Speakers

Adam Culp

Adam Culp (@AdamCulp), author of "Refactoring 101" and consultant at Rogue Wave Software, 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 is a seasoned developer with over thirty years of experience building scalable, manageable, and reliable systems. For the past ten years, he has been doing that with PHP. Adam is a vocal advocate for utilizing behavioral driven development as the driver for building great applications. His dedication to the PHP community is well known as the founder of Vegas PHP. In the past few years, Adam has been building IoT apps and has been researching ways to make this accessible in PHP.

Adam Wathan

Adam is a full-stack developer at Tighten Co. and has worked with PHP for over 12 years. He's passionate about software design, test-driven development, and building great products. He is an active open source contributor and host of the Full Stack Radio podcast. When he's not writing code, he's winning gold medals at Canadian powerlifting competitions.

Ahmed Dirie

Working as a developer for over 10 years, Ahmed specializes in cloud infrastructure and web application development. He comes from a networking background and has worked on achieving high availability through software driven networks as well as moving routing into the cloud. He's also published a paper both in IEEE and IJAACS on localization algorithms for wireless sensor networks. In 2008, Ahmed co-founded a web startup that enabled businesses in the mail industry to manage their customers and provide notifications services.

Currently, Ahmed works as a Cloud Developer for Rogue Wave Software where he manages the company's cloud and sites.

Alan Seiden

Alan founded Alan Seiden Consulting and Club Seiden to help IBM i shops become successful creating web and mobile applications with PHP, RPG, DB2, and Zend Framework. Services range from individual mentoring and consulting to business analysis and large-scale development. Co-developer with IBM of the open-source PHP Toolkit, Alan was one of the first Zend Framework certified engineers, later co-founding the NYC Zend Framework Meetup. Alan was a charter member of IBM/COMMON's PHP Advisory Board and a consultant for IBM's manual PHP: Zend Core for i5/OS. An award-winning speaker, Alan has been called "the performance guru of PHP on IBM i," is a Zend reseller partner, and a member of the Z Team.

Alena Holligan

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 for Women Who Code and the 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.

Andi Gutmans

Andi is a multidisciplinary, customer-focused executive leader with a passion for value innovation. With an excellent understanding of product strategy, freemium business models, packaging & pricing, agile application delivery, and go-to-market strategy, he's successfully led complex product-mix and global organizational transitions to deliver stronger customer value, higher margins, and profitability.

Andi has been recognized as an industry thought leader, including:

  • Chosen by Mashable as one of the "10 founding fathers of the Web"
  • Recognized by InternetNews.com as one of the top 10 most visionary tech CEOs in 2010
  • Named one of Computerworld’s "40 innovative IT people to watch, under the age of 40"

Andreas Heigl

Andreas helps solving problems at a German corporate publishing company. He sometimes even uses code for that. Besides his family, his work as a jack-of-all-trades, and contributions to different open source projects, he still finds the time to run PHPUGFFM, the PHP user group in Frankfurt/Main, and maintain PHP.ug.

Ben Marks

Ben is a voting representative in the PHP FIG and has more than 10 years in open source commerce working with some of the biggest brands. He serves as an educator and mentor for Magento, having trained hundreds of developers directly as well as thousands of others through the Magento U Fundamentals series. He's always excited to meet other developers to talk about and learn from the challenges and successes of building successful commercial sites with PHP.

Bill Weinberg

Bill is the senior director and analyst, open source strategy, at the Linux Foundation. In this role, he helps companies and projects create sound approaches for managing, building, securing, and deploying open source software in intelligent devices, enterprise data centers, and the cloud.

Bill boasts over 30 years of experience in embedded systems, telecom, and enterprise software. A founding team-member at MontaVista, Bill pioneered Linux for intelligent and mobile devices. He ran carrier-grade and mobile Linux initiatives as senior analyst at OSDL, working closely with community, analysts, and media. As GM of the Linux Phone Standards Forum, Bill worked tirelessly to establish standards for mobile telephony. And at Black Duck Software, he led the open source consulting practice, for business and technology strategy, governance, and security. Bill is a prolific author and speaker, spanning FOSS adoption to IoT, legacy migration, licensing, standardization, telecoms, mobile, and the connected car. Learn more.

