Steve Grunwell

Open-source contributor, speaker, and coffee snob

Ohio Laravel Monthly Meetup

Learn how to test @ the Ohio Laravel Meetup!

I don’t make it out to many meetups these days, but Ohio Laravel is one that I try my best to attend regularly. No, it’s not just its location in the awesome Columbus Idea Foundry, the free pizza, or that it’s brewery-adjacent (though those things don’t hurt). No, I love Ohio Laravel because it’s regularly filled with awesome folks and above-average speakers for a local meetup. That’s why I’m proud to announce that I’m finally contributing a talk to my local Laravel meetup this April!

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Two Talks at Midwest PHP 2019

I’ve been fortunate enough to speak at most of the community PHP conferences across the continental United States (that can pay for travel, anyway), with one notable exception: Midwest PHP. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce that list will be one shorter this March, as I’ll be giving two talks at Midwest PHP 2019!

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My First Keynote at WordCamp Dayton 2019!

I’m so incredibly proud to announce that this March, I’ll be giving my first ever keynote — Software: For the People — at WordCamp Dayton 2019!

You may recall that WordCamp Dayton is one of my can’t miss WordCamps — I’ve spoken at every WordCamp Dayton since 2015. Maybe it’s the great community, or maybe it’s because Dayton’s just about an hour and a half away. One thing I know for sure: the organizers keep accepting my talks, so I keep showing up to speak.

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Intro to Testing @ Nomad PHP

This January, I’ll be kicking off the new year giving my second-ever Nomad PHP talk: Testing Like You’ve Never Tested Before (Because You Haven’t).

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Intro to Testing at CodeMash 2019

For the first few years of my speaking career, I viewed CodeMash as something of a White Whale; after all, the conference regularly brings in some of the best speakers in the industry, convening on the Kalahari at the beginning of the year like some sort of geeky New Years’ party. In 2017, I was lucky enough to give my first talk at the conference. Attendance was, well… let’s say “underwhelming”, but the experience of speaking at CodeMash was great.

This year, I’m proud to announce that I’ll be kicking of 2019 by speaking at CodeMash again! I’ll be giving my Testing Like You’ve Never Tested Before (Because You Haven’t) talk, which serves as an introduction to automated testing.

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Speaking at php[world] 2018

php[world], held annually in the greater D.C. metro area, has long been one of my favorite conferences. It was my first non-WordCamp conference speaking engagement, and I’ve been lucky enough to speak at or attend all but one php[world] since it started in 2014.

This year, I’m fortunate to count myself among the speakers, giving two talks this November!

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Speaking at WavePHP 2018

I’ve spent most of my life living in Ohio, and it’s a state I very much consider to be my home. However, after a trip to San Diego a few years ago while I was working at 10up, San Diego certainly entered the running. When I heard that a new PHP conference, WavePHP, was starting up in San Diegoat the same resort we stayed in for our team meetup (so I already know where the best tacos in the area are) — I knew I had to apply. Now, I’m finally able to announce that I’ve been accepted to speak at the first-ever WavePHP!

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“Technical Debt” at PHPDX

As you may be aware, I’ll be heading out to Portland this week to speak at the inaugural Cascadia PHP, but Cascadia PHP President Alena Holligan reached out last week to see if I’d be willing to extend my stay and speak at the local Portland PHP user-group, PHPDX, the Monday following the conference. Always willing to speak somewhere offering pizza and geekiness, I quickly re-arranged a flight and am proud to be attending (and speaking at) my first PHPDX meetup!

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Code Review: For Me & You at Cascadia PHP

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!

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Speaking (and eating hot chicken) at Southeast PHP

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!

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