PHP 2013 speakers come from a wide variety of backgrounds to deliver the sessions, tutorials and keynote addresses. From PHP thought leaders to expert developers to key PHP community members, we're excited these speakers will be joining us at ZendCon.
Ilia Alshanetsky is a CTO at Centah Inc., a company specializing in providing solutions for the retail industry. Over the last 10 years Ilia has been heavily involved in development of PHP, as a Core Developer and Release Master, authoring many extensions and language improvements. Ilia is also interested in security and performance, and frequently is writing or speaking on these and other PHP related topics. In his spare time he pretends to be a pro-photographer and engages in various sports.
Sebastian Bergmann is a mastermind of PHP development and PHP quality assurance. He has instrumentally contributed to transforming PHP into a reliable platform for large-scale, critical projects. Companies and PHP developers around the world benefit from the tools that he has written.
Jan Burkl, Senior Solution Consultant for Zend Technologies Since November 2006 Jan Burkl has been working as a System Engineer for Zend Technologies in Stuttgart, Germany. The university degree trained computer scientist consults business customers in the field of PHP software projects. Furthermore he trains web developers in Zend products and development tools (Zend Studio, Zend Server and Zend Framework). Jan Burkl also presents within the Zend training program interactive and free webinars. Jan Burkl has been working with PHP since 2001. During his computer science studies, he developed several PHP projects in the field of research of training. In March 2005 he started to work for 100DAYS as a software developer. There he planned and programmed individual software solutions for business customers. Jan Burkl is Zend Certified Engineer for PHP and Zend Framework.
Tony Cairns is a senior programmer for IBM in Rochester, Minnesota. Tony’s career includes many positions ranging from management to technical. He is currently a member of the IBM i PASE/PHP team and adjunct member of the Apache / Web Services team.
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, and co-organizer of BCSPHP. 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.
Evan Coury is a core contributor and long-time user of Zend Framework who is perhaps most well known in the community for authoring the all-new ZF2 module system. He is currently a professional software architect and independent consultant. In addition to consulting and his open source contributions, Evan is also the owner of the privately held company, MediaTech Designs, LLC and the successful SMSCloud.com international SMS gateway.
Adam Culp (@adamculp), organizer of the South Florida PHP Users Group (SoFloPHP) where he speaks regularly, is a Zend Certified PHP 5.3 Engineer working at Zend Technologies as a Senior Professional Services Consultant. Adam is passionate about developing with PHP and enjoys helping others write good code, implement standards, refactor efficiently, and incorporate unit and functional tests into their projects. When he is not coding or contributing to various communities he can be found hiking around the United States National Parks, teaching judo, or participating in long distance running. GeekyBoy.com | @adamculp
John Coggeshall is the owner of Internet Technology Solutions., an Internet consultancy and WISP. As a former senior member of Zend Technologies' Global Services team, he got started with PHP in 1997 and is the author of four published books and over 100 articles on PHP technologies with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Sams Publishing, Apress and O'Reilly. John also is a active contributor to the PHP core as the author of the tidy extension, a member of the Zend Education Advisory Board, and frequent speaker at PHP-related conferences worldwide.
Zurab is a Lead Web Architect on Splunk's web development team which is responsible for most splunk.com web properties, including their architecture, internal and external integrations, and APIs. Having been in web development for over 14 years, Zurab has wide range of experience from start-ups to large corporations. Among many things, Zurab has worked on payment systems, call center systems, and consulted at large enterprise customers such as BankOne and Target.
After 12 years of mostly real-time, embedded software development, Clark got interested in the web and fell in love with PHP. He taught various PHP courses as a contractor Zend Technologies for a few years, and later joined Zend as a Professional Services consultant, where he works with some of the biggest companies in North America, conducting architecture and performance audits, and helps them get the most out of Zend Studio and Zend Server.
Cory Fowler is a Windows Azure Technical Evangelist. Over the course of his career he has been involved in web projects large and small spanning the Start-Up scene all the way to the Financial Services sector. Cory lives for the community, you'll often find him at User Group meetings, Open Source conferences or polishing up his Microsoft MVP award from his former tenure as a Windows Azure MVP. Follow him online via Twitter as @SyntaxC4 or read his blog http://blog.syntaxc4.net
Wojciech is a Senior Java Developer in the R&D team responsible for Zend Studio and related products development. In the last 2.5 years he was involved in several key Zend Studio initiatives, including Zend Server integration, Cloud Connected Mobile application development and Cloud Services (Phpcloud, Openshift) integration. Recently, he has been working on integration with IBM Worklight solution. He is also Open Source enthusiast with documented contribution in several Eclipse projects.
