Josh Butts is the VP of Engineering at Offers.com, located in Austin, Texas. In addition to nearly a decade in the trenches of e-commerce at Offers.com, he is also the organizer of Austin PHP, one of the largest PHP user groups in the US. Josh has taught several classes in PHP and enjoys the opportunity to share his experiences with the PHP community.
Keith Casey currently serves on the Platform Team at Okta working on Identity and Authentication APIs. Previously, he served as an early Developer Evangelist at Twilio and before that worked on the Ultimate Geek Question. His underlying goal is to get good technology into the hands of good people to do great things. In his spare time, he helps build and support the Austin tech community, blogs at CaseySoftware.com and is fascinated by monkeys. He is also the co-author of "A Practical Approach to API Design" from Leanpub.
Adam Culp (@AdamCulp) a consultant at Zend Technologies is passionate about developing with PHP and contributes to many open source projects. He organizes the SunshinePHP Developer Conference and South Florida PHP Users Group (SoFloPHP) where he enjoys helping others write good code, implement standards, refactor efficiently, and incorporate unit and functional testing into their projects. He is a Zend Certified PHP 5.3 Engineer, and holds a seat on the Zend Framework Certification Advisory Board. When he is not coding or contributing to various developer communities, and can also be found hiking around the United States National Parks, teaching judo, or long(ultra) distance running.
Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We're using the term "computer" loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PC's.For the past 13 years Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux, OSX, and Windows. He has built a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications.
When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around".
These days, when not working with PHP, Cal can be found working on a variety of projects like Nomad PHP. He gives motivational talks to developers around the world. If you happen to meet him at a conference, don't be afraid to buy him a shot of Bourbon.
Cal is based in Jupiter, FL where he is happily married to wife 1.32, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 wonderful kids who were both smart enough not to pursue a job in IT.
PHP Dev, Sys Admin, Community Builder, Conf Organizer & Speaker, Maker, Hacker, Tinkerer, Space Geek, Husband. Enjoys craft beers and whiskey. Owned by cats.
He served as web lead and security researcher at The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University for 9 years. Along with Chris Hartjes, Ed is co-host of the Development Hell podcast.
Ed is also the founder and chairman of Open Sourcing Mental Illness, a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to raising awareness and supporting those with mental illness in the tech industry.
Ed writes at funkatron.com.
Co-founder of FoxyCart.com / Foxy.io. A half-time traveler in a 40' RV with partner and kids. A generalist in both tech and music, mostly playing bluegrass (dobro, banjo) lately.
Steve Grunwell is the Director of Technology at Growella, a Cincinnati-based new media site covering topics in life, career, and money. Specializing in WordPress and application development he has worked with brands and organizations including Microsoft, TED, Xylem, Elmer’s, and Experience Columbus.
Steve has released numerous plugins in the WordPress.org repositories, including one from the grounds of The White House during the first annual National Day of Civic Hacking in 2013. When he’s not writing software he enjoys hiking, music, and writing about writing software on his blog.
Steve holds a B.A. in Telecommunications from Bowling Green State University where he graduated Cum Laude with minors in General Business and Recording Technologies.
More information, including portfolio work and his development blog, can be found at https://stevegrunwell.com.
I am the Artisan Director at Artisans Collaborative, a small team of dedicated artisans who work together to create meaningful solutions to business challenges. I started programming professionally when a local hosting company took a chance on a fifteen year old would-be software developer. I found early on my passion for exploring the holistic approach of merging design, development and business strategy into my career. I have never had any other kind of job and, and while the companies and titles have changed and the skills have evolved, the delight of going to work every day to further my understanding of problem solving has never diminished. As a founder of Artisans Collaborative, in San Antonio and Dallas, Texas, I enjoy taking on apprentices, learning from other artisans, and advocating the artisan and apprentice relationship that so strongly impacted my own career.
Jessica is a software engineer who has been working with PHP and related technologies for over a decade. She enjoys mentoring fellow engineers in automated testing, test driven development, and quality code design. She lives in McKinney Texas with her husband, two kids and three dogs, and loves coffee, comedy and podcasts.
Jason McCreary, or JMac, has been writing code for nearly two decades. He shares his experiences through speaking, mentoring, and organizing local meetups. He's the creator of Laravel Shift and Getting Git. JMac considers himself an "active geek" - with a passion for programming & the great outdoors.
Michael has over 17 years experience building PHP applications from the ground up. He is a Solutions Architect on Rackspace's Fanatical Support for AWS team helping customers solve their technical challenges and launch their products in the cloud. In his spare time, he's a regular open-source contributor, Zend Expressive maintainer, and competitive homebrewer.
Mark Niebergall is a passionate security-minded PHP software engineer with over a decade of hands-on experience working on PHP projects. He is the Utah PHP Users Group President and often speaks at user groups and conferences. Mark works on an occupational health screening project that is revolutionizing drug testing. He has a Masters degree in MIS, minor in CS, is SSCP and CSSLP certified, and volunteers for (ISC)2 exam development. Mark is an expert drone pilot, casual gamer, and proudly teaching his kids how to push buttons and use technology.
Eric Poe is a lifelong learner and a parent. He currently works for a medical research non-profit. Eric is a co-organizer of the KC PHP User Group and serves as the Director of Curriculum for CoderDojoKC, which teaches kids how to program. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and watching kung-fu movies.
Terry Ryan is a Developer Advocate for the Google Cloud Platform team. He has 15 years of experience working with the web - both front end and back. He is passionate about web standards and wants to bring web developers to the Google Cloud Platform. Before Google, he worked for Adobe and the Wharton School of Business.
He also wrote Driving Technical Change for Pragmatic Bookshelf, a book that arms technology professionals with the tools to convince reluctant co-workers to adopt new tools and technology.
Beau Simensen (@beausimensen, beau.io) has been a professional polyglot programmer since 1998. He is a Technical Product Manager for SensioLabs (sensiolabs.com) and is co-host of That Podcast (@thatpodcast, thatpodcast.io). An active open-sourcer, he created Sculpin (sculpin.io) and helped create Stack PHP (stackphp.com). Beau is a proponent of framework agnostic code. Unglue all the things!
Emily is a developer at NC State University, supporting the College of Engineering. In addition to programming, she is passionate about open source, community and team building, as well as sharing knowledge with others. She is Director of Women Who Code Raleigh/Durham, Organizer of TrianglePHP, and TA for Girl Develop It. In her free time, she’s musical, crafty, and enjoys time with friends.
Dave Stokes is a MySQL Community Manager and a long time PHP programmer
Eli has been building Web Applications for over 20 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’s worked for a laundry list of companies & startups such as Digg, TripAdvisor, and the Hubble Space Telescope Project. He is currently the Vice President of One for All Events LLC, and Conference Chair for php[architect]. He is a strong advocate for "Just getting it done" when it comes to coding, and speaks at numerous conferences each year.
Heather has held various jobs in the past, ranging from teaching elementary school to being a project manager and trainer for the Army’s medical research program. She holds a Bachelors of Biology and a Masters in Curriculum Development. Most recently she used her background in curriculum & teaching to head up the Training Program at php[architect], manage customer service and co-chair their conferences. Thanks to her varied background she is now the President of One for All Events LLC - a technology and beyond event services company. Heather is also a self-proclaimed geek, conference speaker and enjoys Sci-Fi, Medieval reenactment, and board games.