Have you ever looked at a project README.md and the first two to three lines are filled up with little graphics telling you the various stats of the project? The "badges" have become popular because they are a quick way for developers to communicate information about the project.

I want badges for my life. When people look at my life's README.md, what badges do I want them to see? What badges do they really see? What can I do to control this?

Join me as we jog through the list of Life Badges I want people to see on my life's repo. Along the way, we'll pause briefly to examine what each badge means, and what color is appropriate. As we examine README.md, you may be surprised at what you learn about me...and about your own life badges.

Link to my life's repo:


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This talk was a great start to the great SunshinePHP conference!

Kylie Stradley at 10:20 on 3 Feb 2017

Really great keynote, I like the focus on developing yourself by giving back to others.

Jesse Ulacia at 10:28 on 3 Feb 2017

Awesome keynote!

Who said that Cal Evan's don't inspire people.

Colin O'Dell at 11:07 on 3 Feb 2017

An excellent keynote by Cal (as always)

Enrique Perez at 11:29 on 3 Feb 2017

Life tips for developers, super nice

An amazing keynote. Inspired me greatly.

Mark Railton at 11:49 on 3 Feb 2017

First time seeing Cal give a talk in person. Found him really engaging on the stage and so easy to listen along to. The content was brilliant, it was clearly written to inspire us all to be better developers and by extension better people. Highly recommend people see this talk if they get the chance.

Dana Luther at 11:53 on 3 Feb 2017

Love the concept of life badges and the call to step up ;)

Eric Mann at 13:33 on 3 Feb 2017

Fantastic advice, well-grounded in reality with plenty of applicable personal background.

Jose Vega at 14:49 on 3 Feb 2017

Inspirational keynote.

Matt Trask at 16:04 on 3 Feb 2017

2nd Cal keynote, as always great.

Anton Swartz at 16:14 on 3 Feb 2017

A great talk on how to look at your life, accomplishments and mentality via badges. And how would you want the badges to appear on your headstone.

Appreciate the concept think Im going to fork it and begin working on my own Life Badges, thanks for another great talk Cal!

Kyle Leber at 10:39 on 4 Feb 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the keynote!

Eric Morris at 11:00 on 4 Feb 2017

This was interesting to ponder, and you did a good job at adding humor. I will definitely have to think about this for myself. Also, you made me aware that I have fallen out of being more active in online development communities. You have inspired me to start being more proactive in that matter again. Thanks Cal.

Joshua Sampia at 13:32 on 4 Feb 2017

Cal is always a great speaker no matter how introverted he thinks he is.

Liviu Ifrim at 17:34 on 4 Feb 2017


Brilliant talk, excellently delivered. Cal's a real delight.

Thomas Misilo at 12:07 on 5 Feb 2017

Amazing Keynote, and great start start to the conference!

Sean Prunka at 10:06 on 6 Feb 2017

New Life Goal: make some realistic life goals.. Thank you Cal! Fantastic keynote, as always!

Symeon Quimby at 11:28 on 6 Feb 2017

What a great opening keynote. I really enjoyed it. The part I caught anyways. Lost track of time while chatting up the Sponsors, so was about 10min late :( It was certainly inspirational and set the tone for the rest of the conference.

James Fuller at 14:24 on 6 Feb 2017

Great talk as usual. I really appreciate how Cal said it's up to the individual to decide what better is and to work toward that.

David W. at 13:22 on 7 Feb 2017

Not sure this was applicable to the conference. I came here to be a better developer, not a better person. I go other places for that. :)

The speaker seemed comfortable and natural. He did a good job as a speaker and as a presenter and seems like a neat person. I didn't find the concept of badges very relatable. It is not at all a motivation for me. I'm sure it was helpful to many though.

James Titcumb at 04:56 on 10 Feb 2017

Not much to add here :)