This year’s keynotes will pack the Hall B once again! In true ZendCon style, expect a steady stream of great content, a healthy dose of thought-provoking commentary, and a dash of fun as industry noteworthies tackle the topics that are on everybody’s minds these days.


ZendCon Opening Keynote

Andi Gutmans - CEO and co-founder Zend Technologies | Tuesday, October 28 | 8:30 AM

Last year Zend CEO and co-founder Andi Gutmans introduced the Zend Blueprint for Continuous Delivery. Today we are far beyond the blueprint phase and well into construction. This year, he will introduce a major new component to the CD Blueprint: a left-shift in quality. He will be joined by two leading practitioners of Continuous Delivery, who will share real-life experiences of undertaking the journey of leveraging CD for mobile and web app development. With the help of fellow Zenders, he will unveil new products and capabilities that are nothing short of game-changing.


Agile Impact: Innovate While Scaling Agile in Partnerships

Andres Angelani - Chief Solutions Officer, Globant | Wednesday, October 29 | 8:30 AM

In recent years, Agile has impacted the way we create software. Delivering great digital experiences, arriving first to market and staying within budget is a growing dilemma in the technology space. We will talk about Agile Pods TM, a delivery model with an agile foundation, which addresses team dynamics, gamification and cultural bonding planted along a team maturity path. Agile Pods bring a better alignment between business and technology teams, driven by a culture of self- regulated teamwork and collaboration across skills, partners and country borders. Andres will present examples of how this model works, and why it is impacting the way we create products for the most innovative companies. He will discuss: how to continue to innovate but at the same time shorten time to market while you scale, how to increase employee retention in a world that constantly needs more talent, and how the ecosystem of partnership can be organized to pursue the customer’s goals.


Big Data 2.0

Rod Smith - IBM fellow, Vice President, IBM Emerging Internet Technologies | Tuesday, October 28 | 1:30 PM

Big Data & Analytics continues to be a disruptive business force. Are we entering a new phase - Big Data & Analytics 2.0 - the mixing historical & realtime data with an emphasis of transforming traditional business analytics into “just-in-time” analytics at the point of business decisions? Businesses are envisioning a future where they’re able to turn data into actions at the time to value needs of the business; which is bringing about huge innovation strides across the industry & open source communities. This talk will focus on what businesses are looking for in the next few years and what technologies on the horizon will meet the challenge.


Go To There and Back Again

Douglas Crockford - JavaScript Architect, PayPal | Thursday, October 30 | 11:45 AM

Progress does not wait for the next new idea. It waits for consensus on an old idea. Sometimes the people who would most benefit from an innovation are the first to reject it. This is a true story.


What can BitCoin hold for PHP Developers - Panel

Luke Stokes - co-founder of FoxyCart! | Wednesday, October 29 | 1:30 PM
Rich Morgan - Ecommerce Development Team Lead at BitPay, Inc.
Joel Dietz - Founder and CEO of Swarm

BitCoin has become a buzzword most have heard, but the vast majority still have questions. And what should we, as PHP developers, know about BitCoin, or why should we care? At ZendCon we will have a BitCoin panel discussion with some very smart forerunners in regards to the topic. They will speak briefly on what BitCoin is, then follow-up with why they feel it is important, then finally help inform developers why it may be something that should be implemented in our projects. If you have questions, this is also the time to bring them up, and we'll talk about it.

The panel will comprise of Luke Stokes, co-founder of FoxyCart! who offers BitCoin as an option in their cart solutions. Also present will be Rich Morgan, an Ecommerce Development Team Lead at BitPay, Inc. a forerunner in offering BitCoin solutions for online merchants. And we will have Joel Dietz, Founder and CEO of Swarm, a crowdfunding platform that operates on BitCoin framework.



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