Speakers 2015

Sebastian Bergmann

Sebastian Bergmann has instrumentally contributed to transforming PHP into a reliable platform for large-scale, critical projects. Enterprises and PHP developers around the world benefit from the tools that he has developed and the experience he shares.

Stefan Priebsch

Stefan Priebsch is a co-founder of The PHP Consulting Company (thePHP.cc). As a consultant and coach, he helps teams to develop software successfully. Being father of four-year old twins, he is also a proven scalability expert.

Cal Evans

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. 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.

Kevin Bruce

Kevin is the sole Designer/Front End Developer in the band of developers called Musketeers.me and php[architect]. He has spent half of his 20 year design career drifting between Web Designer and Developer and lives in both camps comfortably. Being an evangelist of clean design and clean code, he started a still thriving web technology Meetup, an AIGA Design Meetup, is an AIGA Blue Ridge Board member and speaks at national tech conferences.

Adam Culp

Adam Culp, author of "Refactoring 101" and consultant at Zend Technologies, is passionate about developing with PHP and contributes to many open source projects. He organizes the SunshinePHP Developer Conference and South Florida PHP Users Group (SoFloPHP) where he enjoys helping others write good code, implement standards, refactor efficiently, and incorporate unit and functional testing into their projects.

He is a Zend Certified PHP 5.3 Engineer, and holds a seat on the Zend Framework Certification Advisory Board.

When he is not coding or contributing to various developer communities, he can be found hiking around the United States National Parks, teaching judo, or long(ultra) distance running.

Emanuil Slavov

Emanuil specializes in software quality for more than 14 years in industries such as online money transactions, secure file transfers, email and network security, anti fraud as well as various legacy and backend applications. Currently he is head of QA at komfo.com where he’s dealing with implications related to social networks. Works with team dev, ops and test teams to implement the best practices related to automated testing, static code analysis, custom build systems, development tools, continuous integration and delivery pipelines. Never losing sight of the big picture and applying systems thinking, this leads to faster releases, increased business value and overall team happiness.

Larry Garfield

Larry Garfield has been building web sites since he was a sophomore in high school, which is longer ago than he'd like to admit. At Palantir, Larry is a Senior Architect and Community Lead, developing solutions for medium to large cultural and educational institutions. He also works to represent both Palantir and Drupal in the broader developer community.

Larry is an active Drupal core contributor, including the principle architect of the Drupal 7 database system and the Drupal 8 Web Services Lead. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Drupal Association and the Drupal representative to the Framework Interoperability Group. Larry holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from DePaul University.

He is a co-author of "Drupal 7 Module Development" from Packt Publishing. He blogs at both palantir.net and garfieldtech.com.

Slavey Karadzhov

Slavey Karadzhov is a passionate programmer, open source supporter, and snowboarder since his early childhood.

Slavey is the author of the "Learn ZF2" book and is working as full-time Senior Consultant at Zend Technologies since 2008. He is PHP 5++, Zend Framework Certified and MySQL Engineer and in addition a member of the ZF2 Certification Board. Slavey is a proud owner of two master degrees(aka Cube-Master) - one in Computer Science from Sofia University, Bulgaria and one in Software Technologies from Stuttgart University of Applied Science, Germany. Last but not least Slavey is awarded software innovator and a person who is always interested in checking the latest "hype" technologies.

During his free time he likes to travel in exotic places, read books and enjoys the time with his family.

Samantha Quiñones

Samantha Quiñones is a polyglot hacker and systems architecture expert. Over the course of her 17-year career, she has built software and led teams for some of the largest names in financial services and digital media and is currently a Principal Software Engineer on the content platform team at AOL. Samantha is an accomplished writer and frequent speaker at technology conferences, a participant in the White House Data Jam on STEM Workforce Quality, Flow, and Diversity and has been recognized by the Huffington Post as one of the top Latinas in American Media.

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.

Wim Godden

Wim Godden has been working with open source technologies since 1997 and has been involved in open source projects such as OpenX and PHPCompatibility.

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.

Davey Shafik

Davey Shafik is a full-time developer with over 14 years of experience in PHP and related technologies. He has written three books, numerous articles, and spoken at conferences the world over. He is best known for his books, the Zend PHP Certification Study Guide and PHP Master: Write Cutting Edge Code, and as the creator of PHP Archive (PHAR) for PHP 5.3.

