Speakers

Jonathan Barronville

Talk: Networking isn't scary!

Jonathan is a 19-year-old hacker and entrepreneur (originally from Haiti). He's currently working on a photo technology startup that combines AI with photos to make working with photos fun and easy. He's also a mentor to many aspiring software developers. Although Jonathan isn't a woman, he's a huge activist for getting women in tech as looking at the industry as it is right now makes him really sad (sadface -> :(). And another thing about this Jonathan dude: he hates writing about himself in third person. Whoever you are reading this, you're awesome.

Steve Krug

Talk: Keynote : You're NOT doing usability testing? Are you… nuts?

Steve Krug (pronounced “kroog”) is best known as the author of Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, now in its third edition with over 400,000 copies in print.

Ten years later, he finally gathered enough energy to write another one: the usability testing handbook Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems.

The books were based on the 20+ years he’s spent as a usability consultant for a wide variety of clients like Apple, Bloomberg.com, Lexus.com, NPR, the International Monetary Fund, and many others.

His consulting firm, Advanced Common Sense (“just me and a few well-placed mirrors”) is based in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Steve currently spends most of his time teaching usability workshops, consulting, and watching old episodes of Law and Order.

Listen to our interview with Steve here:
https://soundcloud.com/jen4web/interview-with-steve-krug

Samantha Quinones

Talk: Demystifying the REST API

Samantha Quiñones is a veteran software engineer and lead developer at POLITICO.com. Before moving in to the digital media publishing space, she spent 15 years developing software in the network security and financial services industries. Since 2005, her focus has been on designing functional, scalable web services and applications and promoting software engineering as a profession and an art. Samantha is an active member of the Washington, DC open source community, occasional blogger, and process nerd.

Andrew Curioso

Talk: Modern Development With PHP

Andrew Curioso is an author, software engineer, and community leader who has been using PHP for over a decade. He is the lead author of "Expert PHP and MySQL" (Wrox, 2010) and "Shortcut: Ajax with PHP 5" (O'Reilly, 2007). Additionally, he is the founder of the 150+ member strong New Hampshire PHP user group and is passionate about software engineering and making great products. Andrew is currently VP of Engineering at a growing web start-up in New Hampshire.

Jason Mark

Talk: Lightning Critiques

Jason Mark is a dynamic and approachable speaker who has spoken at events from Massachusetts to California including Drupal Camps, Android Devcon, iPhone Devcon, ADC, World Usability Day, Joomla! Day, Design for Drupal, Yale Drupal Camp. His higher education experience includes classes and talks at a dozen colleges including Yale, Harvard and MIT. Jason is a frequent contributor to industry magazines such as Fast Company, Smashing Magazine, Web Designer Depot and others.
With 25 years teaching experience he's consistently one of the top rated speakers at events speaking on topics including design, usability, process improvement, and project management.

EVERY ATTENDEE, regardless of their level will away from my talks with 3 ideas they can put into practice TODAY to make their product or company more successful.

Anthony Ferrara

Talk: Code Quality, By The Numbers

Anthony Ferrara is currently a Developer Advocate for Google, a Zend Certified Engineer and a OWASP member. He is a contributor to multiple Open Source projects as well as the community as a whole. You can follow his blog at blog.ircmaxell.com or on Twitter at @ircmaxell

Jillian Murphy

Talk: Timeless Leadership Lessons from Shackleton's Epic Antarctic Expedition

Jillian Murphy is co-author of the books Leading at The Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition, and Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race. She is a dynamic keynote speaker who has been featured at numerous conferences and client events around the world. Jillian is Director of Client Services at The Syncretics Group and has worked with senior executives in a broad range of organizations, including Wal-Mart, AIG, Nationwide, and HT Media.

Jillian's focus is on helping leaders and teams achieve their greatest potential. She has coached executives to help them achieve the highest level of performance, and has done extensive work with teams, facilitating a development process designed to help them increase their effectiveness.

Jillian graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut and received her M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of New Haven. She has studied, worked, and volunteered extensively in Cape Town, South Africa. She also has significant research experience and has worked with the Networking HIV/AIDS Community of South Africa, the African National Congress Women's League, and the Department of Epidemiology and Health at Yale University.

In her free time, Jillian enjoys running and completed the Philadelphia and NYC marathons. She has also raced in several half marathons, and the Cape Cod Ragnar Race -- an overnight, 176 mile relay race, that she ran with a team.

Bradley Jacobs

Talk: Enforcing Coding Standards with PHPCodeSniffer

Bradley is a web developer that dedicates a great deal of his personal time to learning, attending meetups, and fostering a healthy desire to learn in his colleagues. You can often find him breaking his development environment while playing with new software and experimenting with new workflows.

When he is not otherwise engaged in discussion over the finer points of Transformers fiction or Marvel Comics continuity, Bradley serves as a Creative Technologist for AMP Agency.

Scott Mattocks

Talk: Building HTML5 Games

I believe that building great software starts with building a great team. At GSN Games, I run the development and QA groups for gsn.com. We build awesome software that deals with crazy traffic and we have a lot of fun doing it. If you aren't having fun writing the code, the final product won't be any fun. I honestly love my job and the team I work with.

