Bulgaria PHP Tutorials Day is Tomorrow – All You Need to Know


Are you ready for a day full of knowledge with our excellent tutorial day speakers? The Bulgaria PHP Tutorials Day is tomorrow, and if you have signed for any of the tutorials, here’s everything you need to know about the day and how to prepare to make the most of it. A special thanks goes to our tutorial day sponsor SiteGround.

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 opens at 8:30am and will last for 30 minutes. Please come on time and collect your badge, so that we are all set for the first tutorial at 9am. You don’t need to print out emails or confirmations. Just state your name at registration.

Tutorials Schedule

The tutorials are divided in two tracks, the halls for the two tracks are right next to each other, and there will be schedules in front of each hall. You can also view the schedule here.

At each track, there will be a staff member to crosscheck your name and tutorial subscription.

If you can’t remember for which tutorials you’ve signed up for, you can look up your name in this file.

Speaker Feedback

We will be collecting speaker feedback through Joind.in and encourage you to leave your comments in their respective tutorial 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

There will be two 15-minute coffee breaks – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Coffee and small bites will be provided in each coffee break.

Lunch will be one hour and is not included in your tutorial day ticket. We recommend checking out the food court on the 2nd floor in the Mall – there are plenty of spots where you can eat, Happy on the food court level is a great choice too.

Special Requirements Reminder

All tutorials require a laptop, so please bring yours and don’t forget your power adaptors. We’ll provide power outlets to charge them if needed throughout the day.

Some of the tutorials have extra requirements and you have already received a separate email about them. Here’s a quick reminder just in case:

Michelangelo van Dam: Test, Create, Secure, Repeat

You need to be able to run PHP 5.4 or higher (preferably PHP 5.6) either on your laptop, in a virtual machine or on a raspberry pi. These tools are the minimum requirement:nt:

  • PHP 5.4 (with XDebug for code coverage)
  • GIT
  • a proper IDE to write code


David Buchmann: Hands-on: HTTP caching with Varnish

You need to set up the following demo system prepared by the speaker. There’s no need to look further at the contents of the repository – you will do the exercises during the workshop.

git clone https://gitlab.com/dbu/varnish-workshop.git then follow the steps explained in README.md in the root directory.

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 🙂