Brandon Savage

In 2003, Brandon discovered that PHP could automate things that would take a long time to do by hand. Brandon was hooked, and spent every waking hour learning PHP and how to use it for his projects. Brandon began his career working for small shops doing WordPress and Drupal with some custom applications, then moved on to Mozilla, where he worked on a highly-available big-data project called Socorro.
Brandon's passions are object-oriented design and well-written code, along with a healthy dose of a "just ship" mentality for solving business problems. Brandon lives in Maryland and is a private pilot with more than 400 hours of total time. Brandon speaks at PHP conferences around the world on a variety of subjects focused on good code, object-oriented design, and being your own boss.

Cal Evans

When he was only 14-years-old, Cal encountered the computer that changed his life: a TRS-80 Model 1. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PCs. 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. He gives motivational talks to developers around the world. If you meet him at ZendCon, don't be afraid to buy him a shot of Bourbon.

Chris Tankersley

Chris Tankersley is a husband, father, and PHP developer in Northwest Ohio. He is currently working as a Zend Framework and DevOps consultant. He founded the Northwest Ohio PHP User Group, and works with local developers helping them with programming and server administration. Chris works with PHP primarily, with some work done in Node.js and Python for personal projects.

Christian Wenz

Christian Wenz is a consultant, author, and trainer on web technologies, web performance, and web security. With his company Arrabiata Solutions GmbH, with offices in Munich and London, he makes web applications better performing, more visible, and more secure. Christian has written or co–written over 100 books for various publishers. He is the main author of the Zend PHP 5.5 certification, contributes to several open source projects, and is a fixture at IT conferences worldwide since 2003. This is his 12th ZendCon.

Chuck Reeves

A PHP developer for the past 14 years and the self-proclaimed Secretary of WurstCon, Chuck has contributed to many projects ranging from: online sweepstakes, custom CMS, ecommerce and marketing, and custom software. Currently, Chuck freelances with a company on Google ad Analytics and planning, which relies heavily on statistical algorithms to build out suggestions for ad spends. Rarely not developing, Chuck spends time playing Magic the Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons.

Clark Everetts

Clark is a relative newcomer to PHP, having only 11 years of experience using it on a daily basis, and providing PHP training for a mere eight years. He has overcome this handicap, however, as a senior professional services consultant for Zend at Rogue Wave Software, where he helps companies manage their PHP-based web applications by conducting software architecture and performance audits, guiding PHP and Zend Framework migrations, and showing developers how to build, test, and deploy applications with Zend Server, Zend Studio, and open source tools. He likes to find bugs, fix 'em, and, by teaching software development best practices, help people prevent them in the first place.

Colin O'Dell

Lead web developer at Unleashed Technologies, a web and hosting firm based in Maryland, Colin began programming at age 8, co-founded a local web shop at 15, and has over 10 years of professional experience with PHP. In addition to being an active member of the PHP League and maintainer of the league/commonmark project, Colin is also author of the PHP 7 Migration Guide ebook.

Dave McLoughlin

Dave has worked various sales, technical, and management positions in the microcomputer software industry for over 25 years. He first joined OpenLogic (now Rogue Wave Software) in 2006 in a technical sales positions and has since helped the company in developing its open source content strategy and technical support department. Currently, Dave is the director of open source software auditing services at Rogue Wave Software.

Dave Stokes

Dave Stokes is a MySQL community manager for Oracle and previously was the MySQL certification manager for MySQL AB & Sun. He started with PHP when it was Personal Home Page and quickly abandoned PERL thereafter. He lives in Texas and does not get enough time to ride his motorcycle (a Honda Goldwing).

David Stockton

David Stockton has been writing PHP code professionally since 1998. He is vice president of technology at i3logix in Denver, CO. He is very passionate about source control, TDD, APIs, and PHP development. He is married and has two daughters who are learning to program and build circuits with Arduino and a three year old son who has been seen studying calculus and recursive algorithms. He writes a monthly column in PHP Architect magazine focused on helping people level up their careers. He created zendtutorials.com and tddftw.com.

