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ZEDGE TechTalks: PHP

ZEDGE TechTalks

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM (CEST)

ZEDGE TechTalks: PHP

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ZEDGE TechTalks

Zedge TechTalks are a series of events, each covering a certain topic of software engineering, arranged and hosted by Zedge in Trondheim. At Zedge, we are operating and competing on a global scale, which means that we need to build and maintain world-class teams. As part of our internal training program, we invite speakers from around the world who are authorities of their field, for talks and workshops directly related to what we do at Zedge. At the same time, we want to contribute to Trondheim’s software engineering culture, so we decided to open up these presentations to more people.

The event is by invitation only, but if you would like an invitation code, please contact us.

What do Wikipedia, Facebook and ZEDGE have in common?

They all have frontends written in PHP! Despite PHP not being the hippest language on the block today, Google has recently confirmed that it powers 75% of the web, and in July it rose to 5th place on the TIOBE programming community index.

In the first incarnation of Zedge TechTalks, we want to focus on new features and best practices and for PHP 5.4 and 5.5. To help with this we have invited two of the world’s main PHP experts, Rasmus Lerdorf and Sebastian Bergmann, to Trondheim to join Zedge's Stig Bakken for a series of PHP talks.

Introducing the Speakers

Rasmus Lerdorf is known as the founding father of PHP in 1995, and has been active in guiding the project ever since. He claims not to be a programmer, but nevertheless Rasmus has been one of the most influential people in Open Source over the last two decades. Today Rasmus is a Distinguished Engineer at Etsy.

Sebastian Bergmann created PHPUnit, the de-facto standard testing framework for PHP. He has been active in the PHP community for more than a decade, and is probably the authority on PHP testing/QA. Sebastian is one of the founders of

Stig Bakken was one of the early contributors to the PHP project, and created PEAR, a packaging and distribution system for reusable PHP components. Based in Trondheim, Stig had been working in the search industry for a decade before joining Zedge as its CTO in 2009.


Zedge is the world’s leading destination for mobile phone consumers interested in discovering free and relevant, high quality games, apps and personalization content – ringtones, wallpapers and alerts. Artists and developers use Zedge to distribute and promote their unique and diverse content to Zedge’s 50MM+ monthly users. It enjoys market penetration of more than 20% on Android phones in the US.

Zedge is a growing startup, backed by a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange. It has its headquarters in New York, but is running all product and technology development out of Trondheim, where the company was originally founded. In Trondheim, Zedge has teams working with product and UX design, Android/iOS app development, web frontend/backend systems, data analysis, distributed computing and datacenter operations.

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Attending is free, but by invitation only. There are still some seats left, so if you would like to attend, or have other questions, please contact

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When & Where

Clarion Hotel and Congress Trondheim
1 Brattørkaia
7010 Trondheim

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM (CEST)

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