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Stephanie Evans

Keynote Speaker

Stephanie Evans (@HMSEvans) (View Talk)

Stephanie Evans is Content Manager of Web Development at Lynda.com/LinkedIn and the Commodore of Cal Sailing Club in Berkeley, CA. In 2014, she completed her first non-stop ocean crossing from China to San Francisco in the Clipper Round the World Race, with her team setting a new Pacific crossing record for the race. She is passionate about sailing, education, and figuring out how to make things work better (and sail faster).

Mathew Beane

Mathew Beane (@aepod) (View Talk)

Mathew has been fascinated with building and programming computers since his early days of upgrading an 8086 to an 80386. Working initially in the video game industry building servers and managing server rooms, Mat shifted his focus to PHP programming in early 2000. With over a decade of experience in eCommerce, Mat is now Director of Systems Engineering at Robofirm and Magento Certified developer. Because of his frequent presenting at PHP conferences, Magento recognized Mat as a Magento Master Mover in 2016. Mat contributes to Zend Server as part of the Z-Team with Zend where he has helped build the Magento plugin for Z-Ray. When he's not programming, you will find Mat spending time with his family, making music, or tinkering in aquaponics.

Patrick Schwisow

Patrick Schwisow (@PSchwisow) (View Talk)

Patrick has been into web technologies since the "bad old days" when animated GIFs were required on all sites and the BLINK tag still had some supporters. He suffered through several years of procedural programming in PHP4 before discovering the glories of OOP in PHP5. Patrick is a Software Engineer at Shutterstock, with experience in Doctrine, Symfony, and several less fun technologies. After hours, he's the founder and organizer of the Lake / Kenosha County PHP Users Group and a contributor to the Phergie IRC Bot.

Ilia Alshanetsky

Ilia Alshanetsky (@iliaa) (View Talk)

Over the last 10 years Ilia has been heavily involved in development of PHP, as a Core Developer and Release Master, authoring many extensions and language improvements. Ilia is also interested in security and performance, and frequently is writing or speaking on these and other PHP related topics. In his spare time, he pretends to be a pro-photographer and engages in various sports.

Joe Ferguson

Joe Ferguson (@joepferguson) (View Talk)

PHP Dev, Sys Admin, Community Builder, Conf Organizer and Speaker, Maker, Hacker, Tinkerer, Space Geek, Husband. Enjoys craft beers and whiskey. Owned by cats.

Sean Prunka

Sean Prunka (@sprunka) (View Talk)

Sean Prunka has been a PHP developer since roughly 1998 and an active member of the PHP community since 2010. Sean currently works as a senior developer for PunchOut2Go. Outside his PHP life, he is an active member of three community theatres in his area of rural VA. When he's not too busy with work or theatre, Sean helps his wife wrangle their 6 kids between their own theatre rehearsals, band practices, soccer, swim meets, and other such kids' activities.

Tessa Mero

Tessa Mero (@tessamero) (View Talk)

Tessa Mero is the Developer Evangelist for Cisco. She spends her extra time contributing on a leadership team for the Joomla! Project and has been involved with Joomla for the past 5 years. She runs the Seattle PHP Meetup and is the organizer of the Pacific Northwest PHP conference. On her free time, she likes to play video games, snowboard, and eat Korean food.

Vesna Kovach

Vesna Kovach (@vesna_v_k) (View Talk)

Before becoming a software developer, Vesna Vuynovich Kovach was a senior copy editor specializing in consumer tech for high-profile online publications including eHow Tech, the Houston Chronicle's Chron.com, San Francisco Chronicle's SFGate and LIVESTRONG.com. She works for OfficeSupply.com, a leading independent online retailer of office products with a small, passionate agile dev team. Her passion project is DevDivas.com, a site that celebrates the history of women in technology. She tweets at @Vesna_V_K.

Elliott Post

Elliott Post (@epost88) (View Talk)

Elliott Post holds his master's degree in Computer Science from Loyola University Chicago. He has almost 2 decades of programming experience and currently runs a small web development company named Ellytronic Media. Elliott also teaches computer science courses part-time at Loyola, and he is also a co-organizer of the Chicago Web Pros Meetup.

Derek Binkley

Derek Binkley (@DerekB_WI) (View Talk)

Derek is a Technical Lead at the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the creator of licensing exams for attorneys. He actively mentors other other developers, specializes in Java, PHP, MySQL and Oracle and advocates for developer testing and adoption of agile methods. When not in front of a computer he enjoys spending time with family, traveling and drinking a local craft beer.

Jordan Kasper

Jordan Kasper (@jakerella) (View Talk)

Shortly after it arrived at his home in 1993, Jordan began disassembling his first computer - his mother was not happy. She breathed more easily when he moved from hardware into programming. Jordan's experience includes development at startups, agencies, Fortune 100 companies, and universities, as well as numerous open source projects. He has coded in many languages from BASIC to Java to PHP and most recently JavaScript and Node.js. He speaks regularly at (and helps organize) local user groups, conferences large and small, and hackathons. Jordan's primary mission for over 10 years has been to evangelize technology of all sorts and share what he has learned to help others grow. He is currently a front-end engineering instructor with The Iron Yard in Washington, DC. In his down time, he enjoys puzzles of all sorts and board games!

Edward Barnard

Edward Barnard (@ewbarnard) (View Talk)

Ed Barnard has been programming computers since keypunches were in common use. He's been interested in codes and secret writing, not to mention having built a binary adder, since grade school. These days he does PHP and MySQL for InboxDollars.com. He believes software craftsmanship is as much about sharing your experience with others, as it is about gaining the experience yourself. The surest route to thorough knowledge of a subject is to teach it.

