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ZendCon attendees have rated our speaker program as best-in-class for 10 years now, and the 2014 speaker lineup continues the tradition. ZendCon provides those rare opportunities to meet innovative and talented people who are shaping our industry. Soak up the insights, ask the tough questions and rub elbows with industry thought leaders, widely-acclaimed developers and key contributors to the PHP community.

The ZendCon committee evaluated 543 (yes, that's right!) talk submissions. These are the nominated speakers.

 

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Alan Seiden

Alan Seiden, an authority on PHP development with IBM i, helps his clients achieve best practices and top performance when combining PHP, Zend Framework, IBM i, RPG, and DB2. He was one of the first Zend Framework certified engineers, later co-founding the NYC Zend Framework Meetup. Alan was a charter member of IBM/COMMON's PHP Advisory Board and a consultant for IBM's manual PHP: Zend Core for i5/OS. An award-winning speaker, Alan is project manager of Zend's open-source PHP Toolkit for IBM i and a Zend Reseller Partner. As a certified Feldenkrais practitioner, Alan also gives workshops on reducing the physical stress of computing. Contact him at Alan Seiden Consulting, Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., http://www.alanseiden.com | alan @ alanseiden.com

 
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Amit Dar

Amit Dar is a team member of the Zend Server UI and a key part in developing the revolutionary Z-Ray. He is an Entrepreneur in soul, developing several projects at once such as ShapeDo, PHP Assist and i-Dev focusing on tools that can help developers. Amit is enthusiast about new technologies, client and server side and always looking for the next new trend. Outside of work Amit enjoys playing basketball, pool and spending time with his 4 years old daughter.

 
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Beau Simensen

Beau Simensen (@beausimensen, beau.io) has been a professional polyglot programmer since 1998. He owns Dragonfly Development (dflydev.com), a consulting company, and is Co-founder and Chief Software Architect for REFLX Labs, a wearables startup out of Seattle. An active open-sourcer, he created Sculpin (sculpin.io) and helped create Stack PHP (stackphp.com). He is also the Sculpin representative to the PHP Framework Interoperability Group (PHP-FIG). Beau is a proponent of framework agnostic code. Unglue all the things!

 
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Beth Tucker Long

Beth Tucker Long is the Editor-In-Chief of php[architect] magazine and co-organizer of Madison PHP. You can find her on Twitter (@e3betht) or on her blog (http://www.alittleofboth.com). She runs Treeline Design, a web development company, and Playlist Event Music, a DJ company, along with her husband, Chris.

 
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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 13 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 CoderFaire. 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 1.30, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 wonderful kids who were both smart enough not to pursue a job in IT.

 
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Chris Hartjes

Chris Hartjes has been building web applications of all shapes and sizes since 1998, ranging from catalogs for CD compilations for professional DJ’s to large-scale dating web sites. By day he works for Synacor as a Principal Engineer on their Portal Platform team, helping to build out the testing infrastructure for the next generation of their portal and start page products. By night he works on his burgeoning info-product empire, plays simulation baseball and gets his butt kicked at Magic the Gathering. All day long he is on Twitter. A huge consumer of open-source software, Chris tries to give back to the community via his blog, by speaking at conferences, and by co-organizing TrueNorthPHP (Canada's only dedicated PHP conference). He is also a big believer in the power of testing and automation as secret weapons for organizations to deliver high quality applications quickly. He lives in Milton, Ontario, Canada with his long-suffering wife, two daughters, a furry pig masquerading as a cat, and the reincarnation of the Roman god of the underworld in feline form.

 
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Chris Tankersley

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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Christian Wenz

Christian Wenz is a consultant, author, and trainer on web technologies, web performance, and web security. With his company Arrabiata Solutions GmbH (http://www.arrabiata.com/) with offices in Munich and London he makes web applications better performing, more visible, and more secure. Christian has written or co–written over 100 books for various publishers. He is the main author of the Zend PHP 5.5 certification, contributes to several open source projects and is a fixture at IT conferences world wide since 2003. This is his 10th ZendCon!

 
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Derick Rethans

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 at MongoDB to work on the PHP driver for MongoDB.

 
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Dmitry Stogov


Dmitry is one of the leading PHP engine developers, and has been an active contributor to PHP for more than 10 years. He is the maintainer of OPCache, the author of ZendFramewor's OpenID component, SOAP extension, PECL/perl extension and Turk MMCahce. Dmitry's work is mainly focused on PHP performance improvement, and he most recently spearheaded the PHPNG project, which will power the upcoming PHP 7. Dmitry resides in St. Petersburg, Russia, with his wife and daughter.

