata and geographic information systems, and "big data" and data analysis.
Jachim Coudenys is a PHP developer at Combell. Since discovering PHP in 2002 (4.1.0), his work and after-work activities brought him from the world of development to server management, development workflows, more development, etc... Next to being a long-time member of PHPBenelux, he is co-organizer the PHP-WVL, a user group in West Flanders (BE). He is a Zend Certified developer and Certified MongoDB Developer & DBA. You can follow him on http://twitter.com/coudenysj and read his occasional blog posts on http://blog.jachim.be.
I've been a developer-for-hire for over a decade and a professional developer any time soon now. With over half that time spent working with scrum at Procurios, the agile mindset has really clicked for me. Technology will always be a passion of mine, but with more experience my focus has shifted to people. I'm enthusiastic, I've got a loud mouth and I'm professionally stubborn.
Michael Cullum is a backend PHP developer, working particularly with Symfony, and has been for about nine years. He currently works at SamKnows as a senior software engineer & architect handling and processing huge amounts of internet measurement data. He is also a manager & core developer at phpBB where he has been a contributor for over half a decade and he recently joined the Symfony Core Team to lead on security. He is actively involved in the PHP FIG previously as editor of PSR-12 and running the administration of the FIG as the PHP FIG Secretary for 2 years; he now sits on the Core Committee, the steering group of the FIG.
Andreas helps solving problems at a german corporate publishing company. 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.
Wim Godden has been working with open source technologies since 1997 and has been involved in open source projects such as PHPCompatibility and OpenX. Next to web development, he's worked with a wide range of technologies (from database clusters to Internet backbone design) and focuses a lot of his time on high-scalability projects and on coaching/training web engineers.
He enjoys teaching others through speaking, mentoring, and writing articles. Derek also tirelessly advocates for developer testing and adoption of agile methods. When not in front of a computer he spends time with family, travels, makes pizza, and drinks beer.
Andreas Hucks is the CTO of SensioLabs Germany, where he is helping Sensio's clients to build modern, quality web applications. His passions are clean code, testing & quality assurance, automation and application architecture. He has extensive project experience with Symfony throughout its history, doing development, consulting, coaching, and contributing to the framework.
Kenneth Schabrechts is a freelance developer (http://agilix.be/) who also has experience as project manager. Having seen both sides of the coin he’s fascinated by what drives both sides and bridging the gap. When developing he’s mostly focused on the back-end of the applications. When not developing you can find him at the gym or a meetup.
I’m a developer advocate at Nexmo, where I spend my time maintaining client libraries, writing documentation and researching current trends in technology Previously, I lead an infrastructure team that used Chef and Terraform extensively on the Azure cloud. Before that, I spent a decade as a developer writing PHP, Node.js, Ruby and Go I like to learn and I like to teach.
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.
Renato is a developer who loves Linux, web and beautiful code, tries to mix technologies with some inspiration during his work in order to have creative and reliable solutions. Also, thinks the eclectic interest is a must have to be able to provide those solutions. Maintainer of php-vcr and Overblog/GraphQLBundle
Matthias Noback has 15 years of experience in web application development. He is the author of A Year With Symfony, Principles of Package Design and Microservices for everyone. 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.
Damien Seguy is CTO at Exakat Ltd., a company specialized in PHP code quality solutions for the industry. He leads the development of the exakat PHP static analysis engine, that automatically audit code for version compatibility, security and dead code. Since last milenium, Damien has contributed to PHP, as documentation author, elephpant breeder, conference UFO on all continents. He also enjoys machine learning, gremlin, 狮子头 and camembert.
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-CPD, PHP_CodeSniffer and Symfony, and more recently the PHP core.
James is a consultant, trainer and developer at Roave. He is a prolific contributor to various open source projects and is a Zend Certified Engineer. He also founded the UK based PHP Hampshire user group and PHP South Coast conference.
Jeroen is co-founder of Isset, software architect, consultant, coach and occasional speaker. Often brought in at large companies to enable change and innovation projects. His company specializes in video streaming/transcoding and publishing platforms. Co-organizer of DDDNL and boardgames enthousiast. He also likes cats and penguins.
John has spent most of the last 2 decades working in the software industry, with a focus on web technologies. After 10 years as a software engineer John moved into consultancy where he quickly learned the value of team dynamics and how most technical challenges are projecting underlying issues with collaboration. So his focus shifted, while still being very involved technically, his first focus is on facilitating a safe, creative, collaborative environment.
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.
I am a developer and writer, working at http://madewithover.com. I usually work on application architecture, though sometimes I build compilers or robots.