GrumpyConf 2018

March 22-24, 2018 -- Learn like a grumpy programmer

High Performance PHP and Professional Development

50 attendees
6 high-impact speakers from the PHP world

I helped run True North PHP for five years, and now I wanted to do something different. I want to use my conference organizing experience to do something unique for you.

GrumpyConf 2018 is your chance to hear from some of the PHP community's most impactful speakers in the morning, and then interact with them and your fellow attendees in an open spaces environment in the afternoon.

Your ticket includes a room for two nights at the venue, the beautiful Elm Hurst Inn in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada (about 90 minutes west of Toronto). Breakfast is provided for guests staying overnight at the Inn, lunch and snacks will be provided to attendees. Additional nights at the hotel are available if you need them, just let me know what you require. Tickets that do not include accomodation are available.

Schedule

Thursday, March 22

Friday, March 23

Saturday, March 24

Getting Here

The closest airport is London International Airport, a smaller regional airport that offers connections to larger airports, like Toronto Pearson. Either way you will need additional ground transportation to get to the venue. I recommend car rental or the use of services like Robert Q.

Additional flight + ground transportation options are available from Detroit Metropolitan or even Buffalo Niagara International Airport

Speakers

I've selected 6 speakers who I feel will push both your PHP skills and your professional development. So who is coming?

Ed Finkler

You might know him through his work with Open Sourcing Mental Illness or recording a podcast with me. He's also a good developer and an even better communicator.

Sure, Ed is a close friend but his message in an important one to help you understand that coding is about people more than it is about the technology

I'm Crazy And So Can You

Ed discusses his lifelong struggles with mental illness, and how we can promote mental wellness in the developer community

Moses Ngone

There are some folks whom you come across online and you say to yourself "I need to figure out how to get this person to speak at my event" and things never line up quite right. This time around, I made sure to ask Moses to come and talk.

His background is one of picking lots of interesting (at least to me) projects and his experiences will be invaluable to someone looking to build a career full of opportunities to work on things that interact with the real world.

Sara Golemon

She's part of the core PHP team, the release manager for PHP 7.2 and worked on HHVM and Hack. She also always calls me Grumpy. Sara is an entertaining speaker who loves talking about programming languages She spoke at TrueNorthPHP and I'm happy she accepted my invitation to come and speak at GrumpyConf 2018.

High Performance Developer Efficiency

The performance war between PHP and HHVM is over, but HackLang still leads the way in language innovation and developer efficiency. In this presentation, Sara will introduce you to the the PHP that might have been and still can be.

Eryn O'Neill

I've been speaking at conferences since 2005 and I've seen several people go from attendee to nervous speaker to in-demand speaker. Eryn is one of those people!

Her observations about the complementary skills a programmer needs (what a lot of people derogatorily refer to as "soft skills") to succeed are insightful and on-target. When you combine that with her experiences as a free-lance developer, you'll quickly realize why I invited her to come and talk.

Leadership Beyond Titles

Do you want to have more say in technology decisions at your company? Do you want to motivate your team and build consensus around your ideas? Do you want to advance your career, make friends, and influence people? Well, my friend, then you need Leadership.

Wait, what? Despite what some people think, leadership isn't power bestowed on you by a title, and Directors, VP's, and Chief Whatever Officers don't have a monopoly on it. Rather, it's a set of skills that help you navigate, organize, and motivate groups--and anyone can learn them. We'll break down these skills into their component parts, and you'll walk away with a framework for everyday leadership, as well as some tangible tricks you can put into action right away.

Matthew Weier-O'Phinney

From divinity major at college to "Supreme Allied Commander" of Zend Framework, Matthew is one of the most well-rounded people I've gotten to know over my years in this industry. I had been trying for years to get him to speak at my events, and I'm grateful he accepted my invitation this time.

Matthew is also one of the lucky few that was inspired by my 4-day work week strategy and made it work for himself!

Lorna Mitchell

The very first time I saw Lorna speak she did it with no slides, which blew my mind! She is also another speaker whom I have invited over the years to hop onto a plane and fly across the Atlantic to come to Canada and speak.

Lorna always packs a lot of knowledge into her talks, and I never come away from any of her talks without learning something new. Lorna's talent lies in cutting through complexity and teaching you what you really need to know.

Roadtrip Through Database Country

Databases must be reliable. As a result, developers mostly stick with the tools they already know and trust, leaning more on the side of safety than innovation when choosing a database. This is totally reasonable, but if you're curious then let's put the top down and take a road trip around Database Country, looking at the options that are out there and what might lead us to choose them as our destination one day. We'll start with the well-trodden streets of relational databases, the head out to the rolling hills of NoSQL to check out document databases, graph databases, and more. This high-level tour of the landscape will give you some pointers for what's available, which problems they solve, when to combine solutions - and when to simply turn tail and head for home.

Conference Code Of Conduct

Please carefully read the conference's Code of Conduct before purchasing a ticket. Chris strongly believes in a safe and supportive environment for all attendees.

Grumpy Learning will be in touch with you once you've purchased a ticket to go over the room options.