We are happy to announce the Bulgaria PHP Conference, which will take place in Sofia on September 25-27, 2015. The event will bring together some of the most prominent PHP community members from all over the world and will offer a great selection of speakers and sessions (all of them in English). We are also proud that the organization of the event will be completely carried out by the SiteGround team.
How did we get involved?
It all started 2 years ago, when SiteGround's Head of Development, Mihail Irintchev, together with other developers from SiteGround, founded the Bulgaria PHP user group and started to hold regular meetings in our office in Sofia. After organizing multiple meetups and having visited several major PHP conferences around the world, Mihail realized that a global PHP event can be organized in Bulgaria, too.
When he shared this idea, the whole SiteGround management team was excited. We saw this as a great opportunity to further develop the already strong and active PHP community in Bulgaria. We see value in making it possible for developers from Bulgaria and the region to meet and learn from some of the most prominent minds in the global PHP community. It is also an opportunity for our region to once again be recognized as a place with strong IT potential and lots of development talent.
What’s in store for anyone who attends?
We are six months away from the event, but here are some insider facts that might give you a good picture of what to expect:
- We received more than 100 session applications from all over the world, which we have to narrow down to 24 (we have room for 24 sessions split in 2 days and in 2 tracks). Several people from the Bulgarian PHP user group will be involved in the selection process, to ensure that only top-quality sessions get into the schedule. Several well-known names are already announced on the site. The rest of the schedule is underway and promises to be very exciting and diverse, too.
- We received about 12 proposals for training sessions, which we have to narrow down to 5, as we have only one day cut out for them: Friday, September 25th.
- We already sold 15% of the tickets with 6 months to go, without even starting any marketing campaigns! I should point out that tickets are quite affordable (right now the conference pass is 65 euro) because we want the event to be accessible to more people.
What’s in store for anyone who sponsors?
The Bulgaria PHP Conference is a community event, not a commercial one. Its main purpose is to strengthen and enlarge the PHP community. SiteGround supports the event financially, with organizational expertise and efforts. Any company that is interested to get involved is welcome to sponsor the event, too.
All sponsors will receive multiple opportunities to interact with attendees and speakers, and to make their brand noticed. We believe that any company that has something interesting to offer to the PHP community should consider sponsoring the event. We aim to have a special focus on recruitment opportunities, as there will be a lot of talented developers visiting the conference.
What’s even more?
Last but not least, the city in which the conference will be held – Sofia, is a great place to visit. It offers amazingly affordable and good accommodation and food, topped up with a vibrant social and cultural life. So, if you want to hear what some of the finest PHP global experts have to say, you might want to put Sofia in your calendar.
The SiteGround team will be happy to see all of you at Bulgaria PHP Conference in September, so hurry up: buy your discounted ticket while they are available or contact us for sponsorship opportunities.