Speakers

Adam Culp

Adam Culp

Adam Culp (@AdamCulp), organizer of the SunshinePHP Developer Conference and South Florida PHP Users Group (SoFloPHP) where he speaks regularly, is a Zend Certified PHP 5.3 Engineer consulting for Zend Technologies. Adam is passionate about developing with PHP and enjoys helping others write good code, implement standards, refactor efficiently, and incorporate unit and functional tests into their projects. When he is not coding or contributing to various developer communities, he can be found hiking around the United States National Parks, teaching judo, or long distance running.
Alison Gianotto

Alison Gianotto

Alison is the CTO and corporate security officer at noise. Crime-fighter, hacker, speaker and all around geek, Alison has been in application development, server management and IT for over 18 years. The author of two technology books, Alison has been featured in People Magazine for her innovative use of technology to solve problems. She’s also been featured in Wired, Mashable, Ad Age, Business Insider, VentureBeat, and FastCompany. An information security advocate, she was a presenter at MacWorld in 2012 on security and privacy issues, and she'll presenting there again this year in March. She also might have a pink mohawk'); DROP TABLE SPEAKERS; -- Just checking ;)
Beau Simensen

Beau Simensen

Beau Simensen has been working with PHP since 2002. Professionally, he offers consulting services through his company Dragonfly Development. Beau is a proponent of writing framework agnostic code and hopes to help projects embrace a life not completely tied to any framework's ecosystem.
Ben Ramsey

Ben Ramsey

Ben Ramsey has been developing and designing software for sixteen years and has been writing and speaking about software development for ten of those years. A passionate aficionado of web development, APIs, and craft beer, Ben is the Senior Software Architect at Moontoast, an organizer of the Nashville PHP user group, and a home brewer.
Beth Tucker Long

Beth Tucker Long

Beth Tucker Long is the Editor-In-Chief of php[architect] magazine (http://www.phparch.com), co-organizer of Madison PHP (http://www.madisonphp.com), and she also teaches PHP courses and freelances. You can find her on Twitter (@e3betht) or on her blog (http://www.alittleofboth.com). She runs Treeline Design - http://www.treelinedesign.com, a web development company, and Playlist Event Music - http://www.playlisteventmusic.com, a DJ company, along with her husband, Chris.
Bob Majdak Jr

Bob Majdak Jr

Bob is the chief engineer at the DMA Network. He has been using PHP as a core development tool since 1999 where he started working on the web with the PlanetQuake gamer site. In the early 2000s he was a part of the KateOS Linux core team - which became the first distro to implement system administration tools with PHP-GTK. Now he works on framework development focusing on both the web and server side of managing an application. He enjoys finding new places to stick PHP, especially when someone tells him not to.
Carina Zona

Carina Zona

Carina C. Zona is a developer and advocate. She teaches for many women's tech outreach groups, and served on RailsBridge core team. She is the founder of @callbackwomen, an initiative to connect first-time speakers with conferences. Carina is also a certified sex educator. In her spare time, she engineers baked goods.
Chris Tankersley

Chris Tankersley

Chris Tankersley lives in Northwest Ohio and spends most of his time doing PHP development with Drupal, Silex, and Zend Framework 2. He blogs at http://ctankersley.com and can be found on twitter at @dragonmantank. He currently works for The Brick Factory in Washington, D.C. as a back-end developer as well as working on the side helping local developers as a programming and networking consultant. Chris is the founder of the Northwest Ohio PHP Users Group.
Davey Shafik

Davey Shafik

Davey Shafik is a full time PHP Developer with 12 years experience in PHP and related technologies. A Community Engineer for Engine Yard, he has written three books (so far!), numerous articles and spoken at conferences the globe over. He lives in Central Florida with his wife, son and two cats. Davey is best known for his books, the Zend PHP 5 Certification Study Guide and PHP Master: Write Cutting Edge Code, and as the originator of PHP Archive (PHAR) for PHP 5.3.
David Strauss

David Strauss

Will it scale? This is the guiding question for Pantheon CTO David Strauss, whose all-for-one-and-one-for-all improvements to the Drupal infrastructure have made the largest Drupal websites in the world more scalable and secure, while saving developers thousands of hours in manual updates. If you’ve ever deployed an enterprise Drupal website, chances are you’ve benefited from one of the tools he's developed. After co-founding Four Kitchens, a successful Drupal development shop, David found himself gravitating away from custom client work and toward infrastructure solutions. Large clients like Creative Commons, Internet Archive, The Economist, and Wikimedia had already benefited from his scalability and database optimization work. Now he wanted to use this expertise to improve Drupal websites for everyone. When the opportunity to build an all-in-one Drupal platform came along, he knew he needed to be a part of it. In addition to his role as Pantheon CTO, David also serves on the Advisory Board for the Drupal Association, contributes to the infrastructure and security teams at Drupal.org, co-maintains the systemd/udev layer that runs on most of the world’s Linux systems, and leads the development of Pressflow.
Dustin Whittle

