As Kae mentioned, this was the first time that we represented the Irish PHP Users Group at any such conference and we learnt a lot – from the mundane to the slightly more insightful.
- Bring at least two [long] extension leads along rather than assume there will be power sockets nearby!
- Have Group business cards to give out – a few times we had to resort to writing the website address and contact/mailing list details of the Group onto scraps of paper; obviously not the best impression to give.
- Building on this, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to prepare some form of flyer that could be used to raise awareness of what the Group, and PHP in general, is about – a more substantial take away reminder as it were.
- And on top of this we need to raise awareness of the Group: I got speaking with David Ennis from TechWest in Galway and discovered that until today he had no idea that there was a national users group for php developers. We need to work on making ourselves known. David had some good ideas about this including having regional talks every 3 months or so. We reminded each other that the PHPLondon Conference was on today and for us to hold something similar there’s a lot of baby steps that we’d need to do before we can consider holding something similar.
It was a good day and I’m sure the next time we participate in a conference we’ll come better prepared.