Nik Garkusha is the Sr. Product Manager for Windows Azure. His focus is on helping customers, partners, IT professionals and developers to take advantage of Open Source on Windows Azure Cloud OS. His background and contributions in the Open Data, Open Government & Open Source spaces translate to his passion for making non-Microsoft tools and technologies kick ass on the Microsoft platforms. Prior to moving to Redmond Nik was responsible for a number of Open Innovation initiatives and headed the Open Source Platforms team at Microsoft Canada, and previous to that worked as an Open Source solutions product manager at UNISYS, and a freelance web developer and IT consultant.
Wim Godden has been working with PHP since 1997 and has been involved in open source projects such as phpAdsNew/OpenX. 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.
Sergei was a MySQL developer since 1998. From 1999 to 2009 in MySQL AB, Sun, then in Monty Program AB on MariaDB. During these years he has touched almost every part of the server. To list a few projects – fulltext search, XA, HANDLER, precision math library, parallel repair and bulk inserts in MyISAM, indexes in MERGE. Sergei is a primary architect of the plugin API and an author of the “MySQL 5.1 Plugin Development” book.
Andi Gutmans is CEO of Zend Technologies and provides vision and direction for Zend’s innovative leadership in the evolution and growth of PHP application development software and services. He has been instrumental in establishing and promoting PHP as a technology platform of choice for Web and mobile applications running on-premise and in the cloud. Andi has consistently championed the benefits of PHP openness, standardization and best practices among enterprise IT leaders and the developer community. As part of this effort, he has established strategic partnerships for Zend with Adobe, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle, and led the vision and formation of the company’s Zend Framework open source project — two initiatives that are helping to drive PHP adoption among large enterprises worldwide.
Andi has been a key contributor to PHP since 1997, when he and Zend co-founder and CTO Zeev Suraski developed the foundation for PHP 3, widely acknowledged as a major turning point for the language. Soon afterward, Andi and Zeev introduced the Zend Engine, which powers PHP 4 and PHP 5. Today, more than one-third of the Web runs on PHP, which is used by an estimated 5 million developers worldwide.
Andi is a recognized author and frequent speaker on technology and business issues at global industry conferences. He is a member of the PHP Group and the Apache Software Foundation and holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
A PHP developer for over a decade, I've been a contributor to both Zend Framework 1 and Zend Framework 2, and I'm currently on the ZF2 documentation maintainer team. As CTO of Yamgo and Adverts On The Go, I'm responsible for both our front end websites and our complex API -- all written in Zend Framework. I've recently ported our desktop website yamgo.com from ZF1 to ZF2, and I've written this talk to help others do the same.
David Intersimone (known to many as David I.) is a passionate and innovative software industry veteran-often referred to as a developer icon-who extols and educates the world on Embarcadero developer and database tools and runs the company’s rampant online community. He shares his visions as an active member of the industry speaking circuit and is tapped as an expert source by the media. He is a long-standing champion of architects, developers and database professionals and works to ensure that their needs are folded into Embarcadero’s strategic product plans. Before Embarcadero, David spent more than 20 years with Borland in various evangelism, engineering, and development capacities, including creating the company’s developer relations program. He previously served as Director of Product Services for Softsel Computer Products Inc. (now Merisel). David holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, California.
Slavey Karadzhov is Senior Consultant at Zend Technologies since 2008. He is PHP 5/5.3, Zend Framework Certified and MySQL Engineer. Proud owner of two master degrees - one in Computer Science from Sofia University, Bulgaria and one in Software Technologies from Stuttgart University of Applied Science, Germany. Backed up with good theoretical knowledge he has also solid experience. He is a strong open source supporter and awarded software innovator. During his free time he likes to travel in exotic places and enjoys the time with his family.
Peter is an Engineering Director at Google where he works with Google Cloud Platform products, including leading the Google App Engine team. Before joining Google, he wrote the Simics simulator and founded Virtutech, acquired by Intel in 2010. He is a graduate of the Stockholm School of Economics, the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and is a 2012 ACM Fellow.
Yonni is a seasoned developer and integration expert that's been writing PHP for the past 12 years. He's worked on websites, billing, external integration and user interfaces on different platforms and in varying methodologies. Yonni is also a father, a gamer and a technophile.
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, Symfony2 and Zend Framework. Previously, Jeremy helped build great things with Symfony2, MongoDB, and a handful of other interesting technologies at OpenSky and Exercise.com.
