SunshinePHP Conference - February 8th-10th, 2018

It's warm and sunny in Florida. Take a break from the cold to enjoy some sunshine, and talk about PHP!

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Below is the full list of speakers who will be presenting the talks, tutorials and keynotes of the SunshinePHP Developer Conference.

NOTE: In order to hear these wonderful speakers a registration is required using the Registration page. Also please note that the tutorials require an additional ticket also available using the registration page.


Adam Culp

Adam Culp (MC)

Bio: Adam Culp (@AdamCulp) 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 the 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, is a voting member of the PHP-Fig, and holds a seat on the Zend Framework Certification Advisory Board. You can also find him on his Run Geek Radio podcast and GeekyBoy technical blog. 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.


Adam Englander

Adam Englander

Bio: Adam Englander is a seasoned developer with over twenty years of experience building scalable, manageable, and reliable systems. For most of the past ten years, he has been doing that with PHP. Adam is vocal advocate for testing and security and can regularly be seen presenting on both topics. His dedication to the PHP community is well known as the founder of Vegas PHP. Adam is currently the Architect for the LaunchKey multi-factor authentication service at iovation.

Talk: Cryptography For Beginners


Alena Holligan

Alena Holligan

Bio: Starting in PHP over 15 years ago, Alena is excited about expanding and encompassing the AMAZING PHP community through collaboration and the use of common patterns. As a Teacher at Treehouse and local leader of the Portland PHP users group, she is passionate about helping people overcome their own barriers to excellence in order to achieve personal confidence in their ability to learn and succeed.

Talk: Let's Talk Scope


Amanda Folson

Amanda Folson

Bio: From humble beginnings as a PHP4 web developer in grade school, Amanda now works as a Developer Relations Manager at Nexmo where she gets to share her passion for technology and education with others. In addition to consuming APIs and IPAs, she currently serves as a co-host for the PHPTownHall podcast and is involved in Open Sourcing Mental Illness. In her spare time you’ll find her in a hammock with a guitar.

Talk: 10 Things I Hate About Your API


Amrita Jain

Amrita Jain

Bio: Amrita Jain has a strong background in architecting scalable web services and cloud infrastructures. She earned her Masters in CS from Cornell and has held key positions in several companies of varying sizes, thus building a well-rounded technology perspective. Currently she is the Director of WebServices at Beachbody LLC. where the tech backbone designed by her team serves millions of customers across America and Europe. She is an active member of several southern California tech meetups and regularly presents her experiences and innovations in developing scalable and secure Microservice architectures.

Talk: Securing Web Services: Fundamentals, Lessons Learnt, Common Vulnerabilities and Security Strategies


Andrea Skeries

Andrea Skeries

Bio: My mission is to bring awareness to designers, developers, and content writers that the work they do has a direct impact on people's lives. For more than a decade I've worked with healthcare, hospitality, restaurants, non-profits, educational, and governmental organizations to provide accessible user experiences for their site visitors. As a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) through the IAAP, I educate the community with interactive training and building empathy in workshops and meetups.

Talk: Squash Accessibility Bugs

Tutorial: Guide to UX Testing with Assistive Technology


Ann Gaffigan

Ann Gaffigan

Bio: Ann Gaffigan is the CTO and partner at National Land Realty, a full-service real estate brokerage company specializing in farm, ranch, plantation, timber, and recreational land across the country. She was formerly the CTO of Land Pros Realty, which merged with National Land Realty in January 2016.

Ann spent the first decade of her career growing her web and systems development business, Gazelle Incorporated, after graduating from the University of Nebraska with her bachelor’s in computer science in 2004. Gazelle Inc. served dozens of clients all over the United States, ranging from small businesses that needed informational websites to larger non-profits and commercial businesses needing integrated membership and operations systems.

Keynote: How to Go from Developer to Stakeholder


Ashley Hutson

Ashley Hutson

Bio: Senior Software Engineer currently living and working in Seattle WA under contract for McGraw-Hill Education. She spends a lot of her time refactoring legacy code of older projects in her free time. Her current projects have lead her to developing more modern microservice architectures.

Talk: Win Big, Cache Out


Ben Marks

Ben Marks

Bio: Ben began his career in PHP building commercial sites in 2003, focusing on Magento since 2008 and joining the ranks of Magento as their sole evangelist in 2014. He believes that the boundless requirements of commerce provide some of the best fodder for development (and for conference discussions). Always a learner, frequently a teacher, his approach to speaking and attending conferences is to find the story, enjoyment, and (often) humor in every situation.

