PHP Community Conference Launches in Nashville

PHP Community ConferenceThe first PHP Community Conference will be held right here in Nashville on April 21-22, 2011. Inspired by conferences like Webstock and Brooklyn Beta, the event is designed for people who care about PHP and what they make with it.

The conference is organized by Ben Ramsey, VP of Engineering at Nashville-based Moontoast, along with Lisa Denlinger and Nicholas Sloan, who aim to inspire people to make great things with PHP.

"We believe the PHP community is just about the friendliest group around, and we're going to be sharing stories of successes, failures, and lessons learned along the way. Because this is our first conference, we're hoping you'll join us, roll up your sleeves, and help make this something we can all be proud of."

The PHP Community Conference is a two-day event. Thursday will feature a tutorial day to introduce tools and ideas that you can use in your code right away. The second day will consist of presentations that will inspire you to create something new with PHP. Lunch and snacks will be provided on both days.

The conference will conclude Friday night with a party featuring pecha kucha talks by attendees. The best pecha kucha talks will have a chance at winning one of two iPad 2s sponsored by CakeDC. See the conference schedule for a complete list of sessions and times.

Admission to the entire event is $300. Check out the attendee list and register to attend.

For the most up-to-date news about the PHP Community Conference, follow @phpcomcon on Twitter.

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Innovation Group Nashville Presents Monthly Fireside Chats

Innovation Group NashvilleInnovation Group Nashville is a monthly fireside chat organized by John Pisciotta and Katy Kirby to gather Nashville's thought leaders in technology, entertainment and new media content. Each month, a featured guest will share their best thoughts around what they're working on—in an informal, transparent, non-solicitous environment.

Monthly conversations will be themed around the intersection of three areas: the music entertainment industry, technology, and entrepreneurship. The events are designed to attract thought leaders and the forward-looking companies they lead, who understand the past and are creating the next generation of new media, scalable entertainment companies.

The next event will be held on Thursday, April 7, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (105 Broadway, Suite 200).

The featured guest for April will be Jason Moon Wilkins of Next Big Nashville. Wilkins is a musician, writer, consultant, entrepreneur and owner of Next Big Nashville, which has grown in a few short years to become a pivotal event in Nashville's music, entertainment and technology community. He'll be talking to about the evolution of the "non-country" side of Music City, his thoughts on this year's SXSW and where he sees the state of the music industry from a Nashville perspective.

RSVP on the Facebook event for details.

For the most up-to-date news about Innovation Group Nashville, like their Facebook page.

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Express Yourself at PodCamp Nashville

PodCamp Nashville 2011Following on the success of last fall's BarCamp new media "unconference," tech-savvy musicians, marketers, bloggers and developers will gather this month in Nashville to discuss blogging, social media, podcasting, online video and more. The fourth annual PodCamp Nashville will be held at the Cadillac Ranch on Saturday, March 26, and is designed for anyone interested in online media to share ideas, hear from industry experts, and participate in discussions and demos.

Like BarCamp Nashville, PodCamp promises to bring together creative, tech and business types from across Nashville to exchange expertise and collaborate on developing new ideas and projects. It's a fantastic opportunity to meet people and get involved in local new media development. Speaker's Butler Lucas Hendrickson explains this year's theme as a call to "express yourself on the impact of digital culture on your life." A chance to express "your passion for digital culture — not only talking about the tools of the trade, but the reasons why we love the process and the practice of living the digital life."

Register in advance to get a preprinted name badge (and maybe a t-shirt). Admission is FREE. Then sign up for sessions that you'd like to attend.

If you're attending, speaking at, or sponsoring PodCamp, you can promote your involvement with special web badges.

If you're looking for a way to get more involved in the social media/tech community, volunteer to help before or during the event by contacting Sam Bradley.

For the most up-to-date news about PodCamp Nashville, follow @pcn on Twitter.

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