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PHP UK Conference is focused on education and discussion of the PHP programming language. We aim to attract the best speakers, contributors, and educators from around the world in hopes of providing the community with the best resources on the PHP programming language every year.

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Tim Huijzers

Developer for more than 8 years now, Just started working at Advocate for good architecture and usually working on some financial feature. Like to be called a Developer and not a Programmer! Also Founder of the User group DeventerPHP. Next to developing for money Tim likes to develop for his other 2 hobbies, Beer and Board games. No wonder some of his talks are about 1 of the 2.

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Michelle Sanver

Michelle is a code-passionate colourful geek and with more than 15 years of PHP experience, she is eager to share her extensive knowledge. She works at Liip, a self organised company based in Switzerland. At Liip she proudly does many things, including organising internal hiking events! But her main day to day work is as a developer. It involves an ever changing API for the biggest retailer in Switzerland, using mainly Symfony, ElasticSearch and RabbitMQ.

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Antonio Peric-Mazar

Antonio Perić-Mažar is CEO at Locastic digital agency, based in beautiful Croatian city called Split. Their main focus is to build complex mobile and web platforms for different clients that range from startups to enterprise companies from all over the globe.

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Angel Rivera

Angel started his career as an US Air Force Space Systems Operations specialist in Cape Canaveral AF Station where he realized his passion for technology and software development. He has extensive experience in the private, public and military sectors and his technical experience includes military/space lift operations, technical writing, software development, SRE/DevOPs engineering. You can usually find him speaking at or organizing local tech meetups and hackathons where he enjoys engaging with developers.

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Mark Bradley

Mark Bradley is a Principal Software Engineer from London, currently working for Sainsbury’s. Working in the industry for over 10 years Mark has developed a passion for supporting and mentoring his peers and has more recently been working with the apprentice programme at Sainsbury’s alongside his day job. A keen protagonist of Test Driven Development, he launched his own screen cast, ‘Testing All the Things’ in the Spring, to teach the wider community how to practice Test Driven Development and Automated Testing.

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Drishti Jain

Drishti is a Computer Engineer and a technology enthusiast. She loves to use technology to help the less fortunate. She believes in democratizing opportunities and brings knowledge of the latest developments in the fast-moving field of technology to deserving students, and keep them up to date and well-equipped for their respective professional careers. She has spoken at conferences across the globe and is also a social entrepreneur. Her non-profit organisation - Samyak Drishti Foundation works in environment, education and healthcare sectors and operates in 10 cities across India.

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Bastian Hofmann

Bastian is a System Engineer at SysEleven, a full-service hosting company, where he focuses on bringing the power of Kubernetes to its customers. Before that he was caring about performance, monitoring, web-security and developer productivity at ResearchGate, the leading 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 Kubernetes, software architecture and scaling web applications.

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Dave Liddament

Dave is a director and developer at Lamp Bristol, a software consultancy. He’s been writing software commercially for over 17 years in many languages including C, Python, Java and PHP. Dave is keen to pass on his knowledge. He speaks at conferences and user groups. He is an organiser of PHP-SW. He also runs a monthly workshop that covers topics including testing, CI and git. is also the author of an open source tool called SARB (static analysis results baseliner). When not busy coding Dave enjoys scuba diving and running.

< Combell />

Jachim Coudenys

Jachim Coudenys is a PHP developer at Combell. Since discovering PHP in 2002 (4.1.0), his work and after-work activities brought him from the world of development to server management, development workflows, more development, etc… Next to being a long-time member of PHPBenelux, he is co-organizer the PHP-WVL, a user group in West Flanders (BE). He is a Zend Certified developer and Certified MongoDB Developer & DBA. You can follow him on and read his occasional blog posts on

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Chris Tankersley

Chris Tankersley is a husband, father, author, speaker, PHP developer, podcast host, and probably lots of other things he’s forgetting to mention. He works for Nexmo as a PHP Developer Advocate, helping developers use and integrate Nexmo’s communication platform into their applications. Chris has worked with many different frameworks and languages throughout his fifteen years of programming, but spends most of his day working in PHP. He is the author of “Docker for Developers,” and helps developers integrate containers into their workflows.

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Christiana Unaeze

Christiana Unaeze is a User Experience Designer, Entrepreneur and Creative Design Strategist. She has over a decade of combined experience in visual and user experience design, project management and design consulting. Currently, Christiana is a consultant with a federal agency where she leads and supports design and accessibility efforts on multiple projects. She is on a mission to help design products that are engaging, creative and accessible to all. She is also a runner, an avid reader, a Game of Thrones fan, an aficionado of statement jewellery, and a fervent DIYer.

