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The 3rd Annual Online, Live ExpressionEngine Conference

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Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web's most notable experts in and for an all-new, one day online conference, the Engine Summit 2012! Bring the experts to your desktop on May 29, 2012 from 9AM to 4PM (CT).

Don't miss this great event and purchase your tickets now!

May 29, 2012 \\ 9AM to 4PM CT

(Schedule subject to change)

Designer-friendly EE 9am CT

by Emily Lewis, Author of Microformants Made Simple

One of ExpressionEngine's greatest strengths is that it gives designers and front-end developers the ability to deliver a robust site without knowing a lick of backend programming.

EE's platform, though, is only part of the picture. The key to efficient development and happy clients is *how *you put it all together.

Emily Lewis discusses simple, "designer friendly" techniques for creating a great user experience in the control panel with native functionality, as well as with add-ons.

Lewis also provides tips to help make your EE development faster and more efficient.

About Emily Lewis

Author of Microformats Made Simple (New Riders, 2009), Emily Lewis has been working as a web professional since 1998, dabbling in project management and programming until she realized her true loves (HTML and CSS) and became a web designer.

She is an expert in web standards, semantic markup, microformats and CSS. Emily also specializes in usability and accessibility.

Emily is passionate about community building and knowledge sharing. She co-manages Webuquerque, the New Mexico Adobe User Group for web practitioners. She also speaks about standards, markup, CSS, accessibility and microformats for various groups, including the University of New Mexico, the New Mexico Technology Council and Interlab.


Deep EE Inspections 10am CT

by Joel Bradbury, Software and Web Dev Person

Everything we do with ExpressionEngine leads to output of some form.

Ever wondered exactly what is happening to transform our raw templates into fully assembled HTML?

We look at exactly what's happening under the hood, from the top of the stack fetching raw templates, pulling and parsing data, right down through all the execution layers to the bare metal.

To do this we go through the existing tools we've got to help us, and introduce a new one that exposes EE's inner workings in ways never before seen.

About Joel Bradbury

Joel Bradbury is the software equivalent of a Gun for Hire. Except in place of slinging guns, it's code, and instead of moseying into town astride a horse, he mostly stays put and just pushes and pulls to the repo.

Over winter he grew a beard. His wife likes it. His 18 month toddler is still undecided. The dog has no opinion.


EE Extensions 11am CT

by Erik Reagan, Co-owner of Focus Lab, LLC

One of the least understood aspects of ExpressionEngine is the class of add-ons known as Extensions. Many developers don't understand why they exist, what they actually do or what problems they solve.

This confusion exists among both Extension users and developers alike. A quick browse of any ExpressionEngine support forum shows that a common first step to solving an issue is to "Disable all Extensions," yet most don't know why.

This session is designed to demystify the world of Extensions. The goal is to help everyone, from the general user to the new add-on developer, understand why Extensions exist, what they do and how they work.

About Erik Reagan

Erik has a passion for helping people both on and off the web.

He is a husband, a father and a self-proclaimed nerd.

Erik is a co-owner of Focus Lab, LLC, where he creates engaging websites that help businesses grow and achieve more online.

When he's not swimming in PHP, ExpressionEngine, HTML and CSS, you can find him writing articles and teaching others about various web development topics.


EE & Member Management 1pm CT

by Lea Alcantara, Co-host of EE-Podcast

Membership management is something every EE developer has to face: whether it's as simple as separating Super Admins from Content Managers or building a full-fledged subscription-based site.

Lea Alcantara discusses the various native and third-party membership options out there, what options are best suited for a specific need, limitations with EE membership, and also outline the common member import mistakes that Alcantara personally went through so you don't have to.

About Lea Alcantara

Lea Alcantara is the Creative Principal / Chief Hired Gun of Lealea Design.

Alcantara also co-hosts the EE Podcast.


Optimizing ExpressionEngine 2pm CT

by Mark Huot, Technology and Development Director at Happy Cog

Look under the hood and examine, with me, where EE is utilizing your resources. Check MySQL settings and Apache controls. Explore load testing options and see how much is too much. Walk away with a script that helps you identify where your pages are slowing down.

About 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.


EllisLab Round Table 3pm CT

by Leslie Camacho, Chief Executive Officer of EllisLab

Hosted by Chief Executive Officer Leslie Camacho, the popular EllisLab Round Table session returns allowing attendees from all over the world to ask questions about EE and more.

During his session, Camacho brings an up-to-date report on ExpressionEngine is and where we will be able to take it going forward.

About Leslie Camacho

Chief Executive Officer of EllisLab, Leslie Camacho is a father, husband, nerd, and proud of all three. He loves life and has been helping people succeed online since 1994.


speakers from:

many fine organizations and companies

About the Engine Summit 2012

The 3rd Annual Engine Summit covers the ins and outs of ExpressionEngine, one of the fastest-growing content management systems on the web. Spend time with the professionals who create, customize, and deploy ExpressionEngine-powered sites every day.

Why attend the online conference?
  • Attending a conference online means no travel hassle!
  • Bring the experts live to your desktop!
  • Time spent on the road is better spent instead in the office or with family, friends!
  • Sessions are developed to dive deeper into the material!
  • Ask questions directly to the speakers!
  • Can't make it the day of the conference? Watch the recordings whenever you want!
Testimonials from
This conference was a load of fun. I loved the instant feedback from the speakers and the atmosphere.

John-David Dalton
Web Application Developer
& Web Performance Summit Attendee

I love these online conferences. It's convenient and you can still learn a lot from the comfort of your home or at work.

Candi Ligutan
5by5.tv Producer

An absolutely fantastic event. Well done—will definitely be back for more!

Russ Weakley
Chair of Web Standards Group
& CSS Summit Attendee

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Once you are registered, you will receive a follow-up email to confirm your reservation. Later on, as the event draws near, you will receive a more detailed message, with the full schedule and other helpful information to help you take full advantage of your conference-going experience and plan your day.

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? Drop us a line or contact us at e4h@heatvision.com if there's anything else you'd like to know.