PHPNW14 – A great conference once again!

Last week the PHPNW14 Conference took place from 3rd-5th October at the Manchester Conference Centre, hosting over 400 delegates.  The PHPNW Conferences aim to improve the skills of delegates whilst providing a platform for discussing the latest technology and innovation. The Conference is the largest of its kind in the UK, outside of London. Magma Digital played a key role in organising the event and were proud to be Gold level sponsors for the 7th year running.

The majority of the Magma Digital team were in attendance for a weekend of learning and fun. The Conference kicked off with a day of tutorial workshops on the Friday with around 100 attendees. Our software engineers particularly enjoyed Michael Heap’s tutorial, ‘Developer Environments with Vagrant and Ansible.’ and Lorna Mitchells’s tutorial on ‘Advanced Git Skills’ which also garnered a lot of praise from our Software Engineers.

The main conference launched on Saturday with Anthony Ferrera’s hotly anticipated Keynote presentation opening the day. Running alongside the Conference was an Unconference, a series of ‘lightning talks’ 20 minutes in length. These talks were aimed at those new to public speaking or testing a new subject and was a great way to practice presentation skills in a less daunting environment.

The best Unconference talk  of the weekend won a guaranteed speaker slot to present their Uncon talk at PHPNW15, as part of the main conference schedule. The winning lightning talk that was chosen as the best at this year’s conference was Mike Bell’s ‘Mental Health, Open Source and You’. We look forward to seeing an extended version of this talk at PHPNW15! We’d like to thank PHP East Midlands for all their efforts in running the Unconference on Saturday, they did a fantastic job!

Once our team were back in the office, come Monday morning, there was a lot of chatter in the office about Konstantin Kudryashov’s presentation ‘Design How Your Objects Talk to Each Other Through Mocking.’ Jez Halford’s presentation ‘Making Kanban Work for You’ also went down well with those interested in project management and improving our way of working. All in all, the team felt that there was lots to think about and many things we’d like to implement in the future.

Throughout the whole weekend, Magma Digital had a presence at our stand in the exhibition hall. It was wonderful to meet so many of you there! Finally, we would like to add special thanks to UKFast, the Platinum sponsor for the event. Without the support from all of our sponsors, PHPNW Conferences couldn’t happen. Our supporters ensure that the PHPNW Conference is affordable for many of our delegates who are not supported by their employers meaning they would otherwise miss out on the opportunity to improve their skills and network with like-minded people.

Were you at PHPNW14? What was your highlight?

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