About PHP South Africa 2018

An annual PHP conference in South Africa. We try to get the best of the best to share knowledge. So far we have succeeded.

This year is our 5th birthday!

To celebrate the occasion, we are going all out! Check back often to see any new announcements about the biggest conference we have planned yet!


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Deon Heunis

Having spent more than 16 years in the digital and technology industries, Deon has held a variety of positions from Head of Architecture at Prezence, Development Manager at Engine Digital based in Vancouver Canada, to more recently being the Solutions Architect at Touchlab, the digital R&D division of Media24. In 2014, together with Leo Redelinghuys, they founded Swipe iX, a specialist software development agency focused on strategic digital solutions. Swipe iX services some of Africa’s biggest businesses. He worked on a variety of high profile clients such as PriMedia, Computicket, Standard Bank, SoccerLaduma, DStv and TenCent.

Dave Nel

Dave is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Tangent Solutions, a digital transformation development consulting house that focuses on Open Source technologies, mobile development, DevOps and Azure. He also sits on the boards of a couple of late stage startups assisting with technological operational and strategic planning. Besides for his professional roles, he works with a number of developer communities and is involved with a few User Groups.

Michelle Sanver

Michelle Sanver works as a software developer at Liip. A self organised web agency based in Zürich. Michelle loves anything community related and is a big advocate of Open Source. She is a code-passionate colourful geek and with more than 15 years of PHP experience, she is eager to share her extensive knowledge.

Liam Norman

Liam Norman is a software engineer at superbalist.com and organiser of the PHP Cape Town user group. With experience working on monolithic systems, smaller SPA systems as well as API's. He has a passion for TDD, Laravel, CI/CD, and API Development. When not coding late into the night, he can be seen hiking table mountain or dabbling with anything PHP related.

Gareth McCumskey

Gareth is a bit of a serverless evangelist. After having worked on numerous serverless projects and helping a multi-million Pound travel business get down the road to re-architecting from a monolithic backend to a microservices based, serverless backend with good results, he is here now to help others realise the potential of this new way of building applications that is going to revolutionise our industry ... again. Gareth has been a web developer for almost 20 years and started out with PHP back in 2000. He is now a native of the Cape with his wife and daughter (and soon son) where he is a Senior Web Developer at RunwaySale, one of South Africa's leading fashion retailers.

Michael Cullum

Michael Cullum is a backend software engineer, working particularly with PHP, and has been for about a decade. He currently works at SamKnows as a senior software engineer & architect doing data intelligence, storage and processing of internet measurement data at huge scale. He is also a manager & core developer at phpBB where he has been a contributor for over half a decade and he recently joined the Symfony Core Team as Security Lead.

James Titcumb

James is a consultant, trainer and developer at Roave. He is a prolific contributor to various open source projects and is a Zend Certified Engineer. He also founded the UK based PHP Hampshire user group and PHP South Coast conference.