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Why an Online Summit?

  • Online Summits mean no travel hassle!
  • Bring the experts live to your desktop!
  • Time spent on the road is better spent instead with family, friends or in the office!
  • Sessions are developed to dive deeper into the material!
  • Ask questions directly to the speakers!

About The Engine Summit

This Summit covers the ins and outs of ExpressionEngine, one of the fastest-growing content management systems on the web. Spend time with professionals who create, customize, and deploy ExpressionEngine-powered sites every day.

Registration for The Engine Summit is now open!  The following experts are scheduled to appear (speakers, times and topics subect to change):

  •   9:00 a.m. — Mark Huot (Happy Cog): EE Squashed
  • 10:00 a.m. — John Henry Donovan ( Multi-Language Approaches in ExpressionEngine
  • 11:00 a.m. — Fred Boyle (nGen Works): Add-ons Optional
  •  2:00 p.m. — Leslie Flinger (Blue Flavor): Framing Logic
  •  3:00 p.m. — Chad Crowell (Encaffeinated, Inc.): Creating an Advanced Events Calendar
  •  4:00 p.m. — Ryan Irelan (Happy Cog): Advanced Templating
All presentations will be roughly 45 minutes long with an additional ten minutes for questions and answers, then a five-minute break while we get ready for the next speaker. We will break at 12:00 p.m. CT for a two-hour lunch break.

Wait, a Virtual Conference? How Does That Work?

Once you are registered, you will receive a follow-up email with a reminder about the conference schedule and other helpful details.

On the day of the conference, you will receive an email invitation about 45 minutes before everything starts. Click on the enclosed link to sign in and enter the virtual meeting space. Once you are signed in, you’ll be able to see and hear the presentations as they happen, ask questions as needed and chat with the other attendees if you like!

Technical Specifications: to attend The Summit, you will need a modern web browser (Firefox 1.5, IE 6 & Safari 2 or newer, for example) and a recent version of the Adobe Flash Player. Follow this link to run our system diagnostic (opens in a new window). It will let you know right away which plug-ins, if any, you will need to update before the event.

Still have questions? We don’t blame you. Contact us at if there’s anything else you’d like to know.

About Our Speakers

Fred Boyle

Fred enjoys figuring out technology and is skilled at discovering how things work. Experienced in programming, servers, networks and strategy – he has a sizable tool box, bringing a variety of skills to the garage. Fred is the only Canadian nGeneer, which by default makes him the coolest (at least temperature-wise).

Chad Crowell

Chad Crowell has been building the web since 1997 and is president of Encaffeinated, Inc., a website marketing and development company based just north of San Francisco.  He's been an ExpressionEngine Pro for close to three years and uses the platform daily.  

A coder by trade, Chad's career has taken him from webmaster to database developer, and eventually to online marketing manager at several private companies.  He quit working for the man in 2006 to freelance full time, and attributes ExpressionEngine to his company's growth and his ability to be more efficient and responsive to client needs. Chad lives in overpriced, but lovely, Novato, Ca with his wife and kids and stares at the monitor about 10 hours a day.  One or two vodka-grapefruits and he'll chat you up all night long, mostly saying anything he can think of to get a reaction out of you.  

Online: | @chadcrowell

John Henry Donovan

John Henry is a Technical Support Specialist at EllisLab and is a web developer & designer based in Ireland where he heads up the New Media department at H+A Marketing + PR, one of Ireland’s pre-eminent marketing communications agencies. Originally a graduate of Industrial Design, he has spent the last 13 years designing and building websites. He has been using ExpressionEngine since 2004 and writes frequently on his personal blog. He is married and lives in the country with his wife and 2 daughters.

Leslie Flinger

Leslie Doherty, better known online as Leslie Flinger, has been part of the blogging and development community since installing Moveable Type for a graduate project back in 2003. Since then she’s taught Web Design, Programming and Applications both online and in-seat. She started freelance web work in 2004 after graduating from Western Washington University with a Masters in Information Technology where she bucked the system and studied PHP instead of Java. She’s done hundreds of sites in ExpressionEngine and is an authentic spokesperson for the community itself.

She lives north of Seattle with her two kids and husband. She hopes to own chickens one day and grow her own vegetables. She’s just sort of that saucy.

