ZendCon and the Unconference are over. Thank you to all who submitted, voted, or attended. If all goes well, we'll do the whole thing again next year and have even more fun and learn great things from smart people.

D. Keith Casey, Jr.
CTO, BlueParabola, LLC

What's an UnConference you ask? Have you heard of the BarCamps? How about PodCamp? They're all UnConfs. The point of an UnConf is to get rid of the structure and provide an event that is more community-driven, focused on interesting topics of the moment, and engages everyone at whatever level they can. Normally, people kick around presentation ideas, they get voted on day of the UnConf, a bit of chaos ensues, and a schedule pops out the other end. That means you don't necessarily know who will be there or what the topics will be. But that's where we're a little different...

Since we're attached to the regular ZendCon, we have a few major benefits:

* First, I don't have to track down sponsors, a venue, projectors, or any number of other little things. So we can focus on finding smart people to come and talk about their PHP-related passions.

* Second, we have some of the smartest people in the PHP community already planning to be in the same building. How convenient.

* Finally, and most importantly... whatever treats and caffeine-laden beverages ZendCon shares are ours too.

And this brings me to the biggest difference: We're going to do some voting before ZendUnCon begins to narrow down a few presentations.