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth has been using PHP since time immemorial (PHP 4 beta) but has used PHP 5.6 for so long now that she’s forgotten how she ever got by without traits and namespaces. She also plays far too much with C-based languages and has the superpower of breaking things, like Valgrind and GDB, on the same day. She went to college for dance which quickly became an English major after the first baby. If you see her in person, ask how she wound up with a career in computers.

Enrico Zimuel

A developer since 1996, Enrico Zimuel works as a Zend senior software engineer at Rogue Wave Software. He is a core developer of Zend Framework and Apigility open source projects. He has been a researcher programmer at the Informatics Institute of the University of Amsterdam. He is a TEDx speaker and regular speaker of international PHP conferences. He's the author of articles and books about web programming, applied cryptography, and web security. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in computer science and economics from the University of Pescara (Italy). He is the co-founder of the PHP User Group of Torino (Italy).

Gary Hockin

Gary Hockin has been creating code to power web applications for over 15 years, the last three of them at an extraordinary level. He is handsome, talented, funny, and articulate, and also extremely modest. Gary pretends to work, mainly as a developer Advocate for PhpStorm at JetBrains, and is a valued contributor to Zend Framework. He's married and has two wonderful children, and when he's not coding, writing about code, speaking about code, or reading about code, he can usually be found in the pub playing pool.

Georgiana Gligor

Having crafted professional software on the LAMP stack since 2003, Georgiana is living proof that geek girls are an asset to any team. She loves developing complex, large-scale applications with a strong emphasis on performance, as well as mentoring teammates in achieving craftsmanship. Georgiana has experience in every aspect of the lifecycle of software development and is hungry for more.

Gregory Chris

Gregory Chris is a team member of the Zend Server UI and a key part in developing the revolutionary Z-Ray. He likes to contribute to the web development world by running a web development related blog and creating online tools and code snippets for PHP developers. Gregory is enthusiastic about new technologies, client and server side, and always looking for the next new trend. Outside of work, Greg enjoys sports, pool, and spending time with his family.

James Smith

James is the cofounder and CEO of Bugsnag, the leading crash detection platform for web and mobile applications. Bugsnag helps companies such as Airbnb, Square, Cisco, Pandora, and Slack capture and fix errors in their applications, and build better software. Originally from London, James moved to the Bay Area in 2009, leading the product team as CTO of Heyzap. In his spare time he likes hacking on open source software, eating junk food, and practicing his American accent.

James Titcumb

James is the founder of the UK-based PHP Hampshire user group and the PHP South Coast Conference. He’s also a Zend Certified Engineer and consultant at Roave. During his downtime, he continues to run the PHP Hampshire user group and the conference, and keeps up with active contributions to various open source projects.

Jan Burkl

Since 2006, Jan has worked as a senior solution consultant for Rogue Wave Software in Stuttgart, Germany. The university degree trained computer scientist consults business customers in the field of PHP software projects.

Jan has been working with PHP since 2001. During his computer science studies, he developed several PHP projects in the field of research of efficient network algorithms. In 2005, he started to work as a software developer, where he planned and implemented individual software solutions for business customers.

Jason McCreary

Jason McCreary, aka "JMac," is a software engineer specializing in PHP and iOS application development. He's the creator of PocketBracket, Laravel Shift, and PHP Shift. Code mentor at Code Louisville and organizer of the Louisville Software Engineering meetup], JMac has a passion for programming and the great outdoors.

Jeroen van Dijk

Jeroen van Dijk is technical consultant at Enrise, a Netherlands-based open source development company, and former board-member of the PHPBenelux team. He has been doing development with PHP for more than 15 years, with a passion for high-performance and high-volume web applications based on open source. Nowadays Jeroen also has proficient expertise in building mobile apps using technologies like Appcelerator Titanium and React Native for cross-platform development.

Jonathan Reinink

Jonathan Reinink is a long-time front and back-end web developer with a keen interest in PHP. Jonathan runs a small Canadian-based web development company called Code Distillery. In recent years, Jonathan has transitioned from being a "lone wolf" developer to being much more active in the PHP community. Most notably, Jonathan has contributed two packages to The PHP League, including Glide (an image manipulation library) and Plates (a native PHP template system). Jonathan has a strong design sense and is an advocate of using good design to help promote technical projects.

