Steve Grunwell

Open-source contributor, speaker, and electronics tinkerer

Previous Talks

Cloud Gate (a.k.a. "The Bean"), surrounded by tourists in Chicago, IL.

Two Talks at php[tek] 2024

I’m way behind on posting about this, but php[tek] 2024 is just around the corner this April in Chicago. I’ll be giving two talks this year, and have a referral code that will save you $50 on your ticket!

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The skyline of Austin, TX

I’d Like to Write the World Some Docs @ Longhorn PHP 2023

In the before times, I was fortunate enough to have been invited to talk about automated testing at Longhorn PHP 2019. During my trip, I walked around Austin, dined with friends, drank in a Whole Foods, and had a blast doing karaoke.

They were simpler times. Better times.

While my memories of 2019 set a high bar, I’m going to try to have an even better time this year while I talk about documentation at Longhorn PHP 2023!

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Cloud Gate (a.k.a. "The Bean"), surrounded by tourists in Chicago, IL.

Continuous Integration and Delivery @ php[tek] 2023

It’s been a long time since my last in-person conference: php[tek] 2020 was cancelled due to the pandemic, and the live conference circuit has been sparse since COVID-19 rocked the world. As a result, my few speaking engagements have been strictly virtual since early 2020.

To be perfectly honest, it has been a total let-down. A pandemic sucks on its own, but seeing so many small conferences going under—it’s been painful to watch. My friends Heather and Eli at One for All Events have seemingly had to shutter their company, and their flagship events, php[tek] and php[world], haven’t happened since 2019.

php[architect], the organization that run those conferences, is now under new ownership: John Congdon and Eric Van Johnson of DiegoDev acquired the company in October 2021. Now, they’re bringing back php[tek] for the first time in three years, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it!

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WPSessions Presents WordSesh

Platform Plugin Development @ WordSesh 2021

I first met Brian Richards of WPSessions at WordCamp Grand Rapids 2014, and a hallway track conversation with him, Chris Klosowski, Topher + Cate DeRosia, and a handful of others actually helped me make the decision to embrace remote working, which led me to joining 10up that fall.

Beyond having a profound impact on my personal career, Brian and WPSessions also put on the free WordSesh conference, a virtual event with some of the biggest names in WordPress, and this year I’m fortunate to count myself among their ranks for WordSesh 2021!

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WordCamp Northeast Ohio Region

Platform Plugin Development @ WordCamp NEO 2021

It’s been a wild year since my last talk (the keynote at this very conference), and while the whole virtual conference scene is very different than the talks that I’m used to, I couldn’t sit out on one of my favorite WordCamps.

That’s right, folks — for the first time in a year, I’m dusting off the ol’ slide tools and giving a brand new talk at WordCamp NEO 2021!

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Stars in the sky, as seen from looking up on the edge of a forest

Keynoting WordCamp Kent 2020

I’m not shy when it comes to talking about my love for WordCamp Kent (formerly WordCamp NEO, WordCamp North Canton), which has become one of my can’t-miss WordCamps over the past few years. You can imagine my excitement, then, when Lead Organizer David Brattoli reached out and asked if I’d be interested in keynoting WordCamp Kent 2020.

This year, I’ll be changing up my usual “give a couple tech-heavy presentations” approach and instead be giving a brand new keynote, The World Beyond WordPress, focusing on how we in the WordPress community can learn from other communities.

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A row of old, brick buildings in Nashville, TN

Two Talks at php[tek] 2020 in Nashville, TN

Update: Unfortunately, php[tek] 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After a break during the first quarter of this year, I'm proud to announce my first talks have been scheduled for 2020. Even better, it's one of my favorite conferences, in a city I can't seem to get enough of: I'll be giving two talks at php[tek] 2020 in Nashville, TN.

Yes, that's right: php[tek] has moved to Music City itself, Nashville, Tennessee. I've been fortunate enough to visit Nashville several times in the past few years, and I'm thrilled to plan my return.

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Group photo of KidzMash 2019 attendees

Protecting Yourself Online & IRL @ CodeMash

CodeMash 2013 was my first big tech conference, and since then I’ve only missed two years of the conference. I’ve also been privileged enough to speak at CodeMash 2017 and again last year. Those are just a few of the reasons I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be speaking again this year at CodeMash 2020!

This year is especially exciting, as I’ll be giving my first KidzMash talk!

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Ohio Laravel logo

Continuous Integration & Delivery @ Ohio Laravel

My local Laravel usergroup, Ohio Laravel, is a monthly opportunity to talk tech with some of the brightest PHP developers in Columbus.

At a recent meeting, somebody boasted how easy it is to “just zip up a PHP application and drop it on a server.”

“Better yet, SSH into the server, do a git pull , then run composer install!”, someone else chimed in.

As the resident testing advocate and pipeline geek, I was quick to chime in: “wait, what? Are you really still doing an SSH + git pull combo in 2019?”.

Long story short, I’ve been invited to talk about Continuous Integration and Delivery at the November Ohio Laravel meetup.

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The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO

Confidently Testing WordPress @ WordCamp US 2019

The term “WordCamp” can encompass a number of types of conferences. Some are friendly homecomings, groups of a couple hundred people, a few tracks, and a small group of volunteers working tirelessly to spread the love of WordPress to their local communities. These are the camps where I spend most of my time: Dayton, Detroit, Kent, Grand Rapids, and Ann Arbor are all a fairly short drive away, and hotels are typically affordable.

There are other WordCamps, though: the destination camps. The WordCamps that people will travel from all over the country for. WordCamps Miami, Chicago, Phoenix, Orange County — places where people will flock from all over the country to attend and rub elbows with some of the biggest names in WordPress.

The biggest of these whale-sized WordCamps, however, is WordCamp US. Like it’s European counterpart, WordCamp US is meant to be the country’s premiere WordCamp. That’s why I’m pleased to announce that this year, I’ll be speaking at WordCamp US 2019!

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