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PHP North East Conference 2014

PHP North East Conference 2014

The Tyneside Cinema

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PHPNE14 is a one day event to be held in the stylish and beautiful Tyneside Cinema on Tuesday, March the 18th 2014.

We'll have 14 speakers, and 3 focused tracks, so you can sit in comfort and have your mind blown as passionate speakers talk about the latest libraries, tools, and practices instrumental in shaping the future of PHP development.

Your conference ticket includes a light breakfast, refreshments, lunch, and entry to the prize draw which follows the closing keynote. After the closing keynote, you're invited to join us for drinks to chill out and get to know other members of the PHP community at our post-conference social.

We have over 260 tickets available for only £75 (Exc. VAT, and booking fees), and we would love for you to join us - just grab a ticket or two at

Your host(s):
Anthony SterlingKathryn Reeve


KEYNOTE Things I Believe Now That I'm Old (10:00) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 15
TALK Practical Event Sourcing (11:00) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 9
TALK Heroku-style deploying on your own servers with Dokku. (11:00) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 4
TALK Anxiety, Depression & Stress in IT (11:00) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 7
TALK Conference Speaking 101 (11:00) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 2
TALK Full text search on Google App Engine (11:30) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 3
TALK The Seven Deadly Sins of Object Orientation (12:00)
Brandon Savage
Rating: 4 of 5 7
TALK Introduction to Apigility. (12:00) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 3
TALK Liking relevance! (12:00) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 3
TALK Casual Discrimination (12:00)
Martin Wilson
Rating: 0 of 5 2
TALK An extremely biased look at CMS (12:30)
Dylan Wagstaff
Rating: 0 of 5 1
TALK PHPWomen: ask us anything (13:00) Rating: 5 of 5 4
TALK Service Orientated Architecture for robust and scalable systems (14:00) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 4
TALK Unleash Postgresql features in your PHP developments. (14:00) Rating: 4 of 5 2
Phil Bennett
Rating: 4 of 5 4
TALK Insects in your mind? (14:00) Rating: 4 of 5 4
TALK How to do that JuJu you wanna do...hoo (14:30) Rating: 0 of 5 Slides available 4
TALK Moving Away from Legacy code with BDD (15:00) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 8
TALK Hubot: The hubber that never sleeps. (15:00) Rating: 4 of 5 4
TALK What to do when a client wants to serve 110 million geotargeted banners from a VPS? (15:00) Rating: 0 of 5 Slides available 0
TALK What RabbitMQ Can Do For You (15:00) Rating: 0 of 5 Slides available 1
TALK Create the perfect slide deck in 5 minutes (15:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 2
KEYNOTE Stacking the bricks (16:00)
Philip Poots
Rating: 4 of 5 9
SOCIAL EVENT Social sponsored by SendGrid at Lane7 (19:30)
Rating: 5 of 5 4

20.Mar.2014 at 11:48 by Asgrim (280 comments) (Feedback)

PHPNE14 was great, I really enjoyed meeting new people, the talks were great and the atmosphere was great too. Here's a few random, unorganised thoughts of mine:

- Registration was "interesting", queueing on the stairs just felt a bit odd.
- Although I didn't actually have one as I'd had breakfast at the hotel, the bacon sandwiches were a GENIUS idea!
- The lunch box was great - perfect amount of food (perhaps even a little too much!) and the sandwich I had (egg and cress) was tasty.
- I loved that the leftover lunch boxes were donated - that's such a great idea.
- I felt very welcome and everyone was friendly and helpful
- WiFi was very patchy, and being a big building meant my data signal was rubbish, which sucked a bit.
- The social was great, lots of fun and well planned, but the music was very loud, which made *socialising* difficult because I couldn't hear other people very well
- The Uncon was great - I saw 3 quality talks there!

Thank you to Anthony, the whole PHPNE team, the speakers, the sponsors and the venues for putting on an awesome conference.

20.Mar.2014 at 14:04 by samevaskitas (3 comments) (Feedback)

Great conference.

Just to be lazy I'm going to echo everything @Asgrim noted above and agree with it.

However, I'm going to add that the venue is beautiful and unique and I really liked that, also the circle seating in the Classic cinema is possibly the most comfortable conference seating you'll ever sit it, so top marks there!

As Asgrim noted the only downside to the venue was the queuing on the staircase for registration, which seems a bit unfortunate, although I think there were unfortunate technical issues (with Eventbrite maybe?) which caused the queue.

All in all a fantastic community-driven conference, followed by a great social that I much enjoyed. Will definitely be back next year!

21.Mar.2014 at 10:05 by Stubbs (18 comments) (Feedback)

Thanks for hosting such a great event, and thanks for taking a punt on my talk, I really appreciate it.

I agree with everything James said, especially the wifi, which got worse the lower you descended in the building, to the point it was unusable in the main room. They say poor wifi at a tech conference is the ultimate sin, but when the speakers are interesting & engaging that doesn't matter, and for this event, it didn't matter.

Lunch was spot on, having it in a cinema meant the seats were comfy and I didn't suffer the normal conference "numb bum", the speakers hotel was awesome & in a great location for the station, event & social.

All in all thanks for making my first conference as a speaker go about as well as it could have done!

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