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Overall, I really enjoyed my first Sunshine PHP. The lineup was great, and I don't know if I've ever been to a conference with that many great keynotes.
A few gripes I have, and I'm pretty sure you'll know what the first one is:
* Coffee - For those of us that drink coffee at work all day every day, coffee is required for minimal functioning. The barista was a nice touch while he was there, though a little bit curt.
* Room layout (ballroom) - If you sit in the middle in front of the speaker you can't see the screens. Perhaps a screen on stage with the speaker? Alena did her talk from one side instead of being on stage which seemed to work better.
* Room layout (the others) - Really long and skinny rooms mean people in the back have trouble seeing smaller fonts. This is a common problem with slide decks and maybe you did warn the speakers that they needed to make their slides even bigger for those situations.
* Roads around the venue - Terrible. Can you get all of those rearchitected before next year?
The sponsors were engaging for the most part, the venue's onsite food was good, and Miami had a lot to offer visitors. And of course, getting out of freezing cold was nice.
SunshinePHP was excellent! The communication leading up to the event was helpful with planning, the breakfast and lunch provided was good, the talk quality overall was high and covered good technical areas, the weather was very nice, and the community feel in the atrium was really good.
The grand ballroom setup with the projectors clear to the side did make viewing presentations hard, especially from the center seating area. A small screen on-stage would have made that easier.
I liked the location close to the airport because it made getting to/from the airport easy. It was also easy to get onto the local transit from the airport and see Miami and the beaches.
The evening events were excellent and laid back and let me meet new people and visit with many people. The atrium was a great open place to mingle with speakers, attendees, and sponsors. The sponsor room was great and the sponsors were fun to talk to.
The water bottles with the elephpant on them were awesome. I just learned the hard way to not try to drink from the water bottle on an airplane without first letting some air pressure in (yup a geyser got me mid-flight :) ).
The uncon room was a great idea and I took advantage of it to give a 30 minute talk.
Overall I would highly recommend attending SunshinePHP. The time and effort that went into organizing the event and talks showed and made the conference a top-notch conference to attend.
Just... just dont stop doing this. This conference is way to good. We are modeling Southeast PHP on my experiences here. I love it!
Great event! I appreciated the accessibility of the speakers, even into the late hours on the last day of the conference. Spent some time talking with many of them out by the pool (though I will admit those planes get REALLY annoying really quickly) and overall had some of the most fun here of all the conferences I've been to.
Miami is beautiful and the people were great!
I wish the keynotes started at 10am, but that's just personal preference :P
The event itself was good and well organized but I thought the venue was terrible. Internet was barely usable. Lack of restaurants in the area and hearing planes take off for 4 days until 1 am every night made the event sub par.
I love SunshinePHP - it is a highlight of my year. I always come away with new knowledge and tools to better myself and my workplace. I wish there had been more fanfare around the Friday evening panel and jeopardy - I just completely missed it.
Great conference, organizers are going out of their way to be awesome hosts.