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PHP London June 2016

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Note: There will be members of Sainsbury's staff who will be able to help you to the correct room.


7:00-8:00 - Informal drinks, snacks and chat
8:00-8:05 - Welcome & group announcements
8:05-9:00 - Talk:

How I built a commercial side project, on the Tube

Join Rik Heywood as he will be talking about a side project that he has been working on the last few years, called Team Absence ( ). It is a PHP 7, Laravel 5.2 project that he has built almost entirely on the tube during his daily commute.

He will be talking through the process of building this project, which has variously been a playground for him to try out new ideas, a fun way to spend his time, or a way to teach himself about new versions of Laravel before subjecting his team to the change.

It's only recently turned into an actual serious attempt to ship something, so he also wants to talk about what had to change to make that possible.

Finally, building something real in 30 minute bursts, in a cramped and noise environment has it's own challenges. He'd love people to walk away at the end of the talk believing that, yes, they can try and build that great idea in the back of their head - it can be done.

Speaker: Rik Heywood

Rik is the director of software engineering at POD Point ( ) where he and his team build awesome websites to help manage their infrastructure of charge points for electric cars, using PHP 7 and Laravel 5.2. He's been working with PHP since version 3 and has been building stuff for the web since around 2000. Prior to that, he worked in the games industry where he developed the 3D rendering technology that powered the PC and console games of the 90s.


This month the food and drinks will be sponsored by Ayima ( ).

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We'll also have 2 licences from JetBrains (JetBrains ( for any of their products to raffle.

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