The Seattle PHP User Group (SeaPHP) has been around for over 10 years. We love PHP, and we want to build up our local PHP community even further by hosting a PHP developer conference here in Seattle—the technology hub of the Pacific Northwest and cloud computing capital of the world. We invite PHP developers everywhere, and of all skill levels, to come learn, network, and hack together with us in the Emerald City at the first Pacific Northwest PHP Conference (PNWPHP).
The purpose of this Kickstarter is to generate interest for the event, raise some initial funds, presell tickets, and attract sponsors. See the Sponsorship section below if you or your company are interested in sponsoring the conference. At the conclusion of a successful Kickstarter, we will start selling tickets on Eventbrite, continue to enlist more sponsors, and open up a "Call for Papers" to help us select speakers. Join with us to make this event a success!
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Our 2-day conference will take place on September 11th–12th, in Seattle, Washington. It will be hosted at Impact Hub Seattle, a cool co-working and event venue in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of downtown Seattle, within walking distance of Pike Place Market, the Puget Sound waterfront, the Seattle Underground Tour, Century Link Field, many hotels and restaurants, and the SoundTransit Central Link light rail—for easy access to SeaTac (SEA) airport. It is also only 2 miles away from the Space Needle and Pacific Science Center.
- Cloud is the New Normal
- Proudly Invented Elsewhere
- Community Works
Potential Session Topics
- PHP Development & Code
- PHP Frameworks & Libraries
- Cloud Services & Architecture
- DevOps & Automation
- Security & System Administration
- Testing & Debugging
- Data Storage & Analysis
- API Construction & Consumption
- PHP Community & Career Growth
- Open Source Software & Managing Dependencies
- Popular PHP Software & Platforms (Wordpress, Magento, etc.)
- Front-end Development & User Experience
Are you interested in speaking at PNWPHP? Make sure to join the PNWPHP Mailing List, so we can tell you when the Call for Papers opens.
Why We Need Money
SeaPHP is a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization with only a few organizers and no regular income. We rely on sponsors and donations to pay for everything the group does. This not-for-profit event will cost over $70,000 to produce, so we especially need help to make this conference be successful.
We plan to use funds raised via this Kickstarter—in addition to money collected from sponsors and ticket sales—to cover the various costs of putting on this conference. The bigger the budget, the more we can do. Here is a list of just some of the expenses to make this event happen.
- Conference venue that supports up to 200 people
- Catered lunches, snacks, and beverages
- After hours social events, including drinks, food, and entertainment
- A/V equipment, tables, chairs, signs, banners, etc.
- Name tags, lanyards, schedules, stickers, t-shirts, swag, etc.
- Speaker travel and lodging
- Conference branding and promotion
Why is Your Funding Goal so Small?
We are keeping the funding goal of this Kickstarter low, because...
- We don't plan to fund the entire event through this Kickstarter alone, but we want to make sure we collect the money needed to book the venue.
- We want to make sure that the Kickstarter goal is met though, so it does get funded.
- We realize that some sponsors may want to conduct their sponsorship transactions outside of Kickstarter.
- We want to give the community a chance to participate in funding this event.
With that in mind, we encourage you to continue to contribute to our Kickstarter, even after our initial funding goal is met.
In the past, SeaPHP has relied on great local sponsors like TUNE and SURF Incubator to host our group’s meetups each month, and we hope that many more companies and organizations, both local and abroad, will help us make this conference a success.
Our invitation to sponsor is to any company that employs, recruits, supports, or provides services to PHP developers, web developers, or other companies that use PHP. We hope that you will seriously consider sponsoring Pacific Northwest PHP Conference. We sincerely hope your investment in this event brings in new customers, supports existing customers, attracts new employees, and reflects positively on your reputation and public image.
We have standard sponsorship packages (e.g., platinum, gold, silver, etc.) priced from $500 to $5000 for those that want to provide general sponsorship and support. We also have a set of a la carte sponsorship opportunities (e.g., sponsored meals, rooms, lanyards, socials, etc.) for those of you wanted to brand certain parts of the conference. We understand that sponsors want a valid return on investment and we will try to facilitate that as much as possible.
If you are interested in sponsoring the event and would like to request a sponsorship prospectus, please send an email to email@example.com.
- Alegion (silver)
- TUNE (lunch)
- Engine Yard (video)
- Robert Half (bronze)
- Digital Ocean (lanyard)
- Creatuity (copper)
- coolblueweb (copper)
- /dev/hell Podcast (community)
- Sunshine PHP Conference (community)
- Dallas PHP (community)
- Nomad PHP (community)
- A Practical Approach to API Design (community)
- That Podcast (community)
- Loosely Coupled Podcast (community)
- The @phpbard (community)
- Madison PHP Conference (community)
Thank you all!
P.S. Seattle is awesome: http://vimeo.com/95766797
Risks and challenges
1. Not enough sponsors. – We have personal contacts at many companies—local and remote—that are all potential sponsors for this event. We priced the sponsorship levels such that they should be attractive to sponsors and provide a lot of value. Similar events have also been able to cover their expenses, and we are confident we can as well, once we get the ball rolling.
2. Not enough ticket sales. – Ticket sales will continue on Eventbrite at the conclusion of a successful Kickstarter. We are designing this conference for 200 people. We plan to market this conference very aggressively in Washington and Oregon, and aggressively still outside of the PNW region. We will rely on the network that our conference organizers have built in their experience within the PHP community at large, as well as the total network that members of the SeaPHP user group have access to.
3. Unforeseen event costs. – The conference organizers are in touch with the organizers of other similar conferences and will be consulting with them along the way. There should be very few—if any—unforeseen costs.
4. Raising too much money. – It's possible, though improbable, that too much money will be raised. If this is the case, we will use the the extra money to improve various parts of the event (e.g., more food choices, better quality swag, more signs, etc.). If there is still left over money, the Seattle PHP User Group will use it to help with their month-to-month operations in 2016, and—if this event goes well—as seed money for another conference.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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