Here are a few surprising statistics about the software world we live in:

Well over 80 percent of the web is powered by PHP, with over 250 million PHP applications and websites designed and delivered by a global community of more than 5 million active developers. 100 percent of enterprise organizations are using open source software today. And the API economy – transforming business value into revenue – is poised to explode in 2017.

Now in its 13th year, ZendCon is the "must attend" event and the largest gathering of the PHP and open source communities. ZendCon brings together industry thought leaders, recognized PHP experts, enterprise decision makers, IT managers, dev and ops teams, and independent developers for four days of professional and business development.

The ZendCon agenda includes authoritative keynotes, in-depth technical sessions, pre-conference tutorials, exhibit hall activities, the UnConference, and informal opportunities for networking. Conference tracks deliver high-value technical content relating to PHP and open source best practices, frameworks, communities, DevOps and continuous delivery, and IBM i development.

ZendCon connects the vast open source ecosystem and provides unique opportunities to engage with prominent speakers, community leaders, and vendors. You'll learn about the latest innovations and network with peers to get educated, advance your coding practices, and solve business challenges.

Learn from the largest variety of technical sessions, hear keynote presentations from thought leaders, improve your skills, and gain competitive advantage.


ZendCon is committed to creating a conference that is as inclusive as possible. We want to showcase talent from around the world, and from all groups. We are also committed to ensuring the conference is a place where ideas are exchanged, old friends get together, new friends meet, and harassment of any kind is not tolerated. If you experience any problems of this nature at the event please contact one of the event organizers, or report it to the registration desk.

Enjoy the conference! Thank you.



Justify your attendance

ZendCon 2017 brings together the community and industry to create the single largest gathering of technical leaders and practitioners for PHP and open source in one place. While you see the value in attending, you may need some justification - below is a template letter you can copy and paste into an email that outlines the value in attending.

Subject: Request to attend ZendCon 2017

ZendCon 2017 is the premiere event for PHP and open source web technologies, with four full days of educational training, exposure to the latest tools and techniques, and access to the top industry practitioners. With over 250 million PHP applications and websites driven by the very people attending, this is the best opportunity to learn from the experts and bring back actionable tasks.

If I attend, I'll receive:

  • Over 20 hours of training across different tracks, at varying levels of depth. I'm particularly interested in [insert areas of interest for you]
  • Higher-level understanding of the current state of the industry, with keynotes and guest speakers chosen for their broad expertise and applicability to what we're doing today
  • Networking opportunties with attendees, speakers, and industry thought leaders, with several hours of special events to talk about us and develop our relationships. This will help me address [insert specific problems or initiatives]
  • Access to vendors, partners, and new technologies, with 1-to-1 face time with those we're particularly interested in

Approximate costs for the event [complete with your details]:

Travel costs: $___
Accommodation at the conference hotel: conference rates starting at USD $115 / night
Meals: $___
Conference registration: Blind bird pricing at USD $695.00
Conference plus tutorial registration: Blind bird pricing at USD $895.00
Total cost: $___

When I return, I'll bring back actionable items for us to consider, plan, and help our team deliver better software. I'll give a short presentation on what I learned, talk about the contacts I made, and make available any materials on things we should look further into.

Thanks for considering my request.