Davey is passionate about improving the tech community. He co-organizes the Prompt initiative (mhprompt.org), dedicated to lifting the stigma surrounding mental health discussions, and has worked with PHPWomen since its inception.

Kaloyan Raev

Kaloyan is leading the Zend Studio development team. He is an open source enthusiast with contributions to many projects at Eclipse Foundation and on GitHub. Now he uses his experience for the glory of Zend Studio. In his non-digital life Kaloyan is a passionate backcountry skier and mountaineer.

Beth Tucker Long

Beth Tucker Long is a PHP developer and advocate at Code Climate and co-organizer of Madison PHP. Beth is a firm believer in promoting community and mentoring. She runs Treeline Design, a web development company, and Playlist Event Music, a DJ company, along with her husband, Chris.

Yoan-Alexander Grigorov

A PHP software engineer with over 8 years of professional experience in enterprise software development. Achieving high quality of code, good erformance and reusable object-oriented design are primary goals. Inspired by people like Martin Fowler, Eric Evans, Kent Beck, Uncle Bob (and many more) I tend to follow the best practices in terms of code quality, flexible (and testable) object-oriented design and easy to maintain web applications.

Mario Peshev

Mario Peshev is the Founder and WordPress Architect at DevriX. He has been building software solutions for the past 10 years in PHP, Java and Python. Mario is a technical trainer at universities and large international corporations, and he is a co-organizer for WordCamp Europe. Being zealous about Open Source and distributed work, he usually spends his days in Coffices - reviewing internal SaaS projects or plugin frameworks.

Andreas Heigl

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.

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.

Michelle Sanver

Michelle Sanver is president of PHPWomen, an inclusive & global network providing support within the PHP community. She also works as a software developer at Liip, based in Zürich, Switzerland.

Michelle loves anything community related and is a big advocate of Open Source. She is a code-passionate colourful geek and with more than 10 years of PHP experience she is eager to share her extensive knowledge.

Srdjan Vranac

I am a developer, consultant, mercenary (used to be known as freelancing). I lead a small team that works on various projects ranging from small family businesses to Fortune 500 companies. I write terrible code that performs exceptionally and currently I am wrangling elePHPants and Pythons.... My Interests are process automation, continuous integration and delivery, clean code, testing, best practices (you have to know them so you can break them if you have to) and distributed systems

Mariusz Gil

Mariusz Gil is architect and CTO focused on high performance and scalable web applications. Trainer, consulant and conference speaker. Big fan of big-data and machine-learning solutions. He has been working for several companies on PHP projects for millions of active users, from biggest social network and instant-messaging software in Poland to multi-billion PV content personalization and discovery platform. Mariusz is also member of 4Developers and PHPcon Programme Commitees and one of core members behind PHPers, open meetups for PHP developers in many cities in Poland. After hours, mountain-biker and rock guitarist.

Stelian Mocanita

Stelian has been working in web development for eight years, tackling projects of different shapes and sizes for customers like Marlboro, Sprint telecom and governmental institutions. Three years ago he has joined Rakuten in the German subsidiary where he leads the development team, working on a world-wide spread ecommerce solution. On top of development, he is also wearing an OPS hat ensuring the stability and performance of the platform.

Carl Vuorinen

Carl Vuorinen is a web developer and team lead at W3 Group Finland. He has over ten years of experience in web development and has been working with commercial PHP projects since 2005. He likes to take on challenging projects and loves to solve problems effectively and deliver quality code that produces real value to the customer/end user.

Andrea Giuliano

Andrea is a software engineer thirsty of interests about all science matter. He is addicted to different programming languages from high to low level using them for algorithmic optimization, operating systems and distributed systems.

He is a lover of Agile methodologies and an active member of PUG-Rome and PUGX, involved in development of different open source libraries.

David Buchmann

David Buchmann works at Liip AG as Symfony expert. He is maintaining the Symfony Content Management Framework, a core developer of the PHP content repository implementation Jackalope and co-author of the FOSHttpCacheBundle. When he is not coding, he enjoys travelling with his girlfriend, music and boardgames.