Josh Butts

Josh Butts is the VP of engineering at Offers.com, located in Austin, Texas. In addition to nearly a decade in the trenches of e-commerce at Offers.com, he is also the organizer of Austin PHP, one of the largest PHP user groups in the U.S. Josh has taught several classes in PHP and enjoys the opportunity to share his experiences with the PHP community.

Justin Reock

Justin has over 18 years of experience working in various software roles, including development, databases, integration work, quality, training, and technical leadership. His primary focus is on high-performance enterprise open source middleware and messaging. Currently, Justin is the senior director of support and professional services at Rogue Wave Software.

Kevin Adler

Kevin Adler works for IBM as part of the Emerging Solutions team. He has experience in many programming languages including C, C++, Java, CL, RPGLE, COBOL, Perl, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, and more. In his time at IBM he has worked as the IBM i test lead for WebSphere MQ and after that working on various parts of DB2 for i, including CLI; SQ runtime; IBM i Access ODBC driver; and writing many SQL services. In 2015, he joined the Emerging Solutions team to bring his love of open source software to the IBM i platform.

Larry Garfield

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 has been 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 runtimes and integrations at Platform.sh, a leading continuous deployment cloud hosting company. He's responsible for Platform's container-based products and developer advocacy, to make hosting major OSS projects with Platform.sh "stupid easy." He's also still a de facto Drupal developer evangelist within the PHP community, as well as the Drupal representative to the Framework Interoperability Group.

Laura Thomson

Laura Thomson is the director of engineering, Firefox Operations, at Mozilla. She has been in various engineering roles at Mozilla for the last nine years, and previously worked in jobs including Principal/VP at OmniTI, web developer, consultant, and computer science academic. She has written several books on various open source technologies, including "PHP and MySQL Web Development" (with Luke Welling, her husband). Laura is from Melbourne, Australia, but now lives with her family on a rustic horse farm in Maryland, USA, where she relaxes by indulging in manual labor and other rural pursuits.

Ligaya Turmelle

Ligaya Turmelle is a full time Goddess, part time MySQL DBA, occasional PHP programmer, and frequent world traveler. She currently has visited or lived in 21 countries and now resides in Florida with her husband and their Belgian Malinois. As a MySQL support engineer for Oracle she still manages to stay involved with the PHP community as a founding principal of PHPWomen and long-time busy body of the PHPCommunity channel (#phpc) on freenode. She hopes to one day actually meet all the people she talks to. Now for all the letters – OCP: MySQL 5.6 DBA, OCP: MySQL 5.6 Dev, CMDBA (5.0), CMDEV (5.0), MySQL Core (4.1), ZCE (PHP4&5), and Oracle ACE for MySQL.

Marco Pivetta

Marco "Ocramius" Pivetta is a software consultant at Roave.
With over a decade of experience with PHP, he is part of the Zend Framework CR team, Doctrine core team, and is also active in the community as a mentor and supporter.
When not coding for work, he usually hacks together new concepts and open source libraries, or simply provides Q&A on IRC.

Massimiliano Cavicchioli

I am a consultant and software architect at Rogue Wave Software. All we do revolves around best practices applied to the entire lifecycle of PHP-based applications.

More than 10 years in and around PHP, I strive to stay up to date with any important development in the PHP ecosystem (incredibly excited about PHP 7).

My everyday work can be summarized by the following Atul Gawande quote:

"We always hope for the easy fix: the one simple change that will erase a problem in a stroke. But few things in life work this way. Instead, success requires making a hundred small steps go right - one after the other, no slipups, no goofs, everyone pitching in."

