There is a great PHP community in the UK, with a wide range of meetups and conferences occurring throughout the year. Attending a PHP conference can be beneficial to you in many ways.
By networking with other like minded people, you could find the right connections that lead you to your dream job. If you're an employer, you could find your ideal employee with the skillset you need. Career connections aside, you might just end up meeting a friend for life as PHP conferences often host social events too.
Most conferences cover a range of subjects - some you might already be highly experienced in, others might be new to you. Either way, you're likely to leave the event having learnt something new. Whilst talks are unlikely to be a deep-dive into a specific topic, many conferences now offer half or full day PHP workshops, given you an an extra opportunity to new new skills.
Although there are still 2 months left of 2019, it doesn't hurt to plan ahead, and with so many events to choose from, which PHP conferences in 2020 should you attend? Here's a list of upcoming events for you to choose from:
Last updated: 2nd November 2019
The PHP UK Conference returns for its 15th year on the Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th and Friday 21st February in London. The first day will offer a choice of two workshop sessions, with the second and third days will host 30 talks. Social events will be held on all 3 evenings.
Coming back for it's 4th year, the PHP Yorkshire Conference will run on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th April 2020 in the beautiful city of York. Workshops will be hosted on the Friday, with the main conference talks (across two tracks) and after party occurring on the Saturday.
Set to be Wales' first PHP conference, this event is expected to take place in May / June 2020 with 2 days of talks and workshops. Have your say on what you'd like to hear about at the conference by casting your vote in this tweet.
Focused on one of the most popular PHP frameworks, Laravel Live UK returned for its second year in June 2019 offering two full days of Laravel focused talks. The conference also saw an appearance from Taylor Otwell, who hosted a live Q&A session. Fingers crossed this fantastic event comes back to London for its third year in 2020.
The 2019 event was the 8th edition of the conference and ran across two days in central London during September. The first day offered a workshop, the second day saw the main conference talks. As the biggest Symfony conference in the UK, let's hope it returns for 2020.
At the time of writing, the two day 2019 event is yet to take place (November, Friday 9th & Saturday 9th), but as the biggest PHP conference north of the border, we can only hope that it returns for a conference in 2020.
Other than being obviously focused on WordPress, there is currently little information available yet about these two events. Keep an eye on the WPUK website linked above for updates.