Davey Shafik

Talk: PHP 5.NEW: The Best Bits

Davey Shafik is a full time PHP Developer with 12 years experience in PHP and related technologies. A Community Engineer for Engine Yard, he has written three books (so far!), numerous articles and spoken at conferences the globe over.

Davey is best known for his books, the Zend PHP 5 Certification Study Guide and PHP Master: Write Cutting Edge Code, and as the originator of PHP Archive (PHAR) for PHP 5.3.

Raymond Plante

Talk: Automated Web Testing with Jenkins and Selenium RC

I'm the Platform Architect at Nara Logics (http://www.nara.me). My primary areas of focus are: improving our recommendation algorithm's performance and accuracy; conjuring new and healing old data models for use by our consumer website and mobile apps; creator and caretaker of our business-to-business recommendation API.

I've lived in Boston the past 10 years and have been a member of Boston PHP for more than half that time.

Jonathan Klein

Talk: Composer: From Beginner to Expert

Jonathan is a software engineer at Etsy, where he focuses on solving web performance and scalability challenges. Prior to working at Etsy he spent almost four years at Wayfair, where he led the team that converted the primary tech stack to PHP/Lighttpd/FreeBSD. He started the Boston Web Performance Meetup Group, and he contributes to a few open source projects, including WebPagetest, the HTTPArchive and CSSLint.

Jonathan blogs regularly at http://www.jonathanklein.net and can be found on Twitter at @jonathanklein.


Interview with Jonathan Klein and Michael Bourque (4 minutes)

Heather O'Neill

Talk: Emergency Content Strategy Survival Guide

A seasoned UX consultant, researcher and speaker, I've seen the realm of user experience expand to be increasingly intentional and nuanced. As owner of UX design firm, Above the Fold, I've helped clients increase sales, decrease CSR calls, maximize efficency and more. I'm a big believer in the "anyone can do it" philosophy, and I've led several workshops on usability testing, and coached teams to success in incorporating UX into their dev projects.

Christopher Davis

Talk: Real Unit Testing

Chris is a PHP & Python developer who works in the advertising industry building tools to help make digital marketers’ lives easier. He’s a senior engineer at PMG, a Fort Worth, TX based digital advertising agency, but lives in and works from Lexington, KY with his wife and kitty. A classical guitarist by training, Chris came to programming during graduate school when he started a WordPress website and needed to figure out why it was broken.

When he’s not dealing with marketers changing their minds every hour, Chris spends time reading, hacking on open source projects, lifting weights, cooking, hiking, and, very occasionally, homebrewing (decent) beer.

Mike Stowe

Talk: API First: Design First, Prototype First with RAML

Michael Stowe is a professional, Zend Certified Engineer with over 10 years experience building applications for law enforcement, the medical field, nonprofits, and numerous industrial companies. Over the last two years he has been focused on APIs and ways to improve industry standards and efficiency. He now works for MuleSoft, a company on the leading edge of API development and management, as well as SOA/ ESB architectures. You can view slides from his other talks at mikestowe.com/slides or follow him: @mikegstowe

Eli White

Talk: Web Security and You

Eli has been building Web Applications for over 18 years and fell in love with PHP the day that PHP 4 was released. Since then he's been a strong advocate for PHP and used it in every project he's work on. He is currently the Conference Chair for php[architect] and Founding Partner & CTO of musketeers.me. He is also an avid writer (blogs, articles and books), and has spoken at numerous conferences.

Robert Erickson

Talk: A complete php form example

Working for a company that shut down in the late 80's sent me on a path of teaching which I have enjoyed ever since. Then again maybe I have really enjoyed only working 9 months a year with a great vacation thrown in December and of course spring break ☺

I started out teaching kids how to use the simple things like word and excel. These days I enjoy teaching students about web technologies my favorite being PHP and mySQL as there are so many things they can do with just a little bit on knowledge. My biggest role really isn’t teaching but more pointing students to the many greater things they can learn.

Terry Chay

Talk: Inside the Tech Challenges of Wikimedia Engineering

If Zend puts your picture on a deck of cards, you’ve either arrived in the PHP world or are a terrorist.

Terry Chay is a PHP Terrorist. He (does not) work hard at being administrative overhead (Director of Features Engineering) at the Wikimedia Foundation, maintainers of Wikipedia. And when he isn’t doing that, he’s saying outrageous things on his blog.

In previous lives he worked at Automattic (WordPress), grew, architected, and sustained the third largest social network in the U.S., and developed the largest revenue-generating product for Plaxo (later purchased by Comcast) as their first web engineer.

He gives presentations on web development, which is really just a veiled excuse to play with Keynote and avoid not working. (We did mention he is administrative overhead.)

Steven Trevathan

Talk: On Selling Design

Steven has been designing and building websites for over 16 years, more than half his time on Earth. He was traditionally trained in graphic design and photography at Montserrat College of Art. He spent the next few years after college doing agency work and eventually working for CustomMade. Prior to joining DockYard, Steven spent his time traveling and freelancing around the world.