Talk: OSS Commerce Melee


Bradley Holt

Bradley Holt

Bio: Bradley Holt is a Developer Advocate and Senior Software Engineer with IBM Watson Data Platform. He is the author of several publications including Scaling CouchDB and Writing and Querying MapReduce Views in CouchDB (both published by O'Reilly Media). He has spoken at numerous conferences including Abstractions , ApacheCon, the O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference, O'Reilly Fluent, ConFoo, Node.js Interactive, php[tek], ZendCon, and OSCON. Bradley writes and speaks about topics such as Apache CouchDB, PouchDB, Offline First, Node.js, and Domain-Driven Design.

Talk: Domain-Driven Data


Brent Shaffer

Brent Shaffer

Bio: Brent is a Developer Programs Engineer at Google where he champions the rights of PHP devs in a Java and Python world. His most notable Open Source contribution is the OAuth2 server for PHP, and his favorite OpenSource project is the Symfony framework. Outside of work, he loves mountaineering and playing folk music in a band.

Talk: Deploy Scalable and Secure PHP Applications with Kubernetes


Cal Evans

Cal Evans

Bio: 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 [Nomad PHP](https://nomadphp.com). 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 1.31,[ the lovely and talented Kathy](http://kathyevans.biz). Together they have 2 wonderful kids who were both smart enough not to pursue a job in IT.

Keynote: tba


Chris Russell

Chris Russell

Bio: Chris Russell has been a professional software engineer since 2005 and a hobbyist for many years before that. During that time, he has held roles ranging from "bug-squasher" to Architect. He is currently working as the Solutions Architect for the CarWash Controls department of Sonny's Enterprises where he has the fortune to work with a product suite including physical hardware, embedded systems, traditionally installed software, and web applications.

Chris has been involved in the South Florida PHP user-group since early 2012. Being A strong proponent for "learning through the perspectives of others", his favorite part of the community is the organic information-exchange that comes out of it.

Talk: A Review of Code Reviews


Chris Tankersley

Chris Tankersley

Bio: Chris Tankersley is a husband, father, and PHP developer in Northwest Ohio. He works for InQuest, LLC on their intrusion detection platform, and has programmed in various types of PHP including ZF2, Drupal, Wordpress, and Symfony. He founded the Northwest Ohio PHP User Group, and works with local developers helping them with programming and server administration. He works with PHP primarily, with some work done in Node.js and Python.

Talk: You Were Lied To About Optimization


Christian Varela

Christian Varela

Bio: Husband, Father of 3 girls. He is PHP programmer with 13 years of experience. He started working with PHP to create web applications. He's originally from Mexico and he has lived in Miami for 8 years. He created his own company Conqueror Soft. He likes to play piano and guitar.

Talk: Make your application expressive

Tutorial: Create an API-centric System for Web and Mobile


Dana Luther

Dana Luther

Bio: Dana is a Senior Web Application Architect at Envisage International. She has been developing in PHP for over 15 years, and building almost exclusively in the Yii Framework for the last 6 years. She is a graduate of the University of Florida, and works with a small agile group of Yii developers to meet the demands of a diverse international company that serves the needs of international students around the world with over 650,000 monthly visitors and generating over 1,200,000 page views. Dana is one of the co-organizers of the Yii-Jax Meetup group, a regular contributor to the Envisage International Blog and maintains her own blog on the Yii Framework.

Talk: Converting Your DEV Environment to a Docker Stack


Dave Stokes

Dave Stokes

Bio: Dave Stokes learned to program FORTRAN on punch cards officially making him a dinosaur. He switched to Unix after too many of his favorite operating systems were killed off by their vendors. He is a MySQL Community Manager for Oracle and previous was the MySQL Certification Manager for MySQL AB and Sun. He speaks 30+ times a year on database topics. He lives in Texas, rides a Honda Goldwing motorcycle, and wants you to know that you are unique and special -- just like everyone else.

Talk: MySQL 8


Derick Rethans

Derick Rethans

Bio: 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, where he works on the PHP, C, and C++ drivers for MongoDB, and date/time related server features.

