ZgPHP: 2013 year in review

Published: January 25th, 2014

Start of a new year is the best time to contemplate and summarize what was done last year. This time we decided to write it down and share it with you. So, what did we do in 2013?

In some sense, 2013 was a make it || break it year. With Ivan joining the ZgPHP organization team we finally had time and resources to focus on some community events outside of our regular monthly meetups.

In April && June we organized 2 workshops for developers interested in learning new frameworks. The first was held by Maurizio Domba, a core Yii developer, and taught us how to work with Yii. In the second, Antonio Perić did an introduction to Symfony2. Both workshops were a total blast and we do plan to organize more in future. There was a third workshop planned for the autumn of the 2013 but due to our engagement with organizing two conferences we just didn’t have the time.

Yes, we organized two conferences in autumn of 2013. We decided to celebrate the second anniversary of ZgPHP Meetups by organizing a ZgPHP conference. This gave our fellow PHP developers outside Zagreb a venue to meet. Since our monthly meetups are held on Thursdays afternoons, a lot of developers living outside Zagreb are not able to attend or, even better, to speak. With the help of 16 sponsors we were able to invite speakers outside Zagreb, 4 from Serbia and 2 from Split. The conference was attended by 110 visitors which was a great start. We hope to make this an annual event.

The second conference was WebCamp Zagreb, a web development yet language agnostic conference organized by multiple user groups based in Zagreb. This was the second WebCamp conference and with 600 visitors it broke all expectations. There were 5 speakers from the PHP community, out of 24 in total, which was a nice change from having only one in 2012.

Both conferences were free of charge, but getting a free ticket was not an easy thing as interest for them was enormous. ZgPHP meetup speakers received tickets as a thank you and meetup attendees got hold of them rather easy. Another reason to get involved, don’t you say?

Free tickets also meant that eventually somebody had to take care of the bills so once again we would like to thank all of our sponsors for help, we would not have been able to do it without you.

Besides organizing events in Zagreb we also organized a few field trips: PHP Srbija meetups in Belgrade && Novi Sad, and PHPDay in Verona. Luka Kladarić was one of speakers on PHPDay, while Miro Svrtan and Luka Mužinić talked in Belgrade and Novi Sad respectively.

As you can see we did a lot of things in 2013, but do not worry, we have plenty ideas and fun projects in store for 2014, so stick around.

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