On the weekend of the 4th October I attended the PHPNW13 conference. This was my second visit to the conference, having been in 2011 (sadly circumstances conspired such that I couldn’t attend last year).
The event started on the Friday with a hackathon. I only attended briefly but everyone seemed to be having a good, productive time and it was great to hear about the different things that people were working on. I spent most of my time preparing a talk submission for the upcoming, DrupalCamp North West 2013 as the deadline was on the Sunday and I had left it late to finish the talk summary. (Check back soon for news about that conference and now confirmed talk).
After that brief introduction, the conference started properly on Saturday with a dual room, dual speaker keynote session from Lorna Mitchell (@LornaJane) and Ivo Jansch (@ijansch). Despite my initial scepticism about the audience and speakers being split across two rooms, the presenters interacted well with each other and allowed each of the speakers to focus on their areas of expertise.
I will refrain from describing all of the talks I attended but I did have input on the CTI Digital round up of the conference so check that post for more details on the sessions worth catching. If you do want to know more about which sessions to follow up on I recommend visiting the PHPNW13 joind.in page.
However, I will repeat the congratulations and thanks to all of the organisers and volunteers who ensured the whole conference ran smoothly and had interesting speakers. Similarly, my fellow attendees were all friendly and polite. The only problem was that I didn’t have chance to talk to more people and find out what they do. There’s always next year.