Spring Conference Roundup

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Spring is right around the corner – or in full bloom, depending on where you are your options for conferences range from awesome to merely great. Here are the ones I have found that are taking place in the first half of the year. They are listed in date order.

phpUK – February 24 – 25, 2012

London – UK

PHP London are pleased to announce their 7th annual UK PHP conference, building on the success of previous events by expanding to a double-day event, to accommodate the continual growth of the PHP community and PHP development industry.
Note: Come early, they are hosting a special meeting of the phpUK User Group on Thursday evening, the 23rd.

ConFoo – February 29 – March 2, 2012

Montréal, Quebec – CA

PHP Québec, Montréal-Python, Montreal.rb, Montreal Jug, W3Qc, OWASP Montréal, Android Montreal, are proud to announce the third edition of the ConFoo Conference. From February 29th to March 2nd, 2012, international experts in Java, .Net, PHP, Python and Ruby will present solutions for developers and project managers the prestigious Hilton Bonaventure Hotel, located downtown Montréal.

Day Camp 4 Developers – March 3, 2012


[Disclosure: I run Day Camp 4 Developers]
Whether you are a freelancer, a moonlighter or a dedicated member of a team, your business skills come into play every day. Day Camp 4 Developers #4: Business 101 will help you hone those skills. Our 6 speakers will present from their real-life experiences as they help you sharpen your existing skills as well and learn new ones. DC4D is an online conference. You participate on your computer or tablet from wherever you are.

Whisky Web – April 13 – 14, 2012

Edinburgh – SF

The inaugural Whisky Web conference kicks off in Edinburgh on the 13th and 14th of April 2012. A web conference created for the web community, by the web community; Whisky Web will have something to offer everyone who works with the web, be they a designer, a developer or something in between. This is an amazing opportunity to get your geek on in Scotland’s inspiring capital.

php|tek – May 22 – 25, 2012

Chicago, IL – US

[Disclosure: I host php|tek]
For the sixth year in a row, php|tek is coming to Chicago, come join us! Three days of great sessions, interesting talks and fun networking opportunities. This year’s theme is “PHP and Friends”. Join us as we gather a group of great speakers to show you the tools and technologies PHP developers need to understand in the coming year.

Dutch PHP Conference – June 7-9, 2012

Amsterdam – NL

We’re back! And we are glad to announce that we’ll be organising another edition of the Dutch PHP Conference, which will be held in Amsterdam from 7th to 9th June 2012. Thursday 7th will be the tutorial day and June 8th and 9th will be the main conference days. Ticket sales will start on February 15th.

Lone Star PHP – June 29 – 30, 2012

Dallas, TX – US



Of course, this fall is ZendCon so save room in your schedule for us.


With so many great conferences to choose from you should be able to find something to fit your schedule and budget. The best way to grow as a developer is to surround yourself with other developers; conferences are the best place to meet those new friends. Sign up for a conference and start learning something new.

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 PCs.   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 1.33, 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