Steven loves to make noise in any capacity. He plays guitar, drums, sings, beatboxes and even hambones... though he does none of them all that well.

Alessandro Cinelli

Talk: PHP is the king, nodejs is the prince and Lua is the fool

Alessandro Cinelli (a.k.a. cirpo) is currently working as Lead Developer at Namshi (http://namshi.com), the fashion e-commerce in the Middle East located in Dubai.
He has a keen attention for enterprise patterns, methodologies, clean code and everything related to performances.

He loves to share and give back to the community, that’s why he actively contributes to open source projects and when he was in Italy he has been a board member of the Italian PHP, Javascript User Group, WEBdeBS and had co-organized several events such as agileday, phpday, jsday, nosqlday and nodejsconf some of which were the first of their kind in Italy. He is also working to setup a brand new web community in Dubai: duWeb.io

Ben Edmunds

Talks: Intro to Laravel 4, How to Win Friends and Influence Developers, Not Your Grandmas PHP

Ben Edmunds leads development teams to create cutting-edge web and mobile applications. He is an active leader, developer, and speaker in various development communities, especially the CodeIgniter and Laravel PHP framework communities.

He is a co-host of the PHP Town Hall podcast, co-organizer of PDX PHP user group, and the author of http://BuildSecurePHPapps.com

Frances Berriman

Talk: Keynote : Revolutionising Capabilities in Civic Technology

Frances is the senior designer at Code for America. A recent immigrant from England, she previously led the front-end build of the UK Government Digital Service's flag-ship, award-winning, single domain project GOV.UK.

Ed Smith

Talk: Under the hood of the HHVM JIT Compiler

Edwin Smith has been Facebook's HHVM Tech Lead since 2013, after joining Facebook in 2012. Prior to Facebook, Edwin has been working on both traditional and just-in-time compilers for popular dynamically typed languages, including Javascript, Actionscript, and Flex, and ColdFusion.

Robert Cohn

Talk: PHP for Toasters and Everything Else

Robert Cohn is a Sr Principal Engineer at Intel where he serves as chief architect for Intel XDK (http://xdk.intel.com). Intel XDK is an IDE for writing phone/tablet apps in HTML5. Previously, he led an advanced development group that studied tools for parallelism, CPU design, and program analysis. Robert has developed C compilers, CPU simulators, and other close to the metal software. He has a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Marli Mesibov

Talk: Out of the Silos and Into the Farm

Marli Mesibov is a content strategist with passion for the user experience. Her work spans websites, web applications, and mobile for enterprise companies and startups across the country. She is an editor at UX Booth, and a frequent conference speaker. Marli can also be found on Twitter, where she shares thoughts on UX Design, content strategy, and Muppets. You can learn more about her and her work at http://marli.us.

Adam Culp

Talk: Refactoring Legacy Code

Adam Culp (@AdamCulp), organizer of the SunshinePHP Developer Conference and South Florida PHP Users Group (SoFloPHP) where he speaks regularly, is a Zend Certified PHP 5.3 Engineer consulting for Zend Technologies. Adam is passionate about developing with PHP and enjoys helping others write good code, implement standards, refactor efficiently, and incorporate unit and functional tests into their projects. Highlighted by his book "Refactoring 101". When he is not coding or contributing to various developer communities, he can be found hiking around the United States National Parks, teaching judo, or long distance running.

Jennifer Wong

Talk: Tonight We're Gonna Code Like It's 1999: Creating Responsive Emails

Jennifer Wong is a self taught web developer. She spends her day on the front end, making the web a prettier and more functional place. In a former life, she was a civil engineer and is still a registered Engineer in Training (No. EIT 121059) with the California Department of Consumer Affairs. She's a jane of all trades and loves eating, coding, and sleeping.

Bill Sanders

Talk: Easing into PHP Object Oriented Programming (OOP)

I'm a sociologist/criminologist who broke bad. For the last 15 years I've been a professor in the University of Hartford's Multimedia Web Design and Development program, and before that I was devoted to understanding pattens of crime. (I spent 12 years studying gangs in San Diego and El Paso.) While at the University of Cambridge's Institute of Criminology, I wrote a Chi-square program for a colleague--this removed the necessity of going to the computer center for data analysis. Originally programming in Fortran II, once personal computers became available, I turned first to Basic, then Forth, and then assembly language (6502/6510 processors.) After getting involved in HyperCard, I switched over to HTML, JavaScript, PHP, ActionScript 3.0, Perl, C# a little Java, jQuery and assorted related language support technologies. In 2005, I began studying first State Machines, which lead to the State Design Pattern and then Design Patterns in general as a way to optimize OOP code reuse and update. I've written some 50 computer books, the latest, Learning PHP Design Patterns (O'Reilly, 2013).

David Kelleher

Talk: Cinematic UX Design

David Kelleher is a college professor, freelance web developer and multimedia artist.

He loves web and media technologies, and when he isn't playing the electric bass or volleyball, he teaches and works on projects like a juggling gesture interface for electronic music theater performance.