My contribution to Mentoring in the PHP Community

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After the awesome mentorship summit at php[tek] 2013 a little over a week ago, I decided that as part of my contributions to mentoring in the community I would put out a call:

Anyone and everyone who would like to speak at a conference, I want to review and critique your talk submissions.

As part of this, I’d like to offer an opportunity for to you bounce ideas for talks off me, to work with you on tightening up your title/abstract, and if I have time, to review slides and/or do a google hangout run through prior to you speaking.

To make this process as easy and efficient as possible:

  • If you want to bounce ideas off me, you can find me on #phpmentoring on Freenode IRC, or ping me via Twitter for IM details.
  • For proposal review, please put them in a gist and we can work from there — just ping me on Twitter beforehand, and then once I get back to you I’ll ask for the gist link.
  • For slide review, ask on Twitter/IRC — and don’t be upset if I say no. This is a much more time consuming thing.
  • For hangouts, do one of the first two things and if it’s something I’d like to see, I’ll probably suggest it

I hope in this way I can help a bunch of people in a fairly informal way, and we can bring a bunch of new blood to the speaking circuit.

Also: please don’t limit this to just PHP-related topics. I’m happy to give advice on many more things (that I feel qualified for), soft and hard topics.

Distill: An opportunity to get out of your comfort zone

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As part of my work at Engine Yard I have been involved in helping shape and organize a new conference, Distill, which will be held on Treasure Island in San Francisco, CA on August 8-9th 2013.

The conference will bring together a bunch of folks from different technological backgrounds to share information, and cross-pollinate ideas. Just like Ruby on Rails kickstarted the PHP frameworks explosion, we (the PHP community) have an opportunity to give back not only to the Ruby/Rails community but to Javascript, Python, Java, and database communities, and who knows what else will make a showing.

Hopefully, we can all “get off the island” and allow us to create something awesome.

The Call For Proposals is currently open, and closes on April 9th, and I highly encourage everyone to submit.