Mark Osteraas is Product Manager for SmartCloud Application Services, IBM's public cloud platform-as-a-service offering. Mark's 29-year career in the IT industry includes experience from IBM and a software start-up company. His responsibilities have included software development, development tools consulting, development management, project management, and product management. He joined IBM's SmartCloud team in 2011 to help IBM enter the emerging platform-as-a-service market segment by leading product management on IBM's new global offering called SmartCloud Application Services. His current focus is on developing a rich ecosystem of key third party services for SmartCloud Application Services.
Matthew is Project Lead for Zend Framework. He is known for throwing ideas over the wall for others to pick up and run with, and occasionally picking up and running with the ideas others toss at him; this has led to a plethora of GitHub repositories, and a ridiculous number of open source contributions over the years. When not in front of a computer slinging code, Matthew enjoys a good cup of coffee, dark chocolate, and excellent beer. He is a husband and father of two.
Marco aka Ocramius is a software developer by day, and a passionate open source software contributor, evangelist and supporter by night. He is part of the Doctrine team and an active Zend Framework 2 contributor, constantly looking for new challenges to deal with, especially when it comes to PHP.
Stefan Priebsch unites expert knowledge with extraordinary sense when to use which tool. His specialties are object-oriented development and software architecture. As an internationally acclaimed author and speaker he thrills auditoriums and likes to share his tremendous practical experience.
Ben Ramsey has been developing and designing software for fifteen years and has been writing and speaking about software development for ten of those years. A passionate aficionado of web development, APIs, and craft beer, Ben is the Senior Software Architect at Moontoast, an organizer of the Nashville PHP user group, and a home brewer.
Derick Rethans is a PHP internals expert, author of Xdebug and an OpenStreetMap and mapping enthusiast.
He has contributed in a number of ways to the PHP project, including the Xdebug debugging tool, and various extensions and additions. He’s a frequent lecturer at conferences, the author of php|architect’s Guide to Date and Time Programming, and the co-author of PHP 5 Power Programming. He is now working on the PHP driver for MongoDB.
Tim Rowe has been working with IBM for 20+ years within the IBM i family in Rochester, Minnesota. He spent many years working on the Work Management portion of the operating system before moving into Web based middle ware on IBM i a number of years ago. He is currently the Business Architect for Application Development for IBM i. These responsibilities include technical leadership responsibilities ensuing the IBM i platform has the infrastructure and components required for our IBM i customers to successfully develop, build and run applications on IBM i. Working with Rational and WebSphere on a day-to-day basis gives Tim the opportunity to understand how these product work and how they integrate into an overall picture of Application Development on IBM i. Additional areas for which Tim has responsibility include the IBM HTTP Server, Web Administration GUI interface, Integrated Web Application Server for i, Web Service Server for i, and other application components.
Ralph is a software engineer on the Zend Framework team for Zend Technologies. His experiences with PHP date back to the late 1900's during the days of PHP 3. Since 2006 his contributions to ZF have touch many different components, but currently he is the primary lead on Zend\Db: ZF's database abstraction component. Ralph is currently located in his native home-town, New Orleans - partaking in as much of the great food, drink and live music as one can muster. When not in front of his computer, he can be found hacking on home-owner projects, participating in his neighborhood improvement organization, or playing with his son and chocolate labrador, Belle. He is married to Jenny, his spectacular wife and a soon to be father of another son.
Davey Shafik is a full time PHP Developer with 12 years experience in PHP and related technologies. An Engineer for Engine Yard for the Orchestra PHP Platform, he has written three books (so far!), numerous articles and spoken at conferences the globe over. He lives in Central Florida with his wife, son and two cats. Davey is best known for his books, the Zend PHP 5 Certification Study Guide and PHP Master: Write Cutting Edge Code, and as the originator of PHP Archive (PHAR) for PHP 5.3.
Grant Shipley is an OpenShift PaaS Evangelist at Red Hat focused on cloud technologies. Prior to that, Grant was a Manager of Software Development with responsibilities over the www.redhat.com website and supporting infrastructure. Grant has over 15 years of software development experience focusing on Java and PHP. In his free time, he contributes to several open source projects as well as developing iOS applications. Grant has been using Linux on a daily basis since 1994 and is active in the FOSS community.
Elizabeth has been using PHP since time immemorial (PHP 4 beta), but has used PHP 5 for so long now that she’s forgotten how she ever got by without SPL and a real object model. Elizabeth is a certifiable (yes, we mean men in white coats are going to put her in a straight jacket) Windows geek; She enjoys doing very perverse things to Windows using PHP. She went to college for dance which quickly became an English major after the first baby. If you see her in person, ask how she wound up with a career in computers.