 
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Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth has been using PHP since time immemorial (PHP 4 beta), but has used PHP 5.4 for so long now that she’s forgotten how she ever got by without traits and namespaces. She also plays far too much with C based languages and has the superpower of breaking things, like valgrind and gdb, on the same day. 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.

 
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Enrico Zimuel

Enrico Zimuel is a developer since 1996. He works as Senior PHP Engineer at Zend Technologies, in the Zend Framework and Apigility Team. He has been a Researcher Programmer at the Informatics Institute of the University of Amsterdam. He is a TEDx speaker and regular speaker of international PHP conferences. He's the author of articles and books about web programming and applied cryptography. 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).

 
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Eryn O'Neil

Eryn O'Neil is a web developer and technical lead at Clockwork Active Media in Minneapolis, MN. As part of an interactive agency, she has worked on everything from e-commerce to online promotions to creating and maintaining an internal framework and CMS. Her philosophy is to build software by placing humans first: both the people who will use it and the developers who will build it alongside you (and maintain it afterwards). Based in Minneapolis, MN, Eryn spends most of her free time swing and blues dancing, rock climbing, and wishing it weren't snowing.

 
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Evan Coury

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, independent consultant, and owner of Roave, LLC, a full-service web development consulting firm specializing in PHP and Zend Framework. Evan is a strong proponent of free, open source software and also runs the successful SMSCloud.com international SMS gateway.

 
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Ilia Alshanetsky

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. Website: http://ilia.ws

 
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Jeff Carouth

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. Follow Jeff on Twitter as jcarouth or read his blog at http://carouth.com

 
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Jeremy Mikola

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. Jeremy lives in Hoboken, NJ and is known to enjoy a good sandwich.

 
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Jeroen van Dijk

Jeroen van Dijk is Technical Consultant at Enrise, a Netherlands-based open source development company, and board-member of the PHPBenelux team. He has been doing development with PHP for more then 15 years, with a passion for high-performance and high-volume web applications based on open source. When not expanding his knowledge about internet techniques Jeroen can be found at a squash court taking out his opponents!

 
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John Coggeshall

John Coggeshall is the owner of Internet Technology Solutions, an top-tier Internet consultancy and Wireless ISP based out of Michigan. 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, and frequent speaker at PHP-related conferences worldwide.

 
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Julien Guittard

Pure code enthusiast and PHP evangelist, eagerly testing the latest standards and new concepts around PHP, Julien has been a full stack PHP developer for 7 years, passionate for both SOAs and RIAs. He’s multiple working experiences throughout the old and the new world, has trained people on OOP, PHP and ZF 1 & 2, and is a PHP 5.5, ZF1 et ZF2 certified engineer. He is also a contributor for some of Zend’s trendiest Open Source projects like Zend Framework and Apigility and is a frequent writer for technical French speaking magazines.

 
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Lorna Jane Mitchell

Lorna is a web development consultant and author based in Leeds, UK. Her books include "PHP Master", "PHP Web Services" and "N Ways To Be A Better Developer", and she has spoken at events around the world giving both keynotes and technical talks. At work Lorna consults on web and mobile projects for a variety of clients, building excellent APIs and advising on how teams can improve their development practices. In her spare time Lorna leads the Joind. In open source project; a tool to enable communities to give real-time, public feedback to speakers and organizers of events.

 
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Mark Vanderwiele

Mark Vanderwiele is an IBM Distinguished Engineer working on emerging cloud technologies. He was chief architect for some of the first clouds in IBM and over the last several years he has been performing research and development on cloud technology focusing on how to build more efficient data centers and shorten development cycles. Mark has helped hundreds of customers transition to cloud and uses each experience to refine future offerings. He is currently working on the PaaS layer with IBM’s BlueMix to radically simplify cloud application development and deployment.

 
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Massimiliano Cavicchioli

Senior Consultant and Architect, mostly working directly with customers on best practices related to an App lifecycle or Auditing their code.

 
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Matthew Weier O'Phinney

Matthew is a Principal Engineer at Zend Technologies, and project lead for both Apigility and Zend Framework. He has been using and abusing web technologies since the late nineties, and actively contributing to open source projects for over a decade, primarily in PHP. When not in front of a computer, you’ll find him cavorting with his Basset Hound and family on the plains of South Dakota.

