Paul is a Senior Software Engineer at Confrere, based in The Netherlands, and organiser of the NLHTML5 meetups. He’s passionate about welcoming everyone into tech and making the web work for everyone. He's also unreasonably proud of his personal website.
Michiel Rook is an experienced, passionate & pragmatic freelance coach, developer & speaker from the Netherlands. He loves helping teams and companies to develop better software and significantly improve their delivery process. When he’s not thinking about continuous deployment, devops or event sourcing he enjoys music, cars, sports and movies.
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David is a Developer Advocate 🥑 for InfluxData, the company behind InfluxDB. As a serial user group organiser (Organising Cloud Native Glasgow, DevOps Glasgow, and Observability Glasgow), David is always searching for new and creative ways to share knowledge with others.
Ciaran McNulty helps teams at all levels of ability improve via training and coaching. He has been a PHP professional since the late 90s and is passionate about TDD, BDD and Agile methodologies. He is lead maintainer of PhpSpec.
Thijs Feryn is a "technical evangelist" at a Belgian webhosting company called Combell. His goal is to bring technology to the people and people to technology. He focuses on bridging the gap between code and infrastructure. Thijs is a published author at O'Reilly, he is also involved in many open source communities and leads the PHPBenelux community. He speaks, listens, writes, codes, teaches, blogs, vlogs, organizes and is above all very excited to speak at PHPUK 2019.
Demin is a staff engineer and technical lead on Glu Mobile’s Design Home team. He has been using PHP primarily since 2000, and has worked for a diverse group of companies throughout his career, from start-ups to some of the Bay Area’s largest international corporations, including eBay, Visa and Glu. For years, Demin has been focused on building high-performance, secure web applications and is always exploring ways to push the limit of PHP. Besides architecting and building backend services with PHP, he works with his teammates on open source projects at Glu to give back to the community.
Scott is PHP Developer who loves all things security, quality and performance, currently working at Sykes Cottages (recently awarded Judges Leadership Choice at the Northern Tech Awards). Scott also enjoys contributing to Open Source projects such as Joind.in, when not coding Scott and his wife Emma are enjoying the challenges of being new parents.
Lorna is based "up- north" in Yorkshire; she is a Developer Advocate with Nexmo as well as a published author and experienced conference speaker. She brings her technical expertise on a range of topics to audiences all over the world with her writing and speaking engagements, always delivered with a very practical slant. In her spare time, Lorna blogs at http://lornajane.net.
Jeroen is co-founder of Isset, software architect, consultant, coach and occasional speaker. Often brought in at large companies to enable change and innovation projects. His company specializes in video streaming/transcoding and publishing platforms. Co-organizer of DDDNL and boardgames enthousiast. He also likes cats and penguins.
Rob Allen is a software consultant and developer with many years experience and writes code in PHP, Swift and other interesting languages. He is part of Slim Framework's leadership team and contributes to Apache OpenWhisk and other open source projects. Rob is a published author and based in the UK where he runs [Nineteen Feet Limited](http://19ft.com), focussing on API development, training and consultancy. In his spare time, Rob blogs at [akrabat.com](https://akrabat.com) and can often be seen with a camera in his hand.
Wim Godden has been working with open source technologies since 1997 and has been involved in open source projects such as PHPCompatibility and OpenX. Next to PHP, he's worked with a wide range of technologies (from database clusters to Internet backbone design) and focuses a lot of his time on high-scalability projects and on coaching/training web engineers.
Derick Rethans is a PHP internals expert, author of Xdebug and an OpenStreetMap and mapping enthusiast. He has contributed in a number of ways to the PHP project, including the Xdebug debugging tool, and various extensions and additions. He's a frequent lecturer at conferences, the author of php|architect's Guide to Date and Time Programming, and the co-author of PHP 5 Power Programming. He is now working at MongoDB to work on the PHP driver for MongoDB.
Bastian is a System Engineer at SysEleven, a full-service hosting company, where he focuses on bringing the power Kubernetes to its customers. Before that he was caring about performance, monitoring, web-security and developer productivity at ResearchGate, the social network for researchers and scientists. When he is not developing stuff or looking at graphs, he likes to cycle, do Yoga, go to beer gardens and frequently speaks at international conferences on software architecture, scaling web applications and open standards and protocols.
Gary Hockin pretends to write high-quality web applications as a senior developer at the BBC. He is a talented and evocative speaker, a cultivated author of impressively entertaining blog posts, and records elegant and informative screencasts and videos. Gary's also a contributor to the Zend Framework and is argumentative enough to be on the community review team. When Gary had a real job, he was a developer of at least competent standard with nearly 20 years experience. When not developing, speaking about developing, reading about developing or writing about developing, Gary enjoys playing computer games and arguing with his wife and two kids. Gary has recently discovered that conferences ask speakers to write their own biography text, and you can get away with writing pretty much anything you want.
