Software & Communities in the Real World

Public group

Desk Lodge, 5th Floor, 1 Temple Way

Bristol · BS2 0BY

How to find us

We're in 'The Oak Tree' in the Desklodge Coworking space - 4th Floor

Location image of event venue


In September join us at Desklodge where we take an adventure into software development in the real world and the PHP community

SR2 – Socially Responsible Recruitment in Bristol are kindly helping us host this evening, allowing us to have a larger space so more people can attend. Thanks to them!

This month's talks are:

- Dungeons, Dragons & Developers
Matt Brunt (, Organiser or PHPEM and Senior Software Engineer with Viva IT ( where he leads and mentors a team of developers

You enter the dungeon, as the echoes of your footsteps sound around you, something catches your eye - is that… oh, oh no.

You grab your trusty sword and with your fellow adventurers, you seek to overcome the mighty challenge that lays ahead of you: building software.

This talk is a look at some of the parallels between Dungeons and Dragons, and software development.

We’ll see how lessons learned through delving into dungeons and fighting monsters with a party of adventurers can help teams of developers when building software in the real world.

Are you ready to join me in a mighty quest for better software?

- The Symfony Open-source Community
Zan Baldwin (, developer of SaaS APIs

The Symfony project is more than just a codebase; it is a community around what has become a professional standard within the PHP ecosystem. We’ll explore this community and its members, the direction its leadership is taking it in, different ways you can get involved beyond just making a pull request, and how community participation can benefit and enrich your life.

SR2 – Socially Responsible Recruitment in Bristol have kindly offered to cover hosting costs for the evening, which is helping us have a larger venue! You may have noticed Nathaniel floating around at previous events - Nathaniel helps PHP Developers find jobs that fit their aspirations - whether you are a seasoned developer looking to take the next step in your career, or a junior about to embark on a career in development, with partnerships with some of Bristol’s most impressive companies Nathaniel will be able to help you. Grab a coffee or beer with him!

You can find out more about SR2 at


As always, a big thanks to our meetup sponsors Ents24 (, Brightpearl (, Space 48 ( & Deep Blue Sky ( without whom we wouldn't be able to put on our meetups.

Afterwards we'll head to the pub, probably the Volunteer Tavern (!