Mathew Beane

Mathew has been fascinated with building and programming computers since his early days of upgrading an 8086 to an 80386. Working initially in the video game industry building servers and managing server rooms, Mat shifted his focus to PHP programming in early 2000. With over a decade of experience in ecommerce, Mat is now director of systems engineering at Robofirm and a Magento Certified developer. Because of his frequent presenting at PHP conferences, Magento recognized Mat as a Magento Master Mover in 2016. Mat contributes to Zend Server as part of the Z-Team with Zend where he has helped build the Magento plugin for Z-Ray. When he's not programming, you will find Mat spending time with his family, making music, or tinkering in aquaponics.

Matthew Weier O'Phinney

Matthew is a principal engineer at Rogue Wave Software and project lead for both Apigility and Zend Framework. He's been using and abusing web technologies since the late nineties, and has been actively contributing to open source projects since the early aughts, primarily in PHP. When not in front of a computer, you'll find him cavorting with his basset hound and family on the plains of South Dakota.

Michael Moussa

Michael Moussa is a Senior Software Engineer at Linio with more than 16 years’ experience developing PHP applications. When he's not coding, you can find him brewing his own beer or at the gym lifting things up and putting them down.

Mike Pavlak

Solution consultant with Rogue Wave Software and IBM i community advocate for PHP. Mike Pavlak has been working with IBM midrange solutions since 1992 and IBM mainframes before that. After years of developing applications using RPG, CL, and PHP, he managed IT development and IT for power protection manufacturer Tripp Lite. Mike joined Zend Technologies (now Rogue Wave Software) as a solutions consultant working with the IBM sales team in 2008 and enjoys helping IBM i customers explore PHP as a state of the art solution for application modernization. In addition to several roles as a volunteer with COMMON, the premier IBM midrange user group, Mike also teaches PHP classes part time at Moraine Valley Community College in suburban Chicago.

Omni Adams

Omni Adams has been a professional web developer for over a decade, primarily using PHP and MySQL. When not playing hockey or brewing beer, he barks at coworkers about their lack of unit tests and automates all of the boring things in his job.

Patrick Schwisow

Patrick has been into web technologies since the "bad old days" when animated GIFs were required on all sites and the BLINK tag still had some supporters. He suffered through several years of procedural programming in PHP 4 before discovering the glories of OOP in PHP 5. Patrick is a software engineer at Shutterstock, with experience in Doctrine, Symfony, and several less fun technologies. After hours, he's the founder and organizer of the Lake / Kenosha County PHP Users Group and a contributor to the Phergie IRC Bot.

Peter MacIntyre

Peter MacIntyre has over 25 years of experience in the information technology industry, primarily in the area of PHP and web technologies. He's contributed writing material for many IT industry publications: Author of PHP: The Good Parts (O'Reilly); co-author of Pro PHP Programming (APress), Programming PHP (3rd Edition - O'Reilly), Using Visual Objects, Using PowerBuilder 5, ASP.NET Bible, Web Warrior Survey on Web Development Languages, and Zend Studio for Eclipse Developer's Guide.

Peter is currently the co-chair, co-founder, and board member for the Northeast PHP Developer's Conference held in Boston, MA, for the last four years (2015.northeastphp.org). Peter has spoken several times at North American and International computer conferences including CA-World in New Orleans, USA; CA-TechniCon in Cologne, Germany; and CA-Expo in Melbourne, Australia.

Phillip Jackson

A luminary in the Magento community, Phillip has been developing ecommerce solutions since 1998. With over 15 years of experience creating unique online customer experiences, Phillip has both built and managed Magento installations for some of the world's most recognizable brands. With four Magento developer certifications under his belt, Phillip is one of the most certified developers in the community. He currently holds the second spot in the world at the Q&A site Magento StackExchange, runs the South Florida Magento Meetup, and co-hosts MageTalk, a Magento-focused podcast with 20,000 monthly listeners.

Robert C. Martin

Robert C. Martin, aka, Uncle Bob has been a software professional since 1970 and an international software consultant since 1990. In the last 40 years, he has worked in various capacities on literally hundreds of software projects. In 2001, he initiated the meeting of the group that created Agile software development from extreme programming techniques and served as the first chairman of the Agile Alliance. He is also a leading member of the Worldwide Software Craftsmanship Movement - Clean Code.

He has authored books on Agile programming, extreme programming, UML, object-oriented programming, C++ programming, and most recently Clean Code and Clean Coder. He has published dozens of articles in various trade journals.

