Mathew has been fascinated with building and programming computers since his early days of upgrading an 8086 to an 80386. Working initially in the video game industry building servers and managing server rooms, Mat shifted his focus to PHP programming in early 2000. With over a decade of experience in eCommerce, Mat is now Director of Systems Engineering at Robofirm and a Magento Certified developer, where he enjoys scaling enterprise clientele on the Magento eCommerce platform. When he's not programming, you will find Mat spending time with his family, making music, or tinkering in aquaponics.
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.
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, co-organizer of BCSPHP, and co-host of the Loosely Coupled podcast. 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
Keith Casey currently serves as Director of Product for Clarify working to make APIs easier, more consistent, and help solve real world problems. Previously, as a developer evangelist at Twilio, he worked to get good technology into the hands of good people to do great things. In his spare time, he works to build and support the Austin technology community, blogs occasionally at CaseySoftware.com and is completely fascinated by monkeys. Keith is also the author of "A Practical Approach to API Design" from Leanpub.
As an attorney, serial entrepreneur and life-long programmer, Cook is committed to using modern, open-source web technologies to empower individuals, both professionally and personally. Cook is the Chief Advocate at law.fm, a web platform for solo attorneys; platform architect at Aesop Story Engine; and platform architect at CG Cookie, a marketplace for blender products.
Cook is a Zend Certified Engineer, with a passion for ruby, php and js. Passionate about open source, Cook has contributed to a number of open source projects. Cook received his JD from SMU, and is licensed to practice law in Texas, New York and New Jersey. He also received an MBA in IT and Operations Management from SMU.
Maurya Couvares is the Co-founder and Executive Director of ScriptEd, a nonprofit that equips students in under-resourced schools with the fundamental coding skills and professional experiences that together create access to careers in technology. ScriptEd brings its tuition-free program directly to schools, where classes are taught by software developers on a volunteer basis. Students apply their new coding skills in paid summer internships where they work with role models in the field as well as gain the experience and confidence necessary to pursue careers in technology. ScriptEd serves hundreds of students across New York City.
Previously, Maurya coordinated Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton's global pro bono practice group. Before arriving at Cleary Gottlieb, Maurya taught United States history to middle school students in West Philadelphia.
Maurya is an IgniteGood Millennial Impact Challenge Award winner, an Ashoka Emerging Innovator, was a featured speaker at TEDxNYED, and was honored by the Huffington Post for being one of seven millennials "too busy changing the world to take selfies."
Adam Culp (@AdamCulp) author of "Refactoring 101" and 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 15 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 speaks at conferences around the world on topics ranging from technical talks to motivational talks for developers. If you happen to meet him at a conference, don't be afraid to buy him a shot of Bourbon.
Cal is based in Nashville TN where he is happily married to wife 1.31, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 wonderful kids who were both smart enough not to pursue a job in IT.
Matt has been working with PHP professionally for the last 8 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.
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/.
Wim Godden has been working with open source technologies since 1997 and has been involved in open source projects such as OpenX and PHPCompatibility. Next to PHP, 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 PHP engineers.
Cory Darby, has worn many hats during his career ranging from senior developer, system admin, co-founder, to CTO. Currently he's a full time open source developer.
He enjoys working with code bases that have enormous technical debt and is constantly checking github's trending page.
Matt Land is a Zend Certified Architect and API integrator at SpareFoot. He is a volunteer mentor, Raspberry Pi educator, and fanatic about testing. He is also passionate about building micro-controller based IOT devices.
Jeremy (@jeremeamia) is a PHP Software Engineer at Amazon Web Services (AWS), co-author of the AWS SDK for PHP (@awsforphp), co-organizer of the Seattle PHP User Group (@seaphp), writer of PHP poetry (@phpbard), member of the Zend Education Advisory Board, contributor to open source PHP projects (like Guzzle and SuperClosure), and a maker of funny faces.
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 and React PHP. Jeremy lives in Hoboken, NJ and is known to enjoy a good sandwich.