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Matthieu Napoli

Matthieu is a software developer and consultant who loves creating web applications. He is the author of open source projects like Bref, PHP-DI and Silly. He worked in the PHP-FIG on PSR-11 and PSR-15. He loves working with serverless technologies and finding solutions to make PHP development simpler and better.

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Jessica Mauerhan

Jessica is a software engineer who has been working with PHP and related technologies for over a decade. She enjoys mentoring fellow engineers in automated testing, test-driven development, and quality code design. She lives in McKinney Texas with her family and loves coffee, comedy and podcasts.

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David Stokes

Dave Stokes is the author of MySQL & JSON - A Practical Programming Guide.

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Wim Godden

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.

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Hilary Stohs-Krause

Hilary Stohs-Krause is a co-owner and software developer at Ten Forward Consulting in Madison, WI, USA. She came to tech by way of childhood website-building (a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fansite, to be exact).

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Ipsha Bhidonia

Ipsha is a software engineer at Gemalto by profession, a Mozilla tech speaker by heart, and an advocate for a free and open web by passion. She likes traveling to new places and meeting people with different perspectives of the world. When not at work she speaks at technical conferences or can be found questioning or learning (most random) things.

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Jason McCreary

Jason McCreary, aka “JMac”, has been a PHP developer for nearly two decades. Creator of Laravel Shift and author of "BaseCode". JMac has a passion for programming and the great outdoors. Never hesitate to talk to him about either.

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Derick Rethans

Derick Rethans is a PHP internals expert and author of Xdebug. He works as an independent contractor and consultant on PHP extensions and related projects. He has contributed to the PHP project in numerous forms (Date/Time Extension, Xdebug, PHP 4.4/7.4 Release Manager, etc). He is 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. Derick is also the host of the weekly-ish PHP Internals News podcast.

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Georgiana Gligor

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Bruce Dou

Bruce Dou is the Director at Transfon, a Leeds based company building modern infrastructure for digital publishers and marketers. He is one of the maintainers of open source PHP Swoole, specialised in application performance optimisation, system cost reduction, cloud migration, web infrastructure and large-scale system architecture.

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Riya Dashoriya

Riya Dashoriya is a Software Engineer at Quizlet, San Francisco. She is also GDG San Francisco and GDG Cloud San Francisco Organizer, along with Women Techmakers ambassador for the respective chapters. Riya has veritable curiosity and passion to dig into things and find out how they work.

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Billie Thompson

I come from the PHP community, and (after a couple of near misses) I became interested in how to write PHP that is resistant to even my code breaking skills. As a contractor I started coming into contact with more and more languages - each a great opportunity to improve my PHP and, almost by accident, I became a polyglot developer. At Armakuni I get to help people take the same journey, from taking risks, through to developing the right way for their domain (at an accelerated pace, and in a safer way). Stuff I love to talk about include creating better templates, serverless and Kubernetes.

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Rob Allen

Rob Allen is a software consultant and developer with many years experience in a variety of interesting languages. He's particularly interested in APIs and the ecosystem around them along and contributes to Apache OpenWhisk, rst2pdf & Slim Framework along with other open source projects. Rob is a published author and based in the UK where he runs Nineteen Feet Limited, focussing on API development, training and consultancy. In his spare time, Rob blogs at and can often be seen with a camera in his hand.

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David Négrier

David is CTO and co-founder of TheCodingMachine, a French IT company specialized in PHP development. He is the co-editor of PSR-11, the standard that provides interoperability between dependency injection containers. David is the lead developer of many open-source packages including Safe, a rewrite of PHP functions that throw exceptions instead of returning false and GraphQLite, an easy to use GraphQL library. He is also the lead developper of Mouf, the only graphical dependency injection framework.

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Ayesh Karunaratne

Ayesh is a freelance software architect, security researcher, and a full-time traveler. Obsessed over clean, fast, and secure code, he contributes to open source projects, speaks at conferences, and blogs about PHP and software development while traveling packed with a laptop, a DSLR, and smiles.

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Katy Ereira

Geeky software developer, prolific knitter, avid allotmenteer, health seeker, 日本語 speaker. | She/Her

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Joel Lord

Joel Lord is passionate about web and technology in general. He likes to learn new things but most of all, he likes to share his discoveries. He does so by travelling at various conferences all across the globe. He graduated from college in computer programming in the last millennium. Apart for a little break to get his BSc in computational astrophysics, he was always in the industry. As a developer advocate at Red Hat OpenShift, he meets with developers to help them make the web a better place.

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John Behrens

John Behrens is a freelancer from Hamburg Germany. He is fulfilling different roles in Developer, Tester, Scrum Master, Engineer, Architect, Trainer or Agile Coach. He is mostly willing to use any skill that is needed to help the team and take a project to success.

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