He has written, directed, and produced numerous "Code Casts" videos for software professionals.

Bob is a regular speaker at international conferences and trade shows, and is the founder, CEO, and president of Uncle Bob Consulting, LLC and Object Mentor Incorporated.

Rod Cope

Rod Cope, CTO, drives the technology vision for Rogue Wave Software. Rod was the founder and CTO of OpenLogic, a profitable venture-backed company, and joined Rogue Wave as CTO following the acquisition. Rod has over 20 years of experience in software development spanning a number of industries including telecommunications, aerospace, healthcare, and manufacturing. Rod has worked at IBM, IBM Global Services, General Electric, and for the CTO of Anthem. Rod has also led key technical teams working on mission-critical applications at Ericsson and Integral. He has been instrumental in leading security efforts for large public facing web sites used by some of the largest financial institutions in the world, most notably securing foreign exchange transactions over the internet. Rod's expansive career also includes the implementation of public key based security systems from the ground up in embedded devices, mobile applications, and in back office systems. Rod holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Software Engineering from the University of Louisville.

Rod Flohr

An RPG programmer by trade, Rod came to Zend (now Rogue Wave Software) in late 2006 with more than 20 years of experience developing and supporting applications written for the System/38 and AS/400 family of IBM midrange computers. Rod remembers when he made the transition away from the familiar environment of RPG, CL, job queues, and subsystems into the strange new world of PASE, Apache, IFS, and PHP. The transition wasn't easy, not so much because these things were particularly difficult to use, but much more because they seemed so very different from the old ways. Rod has never forgotten this sensation of being lost in a new world. As a Rogue Wave support engineer working with IBM i customers today, Rod always works to help his newer customers to understand this new environment and become comfortable working in it.

Sammy Kaye Powers

Sammy Kaye Powers has been making things on the web for fifteen years. Sammy spends the bulk of his time in coffee shops cranking out loads of Facebook apps for ad agencies. He dabbles in PHP internals and is a top contributor of the official Facebook PHP SDK. He loves sharing knowledge about Facebook development and PHP at SammyK.me. He co-organizes the Chicago PHP user group and hosts the PHP Roundtable podcast. He travels all over the States competing in a dance called west coast swing. He's also a volunteer magician performing bedside magic at children's hospitals.

Stefan Koopmanschap

Between having a family life, doing a weekly radio show, and attending conferences and user group meetings, Stefan tries running a company called Ingewikkeld and organizing WeCamp. Having worked with PHP and several of its open source products since the late 90s, he still likes it for getting the job done.

Stephan Hochdörfer

Stephan Hochdörfer currently holds the position of head of IT at bitExpert AG, a company specializing in software and mobile development. His primary focus is everything related to web development as well as automation techniques ranging from code generation to deployment automation.

Stephanie Rabbani

Stephanie is the owner of iQ Web Development - a web development company that primarily uses PHP to develop web applications on IBM i. Stephanie works independently and partners with other well-known consultants to develop custom solutions to meet the needs of the business.

Stephanie is ZF2-certified and has expertise in various web development technologies as well as in-depth experience with DB2, SQL, and the IBM i environment. She also consults on the ongoing development of the PHP Toolkit for IBM i.

Steve Meyers

Steve Meyers has worked as a PHP and MySQL scalability expert for the last 15 years at such companies as Omniture (now part of Adobe), Spark Networks (owner of jDate.com), and CrimeReports. He now runs some of the largest independent online communities of college sports fans.

When he's not too busy with all of that, he runs the Ski PHP Conference, assists with the OpenWest Conference, is a core team member of the Utah Open Source Foundation, and runs the Provo Linux User Group.

Terrence Ryan

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.

Tessa Mero

Tessa Mero is a college instructor teaching web application development at a college and she also does database work on the side. In the past, she worked for a large company building websites in Joomla! for several years. She is involved with contributing to the Joomla! Project as an assistant manager for the Joomla! extensions directory team and a developer evangelist for the Joomla! organization, and she recently stepped down as a board of director for Joomla!