She blogs at Mrs. Flinger and can be found on twitter at @mrsflinger

Mark Huot

Mark Huot develops content management systems ranging in size from personal blogging tools to enterprise-scale e-commerce systems. Adhering to web standards throughout his development process, Mark creates intuitive systems that demonstrate the same kind of care and forethought present in Happy Cog’s visual and structural designs. Mark’s past projects include large-scale editorial management systems that helped clients make a seamless transition from print to the web. On the side, he enjoys tinkering with Flash and JavaScript and is a co-creator of swfIR, a client-side image replacement technique.

Mark graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA with a BS degree in Digital Media. There he learned web standards and took a class using Jeffrey Zeldman’s Designing with Web Standards as a textbook. He has been passionate ever since about creating systems that adhere to the strict standards Happy Cog has put forth.

Ryan Irelan

A Senior Developer for Happy Cog, Ryan Irelan builds and extends content management systems for both small and large websites. He has created software to power product marketing websites and digital book publishing and to enable social networking. Ryan is also a noted expert on the ExpressionEngine content management system, having authored a wildly popular set of training videos for ExpressionEngine developers.

Also involved in the technology publishing field, Ryan co-authored The Business Podcasting Book (2007, Focal Press), is the Production Director of A List Apart Magazine, and is currently writing a book on developing websites with ExpressionEngine.

Online: | twitter | flickr

Christopher Schmitt (your emcee)

The founder of Heat Vision, a small new media publishing and design firm, Christopher is an award-winning Web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993. As a sought-after speaker and trainer, Christopher regularly demonstrates the use and benefits of practical standards-based designs. He is Co-Lead of the Adobe Task Force for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) in addition to being a contributing member of its Education Task Force

Author of numerous Web design and digital imaging books, including Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites and CSS Cookbook, Christopher has also written for New Architect Magazine, A List Apart, Digital Web, and Web Reference.

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

About The Sessions

Engine Summit sessions run the gamut from beginner through more intermediate/advanced content. 

9:00 a.m. EE Squashed by Mark Huot

What do you do when the shit hits the fan? You've got managers, executives, and stake holders all breathing down your neck because your shiny new website is a white screen of death. We'll walk through some common, and some not-so-common, debugging techniques to get at the root of the problem. We'll dig into Extension loading, Module parsing and Template order. And yes, we'll even dissect `dynamic="no"` (or `off` for you 1.x users).

10:00 a.m. Multi-Language Approaches in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan

The Web is an international platform, but it's not all written in one language. John Henry Donovan will dive into a variety of different approaches when it comes to using ExpressionEngine for multi-lingual websites and avoid the headaches when possible.

11:00 a.m. Add-ons Optional by Fred Boyle

Add-ons allow for extending the functionality of ExpressionEngine. But what about breaking out beyond the basics without add-ons? nGen Works' Fred Boyle looks at extending ExpressionEngine with just trusty PHP by his side.

2:00 p.m. Framing Logic by Leslie Flinger

As a developer, we rely on the logic of our UI and visual designers to map out the site's structure. As developers, we move that logic in to a CMS that gives the front-end user the best possible experience. How do we achieve that in EE? With such a flexible CMS, there are many ways to achieve a single goal. Finding the best way can be difficult but in this series, we'll explore the benefits of organizing data using various methodology and find the best solution that fits.

3:00 p.m. Creating an Advanced Events Calendar by Chad Crowell

While its easy as pie to create a weblog named 'Events' in ExpressionEngine, turning a basic listing of events into an advanced events calendaring system is a bit tricky.  Chad Crowell will teach you how to use Repeet 2 to create repeating events, build a calendar, event listings, properly formatted single event pages, and more! Once you build a calendaring system, you'll be able to do it quickly, and its a fantastic skillset to have for future clients and web applications built on ExpressionEngine.

4:00 p.m. Advanced Templating by Ryan Irelan

If you know the basics of ExpressionEngine but want to learn more, you're in the right place. In this session Ryan will walk you through techniques that you can use to make your EE templates more powerful and flexible. Learn how to share data between templates, search for content and dynamically set parameters.

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The Summit Series brings together expert speakers to explore one topic from different angles, all in one day. Each Summit is chock-full of focused, current content that is highly relevant to today’s Web Designers and Developers. And since it’s all online, you save the expense and hassle of travel. See you at the Summit!

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