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The 2nd annual online, live Craft CMS conference

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Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web's most notable experts in Craft for an all-new, one-day only online conference, the Craft CMS Summit 2015! Bring the experts to your desktop April 22nd from 9AM to 5PM (CT).

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

April 22, 2015 \\ 9AM to 5PM CT

(Schedule subject to change)

State of Craft 9am CT

by Brandon Kelly, Founder of Pixel & Tonic

Brandon will kick off the event with a look at where Craft is today, and where it's going.

About Brandon Kelly

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Master and Controller 10am CT

by Joel Bradbury, Software and Web Dev Person

Craft can do more and go further with less effort than many developers realise.

Build amazingly functional, complex and custom workflows on the front-end while barely breaking a sweat by letting Craft do all the hard work for you. We’ll look at exactly how you can bend Craft’s internals to your will and become Master and Controller of your domain.

  • Digging into the Craft internals
  • Extending and replacing native controllers
  • Method chaining for ultimate control
  • Customized third party behaviours and triggers
  • When to hook, extend, abstract and replace

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.


Advanced Component Management in Craft 11am CT

by Megan Zlock, Front-End Developer at Viget

Let's explore some good ways to wrangle our beloved Matrix and build sites with easily maintainable components.

  • Partials + Caching are your friend(s)
  • Avoiding repetition when re-using layouts
  • Making components maintainable
  • Don't forget Macros!

About Megan Zlock

Megan joined Viget after two years at iStrategyLabs. She earned her BFA in Animation and dabbles in illustration. Away from work, Megan enjoys movies, board games, and hiding under cozy blankets.


Programming in Twig 1pm CT

by Marion Newlevant, Freelance software developer

In this sesion, Marion tours twig, Craft's templating language, from the ground up.

We cover the basics, and how they fit together. We look in detail at some of the more useful and interesting parts of the language.

About Marion Newlevant

I'm a software developer with a passion for writing clean code and over 25 years experience doing so. I'm a CSS and html expert, with a concern for semantic html, responsive design, and standards compliance. I'm a javascript programmer, with a real fondness for jQuery. I?m a php programmer, and a whiz with CodeIgniter and ExpressionEngine. I'm competent with mysql (and other databases), with a healthy respect for my limits.


Craft for Content 2pm CT

by Aaron Berkowitz, Senior Developer at nclud

After taking a look at some best practices for managing content in Craft, we will dive into building an API for your Craft content to power other applications.

We will cover some basic plugin building strategies and explore the different ways to dig through channels, matrixes, and assets in PHP:

  • When to use Singles, Channels, and Structures
  • Focus on Flexibility
  • Breaking the Category Landing Page mold
  • Building a JSON API to share your content for third party apps

About Aaron Berkowitz

Senior Developer at nclud, a creative design agency in Washington, DC. Aaron specializes in creating custom content management systems for clients with unique and complex content needs.


Diving Deep into Craft Plugins 3pm CT

by Adam McCombs, Founder & CEO of Taecho Group

With over 250+ publicly released plugins for Craft CMS, it's safe to say you can do almost anything with this amazing platform. Let's take a dive into plugins and examine the following areas:

  • Basic plugin requirements
  • File naming & folder structure
  • Admin templates
  • Resources
  • Hook and Events
  • Working with Element Types
  • Craft Field Types

About Adam McCombs

Currently the founder and CEO of a small design and development agency named the Taecho Group, Adam has a passion for building tailored website for a wide range of clients. With a background in design and front-end development, Adam has been building websites for over 10 years. Co-author of The Definitive Guide to Magento, Adam is a proponent of web standards, progressive enhancement and clean design.


Craft Q&A Round Table 4pm CT

by Pixel & Tonic, Creators of Craft

Hosted by Craft's developers at Pixel & Tonic, the Q&A Round Table session allows attendees from all over the world to ask questions about Craft and more.

About Pixel & Tonic

Built by a team of amazing individuals, Craft is a content management system (CMS) that?s laser-focussed on doing one thing really, really well: managing content. And since content comes in all shapes and sizes, we?ve built Craft to be as flexible as possible, without compromising on the ease of use for content authors.


About the Craft CMS Summit 2015

Craft CMS Summit is back by popular demand! Join fellow web and mobile professionals for a day of learning about this powerful CMS. Find out where things are headed in Brandon Kelly's State of Craft opening session, gain insights and learn about best practices from some of the best Craft web developers out there, and meet whole team at Pixel & Tonic in the closing Q&A Round Table.

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.