PHP London 2008

On Friday was this year's PHP Conference in London and I must say it was a roaring success. The whole conference had completely gone up a gear from last year (the only other time I've attended) with a larger venue, choice of tracks, more attendees and better food.

I was there representing phpwomen.org with a stand and some t-shirts to give away as well as some information about the group. We took 30 t-shirts and they were all completely gone by lunchtime, which was a great response. Even after that the stand was buzzing all day with people dropping by to ask about the group and how to get involved/get more t-shirts/help us gain more recognition. I was surprised and pleased by the response of attendees, both male and female, I met so many interesting people that I can't begin to list them here but it was great to chat to you all! Its great to be able to raise awareness at events like these and the phplondon committee were wonderfully supportive of us throughout the organisation phase and during the day itself.

My new employers, Ibuildings were sponsoring the event so I was also able to spend some time with my colleagues and meet some new ones. I also briefly rebranded to the distinctive red ibuildings shirts at one point, to look like part of the team while we took some photos. It was great to see the guys doing the Zend Platform demos and to be able to hang around with them - including the guys from the Netherlands who were there. Ivo Jansch (CTO over there) gave a talk which I enjoyed and was well received all round. I didn't realise until then that I actually work in the tallest team ever! I'm one of the smallest - at 5'11" this is pretty unusual :)

Since I was doing so many other things on the day I didn't get to a lot of the talks but what I did see was well-prepared and the audience were great, with some really interesting questions being asked in all the sessions I attended. There were two tracks, in rooms just across the corridor from one another, and the rooms were well-managed and ran smoothly throughout the day. The conference also provided a "recharge room" with juice for people and devices alike. The venue was great and was big enough for everyone without any crowding or bottlenecks.

All in all I'd like to congratulate the organisers on a great event - can't wait for next year :)

5 thoughts on “PHP London 2008

  1. The Dutch are apparently the tallest, on average in Europe, although, as I'm 6'4" I don't particularly notice.

    I didn't even spot you were so tall either - bad Topbit.

  2. The shirts were indeed very popuplar; next time I have to be quicker to fetch a t-shirt for our other female engineer Lineke. :-)

    It was a pleasure to meet you again at the conference and to meet Kevin. And you bake a great cake. :)

  3. topbit: I'm tall but only in girl terms, its easy to miss if I'm surrounded by men!

    Ivo: I'll make sure Lineke gets one from the next batch. It was great to be able to introduce you to Kevin, since I seem to talk about each of you to the other. And I'm glad you liked the cake :)

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