A four-day PHP-fest in trendy Berlin

The Event: International PHP Conference Spring 2012
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From the 3rd to the 6th of June, IPC 2012 Spring Edition will take over Berlin’s Maritim proArte hotel, offering four days of high-profile keynote speakers, in-depth sessions and hands-on workshops. We take a closer look at what attendees can expect.

The European PHP community has no lack of events to sate its coding appetite. With PHP Benelux in January, PHP UK in February and Italy’s phpDay in May, the year has already got off to a good start. In June, it’s the turn of S&S Media’s International PHP Conference Spring Edition, which, as ever, takes place in Berlin.

The venue this time around is the Maritim proArte hotel, which some attendees may remember from 2011 and 2010. It’s served us well for two years and will no doubt do a good job again in 2012. Located slap-bang in the middle of Friedrichstraße, it’s two minutes from the U-Bahn and S-Bahn metro stations of the same name, easily accessible from anywhere in the city. It’s also just a short walk down the famous Unter den Linden boulevard from the Tiergarten, the city’s 520-acre public park. The last time I visited Berlin was during my first year at university, part of a month-long InterRail trip across Europe with two friends. Our accommodation over the four weeks ranged from hedges, beaches and train platforms to dirty and overpriced youth hostels – thankfully, there are plenty of comfortable and reasonably-priced hotels throughout Berlin, more than enough to accommodate all IPC delegates. So what exactly does IPC Spring have lined up?

The first thing to note is that the conference is divided into German and English content. As Web & PHP Magazine is aimed at an English-speaking audience, I’ll focus on the English sessions here, but, if you do speak German, it’s important to remember that there’s a whole host of extra stuff to appreciate – the split is roughly 50/50. A complete timetable for all four days can be found on the IPC website.


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