Dustin Whittle

Dustin Whittle is a Developer Evangelist at AppDynamics where he focuses on helping organizations manage application performance. Before joining AppDynamics, Dustin was CTO at Kwarter, a consultant at SensioLabs, and developer evangelist at Yahoo!. He has experience building and leading engineering teams and working with developers and partners to scale to meet demand. When Dustin isn't working he enjoys flying, sailing, diving, golfing, and travelling around the world. Find out more at dustinwhittle.com.
Eli White

Eli White

Eli has been building Web Applications for over 18 years and fell in love with PHP the day that PHP 4 was released. Since then he's been a strong advocate for PHP and used it in every project he's work on. He is currently the Managing Editor and Conference Chair for php[architect] and Founding Partner & CTO of musketeers.me. He is also an avid writer and has spoken at numerous conferences.
Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth has been using PHP since time immemorial (PHP 4 beta), but somehow has ventured into as much C and C++ as anything else, because people keep telling her to "fix it herself". Elizabeth is a certifiable (yes, we mean men in white coats are going to put her in a straight jacket) Windows geek and reminds everyone that nothing in IT is without flaw. She went to college for dance which quickly became an English and Sociology major after the first baby. If you see her in person, ask how she wound up with a career in computers.
Emma Jane Westby

Emma Jane Westby

Emma Jane Westby (née Hogbin) is an internationally renowned open source software advocate, technical author, and teacher. In January 2010 she was recognized by The Google Diversity Programme for her efforts in increasing female participation in software development. She is a frequent speaker at open source conferences in Canada, US and Europe and is an active volunteer with several open source projects, including Drupal. In addition to her engaging conference presentations, Emma has also worked as a technical college instructor, has worked on curriculum development for large organizations, and successfully run her own business, Design to Theme, which provided widely acclaimed Drupal training and digital workbooks. Emma is currently the Education Development Coordinator for Drupalize.Me, a membership-driven, video training library. She has been teaching internet technology since 2002, and is the author of Front End Drupal and Drupal User's Guide. Emma encourages non-traditional participation in technology through craft and believes that everyone is capable of mastering the tools that surround them. To help engage new ways of participating in technology, she open sourced one of her knitting patterns so that you can make your very own Drupal Socks (as featured in CRAFTzine). Emma lives with her husband in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, where she has run for office in the Green Party, raises bees, and enjoys sipping on a nice single malt scotch.
Eryn O'Neil

Eryn O'Neil

Eryn O'Neil is a web developer (LAMP all the way!) and technical lead at Clockwork Active Media in Minneapolis, MN, where she's worked on everything from e-commerce to online promotions to building a fully-fledged CMS. Her philosophy? Simple: Write software that's easy to maintain and even easier to use. Based in Saint Paul, MN, Eryn spends most of her free time lindy hopping and blues dancing, rock climbing, and wishing it weren't snowing.
Jason Austin

Jason Austin

Jason Austin is an application architect and backend services lead for Stanley Gibbons US. As a veteran of API development and design, he leads a team of developers making the next generation of highly available web services for the collectibles industry. Jason also cofounded PintLabs where he combined two of his favorite things; beer and technology. The PintLabs team operates the industry-leading BreweryDB API, a crowd-sourced database of beer and brewery data that powers thousands of beer applications.
Jeff Carouth

Jeff Carouth

Jeff Carouth is a web application developer honing his programming and skiing skills at Liftopia. He is an active member of the PHP community, speaker, and co-organizer of BCSPHP. He believes quality code, testing, and automation are necessary ingredients in a recipe for a successful software project. When not hacking away at code he is a father and husband, beer and Scotch enthusiast, and an amateur photographer. Follow Jeff on Twitter as jcarouth or read his blog at http://carouth.com
Jeremy Lindblom

Jeremy Lindblom

Jeremy is a PHP Software Engineer at Amazon Web Services, co-author of the AWS SDK for PHP, co-organizer of the Seattle PHP User Group, member of the Zend Education Advisory Board for the PHP 5.5 exam, contributor to open source PHP projects, maker of funny faces, and father of two.
Jeremy Mikola

Jeremy Mikola

Jeremy Mikola is a software engineer at MongoDB's NYC office. As a member of the driver and evangelism team, he helps develop the PHP driver and contributes to various OSS projects, such as Doctrine ODM, Symfony2 and Zend Framework. Previously, Jeremy helped build great things with Symfony2, MongoDB, and a handful of other interesting technologies at OpenSky and Exercise.com. Jeremy lives in Hoboken, NJ and is known to enjoy a good sandwich.
Juan Treminio

Juan Treminio

I am a remote developer for Mytrus, Inc, helping to bring the healthcare field into the modern age by moving clinical trials online. I enjoy automation, virtualization and testing. My main FOSS project is at https://puphpet.com. I am also a moderator of /r/php (don't judge me, bro). You can find me at home, working in my pajamas.
Justin Carmony

