In my daily work, I bring all my experiences and knowledge to the table, and I'm making a good living out of it. But this wasn't always the case. I struggled through life when I was younger, and it wasn't until 2007 that I got in touch with the PHP community at a conference. That moment changed everything in my life. This talk is about how amazing and life changing the PHP community is and why it's important for people to become part of it. I know you want to change the world, and now it's within your reach. Your actions can change the life of many for the best, and we'd like you to join us.


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I've known Michelangelo for years... nice to finally get to know something about him. :D

Wow. A very deep talk, totally not what I was expecting, and yet a truly inspirational talk, and the perfect way to wrap up the conference.

Thank you for being so open and sharing your experiences, very good.

A heartwarming speech, very well said. Thank you for everything!

A very personal, touching and inspiring talk, and a perfect example of why the PHP community is so special.
There is something that we all can give back to the community, be it financially, sharing our knowledge or giving feedback to speakers.
Thank you Michelangelo for all you do for the community.

Ed Barnard at 10:34 on 25 Sep 2017

Personal and well presented. I can name a next generation of people that I would put on that wall of community influencers. People are becoming part of the community and paying it forward. Thank you.

Derek Binkley at 13:25 on 25 Sep 2017

Very inspiring talk that continued themes from the opening keynote namely that hard work and determination can overcome a lack of traditional credentials.

Eric Landmann at 16:18 on 2 Oct 2017

Another inspiring talk from somebody who has seen amazing lows, then amazing highs. Thanks for coming all the way from Europe to our conference.

Oscar Merida at 15:13 on 3 Oct 2017

Very inspiring talk and I learned so much about how the community impacted Michelangelo's career. However, at times I wasn't sure why he was sharing some tidbit. I think it'd be more powerful if there were lessons learned or calls to action along the way instead of all at the end.