The SiteGround team goes to many events, but the biggest and most important one for us this year was Bulgaria PHP Conference. Why? Well, it’s an event entirely organized by SiteGrounders and we invested all our passion, love, enthusiasm and tons of hard work into it in the last 8 months. Now that it’s over, we can relax and proudly say it turned out to be a huge success.
As you might remember from an earlier post of mine announcing the event, SiteGround’s Head of Development – Mihail Irintchev who is also one of the founders of the Bulgaria PHP User Group came up with the idea for the event and we jumped in to support him, both organizationally and financially. Supporting that kind of events make sense to us as traditionally we are quite fond of open source software and we try to give back to various open source communities. So we had some of our best people work on the organization of the conference and we also became the main sponsor of the event.
The Success Metrics
Initially, we aimed to sell 400 tickets, but we ended up with 527 registrations and more than 90% turnout rate! It’s good that we had a venue that could accommodate up to 600 people. You can say that when it comes to numbers, we managed to pull it off. But, it’s not really the numbers that matter so much as the actual experience of all the attendees.
We couldn’t hope for better, honestly. Based on actual feedback, it was a memorable experience for many of the speakers and attendees and for our team as well. The whole atmosphere and interactions were exactly as we imagined – friendly, relaxed, supportive, and extremely enjoyable, representing the essence of a true community.
For a detailed recap of the event and the statistics, you may check Mihail's recap post here.
We were truly honored that some of the greatest minds of the PHP community came to speak at our event and we are grateful to the local PHP community for getting together and making this conference a truly wonderful experience.