Speakers

Adam Culp
Adam Culp
Keynote Speaker

Adam Culp (@AdamCulp) a Cloud Application Architect at Amazon Web Services, is passionate about developing with PHP and contributes to many open-source projects. He organizes the SunshinePHP Developer Conference and the South Florida PHP and Python User Groups (SoFloPHP, SoFloPy) where he enjoys helping others write good code, implement standards, and refactor efficiently. When he is not coding or contributing to various developer communities, he can be found hiking around the U.S. National Parks, teaching judo, or long distance (ultra) running.

Matthew Turland
Matthew Turland
Keynote Speaker

Matthew Turland has been working with PHP since 2002. He has been both an author and technical editor for php|architect Magazine, spoken at multiple conferences, and contributed to numerous PHP projects. He is the author of "Web Scraping with PHP, 2nd Edition" and co-author of SitePoint's "PHP Master: Write Cutting-Edge Code." In his spare time, he likes to bend PHP to his will to scrape web pages and run bots.

Olivia Liddell
Olivia Liddell
Keynote Speaker

Olivia Liddell is a Technical Curriculum Developer at Amazon Web Services. Over the course of her career, she has created innovative teaching and technical training solutions for learners from diverse backgrounds and skill levels.

A Certified Ethical Hacker, Olivia frequently speaks on topics such as social engineering and security awareness. In her spare time, she enjoys distance running, studying linguistic anthropology, and developing web applications for Arabic language learners.

Taylor Barnett
Taylor Barnett
Keynote Speaker

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Taylor Otwell
Taylor Otwell
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Andy Snell
Andy Snell

Andy Snell has been a self-taught computer nerd since his junior year of high school when first introduced to Gentoo Linux. He picked up programming from “PHP 6 and MySQL 5 for Dynamic Web Sites“, and since then, he has worked on building applications in the electronic payments and telecom-tech industries. He has a passion for simple and elegant solutions for difficult problems.

Anna Filina
Anna Filina

Anna has been a developer since 1997. She likes elegant code, automated testing, timely project delivery and celebrating the success of others. She has a knack for breathing new life into legacy code and teaching developers of all levels.

Ben Edmunds
Ben Edmunds

Senior Staff Engineer at Wayfair. PHP Town Hall podcast co-host. Author of Securing PHP Apps. Open source advocate. PHP-FIG CC member.

Brady Wetherington
Brady Wetherington

CTO at Grokability. PHP developer for more than 2 decades.

Bryce Embry
Bryce Embry

When Bryce began programming professionally in 2015, after two decades as a teacher and IT manager, he thought he had left the world of management behind. He was wrong. His love of working with people has caught up with him and he currently leads software development teams at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He lives north of Nashville, TN with a wonderful wife, a small dessert garden, an ever-inviting woodworking shop, a guitar that's too good for him, and an untamed unicycle.

Camilo Payan
Camilo Payan

Camilo rose from the swamps of South Florida, where he taught the alligators PHP and Vim. He traveled the Sahara with the Tuaregs of Morocco, and found the SOLID design principles etched into glass beneath the sands. He then moved from Miami to Chattanooga, to teach what he could, and receive the wisdom of the ascetic programmers of Appalachia. Returned to his home, he now maintains a code garden in the algorithmic center of the Everglades. Whether or not Camilo received a Computer Science degree from Florida International University remains a hotly contested debate among his biographers, critics, and acolytes.

Chris Holland
Chris Holland

Chris Holland leads a small Software Engineering Team at an HR company. Throughout a career spanning more than 20 years, Chris has held Sr. Engineering and Leadership roles for small and large successful publicly-traded companies such as EarthLink and Internet Brands, serving business models across Content, Commerce, Travel & Finance on a wide variety of technology stacks including PHP/LAMP, Java/J2EE and C#/.Net, catering to audiences over 100 million monthly visitors.

Chris is also a contributor to NomadPHP and php[architect] magazine, and has been published in CIOReview.

Chris Tankersley
Chris Tankersley

Chris Tankersley is a husband, father, author, speaker, PHP developer, podcast host, and probably lots of other things he's forgetting to mention. He works for smarTours as a Lead Web Developer, helping build out their travel platform. Chris has worked with many different frameworks and languages throughout his fifteen years of programming, but spends most of his day working in PHP. He is the author of "Docker for Developers," which helps developers integrate containers into their workflows.

Christian Thomas
Christian Thomas

Christian is a Senior Software Engineer at Adobe with a little over a decade of tech experience working for governments, mega corps, and startups. He started out in music until he played around with PHP and figured out programming wasn't so scary and could be awesome. He's passionate about unlocking developer confidence, productivity, and joy wherever he goes. Every now and then he enjoys eating something so spicy he might pass out.

Colin O'Dell
Colin O'Dell

Colin O'Dell is the Director of Technology at Unleashed Technologies, a web and hosting firm based in Maryland. In addition to being an active member of the PHP League and maintainer of the league/commonmark project, Colin also co-organizes the Baltimore PHP meetup and has authored the PHP 7 Upgrade Guide ebook.

