PHP[World] 2016 will be held November 14-18 in Washington, D.C. This will be the third edition of the conference, which aims to bring together the various sub-communities that are linked by the PHP programming language (including Drupal, WordPress, CakePHP, Magento, Laravel, and others.) The call for speakers opened today and organizers welcome submissions from the WordPress community for its dedicated WordPress track.
“Our biggest goal is to get talks that naturally will appeal to not only WordPress aficionados, but also to developers of the other frameworks/applications as well,” conference co-chair Eli White said. “The real goal is to have talks that end up getting someone from WordPress, and someone from Drupal (for example) sitting beside each other, and realizing that they are talking about the same thing, and dealing with the same issues.”
White said that the organizing team appreciates submissions for deep technical talks as well as topics such as writing plugins and customizing WordPress. The conference usually receives more than 600 submissions for its 50 session slots. WordPress track speakers in 2015 included Andrew Nacin, David Laietta, Eric Mann, Jenny Wong, Juliette Reinders Folmer, Zach Tollman, and several others.
“The entire inspiration of php[world] from it’s beginning in 2014 was to create a specific ‘event’ that was designed to bring all of the fractured communities within the PHP ecosystem together, in one place, at one time so that lots of cross-communication could happen between everyone,” conference co-chair Eli White said.
Unlike most WordCamps, this conference covers the cost of its speakers’ travel and accommodations. The speaker package also includes a free conference ticket. The call for papers will close on June 24th, 2016, at 11:59:59pm UTC and organizers will not grant any extensions. If you’re looking to expand your technical horizons and network with the greater PHP community, PHP[World] is a friendly event that will take you outside the WordPress bubble.