Gabi is a Developer Advocate for Google Cloud solving data problems across the diverse range of storage engines and technologies. She enjoys sharing her knowledge through her blog and conference speaking. Gabi also is an accomplished world traveler and has an intimidating Lego collection and writes at [gabriela.IO] (http://gabriela.io) and proudly maintains [Congress, who is?](https://www.congresswhois.com)
Liam is a UK based developer and the CTO at [Tebex](https://www.tebex.io), a gCommerce company and game server monetization platform. From humble beginnings breaking things in Perl, Liam has tackled projects large and small, from brochure sites in WordPress to eCommerce sites in Magento and SaaS products in Laravel. Outside of CTO-ing, Liam is a maintainer for joind.in, and is trying to learn the secret to actually having some spare time.
Anthony Ferrara is the CTO for Lingo Live. He specializes in Object Oriented Design, Application Architecture, Web Application Security, and Team Building and Management. He is best known for his contributions to the PHP language, along with a broad history of collaborations to the PHP community as a whole. You can follow his blog at http://blog.ircmaxell.com or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ircmaxell.
Mike has been working in web application development using PHP for 10 years, including 3 years managing a development team for a property tech startup and before that 4 years building a real time application for managing operations at skydiving centres, as well as some time freelancing. Through working on business critical systems with real time elements Mike has learned the value of comprehensive logging & monitoring, redundant checks on applications & infrastructure, and of course well written testable code!
Like you, Pim is on a quest to do things a little bit better every time. As a scrum developer, he has extensive experience with solid coding, patient mentoring and tackling big projects using Domain Driven Design. Presentations by Pim are always fun, engaging and conversational. But don't fret; if you just want to listen and let others speak, it wíll be worth your time. Pim has worked at Procurios since 2012 and has seen a multitude of fundraising, political party and other clients that all share a common goal - getting the very most out of their software.
Adam Culp (@AdamCulp) a Zend consultant at Rogue Wave Software, is passionate about developing with PHP and contributes to many open source projects. He organizes the SunshinePHP Developer Conference and the South Florida PHP Users Group (SoFloPHP) where he enjoys helping others write good code, implement standards, and refactor efficiently. He is a Zend Certified PHP engineer, is a voting member of the PHP-Fig, and holds a seat on the Zend Certification Advisory Board. You can also find him on his Run Geek Radio podcast and GeekyBoy technical blog. 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.
Chris is a freelance consultant based in York, Uk with experience working in the public sector, small and large companies throughout North Yorkshire. Chris has over 10 years experience with PHP and has a keen focus on both software architecture and none functional requirements such as security, performance and maintainability. In his free time, Chris can often be found producing or playing with experimental libraries and contributing to Zend framework.
Stephan Hochdörfer currently holds the position of Head of Technology at bitExpert AG, a company specializing in software and mobile development. His primary focus is everything related to web development as well as automation techniques ranging from code generation to deployment automation.
Kat works at [Monzo](https://monzo.com/) as a backend engineer on the fincrime team. Her main interests include automating #allthethings, sorting out legacy code and making things simpler and faster. She's co-organising and giving talks at [PHPSW](https://www.meetup.com/php-sw/) and [London Gophers](https://www.meetup.com/Go-London-User-Group/). Kat loves travelling and keeping active, appreciates good coffee and is a big Lego fan. She cycles across Europe with [TechBikers](https://techbikers.com) to [raise money for Room To Read](https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/katzien).
Passionate developer with over 15yrs of professional experience developing, deploying and maintaining enterprise web applications for the manufacturing and healthcare industries. I'm currently at healthlabs.com where I've been for 3 years, helping them grow from a small startup with little to no automation and/or QA to a fully Dockerized environment with a robust CI/CD pipeline and resilient QA process. I'm a fanatic when it comes to automation and quality code. I love sharing my knowledge and experience with my peers and helping other breaks into the industry.
James is a consultant, trainer and developer at Roave. He is a prolific contributor to various open source projects and is a Zend Certified Engineer. He also founded the UK based PHP Hampshire user group and PHP South Coast conference.
Dave Stokes is a MySQL Community Manager for Oracle Corporation and started at MySQL as a PHP Developer in the MySQL Certification Group. He lives in Texas, is the author of MySQL and JSON: A Practical Programming Guide, and makes extensive use of the Open G tuning when playing guitars.