August 7, 2015 - Northeast PHP - August 22 & 23, 2015

Speaker Spotlight # 16

We have Great speakers coming this year to our conference. Here is a spotlight on one of them.

Ed Finkler, also known as [Funkatron][1], started making web sites before browsers had frames. He does front-end and server-side work in Python, PHP, and JavaScript.

He served as web lead and security researcher at [The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University][2] for 9 years, and he’s an partner emeritus of [Fictive Kin][3]. Along with Chris Hartjes, Ed is co-host of the [Development Hell podcast][4].

Ed spends much of his free time creating and working on open source projects. Ed created Spaz, a long-running, award winning microblogging client, and PHP libraries such as FUnit, Resty.php, PHPSecInfo, and Inspekt.

Ed’s current passion is raising mental health awareness in the tech community with his [Open Sourcing Mental Illness][5] speaking campaign.

Ed writes at funkatron.com.

Ed  will be speaking on:  Stronger Than Fear: Mental Health in the Developer Community

Mental disorders are the largest contributor to disease burden in North America, but the developer community and those who employ us are afraid to face the problem head-on. In this talk, we’ll examine the state of mental health awareness in the developer workplace, why most developers feel it isn’t safe to talk about mental health, and what we can do to change the culture and save lives. Attendees will leave with 5 things they can do to make their workplace safer for those dealing with mental health disorders.


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