OUR SPEAKERS AND TRAINERS
Please give a big shout-out to all our speakers and trainers who spent a tremendous amount of time and spare no effort to gather and spread their knowledge all around the community, who step up on a stage and share their PHPassion with you.
🇬🇧 JENNY WONG - KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Once a Web Developer, Jenny now works as a Community Engineer at Human Made. When she started, she spent her first two weeks organizing a conference. She can often be found evangelizing open source community, event organiser and occasionally, speaker.
Her days are varied: From solving issues with event sites & supporting organisers, to passionately cheering people on to contribute back to their communities. She loves cooking up elaborate ideas to help improve participation experiences in open source projects.
When away from the laptop, she’s usually binge watching Formula 1 & anime, doing house renovations or making a mess whilst cooking. You can find her on your messaging service of choice, making plenty of typos.
🇭🇷 LUKA MUZINIC - WORKSHOP TRAINER
Passion driven developer, focused on backend development in modern PHP and related stack. Shares knowledge by teaching, mentoring and speaking. Involved in @webcampzagreb conference and local user groups. Enjoys playing and watching sports that Croatians find odd and unpopular.
🇬🇧 CHRISTOPHER RILEY - WORKSHOP TRAINER
Chris is a freelance consultant based in York, Uk with experience working in the public sector, small and large companies throughout North Yorkshire. Chris has over 10 years experience with PHP and has a keen focus on both software architecture and none functional requirements such as security, performance and maintainability.
In his free time, Chris can often be found producing or playing with experimental libraries and organising the PHP Yorkshire conference.
🇩🇪 ARNE BLANKERTS - WORKSHOP TRAINER
Arne Blankerts has created solutions far ahead of the times already years ago. He helps to create sustainable software and tailored infrastructures, and finds security issues with magic intuition.
In his free time, he reads fantasy novels and likes to cook.
🇬🇧 CLINTON INGRAMS - WORKSHOP TRAINER
Clinton has been teaching programming (and many other IT-related topics) for over 30 years at FE and HE level. He completed his Masters degree in IT at De Montfort University (Leicester) in 1998, and has been there ever since as a Senior Lecturer. Having first downloaded PHP in 2000, he was invited to start teaching it in 2004.
He is currently delivering PHP and pentesting modules to second and final year undergraduate students, and, as a member of the DMU Cyber Technology Institute, has a particular interest in the security of web applications. Recent innovations have been contributing to first year Scala and Internetworks modules. He has also been involved with industrial/commercial partnerships such as KTPs and consultancy, and has spent many happy months delivering degree modules in Malaysia, Singapore and China.
A regular attender of PHP community activities, he is a co-coordinator of PHP East Midlands, and has delivered several talks and workshops, mostly on Cyber Security related topics. You may have seen him hosting talk streams at PHPNW and PHP Yorkshire.
Any spare time is spent with his family, and his double basses.
🇩🇪 SEBASTIAN HEUER - WORKSHOP TRAINER
Sebastian Heuer plans and writes software for the web since the early 2000s. He focusses on clean software architectures and high-quality, easy to understand code.
Apart from his position as Developer Advocate at kartenmacherei.de, he engages in several open-source projects (like phar.io) and helps teams to write solid and maintainable software.
🇳🇱 JEROEN VAN DER GULIK - WORKSHOP TRAINER
Jeroen is co-founder of Isset, software architect, consultant, coach and occasional speaker. Often brought in at large companies to enable change and innovation projects. His company specializes in video streaming/transcoding and publishing platforms. Co-organizer of DDDNL and boardgames enthousiast.
He also likes cats and penguins.
🇧🇪 WIM GODDEN - WORKSHOP TRAINER
Wim Godden has been working with open source technologies since 1997 and has been involved in open source projects such as PHPCompatibility and OpenX. Next to web development, 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 web engineers.
🇬🇧 MARK BAKER - CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Mark is Lead/Senior Developer at Paybreak, a fintech company based in Altrincham near Manchester, UK.
