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Singapore PHP User Group - 10th Anniversary Meetup

Singapore PHP User Group - 10th Anniversary Meetup

Presented at the Singapore PHP User Group

Michael Cheng

January 11, 2017
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  1. 1 0 T H A N N I V E R S A RY
    S I N G A P O R E P H P U S E R G R O U P

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  2. I N T H E B E G I N N I N G …
    • As a lone developer in my company, i was feeling the
    strain of working alone.
    • Needed support group.
    • Share knowledge and grow my craft.
    • Heard of similar programming “user groups” -
    Singapore Java User Group and Singapore Ruby
    Brigade

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  3. I N T H E B E G I N N I N G …
    • We are not the first PHP User Group in Singapore.
    • There were 2 earlier efforts to start a PHP User Group.
    Both were inactive by end-2006.
    • Created the Meetup.com group on 28 Dec 2006.
    • 11 Jan 2007 - First Meetup of the Singapore PHP User
    Group at Brewerkz.
    • Informal chit chat with a handful of PHP Professionals.

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  4. E A R LY T R O U B L E S …
    • No traction and not many people were using
    Meetup.com to find and meet people. Many months
    without meetups.
    • The tech startup community was just getting more active
    in Singapore around 2007.
    • E27 organised the first Facebook Developer Garage on
    24 Oct 2007.
    • Since Facebook was written in PHP, I felt I should leverage
    on that - created a FB Group and printed name cards.

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  5. E A R LY W I N S …
    • Made an announcement at the end of the Facebook
    Developer Garage about our new Facebook Group.
    • The membership number skyrocketed.
    • I decided to do another meetup in Nov 2007 - this
    time organised as a Facebook Event.
    • Created event. No venue. RSVP numbers hits 40!
    • Panic! No venue!

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  6. E A R LY W I N S …
    • Friends from the Singapore Ruby Brigade introduced
    me to Mr Lee Yeow Leong, a SIS lecturer at SMU.
    • Hooked me up with Object Oriented Programming
    Society in SMU, who will host us.
    • 3 speakers confirmed.
    • Topics for beginners, professionals and business.

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  7. November Meet-Up:
    Take The Dive Into PHP
    Michael Cheng
    PHP 101: PHP
    Language
    Fundamentals
    Raymond Ng, CEO,
    Occamlogic Consulting
    PHP & Your Business
    Chua U-Zyn,
    CTO, Widgeo.us /
    Founder, Ping.sg
    Security in PHP
    Wednesday, 14 November 2007
    8pm (registration starts at 7:30pm)
    SMU, School of Information Systems
    Website:
    http://www.php.com.sg
    Community Wiki:
    http://wiki.php.com.sg
    Event Wiki:
    http://wiki.php.com.sg/index.php?title=November_2007_Meetup
    Facebook Group:
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=14934950373
    Meetup.com PHP Group:
    http://php.meetup.com/362/
    Free of Charge!
    (Just BYOL - Bring Your Own Laptop)
    Speakers:

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  8. F I R S T P H P M E E T U P AT S M U
    N O V E M B E R 2 0 0 7

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  9. E X P E R I M E N T W I T H F O R M AT
    • 3 topics in a single track meet up was tedious.
    • We ended the meet up almost at 10pm.
    • 2nd meet up we experimented with having 2 tracks.
    • Venue woes
    • SMU was having term break and the central aircon turns
    off at 7pm.
    • Found a new location at NUS Extension at Park Mall

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  10. F I R S T 2 T R A C K M E E T U P
    D E C E M B E R 2 0 0 7

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  11. M O R E E X P E R I M E N T S …
    • 2 track meetups are hard.
    • Everyone wants to be in the other track.
    • Revert to single track and 2 speakers only.
    • Cater to Beginners + Professionals.
    • Business folks (looking to hire) can take care of
    themselves as long as we have networking
    opportunities (e.g. tea break).

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  12. 2 N D FA C E B O O K D E V E L O P E R G A R A G E
    M A R C H 2 0 0 8

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  13. A B O U T R U B Y A N D P Y T H O N
    A P R I L 2 0 0 8

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  14. F I R S T T I M E AT YA H O O !
    S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 8

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  15. S T U D E N T S AT M E E T U P !
    S T U D E N T S F R O M N U S H I G H T S C H O O L

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  16. P H P C E R T I F I C AT I O N C O U R S E
    S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 8

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  17. M E E T U P AT O R A C L E
    O C T O B E R 2 0 0 8

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  18. L A S T P H P C E R T I F I C AT I O N C L A S S
    A P R I L 2 0 1 0

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  19. H I AT U S …
    • 2010 - 2011 - Temporarily stopped PHP Meetups
    • Startup life is hard.
    • Restarted in 2012 - Focus on web development topics

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  20. B A S I C P H P W O R K S H O P S
    A P R I L 2 0 1 2

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  21. M AT T M U L L E N W E G L I V E !
    J U N E 2 0 1 4

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  22. O R G A N I S I N G T E A M
    J U N E 2 0 1 4

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  23. – M I C H A E L C H E N G
    “At the end of the Matt Mullenweg Live event, I
    knew I have a team of people that I could count on
    to do something great together… 

    perhaps a conference?”

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  24. P H P C O N F. A S I A
    S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5

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  25. S T U D E N T S F R O M I T E
    S U P P O R T I N G S T U D E N T S

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  26. P H P W O M E N A S I A
    O C T 2 0 1 5

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  27. P H P C O N F. A S I A 2 0 1 6
    A U G U S T 2 0 1 6

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  28. # C O M E T O A S I A
    A U G U S T 2 0 1 6

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  29. P H P W O M E N A S I A
    A U G U S T 2 0 1 6

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  30. W H AT ’ S N E X T ?
    • PHPConf.Asia 2017
    • More Meetups
    • More co-organisers
    • New leadership?

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