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The Northeast PHP Conference is a community conference intended for networking and collaboration in the developer community. While grounded in PHP, the conference is not just about PHP. Talks on web technology, user experience, and IT management help PHP developers broaden their skill sets. We are entirely non-profit. Our organizers and and speakers volunteer their time to create a community event experience on par with the big technology conferences. We value the participation of each member of the PHP community, so follow @NEPHP on Twitter for updates and don’t miss out!

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Thursday, August 10

11:30 ADT

My journey to the center of PHP
"I don't know C!", is probably one of the most common excuses that us PHP nerds give for not contributing to PHP source. And top it off with all the overly-publicized drama surrounding the PHP internals mailing list, most user-land PHP developers don't want to touch PHP source with a ten foot pole.

In this talk I tell my story of how a plain-old user-land PHP nerd who, "doesn't know C," found himself drawn to PHP internals like a bug to a light. I was meet with a lovely helpful community of individuals who mentored me the whole way to making PHP better. This talk will encourage and inspire you to join me on an epic journey to the center of PHP.

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Sammy Kaye Powers

Owner, SammyK Media
Sammy Kaye Powers has been making things on the web for fifteen years. Sammy spends the bulk of his time in coffee shops cranking out loads of Facebook apps for ad agencies. He dabbles in PHP internals and is the maintainer of the official Facebook PHP SDK. He loves sharing knowl... Read More →

Thursday August 10, 2017 11:30 - 12:20 ADT
Grafton Room

14:30 ADT

Emotional Intelligence for IT
"Social" or "emotionally engaged" are not always terms that first spring to mind when thinking of information technology professionals. But what if you have to work in a team, want to step into a management position, or just want to make connections with others?

Developing Emotional Intelligence is possible and may turn the key to new opportunities and professional growth. In this session, you will learn what emotional intelligence is, how it can work for you in the workplace, and how you can develop it. Using the EQ-i 2.0 model of Emotional Intelligence has helped individuals and teams in understanding one's self and others, leading to improved trust, communication and productivity overall.

Wendy is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources with more than 15 years experience in HR, and is certified in the EQ-i 2.0(trademark symbol to be inserted) assessment and coaching. She is the owner of resolveHR, located on PEI.

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Wendy MacIntyre

HR Consultant, Principal, resolveHR
Wendy MacIntyre, CPHR is a Human Resources Consultant at resolveHR.

Thursday August 10, 2017 14:30 - 15:20 ADT
Richmond Room

16:00 ADT

Turn your house into a giant robot using web services!
Turning your house into a smart home is easier than ever these days. There are tons of off the shelf solutions to get even a novice up and running into the future we were promised from Star Trek. However, as tinkerers, we desire more granular control of our domain. In this talk, I will go over how to set up devices, interface with them using REST apis, and build a web service that can be consumed in multiple ways to allow functionality to happen both when you want it to and automatically.

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Jon Schwartz

Developer, mediaspike, inc
I'm a PHP Developer who, by day, mostly ships data around between databases and text files and makes the output pretty.  By night and weekends, I like to turn my house into a giant robot, cook, build things, and play with my kids... not all at once.

Thursday August 10, 2017 16:00 - 16:50 ADT
Richmond Room
Friday, August 11

10:00 ADT

Managing Imposter Syndrome
Imposter syndrome is a common issue within the development community. Most developers have dealt with it in varying degrees at some point in their careers. In this talk, I will explore the topic of Imposter Syndrome. Along the way, I will share my own struggles with it and open a dialogue on how to identify and overcome this potentially debilitating issue.

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Ryan Welcher

Lead Web Engineer, 10up
Ryan Welcher has been a web developer for over 13 years and over the course of his career has had the opportunity to work with many coding languages, frameworks, and technologies. He is currently a Lead Web Engineer at 10up where he builds enterprise level WordPress themes and plugins... Read More →

Friday August 11, 2017 10:00 - 10:50 ADT
Richmond Room

11:00 ADT

Empathy As A Service: Supporting Mental Health in the Tech Workplace
At any given time, 1 in 5 Americans are living with a mental illness, such as depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, substance use disorder, burnout, or ADHD. Statistically, all of us working for an organization with 5 or more employees have at least one colleague who is affected. At the same time, the tech industry is often characterized by high stress, long hours, workplace pressure to be available by phone and e-mail after-hours or sometimes even while on vacation, social pressure to constantly network and attend conferences and make a name for yourself, and the precarious balance between trying to do good by contributing to open-source and maintaining some semblance of free time that doesn't involve coding. Given how this demanding environment increasingly blurs the line between our professional and personal lives, how can we ensure that the most vulnerable among us aren't being left behind?

As a community, the single most damaging thing we can do is continue to treat mental health as a personal shortcoming that can't be talked about openly. We shouldn't think of it as "somebody else's problem"; the 4 in 5 of us who don't currently have mental health disorders must do our part to help end the stigma. This talk will begin with an overview of key statistics about mental illness, followed by the efforts of the non-profit organization Open Sourcing Mental Illness to gather more data about mental health in the tech industry, the ALGEE action plan taught by the Mental Health First Aid training course, and finally conclude with ideas and strategies for making our tech workplaces more accommodating and inclusive.

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Nara Kasbergen

Senior Software Engineer, National Public Radio
Nara Kasbergen is a full-stack developer in NPR (National Public Radio)'s Digital Media group, where she's worked on a variety of projects, most notably the third-party developer platform for NPR One. She recently joined the tech conference speaking circuit because of her interest... Read More →

Friday August 11, 2017 11:00 - 11:50 ADT
Grafton Room