I have experience of PHP conferences from all possible angles - as an attendee, as a speaker and as an organiser. At PHP North West this year I will be taking this to new heights and combining all three roles into a single one-day conference. I have a speaking slot at the event entitled "Passing the Joel Test in the PHP World", which I'm very excited about. Its a talk that I think brings together the best ideas from a general software engineering world and puts them into the context of PHP development. If you're wondering what the Joel Test is, then you can read about it on wikipedia.
Having spoken at a few different events now, some local and some quite high-profile PHP conferences (OK, so php|tek - the event of the year!), I'm really delighted to be bringing my ideas to the local conference that I help to organise and attached to a user group full of bright and interesting people. The experience of launching a call for papers, submitting my own abstracts, and then trying to figure out where it fits in when evaluating the CfP was a bit split-personality but with Jeremy's input we decided this was a good fit - and I'm looking forward to delivering it!
The event itself is in Manchester, UK on Saturday 10th October and there is only one week remaining on the early bird ticket price!! So all those people who think its ages away and you'll sort out arrangements nearer the time - you have been warned. The schedule is world-class (quite literally, these speakers do speak right around the world), and the price is pocket money (50 GBP + VAT until 11th September). As well as the technical content you get a fun weekend in Manchester, plenty of social activity, there's more geekery happening the following day and all attendees get a 12-month subscription to php|architect magazine to keep them learning all year long. Now you're persuaded - you can buy you tickets here and let me know to expect you!
PHPNW is the highlight of my year - I hope to see you there :)