Justin Carmony

Justin Carmony has been programming professionally in PHP since 2005. He lives in Ogden, Utah where he currently is the Director of Development for Deseret Digital Media, a local media company that runs some of largest regional new websites in the country. In the past he has worked for CEVO, a video game company that runs hosted online tournaments for companies like Dell, nVidia, DirectTV, and others. He currently is the President of the Utah PHP Usergroup and helps the Utah Open Source Foundatio
Keith Casey

Keith Casey

Keith Casey, a recovering Developer Evangelist for Twilio, currently serves as an API Designer working to make APIs more consistent, easier, and help solve real world problems. In his spare time, he is a core contributor to web2project, works to build and support the Austin technology community, blogs occasionally at CaseySoftware.com and is completely fascinated by monkeys. He's also the author of the upcoming book "A Pragmatic Approach to API Design" from Leanpub.
Larry Garfield

Larry Garfield

Larry Garfield has been building web sites since he was a sophomore in high school, which is longer ago than he'd like to admit. As a freelancer he worked mostly for Chicago-area politicians before graduating to full time consulting with Palantir.net.

At Palantir, Larry is a Senior Architect and Community Lead, developing solutions for medium to large cultural and educational institutions. He also works to represent both Palantir and Drupal in the broader developer community.

Larry is an active Drupal core contributor, including the principle architect of the Drupal 7 database system and the Drupal 8 Web Services Lead. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Drupal Association and the Drupal representative to the Framework Interoperability Group. Larry holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from DePaul University.

Larry is a co-author of "Drupal 7 Module Development" from Packt Publishing. He blogs at both http://www.palantir.net/ and http://www.garfieldtech.com/.

Mark Stanislav

Mark Stanislav

Mark Stanislav is the Security Evangelist for Duo Security, an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based startup focused on two-factor authentication and mobile security. With a career spanning over a decade, Mark has worked within small business, academia, startup, and corporate environments, primarily focused on Linux architecture, information security, and web application development. Mark has spoken nationally at over 70 events including RSA, ISSA, B-Sides, GrrCon, Infragard, and the Rochester Security Summit. Mark’s security research has been featured on web sites including CSO Online, Security Ledger, and Slashdot. Additionally, Mark is an active participant of local and nationals security organizations including ISSA, Infragard, HTCIA, ArbSec, and MiSec. Mark earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Networking & IT Administration and his Master of Science Degree in Technology Studies, focused on Information Assurance, both from Eastern Michigan University. During his time at EMU, Mark built the curriculum for two courses focused on Linux administration and taught as an Adjunct Lecturer for two years. Mark holds CISSP, Security+, Linux+, and CCSK certifications.
Matthew Frost

Matthew Frost

Matt has been working with PHP professionally for the last 7 years and is actively involved in the PHP Community as a Mentor and an Apprentice. Matt loves to talk about technology, writing tests and all variants of sportsball. When not writing code, Matt enjoys playing drums and guitar, running long distances, and spending time with his two amazingly awesome children.
Michelangelo van Dam

Michelangelo van Dam

Michelangelo van Dam is a professional PHP consultant and Zend Framework expert working mainly for governments and larger enterprises. Michelangelo is also president of PHPBenelux, a PHP user group operating in Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, and speaks at several PHP conferences around the world.
Michelle Sanver

Michelle Sanver

Michelle Sanver is co-president of PHPWomen, an inclusive & global network providing support within the PHP community. She also works as a software developer at Liip, based in Zürich, Switzerland.

Michelle loves anything community related and is a big advocate of Open Source. She is a code-passionate colourful geek and with more than 10 years of PHP experience she is eager to share her extensive knowledge.

Omni Adams

Omni Adams

Omni Adams has been a professional web developer for over a decade, primarily using PHP and MySQL. He currently plies his trade as a developer at Mashery. When not playing hockey or brewing beer, he barks at coworkers about their lack of unit tests and automates all of the boring things in his job.
Patrick Mizer

Patrick Mizer

Patrick Mizer is the lead developer at SpareFoot, where he works on solving hard problems using PHP, Java and AWS. When he is not coding, he is homebrewing mediocre beer or tinkering with his Raspberry Pi-powered temperature control to improve the quality of said beer. Patrick is a Zend Certified Engineer for PHP and Zend Framework.
Ralph Schindler

Ralph Schindler

Ralph is a software engineer on the Zend Framework team for Zend Technologies. His experiences with PHP date back to the late 1900's during the days of PHP 3. Since 2006 his contributions to ZF have touch many different components, but currently he is the primary lead on Zend\Db: ZF's database abstraction component. While much of his time is spent on PHP related technologies, he has recently taken an interest in client-side application development, particularly AngularJS. Ralph is currently located in his native home-town, New Orleans - partaking in as much of the great food, drink and live music as one can muster. When not in front of his computer, he can be found hacking on home-owner projects, participating in his neighborhood improvement organization, hanging out with his spectacular wife Jenny, or playing with his two sons and chocolate Labrador, Belle.

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