 
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Maurice Kherlakian

Maurice Kherlakian, North America Services Manager for Zend Technologies, is a seasoned PHP professional. Over the past 12 years he has built and maintained several small and large scale applications. He also worked as a system administrator for both Windows and Linux platforms. Maurice is part of the Zend Professional Services team, which gives him the opportunity to travel the globe to assist Zend's consulting customers improve their experience with PHP and Zend Solutions. He specializes in PHP and Zend Framework architectural and performance audits and implementation of best practices to provide solutions for complex problems.

 
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Michelangelo van Dam

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.

 
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Mickey Hoter

Mickey Hoter has 14 years of experience in building web-based products - as a developer, team lead, group manager and product manager. He is passionate about productivity and usability, and is dedicated to making the lives of PHP developers easier. Which is why he chose to work for Zend, and he is now the Zend Server Product Manager. Outside the Zend office, Mickey spends his time with his four children, and puts a lot of effort in educating them to love Mother Nature, where most of his hobbies take place.

 
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Mike Pavlak

Solution Consultant with Zend and IBM i community advocate for PHP.

 
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Morgan Tocker

Morgan rejoined the MySQL team at Oracle in 2013 as MySQL Community Manager, having previously worked for MySQL and Sun Microsystems. He blogs from tocker.ca, and especially likes the new features in MySQL that make operations life easier.

 
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Paul M Jones

Paul M. Jones is an internationally recognized PHP expert, working in that language since 1999, and programming in general since 1983. He has held roles from junior developer to VP of Engineering in all kinds of organizations (corporate, military, non-profit, educational, medical, and others). He is a regular speaker at technical conferences worldwide. As the author of Modernizing Legacy Applications in PHP Paul takes a special interest in high-quality high-maintainability coding practices. His latest open-source project, Aura for PHP, reflects this interest. Among his other open-source work, Paul was the architect of of the Solar Framework and the creator of the Savant template system. He has authored a series of authoritative benchmarks on dynamic framework performance. He was a founding contributor to the Zend Framework (the DB, DB_Table, and View components). Paul is a voting member of the PHP Framework Interoperability Group, and was the driving force behind the PSR-1 Coding Standard, PSR-2 Style Guide, and PSR-4 Autoloader recommendations. He was one of the first elected members of the PEAR Project. He was also a member of the Zend PHP 5.3 Certification education advisory board, and wrote some of the questions on that test. In a previous career, Paul was an operations intelligence specialist for the US Air Force, and enjoys putting .308 holes in targets at 400 yards.

 
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Rob Allen

Rob Allen is a software developer and consultant with many years of web development experience using PHP and related technologies. He contributes to Zend Framework and other open source projects. A Zend Framework specialist, Rob is a member of the ZF Community team and also wrote Zend Framework in Action. He is UK-based and runs Nineteen Feet Limited, focussing on web development, training and consultancy.

 
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Rod Smith

Rod Smith is an IBM fellow & Vice President of the IBM Emerging Internet Technologies organization, where he leads a team of highly technical innovators in seeking out disruptive technologies that aid businesses in future waves of business opportunities. As an IBM Fellow, Rod is closely involved with future IBM’s strategic planning & initiatives.
Throughout his career, Rod has moved the industry and led IBM to a rapid adoption of technologies, such as Web services, XML, Linux, J2EE & big data & analytics and most recently cloud computing around the evolution of platform as a service.

 
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Ross Tuck

Ross is a freelance engineer and consultant, originally from the US and now living in the Netherlands for several years. He started coding in 2000 and now specializes in building web apps, primarily with PHP and Javascript. In addition to coding, he also speaks at conferences and write articles. His hobbies are reading and hats.

 
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Ryan Weaver

Ryan Weaver is the documentation lead for the Symfony Framework, trainer and consultant at KnpLabs US, writer for KnpUniversity.com and an avid supporter of open source as a tool to solve serious business problems. Ryan likes to present topics in a narrative way - building real applications and telling a story as you learn and develop. He's a published author, speaker and, most importantly, the husband of the wonderful Leanna Pelham.

 
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Samantha Quiñones

Samantha Quiñones is a veteran software engineer and lead developer at POLITICO.com. Before moving in to the digital media publishing space, she spent 15 years developing software in the network security and financial services industries. Since 2005, her focus has been on designing functional, scalable web services and applications and promoting software engineering as a profession and an art. Samantha is an active member of the Washington, DC open source community, occasional blogger, and process nerd.

 
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Tony Cairns


Tony Cairns is a senior programmer for IBM in Rochester, Minnesota. His 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.

 
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Zeev Suraski


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. He 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 and development teams. He helped forge Zend as one of the key web solutions providers, secured four rounds of financing, and establish 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. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

 
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