Dana Luther
Dana Luther

Dana is a Senior Web Application Architect at Envisage International. She has been developing in PHP since 2000 (yes, PHP 3), and building almost exclusively in the Yii Framework for the last several years. She is a graduate of the University of Florida, and works with a small agile group of Yii developers to meet the demands of a diverse international company that serves the needs of international students around the world with over 650,000 monthly visitors and generating over 1,200,000 page views. Dana is one of the co-organizers of the Yii-Jax Meetup group, a regular contributor to the Envisage International Blog and maintains her own blog on the Yii Framework and docker

Daniel Abernathy
Daniel Abernathy

Dave Stokes
Dave Stokes

Dave Stokes is a MySQL Community Manager for Oracle and lives in Justin, Texas. Before getting into computers he had a wild series of jobs - doing unspeakable things as a mime, studying bio engineering before his home work ate his dog, and forensic proctology (a dead end job).

JJ Ashgar
JJ Ashgar

JJ works as a Developer Advocate representing the IBM Cloud all over the world. He mainly focuses on the IBM Kubernetes Service and OpenShift trying to make companies and users have a successful onboarding to the Cloud Native ecosystem. He’s also been known in the DevOps tooling ecosystem and generalized Linux communities. If he isn’t building automation to make his work streamlined he’s building the groundwork to do just that.

He lives and grew up in Austin, Texas. A father and husband, trying to learn to balance his natural nerdiness with family life. He enjoys a good strong dark ale, hoppy IPA, some team building Artemis, and epic Gloomhaven campaigning.

He has recently dove headfirst into Fedora since IBM buying Redhat, but still secretly wants FreeBSD everywhere. He’s always trying to become a better web technology developer, though normally just uses bash to get the job done.

Jeremy Lindblom
Jeremy Lindblom

Senior Software Engineer at Pagely. PHP developer for 15 years. Ex-Amazonian (AWS). Past contributor to Guzzle and the AWS SDK for PHP. Co-organizer of Arizona PHP User Group. Sings and writes lyrics about PHP and other programming topics as the PHPBard. Father of 4. Maker of funny faces.

Joel Clermont
Joel Clermont

Joel works with Laravel teams to help them level up their skills and ship better products. Co-host of the No Compromises podcast. Author of Mastering Laravel Validation Rules. Organizer of Milwaukee PHP.

Joshua Ray Copeland
Joshua Ray Copeland

Joshua Copeland is CTO of Remote Dev Force and works with clients all over the world to build high quality systems. With over 15 years as a software architect and serial entrepreneur, Joshua has gained a good blend of start-up and enterprise experience. Developing PHP applications is a big part of his day-to-day work and keeps security first-in-mind.

Joshua’s team of engineers throughout the U.S. regularly work on building features for mission critical projects in Laravel/Symfony, setting up and maintaining servers with Terraform/AWS, building CI pipelines with Jenkins/GitLab/GitHub Actions, Pen-testing, and much more.

He has led the PHP Vegas Users' Group for over 5 years and loves to give back by speaking at conferences and educating the community.

Kelley Campbell
Kelley Campbell

Lead architect at Experian, working with a lovely team of ~30 developers and QA folks.

Matt Trask
Matt Trask

Matt is an developer who helps maintain open source software and talks a lot about APIs. He hosts two podcasts, PHPTownhall and APIs You Won't Hate. When he isn't programming he is either on a bike, or taking photographs of people on their bikes.

Michael Kimsal
Michael Kimsal

Michael Kimsal has been building software professionally since the early 90s, and working with PHP since 1996. His interests including guitar, music, comedy and software development (but rarely in that order).

Pauline Vos
Pauline Vos

Pauline is a lead back-end engineer (and fledgling front-end engineer) known for her Git prowess. She loves to show off advanced Git tricks at conferences (and other topics from time to time). Outside of tech life she's June's mom and resides in Amsterdam with her family.

Rachele DiTullio
Rachele DiTullio

Rachele is gender non-binary and uses the pronouns she/her.

Rachele believes in information integrity and accessibility for all through inclusive design principles. As a front-end developer for two decades, she learned web standards and coding best practices. Now, she uses that knowledge as an accessibility engineer for TPGi.

Rachele is a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA). She earned her Master of Science degree in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin School of Information with a specialization in user experience design, including support work for making systems work for people with disabilities.

Rachele enjoys working remotely from her home in Austin, Texas, and spending time with her partner and two cats.

Sara Golemon
Sara Golemon

Sara is a long time contributor to the PHP Runtime and is currently a Release Manager for PHP 8.0.

Tim Bond
Tim Bond

Tim is a senior full stack PHP developer that has been working with PHP for over 17 years and has seen PHP grow from its hodgepodged roots to a modern development language. When not in front of a computer, you'll probably find him hiking or playing bike tag around beautiful Seattle, or putting together a new Lego set on one of the rare rainy days.