Ben Ramsey is a web craftsman, author, and speaker. He builds a platform for professional photographers at ShootProof, organizes user groups, and lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, son, and dog named Echo. Ben blogs at benramsey.com and is @ramsey on Twitter.
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.
Davey Shafik is a full-time developer with over 14 years of experience in PHP and related technologies. He is a Community Engineer at Engine Yard and has written three books, numerous articles, and spoken at conferences the world over. He is best known for his books, the Zend PHP Certification Study Guide and PHP Master: Write Cutting Edge Code, and as the originator of PHP Archive (PHAR) for PHP 5.3.
Davey is passionate about improving the tech community. He co-organizes the Prompt initiative (prompt.engineyard.com), dedicated to lifting the stigma surrounding mental health discussions, and has worked with PHPWomen since its inception.
Nalin has worked with PHP for the last decade in various roles from IT Guy to CTO. He is currently a Systems Engineer and Development Lead at SoftLayer.
When he's not busy expanding the cloud, Nalin enjoys sampling new mustache waxes, hoppy IPAs, new frameworks languages and codebases, as well as mingling with the greater development community.
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.
Sandy Smith lives in the Washington, DC area, and has been a web developer for an eternity in the web world: 15 years. He’s spent all but a year of that time consulting, usually for nonprofits and government, working both in-house and in an agency. He’s worked with a hundred or so organizations in various capacities, from basic development to strategic advice to multi-tier applications. He’s the leader of the DCPHP User Group, a member of the php[architect] team, and really committed to helping new developers get up and running in PHP effectively.
Luke Stokes is the Co-founder and CTO of FoxyCart.com. Enjoying Nashville, TN with his beautiful wife and three children, he's passionate about living life on purpose. He's pragmatic enough to get things done but idealistic enough to still believe we can change the world and make it better. He built his first websites in 1996 (yes, AOL and Geocities) and has been hacking at computers ever since. Always opinionated, he loves a good debate on liberty, Bitcoin, programming or anything interesting. He's also a generally outgoing guy (for a programmer) and loves connecting with people.
Phil has contributed to CodeIgniter, FuelPHP, Laravel and handfuls of other projects, to try and make the PHP community a better place. These days he tries to avoid frameworks, but contributes to standards and promotes modern best practices.
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 as a programming and networking consultant as well as working on the side helping local developers . Chris is the founder of the Northwest Ohio PHP Users Group.
Seth has covered the gamut of software development roles, Engineer, PM, Manager and is currently a Systems Architect for the preeminent IaaS provider, SoftLayer (an IBM company). For the last decade and a half he has created, maintained and championed PHP as a flexible business solution for industries as diverse as Telecom, Marketing, Commercial Power Utilities and Mobile Application Stores. He is a strong believer in writing code close to the domain and writing the tests first.
Beth Tucker Long is a PHP developer and advocate at Code Climate and co-organizer of Madison PHP. You can find her on Twitter (@e3betht) or on her blog, A Little of Both. Beth is a firm believer in promoting community and mentoring. She runs Treeline Design, a web development company, and Playlist Event Music, a DJ company, along with her husband, Chris.
Andrew Turner is the Director of Technology and Development at Sq1, a Dallas-based digital marketing agency. Having over 8 years experience building web applications for clients and various internet startups, he focuses on creating efficient developer workflows and creative problem solving.
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. Currently she uses her background in curriculum and teaching to head up the Training Program at php[architect], as well as being their customer service lead. Heather is also a self proclaimed geek and enjoys Sci-Fi, Medieval reenactment, and board games.
Yitzchok Willroth is a Talmudic scholar and enterprise web application developer (though seldom at the same time) living in Lakewood, NJ. A start-up veteran and dev bootcamp instructor, Yitzchok is often called upon to mentor young dev teams within the Orthodox community. He is the organizer of the ShorePHP User Group and an active participant in the PHPMentoring initiative. Passionate about clean code and robust application architecture, he is also a strong proponent of remote teams as a way for organizations to thrive while affording developers a healthy work:life balance.