Leap Year Day, 29th February 2008, saw the annual London PHP Conference. PHPWomen were lucky enough to be able to get a stand at this conference to promote our organisation, and it was a great opportunity to get together and meet all the women that were able to be there. I didn’t get an exact count but I would say there we 20 women at the event … for a conference with 300 delegates that’s less than 7%, so it was fabulous to see so many there but its not a huge count!
What we lacked in numbers I think its fair to say we made up for in sheer enthusiasm. We took our phpwomen banner with us and it looked great tied to our stall. Maybe we should have learned from previous conferences but we didn’t take anything like as many t-shirts as people wanted, they were all gone by lunch time! It didn’t stop the torrent of people coming to the stand though, to chat to us, pick up a leaflet, or find out more about what the organisation is about.
We had a mascot too – one of the elephpants with a phpwomen branding of his own! Later in the day we also enticed visitors along with cake, which went down very well. I think the best way of expressing how much fun we had (and how much of an impact we made) is to refer you to the flickr photos.
A big thankyou to all the helpers – it was wonderful to meet you all and I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as I did!