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Shane Caraveo, November 27, 2007
The Vancouver PHP User Group, under the umbrella of a non-profit Vancouver PHP Association that the user group started, is going to run an Open Web focused conference in April 2008. The user group has run a couple successful conferences...
The Vancouver PHP User Group, under the umbrella of a non-profit Vancouver PHP Association that the user group started, is going to run an Open Web focused conference in April 2008. The user group has run a couple successful conferences now, I was heavily involved in organizing the first one in 2004. In the past, we focused on PHP itself, but the group feels that PHP is only one aspect of what most of the user group members do, so the conference is expanding to include other related technologies. The people running the conference this year are a great group, and now have a couple conferences under their belt, so this one is going to be excellent.
One thing the user group does well, is focus on making a conference affordable ($150 for a two day conference) and focused on regional attendees. The conference is run roughly break-even, though each one has provided a little "profit" which is used for the regular user group meetings and to drive the next conference. The group also pays for the expenses incurred by the speakers, though no stipend is otherwise paid to them. Often the companies of the speakers will sponsor by providing those expenses.
So now that I've told you a bit about it, here is a call to action. If you're doing anything around Open Web technologies please consider submitting a talk to the conference. We've always had a great lineup of PHP speakers, I think we'll end up with a great lineup of speakers talking about web technologies in general.
Second call to action...Any interest in doing a Mozilla Developer day before or after the conference? How about a Komodo Developer day? If you are interested, please contact me directly.
UPDATE: You can now submit a talk to the conference via the website.