Sunday, October 3. 2010
What is it with me? Haven't blogged in over a year and whenever I do blog, it always seems to be about those darn unconferences. There really must be something to them, right? Right?
Well, if you've always been intruiged by the raving reviews the PHP Unconference in Hamburg, Germany is getting (which took place again just last weekend, and, again, was a blast), but were put off by the fact that it's in Germany, which is far, far away and people might not speak English and eat only Sauerkraut, wear Lederhosen and are overall silly (hint: only the last part is true), then now is your chance to experience the unconfence spirit in a more international setting:
These unconferences are entirely community-driven, noncommercial events and have become kind of a family meeting of the PHP development scene in Germany. I hope the same can be achieved Europe-wide. Mind you, the number of tickets will be limited, though!
Jakob Westhoff was kind enough to provide a small write-up of his impressions of last weekend's unconference in Hamburg. If you've ever wondered how an unconference works or why you should go, this will give you a great overview.
I'm really looking forward to the Manchester unconference and meeting a lot of new folks!
Thursday, February 5. 2009
Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to announce... nothing quite yet
The last two unconferences in Hamburg have been a huge success, which has become somewhat problematic. The first unconference saw about 60-80 attendees, while the second one already clocked in at around 120 - and that's just because that was the number where we pulled the plug and couldn't accept any more registrations.
That in itself is, of course, a Good Thing(tm), as we've reached our goal to make the whole thing into an enjoyable experience. Unfortunately, it also showed us the limits of our current venue: More than 120 people would be hard to accomodate at the local University's Informatikum.
The good news
So the good news is: There will be another unconference in Hamburg in 2009! This time we'll try to organize a venue that will allow us to get a few more people in, so we don't have to leave too many people standing outside in the street, right in the pouring rain, crying, freezing, bumping their bloody fists against the door... yeah, okay, I may be exaggerating. A little. Ahem. Anyway...
The bad news (and question for the audience)
The bad news is: We're highly unlikely (okay, now I'm understating ) to make it for the usual April/May date this time. Sorry, folks. Thus, we're now aiming for mid-September, and we've pre-picked two possible dates we'd like to hear your opinion on:
Friday, January 2. 2009
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