ZendCon 2010: Zend(Un)Con

October 13, 2010


By: Michaelangelo van Dam

Community is all about getting involved and sharing knowledge and best practices. At ZendCon you’ll get a chance to step up and share your knowledge and skills to everyone at the conference with the ZendCon uncon. These Uncon sessions are run separately from the main tracks and are open for everyone. Wether you’re an attendee, a conference speaker, a sponsor or part of the conference organization, you’re welcome to step up and share with the community.

Uncon session types

There are two types of uncon sessions you can choose of: regular talks or lightning talks.

  • regular talks are sessions of approximately 50 minutes + questions and answers.
  • lightning talks are short sesssions of approximately 20 minutes without questions and answers.


It doesn’t really matter what you present as long there’s a link with PHP or related technologies. You can talk about PHP frameworks, projects you’re involved with, best practices, a tutorial style session, a round table discussion or just continue a conversation started from the main tracks. It’s your show, so you may fill it as you please. Don’t let your inspiration stop you. The hotter the subject, the more people you will draw to your session.


There’s no pre-registration. At ZendCon you’ll find a white board with time slots near the Uncon rooms. You go there, select the time slot that’s available and best match your own schedule and write your name and title of your session after that time slot. That’s it. You’re registered. It’s that simple.

Each conference day will begin with a clean white board, so every day there’s a new chance to register. Come early and claim your spot!

What to bring

If you want to speak at these uncon sessions, you might want to prepare yourself. You might want to prepare a couple of slides yourself before going to ZendCon, you might want to print out schema’s, questionnaires or have an online app ready. So, when packing for ZendCon, don’t forget the Uncon!


Be sure to follow @ZendUncon on twitter as it will announce the sessions, change of schedule, even live feedback from within the uncon sessions and so much more.

If you attended the uncon sessions, give the speakers feedback on joind.in so they can learn how to improve their talks to become better at presenting.


Become part of the community and step up. Share your thoughts, ideas, knowledge and best practices at the Uncon sessions and get extra experience speaking in front of a crowd. Who knows, we might see you later as a conference speaker.

About Cal Evans

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 10 years Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux OSX, and when necessary, Windows. He has built on 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". Cal is happily married to wife 1.31, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 kids who were both bright enough not to pursue a career in IT. Cal blogs at http://blog.calevans.com and is the founder and host of Nomad PHP

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