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PHP Meetup Manchester

Thursday, 20 June 2019

18:00 to 20:00

Forward Role Recruitment, Croxley House, Manchester, M2 5ND

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What’s the best way to implement client side encryption with Laravel and JS? 

How do you set up a Laravel application locally with Docker?  

What is the importance of an MVP? 

We discuss some of the most widely discussed topics from within the PHP community with industry leaders at the forefront of tech innovation. If you’re a PHP developer based in Manchester (and you like pizza!) then this event is definitely for you.   


From 6:00pm – Welcome drinks (with beers and soft drinks provided by Forward Role) 

6:30pm-7:30pm – Talks from Andrew Kirkham, Jacqui Pickup and Kieran Innes, including Q&A sessions. Full details below. 

7:30pm-8:00pm Pizza and networking 

Interested in joining us? Sign up for free by emailing 

Key speakers 

Andrew Kirkham, Chief Technical Officer of Lavatech and the inCase platform 

Andrew joined inCase in January as Chief Technology Officer. Andrew uses his extensive knowledge of legal technology and systems to oversee all integrations, he leads a team of developers and is also responsible for the inCase apps, maintaining current apps as well as developing new features all the time. 

InCase describe themselves as lawyers first of all and then as technology providers secondly. Their unique background means that they know the difficulties and obstacles that lawyers face on a daily basis 

Jacqui Pickup, Engineering Manager at Broadstone 

Jacqui is the Engineering Manager at Broadstone. With 10 years commercial experience as a Software Engineer in both start up and agency environments, she has recently stepped up into management and is using all her experience to shape a team motivated to build great products.  

Broadstone provides fair and flexible work to employees in the service industries. Starting in the security sector, Broadstone’s employee app makes it quick and easy for qualified security professionals to find, apply, work and get paid for temporary jobs.  

With over 20,000 workers, Broadstone have a fast growing engaged community allowing them to fill most positions within minutes. Utilising gamification and data modelling, they look to use technology to encourage their workforce and reward their efforts with better pay. 

Kieran Innes, CTO & Co-Founder at Tootoot 

Kieran is the creator and co-founder of Tootoot. He began his career at just 13 – building experience as a freelance web developer up until joining an online advertising agency at 17, where he stayed for 5 years expanding his knowledge as a full stack developer.  

He joined forces with Tootoot co-founder Michael Brennan in 2013, where together they used their personal experiences of bullying and cyberbullying to create a platform, one that is now trusted by over 15,000 teachers. 

Tootoot is now a nationally recognised, award-winning platform that allows children and young people to have anonymous and confidential conversations with staff, and is a safe place for students to raise issues and concerns. Tootoot has saved lives, helping over a quarter of a million children since its launch. 

Kieran was recognised for his achievements in 2017 when he was named on the Forbes 30 under 30 list.

Interested in joining us? Sign up for free by emailing or get in touch using the link below.