He has worked in the computer software industry since before symbolics.com was registered as a domain name, before "cyberspace" was first mentioned in fiction, when Linus Torvalds and Rasmus Lerdorf were still at high school, and Mrs. Zuckerberg had yet to give birth to a bouncing baby social network enabler; and has developed for the Web in many different languages since the days when the Tim Berners-Lee's creation comprised less than 1,000 sites.
Over those years he has contributed to a number of open source projects: including a minor submission to PHP's SPL. Currently he is coordinator and lead developer for the PHPExcel library, and a coordinator and developer on the PHPOffice library suite. Most recently, he has been working on new datastructures such as Tries, Quadtrees and Matrices; hoping that he'll eventually be able to get them included in SPL.
His particular interests include PHP integration with office suites, Generators, Textual analysis, Geodata and geographic information systems, and "big data" and data analysis.
🇩🇪 BASTIAN HOFMANN - CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Bastian is a System Engineer at SysEleven, a full-service hosting company, where he focuses on bringing the power Kubernetes to its customers. Before that he was caring about performance, monitoring, web-security and developer productivity at ResearchGate, the social network for researchers and scientists. When he is not developing stuff or looking at graphs, he frequently speaks at international conferences on software architecture, scaling web applications and open standards and protocols.
🇨🇿 ONDŘEJ MIRTES - CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Ondřej works as the CTO at Slevomat.cz, moving between product and software development. He enjoys quality assurance and frequent deployment of innovations for the end users. He shares his experience at conferences across Europe, offers his expertise as a consultant, and organizes trainings. He also created PHPStan, a popular static analyzer that focuses on finding bugs in code without running it.
🇬🇧 JAMES TITCUMB - CONFERENCE SPEAKER
James is a consultant, trainer and developer at Roave. He is a prolific contributor to various open source projects and is a Zend Certified Engineer. He also founded the UK based PHP Hampshire user group and PHP South Coast conference.
🇷🇴 GEORGIANA GLIGOR - CONFERENCE SPEAKER
After using PHP for more than a decade, Georgiana a living proof that geek girls are an asset to any team. She loves taming the Force of the DevOps dark side and mentoring team mates in achieving craftsmanship. Over the past couple of years Georgiana dived deep into Artificial Intelligence, using Watson and Rainbird to deliver real-life applications. This also led her into starting a PhD in Systems Engineering.
🇳🇱 RAFAEL DOHMS - CONFERENCE SPEAKER
A graduated Computer Engineer, Rafael Dohms has vast experience in the PHP ecosystem as a Developer, Speaker and Contributor. Addicted in building communities he has founded various groups where ever he lives, currently he is to blame for AmsterdamPHP. Developer by career but teacher by vocation he travels the world sharing interest in quality code, innovation and building careers. In his free time you will likely find him gaming or contributing to open source projects.
His contribution hit list includes many projects, from PHP itself to frameworks like Symfony, Zend and projects such as Doctrine and Composer. His hobby is mentoring new Speakers that eventually take speaking slots away from him in future events, a strategy he still thinks is not very smart. Not one to listen to himself he keeps mentoring and suggesting developers everywhere create their own User Groups to grow their networks and knowledge.
🇪🇸 THÉO FIDRY - CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Writing readable, testable and scalable code is my religion.
🇩🇪 ANDREAS HEIGL - CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Andreas helps solving problems at a german corporate publishing company. He sometimes even uses code for that. Besides his family, his work as jack-of-all-trades and contributions to different open-source-projects he still finds the time to run PHPUGFFM, the PHP-Usergroup in Frankfurt/Main and maintain PHP.ug.
🇧🇪 IKE DEVOLDER - CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Ike is a developer at Studio Emma (Belgium). Mainly focussed on DevOps and PHP development. But also building some tooling in python and being git manual. Setting up development environments with vagrant and docker to make sure everyone can have the same environment to do their job.
🇩🇪 JAN GREGOR EMGE-TRIEBEL - CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Jan Gregor Emge-Triebel graduated from Goethe University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and public law. After some freelancing as a self-taught full-stack developer he joined Garden of Concepts as lead developer. When not working he can be found at various user groups throughout Germany where he speaks regularly, but also likes to listen and learn.