Talk: Xdebug


Hugo Hamon

Hugo Hamon

Bio: Hugo Hamon is a PHP and Symfony certified developer. After five years of professional PHP web development in web agencies for famous french customers, he now works as a consultant and software architect at SensioLabs. On his free time, Hugo contributes to Symfony and many other open source projects. Hugo also wrote and contributed to french and english books related to PHP, the Symfony framework and design patterns.

Tutorial: Symfony 4 - Hands On Tutorial


Ibis Fonte

Ibis Fonte

Bio: President of Software Factory which offers integrated software solutions and mobile apps. She has more than two decades of software development experience specializing in product innovation and eCommerce. She is a strong advocate for women in tech and has worked with Girls Who Code and Girl Develop It.

Talk: Is the future of computing deviceless?


Jason McCreary

Jason McCreary

Bio: Jason McCreary, or JMac, has been writing code for over two decades. He shares his experiences through speaking, coaching, and organizing local meetups. He's the creator of Laravel Shift. JMac considers himself an "active geek" - with a passion for programming & the great outdoors.

Talk: Practicing YAGNI

Tutorial: Start testing your PHP code


Joe Ferguson

Joe Ferguson

Bio: PHP Dev, Sys Admin, Community Builder, Conf Organizer & Speaker, Maker, Hacker, Tinkerer, Space Geek, Husband. Owned by cats.

Talk: SlimPHP - When you don't need the kitchen sink


Kerri Miller

Kerri Miller

Bio: Kerri Miller is a Software Engineer and Team Lead currently based in the Pacific Northwest. She has worked at companies large and small, mentors and teaches students, and still finds time to work on Open Source projects and organize multiple conferences every year. Having an insatiable curiosity, she has worked as a lighting designer, marionette puppeteer, sous chef, and professional poker player, and enjoys hiking, collecting Vespas, yoyos, and working with glass.

Talk: Crescent Wrenches and Debuggers: Building Your Own Toolkit For Rational Inquiry


Kesha Williams

Kesha Williams

Bio: Kesha (pronounced KEY-SHA) Williams is a software engineer with over 20 years’ experience specializing in full stack web application development using Java and Amazon Web Services (AWS). She's trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Europe, and Asia while teaching Java at the university level. She did her summer internship with the National Security Agency (NSA) and most recently won the Think Different Innovation Award from Chick-fil-A for her work on investigating how emerging technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) can enhance restaurant operations and customer experiences. In her spare time, she leads the Georgia chapter of Technovation, speaks at technical conferences across the country, serves as a mentor with the New York Academy of Sciences, and conducts free "Hour of Code" workshops for children at her local library.

Talk: The Voice-First Revolution: Building Google Assistant Apps Using JavaScript


Korvin Szanto

Korvin Szanto

Bio: I'm a PHP developer from Portland with a passion for programming, community, and open source.

Talk: How to beat memory bloat with generators


Larry Garfield

Larry Garfield

Bio: Larry Garfield has been building websites since he was a sophomore in high school, which is longer ago than he'd like to admit. Larry was an active Drupal contributor and consultant for over a decade, and led the Drupal 8 Web Services initiative that helped transform Drupal into a modern PHP platform.

Larry is Director of Developer Experience at Platform.sh, a leading continuous deployment cloud hosting company. He is also a member of the PHP-FIG Core Committee.

Larry holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from DePaul University. He blogs at both http://platform.sh/ and http://www.garfieldtech.com/.

Talk: Containers are a pile of lies!


Lisa Bock

Lisa Bock

Bio: Lisa Bock is an associate professor in the Information Technology department at Pennsylvania College of Technology, in Williamsport, PA. Since 2004, she has been teaching everything from forensics to network security that include: networking, security, biometrics, technical support, protocol vulnerabilities (using Wireshark), CCNA Security, and VoIP and Unified Communications. She holds an MS from University of Maryland University College, along with numerous other certifications. She has had training in programming, forensics, networking, steganography, and network security. She is involved with various volunteer activities, has evaluated professional journals, published 20 courses on Lynda.com, and is an award-winning speaker. Lisa and her husband Mike enjoy bike riding, watching movies, and traveling.

