Singapore PHP User Group - 10th Anniversary Meetup

Singapore PHP User Group - 10th Anniversary Meetup

Presented at the Singapore PHP User Group

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Michael Cheng

January 11, 2017
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    F I R S T P H P M E

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    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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    F I R S T 2 T R A C

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    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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    2 N D FA C E B O O K

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    A B O U T R U B Y A

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    F I R S T T I M E AT

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    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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    P H P C E R T I F I

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    M E E T U P AT O R A

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    L A S T P H P C E R

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    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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    B A S I C P H P W O

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    M AT T M U L L E N W

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    O R G A N I S I N G

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    – 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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    P H P C O N F. A S I

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    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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    P H P W O M E N A S

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    P H P C O N F. A S I

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    # C O M E T O A S I

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    P H P W O M E N A S

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    W H AT ’ S N E X T ?

    • PHPConf.Asia 2017 • More Meetups • More co-organisers • New leadership?