Zeev Suraski was a lead contributor to PHP starting in 1997, when he and Andi Gutmans developed the foundation for PHP 3. That new version was a turning point for the language, which today powers over 20 million websites including Facebook and Yahoo! and enjoys a following of over 5 million developers. Zeev spearheaded the PHP 4 project, the version that tipped PHP to become the most popular Web development platform in the world, and later contributed to the PHP 5 project.
Zeev co-founded Zend Technologies in 1999 together with Andi Gutmans. He serves as CTO and leads the company's research & development teams . Zeev helped forge Zend as one of the key Web solutions providers, secured four rounds of financing, and established Zend's presence in the European market.
Zeev serves on the board of Zend Technologies and is a member of the PHP Group and the Apache Software Foundation. Suraski holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
David Stockton has been writing PHP code professionally since 1997. He is Vice President of Technology at i3logix in Denver, CO and president of the Front Range PHP User Group. He is very passionate about source control, test driven development and PHP development. He is married and has two daughters who he is teaching to program and build circuits with Arduino and a twenty month old son who has been seen studying calculus and recursive algorithms. He created zendtutorials.com and tddftw.com.
Mike is a professional software engineer, PHP 5.3 Zend Certified, and has over 10 years of PHP hacking experience. In those 10 years he as had the privilege of building numerous websites and applications, including applications for the medical field, law enforcement, one of the leading audio and lighting dealers, large and small non-profits, and numerous industrial companies. He has also spoken at numerous conferences, published multiple articles on PHP and security, is an active member of OWASP, and helps organize MNPHP, Twin Cities Software Engineers, and the MidwestPHP Conference. Mike now works as a Developer Advocate for Constant Contact, representing developers needs within the company.
Shawn is one of the 3 senior systems guys that control the systems that manage Discovery Communications ecosphere of internet presence, everything from Discovery.com to Honey BooBoo's show page on TLC.com. In a previous life Shawn was an application developer who favored Zend Framework for development work and worked on the HowStuffWorks website, NationalGuard.com and some SaaS systems.
Chris Tankersley is a husband, father, and PHP developer in Northwest Ohio. I work for The Brick Factory in Washington, D.C. doing Drupal, Wordpress, and custom development. I founded the Northwest Ohio PHP User Group, and work with local developers helping them with programming and server administration. I work with PHP primarily, with some work done in Node.js and Python for personal projects.
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Amy Unruh works in Developer Relations at Google, with a focus on the Google Cloud Platform and App Engine. She has an academic background, and has also worked at several startups, worked in industrial R&D, done technical training and course development, and has published a book on App Engine.
Michelangelo van Dam is a professional PHP consultant and Zend Framework expert working mainly for governments and larger enterprises. Michelangelo is also president of PHPBenelux, a PHP user group operating in Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, and speaks at several PHP conferences around the world.
Dominique Vernier is currently Customer and Partner Experience Lead for IBM’s Platform-as-a-Service Global Offering called IBM SmartCloud Application Services.
Dominique has an extensive career in IT, working across multiple industries in a variety of roles. Prior to joining IBM, he worked for national and international companies such as LogicaCMG, Texaco and Caterpillar in roles ranging from developer to IT project architect, responsible for leading development teams. Dominique joined by IBM in 2008 to work on SOA and cloud technology. He specializes in cloud deployment automation and API usage, and has created productivity tools for use by cloud developers as well as a number of YouTube training videos on IBM Cloud Solutions. He also holds several patents around Supply Chain Logistics, Disaster Recovery and Impact Analysis.
Christian Wenz solves web problems since the mid-1990es. He works as a consultant, trainer and author, focusing on web technologies, especially the performance and security aspects. He is a co-author of the PHP certification since version 5, a fixture at developer conferences around the globe, and contributor to several open source projects.
Eli has been building Web Applications for over 18 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 is currently a Founding Partner & CTO of Musketeers.me, and the Managing Editor of php|architect magazine. He is also an avid writer (blogs, articles and books), and has spoken at numerous conferences.
Mike Willbanks works as a Sr. Web Architect Manager and has more than a decade of experience programming the web with PHP. He is an active Zend Framework contributor and serves on the community review team.
Enrico Zimuel is a Software Engineer since 1996. He works as Senior PHP Engineer at Zend Technologies, in the Zend Framework Team. He has been a Researcher Programmer at the Informatics Institute of the University of Amsterdam and he collaborated with the Science Department of the University of Pescara (Italy). He is a frequent speaker at PHP conferences and the author of articles and books about PHP, applied cryptography and computer security. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Pescara. He is the co-founder of the PHP User Group of Torino (Italy).