SiteGround is organizing the first ever PHP conference to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, September 25-27, 2015. The company is headquartered in Sofia and its Head of Development, Mihail Irintchev, has been working hard to develop the local PHP community with the eventual goal of hosting a global PHP event.
Irintchev founded the Bulgaria PHP user group two years ago, which meets regularly in the SiteGround offices in Sofia. The meetups have grown steadily, inspiring him to approach the SiteGround management team about working together to host a PHP conference.
“We see value in making it possible for developers from Bulgaria and the region to meet and learn from some of the most prominent minds in the global PHP community,” SiteGround representative Reneta Tsankova said. “It is also an opportunity for our region to once again be recognized as a place with strong IT potential and lots of development talent.”
The speaker lineup for the event has been finalized and includes leaders in PHP community (Michelangelo van Dam, Sebastian Bergman, Cal Evans, Adam Culp, and more), as well as some influencers from both the WordPress and Drupal communities, including Mario Peshev and Larry Garfield.
Bulgaria PHP Conference will be a three day event that includes one training day and two conference days. All of the sessions will be conducted in English, as the event is pulling in speakers and attendees from Bulgaria, the Balkans, and other parts of the world.
Automattic is now a confirmed sponsor, along with Mandrill, Shopware, SiteGround, and others. The sponsors make it possible for organizers to keep the event accessible to as many attendees as possible with lower ticket prices. The earlybird price for the conference pass is just 65 euro.
Sofia hosted WordCamp Europe 2014 and the city is home to a vibrant IT community. If you’re looking to expand your PHP skills and connect with other passionate developers, the Bulgaria PHP Conference is one you’ll want to consider adding to your calendar for September.
Source: WP Tavern