Keynote Speakers

Samantha Quiñones

Samantha Quiñones is a polyglot hacker and wrangler of engineers at Etsy. Over the course of her career, she has built software and led teams for some of the largest names in technology. Samantha is an internationally renowned speaker, a member of the PHP-FIG Core Committee, and a co-organizer of the NY PHP User Group. She has been recognized by the Huffington Post as one of the top Latin Americans in Media and is a 2015 recipient of the DCFT Powerful Female Programmers Award. 

Zeev Suraski

One of the principal authors of the PHP programming language, Zeev’s involvement with PHP dates to 1997 when he co-created the foundation for PHP 3 - the first version of PHP that resembles modern PHP. Later he spearheaded the PHP 4 project - which made PHP the most popular development language in the world for web apps, contributed to PHP 5, and is to blame for the sixth version of PHP being named PHP 7. Zeev co-founded Zend Technologies (acquired by Rogue Wave Software) in 1999, and holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. Currently, Zeev is CTO and VP of engineering at Rogue Wave Software, leading the Zend research and development teams.

Matthew Weier O'Phinney

Matthew has been using and abusing web technologies since the late nineties, and has actively contributed to open source projects since the early aughts, primarily in PHP. He’s spoken extensively at PHP conferences since 2005, including all but one ZendCon, multiple times at each of the Dutch PHP Conference and PHP Benelux, PHP Brasil in 2014, and many other venues. His topics range from deep dives into Zend Framework-related functionality to high-level PHP architectural concerns.

Matthew is a principal engineer at Rogue Wave Software and project lead for the Zend Framework, Apigility, and Expressive projects. He’s responsible for architecture, planning, and community engagement for each project, which engage thousands of developers worldwide, and are shipped in projects from personal websites to multinational media conglomerates, and everything in between. When not in front of a computer, you'll find him cavorting with his basset hound and family on the plains of South Dakota.

Justin Reock

Justin has 20 years of experience working in various software roles, including development, databases, integration work, quality, training, and technical leadership.  An outspoken free software evangelist and enthusiast, Justin has delivered numerous talks and sessions across a range of open technologies including ActiveMQ, Camel, CentOS, Java, and Postgres.  He’s currently the lead architect and director of Rogue Wave Open Source Support helping businesses support and adopt OSS, mitigate risks, and expand the utilization of OSS within their projects.

Federico Lara

Managing Director of IT and chief technologist at FedEx Cross Border — co-created Bongo International in 2007, which was acquired by FedEx in 2014. He continues to be responsible for the overall technology path and the overall cross border product vision. Lara's previous experience in web production and technology creation involved working with teams and projects at IBM Websphere, Coca-Cola, and MIT Media Lab, amongst others. Lara is an avid supporter of the developer and startup community and is an active member in the following organizations: NY Tech Alliance, Startup Weekend, and BBVA Open Talent. Lara holds a Music Business and Technology degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, and he studied Finance and International Business at Harvard Extension School. He and his team are based in NYC and Lima, Peru.