The “Thank you!” post
Another PHP Conference Brazil ended on Dec. 2nd and oh, man, what a huge event it was! This post tries to highlight the best of what happened on those days and to thank everyone who was a part of it. A tall order indeed!
On Nov. 29th the event kickstarted it’s training day. My big “thank you” to the instructors who trained our audience in matters such as ZF2 (Flavio Lisboa), Symfony2 (Eriksen Costa), MongoDB (Jean “Suissa” Nascimento), MySQL (André Barbosa) and RestFul Webservices (Alex Piaz). These guys not only produced the courses material, but also did the full 8h training in a fantastic way! Flavio, Alex, Eriksen, André and Jean: you guys rock!
Also on the 29th, Zend (one of our sponsors) had a meeting with representatives from the Brazilian PHP community. This was, by far, one of the most amazing things I had the honor to take part in my carreer, and if I can sum this up in one sentence it would be: “How many languages/technologies do you know that you have the opprtunity to seat face-to-face with the CEO of the private company that is most relevant for it and talk to him about your opinions and suggestions?”.
My big “thank you” to Andi Gutmans, Ana Maria Valarezzo and our own Marcel Araújo for organizing and making this meeting a reality. Andi and Ana Maria proved to have such a stamina – they’ve went to this meeting, Ana Maria participated on the Conference’s opening ceremony the next day, they’ve traveled to another Brazilian state, talked a lot to companies and attendees – I mean, I don’t know what they’ve been putting on their own food, but I definitely want some! =)
On Friday, 30th it was the time to kickstart the event’s first talks day and we’ve began, as usual, with the opening ceremony. I was really impressed on how many attendees were coming to the event for the very first time. This fact alone showed me how much the Brazilian PHP market has been growing and how much more potential do we have. My big “thank you” to our wonderful audience, the event is made for you!
The ceremony was followed by our “PHP Super Hero”, Flavio Lisboa, our first Keynote Speaker. The “Super Hero” part comes from the commitment and the stamina Flavio has and always had (maybe he’s been eating the same thing as Andi and Ana Maria, it all makes sense now!). Flavio gave a training on the 29th, a Keynote on 30th, regular talks on 30th and Dec. 1st and also found time to record attendees statements! My HUGE thanks to you, Flavio! You rule!
The day went along with the regular talks by speakers from 6 difrerent Brazilian states. The talks were carefully evaluated and pre-selected by the amazing guys from PHP Rio. The Conference has always been lucky to receive a huge support from the FANTASTIC Brazilian PHP Community. My ENORMOUS thanks for the guys from PHPRio and to all the members of the Brazilian PHP Community. We wouldn’t be here without you, guys!
And what to say to the Brazilian speakers who make this event so great? Can’t thank them enough. They do a work that is so vital for the PHP ecossystem in Brazil that it’s hard to find the exact words, my most humble thank you to everyone from RJ, SC, SP, RS (my home state!) and PR. You guys are absolutely the greatest!
On Saturday, Dec. 1st it was time to watch our foreign Keynote Speakers. Andi Gutmans kickstarted the day talking about the future of PHP in the mobile ecosystem and the cloud. Amazing talk, largely upvoted on our joind.in page. Can’t thank Andi enough on this post. To find the time to do everything he did for us is really an incredible job.
Andi was followed by this guy from Nashville… Now, what can I tell you about the amazing Paul Jones? Paul is one of the guys that the circumstances allowed me to spend time enough on his company to consider him a friend by now. Paul was not only extremely likable and charismatic, but he delivered a mind-blowing fantastic presentation on decoupled PHP libraries and the fantastic Aura project. Our audience was delighted by his Keynote and I believe Aura will be largely used in Brazilian projects. My huge, HUGE thanks to Paul. You absolutely rocked our audience, man!
Still on Saturday, I’ve had the great honor of presenting to the event’s audience the ABRAPHP – Brazilian Assocation for PHP Professionals, along with my board colleagues Ricardo Coelho, Thiago Rigo and Marcio Albuquerque. This is a one-of-a-kind initiative and I’ll be making an exclusive post about it in a few days, so stay tuned.
The previous paragraph reminds me that it would be crazy to end this post without mentioning Marcio Albuquerque. Marcio was another of the event’s heroes, presenting talks and also being responsible for two of our most interesting special presentations: the non-official ZCE simulated test and the Fishbowl. I’m very lucky to have him on ABRAPHP’s board, and the event and the audience are very lucky to have him “disturbing” the regular event schedule. Marcio did an amazing, incredible job. My big thank you to you, man!
Such a long post (writing it only in en_US, sorry guys!), so many “thank yous” left. As I’ve said in the event’s opening ceremony, PHP Conference Brazil is such a “lucky” event. We are and always will be thankful for having such great companies, communities and persons on our side.
My huge thank you to our wonderful sponsors (Zend, PagSeguro, MySQL, Folha de S. Paulo, Vivaweb, Engine Yard and Github) and to Scalable Path, our Exhibitor who was in Brazil to hire off-shore developers. These companies keep the PHP business market flowing, so please, don’t forget to show them your support!
Also it would be insane to forget about our Mobile kick-ass dev, Klaus Silveira. Klaus is responsible for our very first mobile app! What a great job he did for us, I can’t thank you enough, man!
Also, it’s always important to remember the fantastic work done by Tempo Real Eventos and Anderson O. de Paula. Tempo Real Eventos is the company who created the PHP Conference in first place, back in 2006. It does such a relevant work for the PHP business market that we can’t really appreciate them enough. Anderson, you’ve been the best, greatest partner I could ever ask for. My huge thanks to you and all the personell in TRE. You guys are the best!
That’s a wrap, guys! Don’t forget: PHP Conference Brasil 2013 is already set: From Nov. 28th to December 1st! See you ALL THERE! \o/