Andreas helps solving problems at bitExpert, a german Software and Media Solution provider. He sometimes even uses code for that. Besides his family, his work as jack-of-all-trades and contributions to different open-source-projects he still finds the time to run PHPUGFFM, the PHP-Usergroup in Frankfurt/Main and maintain PHP.ug.
Andreas Hucks is the CTO of SensioLabs Germany, where he is helping Sensio’s clients to build modern, quality web applications. His passions are clean code, testing & quality assurance, automation and application architecture. He has extensive project experience with Symfony throughout its history, doing development, consulting, coaching, and contributing to the framework.
Andy Snell has been a self-taught computer nerd since his junior year of high school when first introduced to Gentoo Linux. He picked up programming from “PHP 6 and MySQL 5 for Dynamic Web Sites“, and since then, he has worked on building applications in the electronic payments and telecom-tech industries. He has a passion for simple and elegant solutions for difficult problems.
When not in front of a computer screen, Andy can be found playing Magic: the Gathering.
Antti is an IT entrepreneur, a PHP enthusiast, and an OSCP certified penetration tester based in Helsinki Finland.
During the daytime, he’s leading an innovative recruitment technology company called Jobilla, where he’s mainly focusing hands-on in the actual product design and development processes day-to-day. For the night time and weekends, he turns into a white hat hacker that loves to solve and design CTF challenges and puzzles, reverse engineer binaries, and to spend time penetration testing open-source software in private bug bounty programs in order to make the web a safer place for us all.
He is passionate about teaching fellow developers about software security (especially within the PHP community), and is known for concrete hands-on oriented presentations and workshops.
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.
I’m a PHP programmer, doing both client work and open source at a Belgian company called “Spatie”. I’m a blogger at https://stitcher.io where I write about PHP and programming in general.
Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We’re using the term “computer” loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PCs.For the past 15 years Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux, OSX, and Windows. He has built a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications.
When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of “management by wandering around”.
These days, when not working with PHP, Cal can be found working on a variety of projects like Day Camp 4 Developers. He gives motivational talks to developers around the world. If you happen to meet him at a conference, don’t be afraid to buy him a shot of Rum.
Cal is based in West Palm Beach, FL – US where he is happily married to wife 1.36, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 wonderful kids who were both smart enough not to pursue a job in IT.
Cal’s middle name, Collins, is in honor of Colin P. Kelly, Jr., the first American hero of WWII. (Nobody knows where the nickname “Cal” came from.)
Chris is a freelance consultant based in York, Uk with experience working in the public sector, small and large companies throughout North Yorkshire. Chris has over 10 years experience with PHP and has a keen focus on both software architecture and none functional requirements such as security, performance and maintainability. In his free time, Chris can often be found producing or playing with experimental libraries and contributing to Zend framework.
Christian “@another_clue” Lück is a software engineer with a Master’s degree in Information Systems Engineering and over a decade of experience with PHP, both commercially and as a regular contributor and maintainer of quite a few open source projects. But most importantly, he’s always been passionate about pushing the limits and thinking outside the box. In fact, he’s so passionate about this that he just quit his regular job in order to better focus on some thrilling things ahead 🙂
Christian Wenz is an author, consultant and trainer focussing on web technologies and web application security. He wrote or co-wrote over 100 books, is a fixture at international developer conferences since 2001, and is the lead author of the Zend PHP Certification. His day job at Arrabiata Solutions includes conducting security audits, migrating old code bases, implementing complex web applications and helping companies choose the right mix of web technologies.