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What to Expect From Laracon EU – 2017

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The entire Laravel community is pretty excited about the upcoming Laravel conference; LaraconEU. The Conference will be held in Meervaart Theater, Amsterdam on  28 to 30th August 2017 and it will be the fifth installment of the event.

About Laracon EU

Laracon EU is one of the most widely followed Laravel conferences which features more than 15 highly renowned speakers and over 750 attendees from around the globe. The conference addresses multiple areas of interest but the focus is majorly on in-depth technical talks given by Laravel experts.

Laracon EU 2016

If you are an active Laravel developer than this conference is the gateway for you to a whole new dimension in the Laravel community. Laracon EU is the single largest gathering of Laravel developers and enthusiasts in Europe. It’s a great opportunity to meet industry leaders and the creator of laravel Taylor Otwell himself. The conference is a sure way for you to network and learn from a diverse group of technical Laravel experts that could net more opportunities for you in your career as a Laravel developer.

Laracon EU 2016


Laracon EU Workshops

On 28th August 2017 – the inception day of the conferencekeynote workshops will be conducted by:

Hannes Van De Vreken

Hannes Van De Vreken is a renowned web developer working for madewithlove. He is a regular speaker in the conference and a trainer for web developers. In this edition of the Laracon EU conference, he will be conducting a workshop on Building better search with Elasticsearch. Elasticsearch is a RESTful search and analytics engine that has gained a lot of popularity recently. This workshop will be conducted in Room # 1 on the following times: 10:00 , 11:45 , 14:30 , 15:45

Evan You

Evan You is the creator of JavaScript framework Vuejs. He has also previously worked at Metrojs and Google. He is a featured speaker of Laracon EU. He will also be conducting a workshop on Vue.js: Advanced Use Cases from the Ground Up. If you’re a fan of Vuejs, You must grabd a chair for this workshop! It will be conducted in Room # 3 on the following timings: 10:00 , 11:45 , 14:30 , 15:45

Mathias Verraes

Mathias Verraes is a programmer, consultant, blogger, speaker, and a well-known trainer. He advises companies on building enterprise applications for complex business domains. he will be conducting a workshop on Tactical Domain-Driven Design. This workshop will be conducted in Room # 2 on the following timings: 10:00 , 11:45 , 14:30 , 15:45

Laracon EU Featured Speakers

The second and third days of the conference that is, 29 and 30th August 2017, captivating talks from some of the best speakers and experts in the Laravel community will be featured.

These include:


Taylor Otwell

Taylor Otwell is the creator of Laravel, Forge, Envoyer, Horizon and more. And has been very active and vocal about off late. The last time he was a keynote speaker at the conference in the US, he announced Laravel Horizon. This time round in Europe, there are speculations he might release Laravel 5.5 which should make you jump out of your seat as a Laravel developer! Taylor Otwell will conduct his session on State of Laravel at 29th August 2017, at 17:00 in Red Room.  

Christopher Pitt

Christopher is a developer and a writer, currently working with madewithove. He will be conducting two talks in Laracon EU.  His first talk will be on Monads in PHP at 15:30 in Red Room. The other one is on Transforming PHP which will be held on 30th August 2017. This talk will take place at 11:00 in blue room.

Eryn O’Neil

Eryn O’Neil is an independent PHP developer and tech lead based in Minneapolis, MN, USA. She will be conducting a talk on Project Triage: What to Do When Everything Hits the Fan on 30th August 2017. This talk will take place at 9:30 in Red room.

Evan You

Besides his workshop on 28 August, Evan You will also be conducting a talk at Laracon EU on Inside Vue Components scheduled for 30th August 2017. This talk will take place at 9:30 in Red room.
Besides these four prominent speakers, some of the other speakers I believe you really need to be lending your ears too are:

Marcel Pociot

Marcel is a backend developer at ORT Interactive GmbH in Germany, which builds custom Laravel web projects. He will be speaking on: From zero to multi-platform Chatbot with BotMan slotted for 29 August 2017. This talk will take place at 9:30 in Red room

Max Brokman

Max Brokman is the lead developer for business intelligence at Vice, a global media company. Max works with Python and PHP and at Vice, he lends his services for internal systems that run on Laravel. He will be speaking about Denormalization With Eloquent: How, Why and When on 29 August 2017. This talk will take place at 11:00 in Red room.

Laura Elizabeth

Laura Elizabeth is an independent designer with a hankering for cross stitch and rockets. She runs Design Academy, which helps developers pursue a successful and skilful career and application design. She will be speaking about Debugging Design: 5 simple design principles to make your UI “not look terrible”. It will be held on 30 August 2017. This talk will take place at 12:00 in Red room

Freek Van der Herten

Freek Van Der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating Laravel apps. He will be speaking about Building a realtime dashboard with Laravel, Vue and Pusher. It will be held on 30 August 2017. This talk will take place at 14:30 in Red room.

Amo Chohan

Amo Chohan is Head of Development at London based energy commodities research firm, Energy Aspects. He will be speaking about 12 tried and tested top tips for better testing which will be held on 30th August 2017. This talk will take place at 12:00 in Blue room.

Bobby Bouwmann

Bobby Bouwmann is a developer residing in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. He will be speaking about Laravel Design Patterns which will be held on 29 August 2017. This talk will take place at 15:30 in Blue room

All the info on this page is taken from Laracon EU website. For a full list of all the speakers that will be taking the rostrum in the Laracon EU conference, refer to conference’s official website HERE.

Laracon EU After Party

Of course the most anticipated annual conference for the Laravel community isn’t going to be all work and no fun! The three-day event will conclude on a light ‘After Party’ presenting lots of opportunities for the attendees to mingle with the industry’s pioneers and network with them.

After Party Laracon 2016

The social event – open for all attendees, speakers, and staff – is scheduled for August 30th at 20:00 at Cafe-Restaurant De Ysbreeker.

Final Words

Being a Laravel developer still riding the learning curve, I am as excited about the Laracon EU conference as yourself! Unfortunately, I won’t be physically present at the conference, although I will be following up on key developments from personal contacts attending the conference! I hope the latest edition of the conference will outperform all of the previous ones combined!

Wishing every attendee lot’s of luck and happy learning!

Saquib Rizwan :Saquib is a PHP Community Expert at Cloudways - A Managed PHP Hosting Cloud Platform. He is well versed in PHP and regularly contributes to open source projects. For fun, he enjoys gaming, movies and hanging out with friends. You can email him at saquib.rizwan@cloudways.com