Bulgaria PHP Conference Starts Tomorrow – All You Need to Know

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Bulgaria PHP Conference starts tomorrow! We’ve planned a thing or two for you, so here’s all the information you need to experience the event to the fullest!

Venue Address
Sofia Event Center (SEC) in Mall Paradise, floor 3
Address: 100, Cherni vrah Blvd.

Note that the venue is inside the Mall itself. When you get to the Mall, just take any of the escalators or elevators and go to the 3rd floor. Then follow the Bulgaria PHP signs.

Getting There

By Bus
Bus lines 64, 66, 88, 93, 98, 120, 122 and 10-TM stop near Mall Paradise. It is not more than 20 min bus ride from Sofia downtown. You can buy bus tickets either from the driver or from the small shops nearby a bus station. A single bus ticket costs 1 BGN. For detailed route from your location, check Google Maps or Sofia Urban Mobility Center services.

By Taxi or Uber
Uber is an official Bulgaria PHP Conference partner and we highly recommend them. If you are new to the platform, they have generously provided a free ride for all new Uber users, just use promo code BGPHP2015. If you decide to grab a cab, we recommend Yellow Taxi. A ride from Sofia downtown to the venue should be around 5-7 BGN.

By Car
There is a free parking at the Mall so driving is a great option too. Pro tip: If you park in the Green zone of the underground parking lot and take any of the elevators to the 3rd floor, you will get off right in front of the venue entrance.

Registration

Registration opens at 8am and will last for an hour. Please come on time, and collect your badge and goodie bag so that you are all set for the opening remarks at 9am. You don’t need to print out emails or confirmations, just state your name. We will serve coffee and light breakfast during registration.

The first session will start at 9:30am sharp.

Sessions

The sessions are divided in two tracks. The halls for the two tracks are right next to each other and there will be schedules at the screens front of each hall. Check the schedule to decide which talks you’re going to see. You shouldn’t worry in case you can’t see all of them – we’ll be recording them and they will be publicly available after the event.

Speaker Feedback

We will be collecting speaker feedback through Joind.in and encourage you to leave your comments in their respective talk entry on the Joind.in website here. Feedback helps speakers to improve their future presentations, so please leave feedback that is helpful and constructive. For example, did you enjoy a speaker’s presentation style; did they talk too fast, too slowly, too quietly; was there something in particular that you learned; let them know what you would have liked to hear more about, etc.

Coffee Breaks & Lunch – Thanks Shopware & Mandrill

Each day of the conference will have a morning and afternoon break and official lunch – we will serve coffee, tea, water, soft drinks and small bites, as well as sandwiches for lunch – all this thanks to the support of our coffee break and lunch sponsors Shopware & Mandrill. This all will be happening outside the session halls and there will be signage too.

Sponsors & Recruiters Corner, Lounge Area

Outside the session tracks we’ll have a designated lounge area where you can chillax and talk to our sponsors and recruiters who will have dedicated tables and booths during the conference. They all have prepared some cool prizes and surprises, so do stop by and talk to them!

Hackathon on Saturday – Thanks Kyup

The Hackathon is happening on Saturday evening right after the closing remarks. We will announce the rules in Track 1 and will start the hacking at 6pm sharp. If you haven’t registered for the Hackathon, you still have time to do it. The only requirement is to bring your laptop. There will be pizza and beer for everyone, and amazing prizes for the winning team thanks to our amazing sponsor Kyup.

After Party on Saturday – Thanks Mailjet & Proxiad

The after party for all conference attendees will be on Saturday, Sept 26th at RockIT Bar at 14, Georgi Benkovski Str and we’re starting at 8pm. There will be some small bites and appetizers, yet if you are dead hungry we recommend you grab dinner on the way over as our offering will not constitute a full meal. We will of course have lots of free beer – all thanks to our generous after party sponsors Mailjet & Proxiad. Remember to bring your badge to enter the party!

Final Raffle on Sunday

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, we will have an end of the conference raffle, where you can win some pretty cool prizes. The raffle will take place right after the last keynote on Sunday in Track 1 and all you need to do to win is to be present!

Massive Thanks to Our Sponsors

We couldn’t have made all this possible without the support of all our sponsors and we’d like to extend a special thanks to the following amazing companies: SiteGround, Kyup, Automattic, Mandrill, Shopware, Mailjet, Proxiad, and MDG.

Official Twitter & Hashtag

The conference’s Twitter account is @bgphp and we will be posting all important announcements there as well, so click this Follow link. The conference hashtag is #bgphp15. Make sure to tag all your social media posts and pictures with it 🙂

A List of Recommended Bars & Restaurants

Here’s a quick selection of our favorite places to eat and drink, vegetarian spots including. Enjoy!

Well, that’s it! We can’t wait to see you all tomorrow!