ZendCon 2016 is shaping up to be the best PHP conference ever, bringing together the community and industry to create the single largest gathering of technical leaders and practitioners this year.
While you see the value in attending, you may need some justification so below is a template letter you can copy and paste into an email that outlines the value in going. Use it all or take the pieces that best work for you – good luck!
Subject: Request to attend ZendCon 2016
ZendCon 2016 is the premiere event for PHP and open source web technologies, with four full days of educational training, exposure to the latest tools and techniques, and access to the top industry practitioners. With over 250 million PHP applications and websites driven by the very people attending, this is the best opportunity to learn from the experts and bring back actionable tasks.
If I attend, I’ll receive:
– Over 20 hours of training across different tracks, at varying levels of depth. You can see last year’s agenda here to get an idea of the variety, the particular ones I’m interested in are [insert areas of interest for you]
– Higher-level understanding of the current state of the industry, with keynotes and guest speakers chosen for their broad expertise and applicability to what we’re doing today
– Networking opportunties with attendees, speakers, and industry thought leaders, with several hours of special events to talk about us and develop our relationships. This will help me address [insert specific problems or initiatives]
– Access to vendors, partners, and new technologies, with 1-to-1 face time with those we’re particularly interested in
Approximate costs for the event [complete with your details]:
Travel costs: $___
Accommodation at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: conference rates starting at USD $115 / night
Conference registration: Blind bird pricing at USD $695.00
Total cost: $___
When I return from ZendCon 2016, I’ll bring back actionable items for us to consider, plan, and help our team deliver better software. I’ll give a short presentation on what I learned, talk about the contacts I made, and make available any materials on things we should look further into.
The best price we can get is on now, so I appreciate a quick response to start planning right away. Thanks for considering my request.