Software Engineer, 10gen
Derick Rethans has contributed in a number of ways to the PHP project, including the Xdebug debugging tool, the mcrypt, date and input-filter extensions, bug fixes, additions and leading the QA team.
He's a frequent lecturer at conferences, the author of php|architect's Guide to Date and Time Programming, and the co-author of PHP 5 Power Programming. Derick speciality is PHP internals and extensions. He's now working with 10gen to help improve the MongoDB PHP driver. In his spare time he likes to travel, hike, ski and practise photography.
Senior Software Engineer, ResearchGate GmbH
Bastian is a Software Engineer at ResearchGate, the leading social network for scientists, working there on everything API related. Before that he was responsible for the integration of OpenSocial, OAuth, OpenID and other open standards into the largest german based social networks.
He is also a frequent speaker on international web technology conferences, always trying to promote open standards and protocols. This, together with his activity in the OpenSocial foundation and as a committer and PMC member for the Apache Shindig project makes him a strong advocate for the vision of an truly open and distributed social web.
Brian Suda is an informatician currently residing in Reykjavík,
Iceland. He has spent a good portion of each day connected to Internet
after discovering it back in the mid-01990s.
Most recently, he has
been focusing more on the mobile space and future predictions.
smaller devices will augment our every day life and what that means to
the way we live, work and are entertained. People will have access to
more information, so how do we present this in a way that they can
begin to understand and make informed decisions about things they
encounter in their daily life. This could include better
visualizations of data, interactions, work-flows and ethnographic
studies of how we relate to these digital objects.
His own little patch of Internet can be found at suda.co.uk where many
of his past projects and crazy ideas can be found.
Community Manager, SugarCRM
John Mertic is a software engineer at SugarCRM, and has several years of experience with PHP web applications. At SugarCRM, he has specialized in data integration, mobile and user interface architecture.
An avid writer, he has been published in php|architect, IBM Developerworks, and in the Apple Developer Connector, and is the author of the book ‘The Definitive Guide to SugarCRM: Better Business Applications’. He has also contributed to many open source projects, most notably the PHP project where is the creator and maintainer of the PHP Windows Installer.
Joshua Thijssen is a freelance consultant, developer and system administrator. His daily work consists of maintaining code bases, working on different projects and helping other to achieve higher standards in both coding and thinking.
His passion lies in high-end and complex internet systems and clusters, code optimization, server administration and fine-tuning. His programming skills includes (but is not limited to) assembly, C, C++, Java, Perl, Python and PHP and has experience on a wide range of operating systems. One of his specialties is fine tuning MySQL databases and queries. His personal tech blog can be found on http://www.adayinthelifeof.nl.
Business Transformation Consultant, Pure Web Brilliant
Kevinjohn Gallagher is an executive-level Business Transformation Consultant for underground Scottish agency Pure Web brilliant.
A passionate advocate of Open Source Software, Kevinjohn strongly believes in the power of a pragmatic Agile approach.
In the past he’s worked at Microsoft, Cisco, AOL, BBC, BP, 2 financial institutions and 3 National Governments – as well as 8 of the top 25 European agencies (and 3 of the World’s top 5 "digital agencies of the decade").
Kevinjohn’s also delivered products and services for: Oxfam, Burberry, American Express, Yahoo, EFF, Guardian media, Endemol, Gillette, Coca-Cola, Ladbrokes, MTV, Adobe, Audi, Orange, William Hill, Vodafone, AT&T, Sky, BT and Burger King.
Finally, he’s worked for every Agency in the NMAtop100 that isn’t based in London.
The down-side? He’s a little blunt.
Software Explorer, Amundsen.com, Inc.
With a personal mission to "Improve the value of information on the Web". Mike Amundsen’s current work focuses on implementing evolvable applications on the WWW. His latest book is "Building Hypermedia APIs with HTML5 and Node" and he has authored more than a dozen books on programming over the last 15 years.
An internationally known author and lecturer, Mike Amundsen travels throughout the United States and Europe consulting and speaking on a wide range of topics including distributed network architecture, Web application development, Cloud computing, and other subjects.
His current book project focuses on the "cloud programming stack" and start-up culture in the San Francisco Bay area.
Technical Team Lead, Ibuildings
Rowan is a technical team lead at Ibuildings and holds a Master's degree in Software Engineering. He's worked commercially with PHP for over 6 years, before that Python and Java, and then Pascal and BASIC if you go back far enough.
His work has encompassed everything from tiny interactive pages through to multi-million pound billing engines using a wide variety of open source technologies. His passions including continual tinkering with his aging N900 and poor-quality horror films.
Software Architect, Plusnet
I have over 10 years of experience in PHP. I am a Software Architect at Plusnet a Sheffield-based ISP, now part of the BT Group.
During my 6+ years journey with Plusnet, I have helped set up the continuous integration environment as part of a long-term drive towards Test-Driven Development.
I am currently working on tools to support automated software deployment and continuous integration platform. In my free time I occasionally contribute to opensource software like PHPUnit, phpUnderControl, Behat and Sonar and speak at conferences about all SQA things.
Evangelist, Combell Group NV
Thijs is an evangelist at Combell, the top Belgian hoster. As an evangelist he supports communities and has a particular love for the PHP community.
Thijs is also boardmember of the PHPBenelux user group and organized thePHPBenelux Conference earlier this year.