Ashley Powell

Ashley Powell (@AshleyPQPQP) (View Talk)

Ashley Quinto Powell is the Business Development Manager at Bendyworks, in Madison, WI. She has been in technical consulting sales for nearly a decade and is a co-organizer of the Women in Tech and the Madison Clojure Meetup and sits on the Forward Fest Planning Committee. She is also a proud member of the downtown Madison Rotary Club, the Waunakee MOPS and an Ambassador to the Doyenne Group.

Chris Tankersley

Chris Tankersley (@dragonmantank) (View Talk)

Chris Tankersley is a husband, father, and PHP developer in Northwest Ohio. He works as a programming consultant doing various types of PHP including Zend framework, Drupal, Wordpress, and Symfony. He founded the Northwest Ohio PHP User Group, and works with local developers helping them with programming and server administration. He works with PHP primarily, with some work done in Node.js and Python for personal projects.

Pearl Latteier

Pearl Latteier (@pblatteier) (View Talk)

Pearl Latteier is a software engineer at Bendyworks in Madison WI. For the past several years, she has focused primarily on building data-intensive JavaScript applications for web and mobile, most recently with React JS and React Native. She is also experienced with server-side technologies including Ruby on Rails, Node, and PHP. Before becoming a software developer, Pearl earned a PhD in from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where for five years she taught courses in the Department of Communication Arts.

Abraham Williams

Abraham Williams (@abraham) (View Talk)

An experienced developer and start-up founder, Abraham Williams brings a broad range of skills to his current role as a senior developer at Bendyworks. A top 1% contributor at Stack Overflow and an active member of Google Developer Groups, Abraham has been recognized by Google as a Developer Expert for his ability to identify technology problems and provide quality solutions in the community.

Bill Condo

Bill Condo (@mavrck) (View Talk)

Bill is a long time PHP developer, small business owner, and a local PHP meetup organizer living in Columbus, OH. He frequently covers devops, application architecture, and security via public speaking and mentoring.

David Stockton

David Stockton (@dstockto) (View Talk)

David Stockton has been writing PHP code professionally since 1998. He is Vice President of Technology at i3logix in Denver, CO. He is very passionate about source control, TDD, APIs and PHP development. He is married and has two daughters who he is teaching to program and build circuits with Arduino and a five-year-old son who has a Master's degree in annoying his sisters, and has been seen studying calculus and recursive algorithms. He created zendtutorials.com and tddftw.com.

Dave Buchanan

Dave Buchanan (@dave_r_buchanan) (View Talk)

It all started with summer school and a Texas Instruments computer in 1984! Since then Dave has 17 professional years experience in web development, architecture, management, and mentoring others. His expertise is in integrating new technologies, leveraging open source for the enterprise, and team building. Dave has presented in the past at OpenWest 2016, MinneBar 2016, and WordCampMSP in 2014 and 2013.

Edward Finkler

Edward Finkler (@funkatron) (View Talk)

Ed Finkler, also known as Funkatron, started making web sites before browsers had frames. He does front-end and server-side work in Python, PHP, and JavaScript. He is the Lead Developer and Head of Developer Culture at Graph Story.

He served as web lead and security researcher at The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University for 9 years. Along with Chris Hartjes, Ed is co-host of the Development Hell podcast.

Ed's current passion is raising mental health awareness in the tech community with his Open Sourcing Mental Illness speaking campaign.

Ed writes at funkatron.com.

Emily Stamey

Emily Stamey (@elstamey) (View Talk)

Emily is a developer at NC State, supporting the College of Engineering. She learned PHP in 1999 and discovered a whole new world of fun and programming. This started her passion for Open Source! In her free time she enjoys music, legos, making things, playing games, and socializing. She is an active volunteer in the community as an Organizer of TrianglePHP and Girl Develop It. She really enjoys helping people share ideas and learn together, which has led to her speaking at conferences.

Samantha Quiñones

Samantha Quiñones (@ieatkillerbees) (View Talk)

Samantha Quiñones is a polyglot hacker, data wrangler, and Principal Software Engineer at AOL. Over the course of her career, she has built software and led teams for some of the largest names in technology. Samantha is a frequent speaker at technology conferences and events around the world, organizer of the Washington, DC PHP User Group, and serves as a secretary of the PHP Framework Interoperability Group. She has been recognized by the Huffington Post as one of the top Latin Americans in Media and is a 2015 recipient of the DCFT Powerful Female Programmers Award.

Peter Schuck

Peter Schuck (View Talk)

Peter is a full stack developer with a soft spot for functional programming al a Clojure and for high performance JavaScript. He's contributed to the ClojureScript compiler and is currently working on significant performance gains to Clojure's HashMaps. No language snob he's comfortable with a wide variety of languages like PHP, Ruby, JavaScript, and Scala. Peter is a senior software developer at Bendyworks in Madison WI.

Heather White

Heather White (@cattycreations) (View Talk)

Heather has held various jobs in the past, ranging from teaching elementary school to being a project manager and trainer for the Army's medical research program. She holds a Bachelors of Biology and a Masters in Curriculum Development. Most recently she used her background in curriculum and teaching to head up the Training Program at php[architect], manage customer service, and co-chair their conferences. Thanks to her varied background, she is now the President of One for All Events LLC - a technology and beyond event services company. Heather is also a self-proclaimed geek and enjoys Sci-Fi, Medieval reenactment, and board games.