Talk: Vulnerability Scanning for your Website


Luis Atencio

Luis Atencio

Bio: Luis is a Staff Software Engineer for Citrix Systems in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He has a B.S. and an M.S. in Computer Science. Luis works full time developing and architecting web applications leveraging PHP, JavaScript, and Java platforms. When he's not coding, he writes a developer blog at http://luisatencio.net focused on software engineering and functional programming. In addition, he's written many articles for PHPArch magazine, DZone, and helps other aspiring speakers draft their proposals. Luis contributes to developer literacy through authoring Functional Programming in JavaScript (Manning), RxJS in Action (Manning), and Functional PHP (Leanpub). He's developed an online video series on Functional PHP for Packt publishing.

Talk: Functional programming for the Advanced Beginner


Margaret Staples

Margaret Staples

Bio: Delighted Developer Evangelist @ Twilio. Proud keeper of best pupper ever, Lilith. Personally responsible sentient creature. Cybae. Consistent producer of code, philosophy, and attitude. Happy to help with all things Twilio. Let's make neat stuff.

Talk: Philosophy in Code: I Kant Even


Mark Niebergall

Mark Niebergall

Bio: Mark Niebergall is a passionate, security-minded PHP software engineer with over a decade of hands-on experience with PHP projects. He is the Utah PHP User Group President and often speaks at user groups and conferences. Mark has a Masters degree in MIS, is CSSLP and SSCP cybersecurity certified, and volunteers for (ISC)2 exam development. Mark enjoys flying drones, casual gaming, and teaching his kids how to push buttons and use technology.

Talk: Advanced PHP Simplified

Tutorial: Defensive Coding Crash Course


Michael Moussa

Michael Moussa

Bio: Michael has over 17 years experience with all aspects of building and maintaining PHP applications. He is currently a Solutions Architect on Rackspace's Fanatical Support for AWS team helping customers migrate their applications to the AWS cloud. In his spare time, he enjoys homebrewing his award-winning beer.

Talk: Essential AWS for PHP Applications


Nancy Gaines

Nancy Gaines

Bio: Nancy Gaines is CEO/Founder of Gain Advantages Inc. and has been advising small businesses and Fortune 100 companies how to increase revenues through proven systems for almost two decades. She is a best-selling author and international keynote speaker. Nancy has been named in the Top 100 Productivity Experts to follow on Twitter and has a global podcast downloaded in over 70 countries. Her main focus is creating business processes with actionable steps so her clients achieve more consistency, ease, and ultimate success.

Keynote: How to Communicate When You are from Mars and the Business is from Venus


Nicolas Steenhout

Nicolas Steenhout

Bio: Nicolas Steenhout is a veteran of, and passionate advocate for, web accessibility. Nic had taken the lead in building several websites prior to taking up a federally-funded position in the disability sector in the US in 1996. An international speaker, trainer, and consultant, Nic works with government, corporations, and small teams in the areas of both web and physical accessibility. Working with and for thousands of people with disabilities in North America and Australasia, while working with web technologies and their impact, has given Nic a unique insight into the challenges, solutions, and nuts and bolts of web accessibility.

Keynote: Forget accessibility - Think inclusive design


Rob Allen

Rob Allen

Bio: Rob Allen is a software consultant and developer with many years experience and writes code in PHP and other interesting languages. He is part of Slim Framework's leadership team and contributes to Apache OpenWhisk and other open source projects. Rob is a published author and based in the UK where he runs Nineteen Feet Limited, focussing on API development, training and consultancy. In his spare time, Rob blogs at akrabat.com and can often be seen with a camera in his hand.

Talk: Protect your API with OAuth2

Tutorial: Building Modern APIs in Expressive


Sara Golemon

Sara Golemon

Bio: Sara is a long time contributor to the PHP language and runtime, HHVM Hacker, author of Extending and Embedding PHP, and PHP FIG Core Committee member.

Talk: How PHP Ticks

Tutorial: PHP Extension Writing


Terrence Ryan

Terrence Ryan

Bio: Terry Ryan is a Developer Advocate for the Google Cloud Platform team. He has 15 years of experience working with the web - both front end and back. He is passionate about web standards and wants to bring web developers to the Google Cloud Platform. Before Google, he worked for Adobe and the Wharton School of Business.

He also wrote Driving Technical Change for Pragmatic Bookshelf, a book that arms technology professionals with the tools to convince reluctant co-workers to adopt new tools and technology.

Talk: Virtual Machine, Container, or Serverless


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