So this year at php|works we’re trying something a little different for the evening entertainment, You! (we had enough of me at php|tek).

The format is a little bit different than a talk (thank god) and hopefully a lot more fun. Basically the presenter gets up there with twenty slides, each are going to be shown for exactly 20 seconds, for a total of six minutes forty seconds. No take backs, no do-overs, no boring slides full of code.

The format lends itself well to quick, interesting presentations on pretty much anything. Plus, if you give a talk I’ll be buying you a drink!**

A couple of quick FAQ points:
Q: Do I have to be a speaker to give a talk?
A: Oh gosh no! I’ve heard enough of those guys already, I’d love to get some fresh blood up there.

Q: Does it need to be on PHP?
A: Oh gosh no! Make it interesting, make it on something important, something cool, something trendy! Remember there’s Python folks in the crowd as well.

Q: Why should I give a talk?
A: It’s fun. It’s a new format, something interesting to try, plus we have prizes.

Q: I’ve never given a conference talk before, I’m a bit nervous about this whole thing.
A: That’s not actually a question. I’ll speak to your point anyways, this is a great way to get some exposure to decision makers for our conferences and other ones, if you’re good we’ll remember you, next time there’s a CFP we can say “Oh we say her/him at php|works, let’s get em!”. Plus it's fun, and Paul will clap politely no matter what.

Q: Will Paul keep his pants on?
A: Magic 8-Ball says: Unclear.

Q: Will Kiss be making an appearance?
A: Tragically, probably not.

So yeah, send Elizabeth Naramore an email with your interest quickly while there's still a few slots left. She's at elizabeth at phparch dot com.

**While it's still an open bar.

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#1 Kolindsa on 2008-11-10 20:07 (Reply)

Kiss LOL Good good..
#2 Paul M (Homepage) on 2008-11-29 15:02 (Reply)

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Hi, I’m Paul Reinheimer, a developer working on the web.

I co-founded WonderProxy which provides access to over 200 proxies around the world to enable testing of geoip sensitive applications. We've since expanded to offer more granular tooling through Where's it Up

My hobbies are cycling, photography, travel, and engaging Allison Moore in intelligent discourse. I frequently write about PHP and other related technologies.