I’m elated to announce that I’ll be giving Code Review: For Me & You at the first-ever Cascadia PHP in Portland, Oregon this September! This will be my first time out to Portland (strange, I know, considering my penchant for beards, craft beer, and coffee), and I can’t think of a better reason to visit than to talk about code review!
Last summer, Matt Trask took me to get my first taste of Nashville hot chicken at Hattie B’s. I was in Nashville for Music City Code, and Matt wanted to pick my brain about conferences: the good, the bad, and the…not so good. He revealed that he and some of the other members of the Nashville PHP community were in the early stages of planning a new conference: Southeast PHP.
Now, almost a year later, I’m proud to announce that I’ll be speaking at the inaugural Southeast PHP this August in Nashville, TN!
I’m extremely excited to announce that I’ll be giving two talks this summer at the first-ever PHPDetroit conference in the Greater Detroit, MI area!
I usually keep it on the down-low (as a resident of Buckeye Country), but I was born in mid-Michigan before moving to Columbus, Ohio when I was three. Still, I spent lots of time visiting my Michigan family during summers and holidays growing up, so it’s pretty amazing to now a) be working for a Michigan-based company and b) get to visit Michigan semi-regularly for conferences like WordCamp Ann Arbor, Beer City Code, WordCamp Grand Rapids, and now PHPDetroit.
I’ve written in the past about my love for WordCamp Grand Rapids, and I’m excited to announce I’ll be returning this year for WordCamp Grand Rapids 2018 on Saturday, June 30! Even better, I’ll be joining two of my colleagues — Chris Lema and Andrew Norcross — as Liquid Web (apparently) takes over the conference!
The theme for WordCamp Grand Rapids 2018 is around tools and services (an area I’m particularly passionate about), so I’m especially excited. This year, I’ll also be giving my first-ever lightning talk, Up and Running with WP-CLI.
I’ve long considered WordCamp Kent (formerly WordCamp Northeast Ohio, and WordCamp North Canton before that) to be the premier WordCamp in Ohio. Don’t get me wrong, I had a lot of fun in Cincinnati last year, WordCamp Dayton always puts on a good show, and Columbus will always be my first (and hometown) ‘Camp, but Kent has been the highlight of my Ohio WordCamp experience for the last few years.
WordCamp NEO (2016) marked the first time the conference was held in Kent, Ohio, along with the first time I got to formally meet Chris Lema (my current boss); I’d be lying if I said the session I spent sitting into the hall talking to Chris didn’t in some way lead to me being at Liquid Web today. Then I spent the after-party having a great conversation with podcaster, educator, and generally funny (lookin’) Adam Silver. Last year, I got to know WordPress educator and freelancer Carrie Dils along with SEO expert Rebecca Gill (who wasn’t even speaking, she just wanted to take in the fun). Kent consistently pulls in big names for a moderately-sized WordCamp, meaning you’re able to really get to know the speakers and attendees.
I’m not shy about telling people that php[tek] and php[world] are two of my absolute favorite conferences. Both are organized as collaborations between php[architect] and One For All Events, and play host to some of the biggest names in the PHP ecosystem. That’s why I’m ecstatic to announce that I’ll be giving two talks at php[tek] 2018!
Last weekend, I premiered my Code Review: For Me & You talk at WordCamp Dayton; while I was certainly pressed for time, I feel the talk went rather well. Unfortunately, the WordCamp Central-provided lavaliere mics weren’t working, so I was warned the morning of that while the sessions would still be recorded, the only audio input would be what was picked up by the on-camera microphone (in the back of the room).
On Twitter, Ben Keith — News Application Developer at the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) — asked if there would be a publicly-posted recording, and I had to break the news that if the video makes it to WordPress.tv the audio will likely be subpar. Ben then invited me to give the talk at one of their upcoming INN Office Hours, which just so happens to be this week!
While the camp didn’t come together last year, I’ve spoken at the last three WordCamp Dayton conferences and am happy to be returning this year! I’ll be giving a new talk, Code Review: For Me & You, at WordCamp Dayton 2018!
Update March 27, 2018: Speakers just received word that due to low ticket sales and sponsorship, WordTech! won’t be happening this year.
While this is a brand-new conference, I have a special attachment to it: Lead Organizer Peter MacIntyre (one of the organizers of Northeast PHP) reached out to Eric Mann and I all the way back in January of 2017 about organizing a new, development-focused WordPress conference; he noted that WordCamps often cater to the broadest range of developers, meaning it’s rare for a camp to have more than a few “advanced” development talks. While I’m a fan of development-oriented WordPress conferences (such as LoopConf), I don’t have the bandwidth to help organize a conference. I told Peter that I’d still be happy to submit when the CFP is open. Fast forward a year or so, and I’m excited to be among the inaugural batch of speakers!