After a couple year hiatus, I thought it’d be nice to start speaking again — the disconnect of basically stopping speaking at open source conferences when I started working at two companies producing some of the world’s largest open-source products ([WordPress] and [Wikipedia]) was becoming too much.
I decided to apply this year. Luckily, [Northeast PHP Conference][nephp] forgot to check the The Great Offensive PHP Speaker Blacklist™, and accepted my talk!
The talk will be: [Ten Evil Things: Features Engineering at Wikipedia][10 evil things]. Now with 30% less swear words, but don’t worry, it’ll still be fun. 😀
When registering, belatedly, I noticed they had an interesting preferences page, I thought I’d share my answers with you
[WordPress]: http://wordpress.org “WordPress: Blog Tool, Publishing Platform, and CMS”
[Wikipedia]: http://en.wikipedia.org “Wikipedia: The free encyclopedia”
[nephp]: http://www.northeastphp.org “Northeast PHP Conference 2013”
[10 evil things]: http://www.northeastphp.org/talks/view/156/Ten-Evil-Things-Features-Engineering-at-Wikipedia “Ten Evil Things: Features Engineering at Wikipedia—Northeast PHP Conference”
# Terry Chay
## Food preference
Your ticket includes breakfast & lunch. If you have any special dietary needs, please specify them so we can try to accommodate you. Contact us if you need more information.
> I eat anything [Actually I don’t eat shrimp. There’s a story there.]
## T-Shirt Size
Everyone will get a cool Northeast PHP Shirt. What size would you like?
> Small [I plan on giving it to someone cute. Did you know PHP conference shirts work better than beads at Mardi Gras?]
## Where are you from?
This will help us get to know you better. Examples (Boston, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, etc)
> San Francisco, CA [Sounds further away that Pittsburgh, PA]
## Did you attend last year?
> No [been off the conference circuit for years, see above]
## How did you get into this profession? (optional)
I am always amazed at what people tell me when I ask this question. Give us a good story.  How you got into this profession  Where it has taken you  What you plan to do next. I know the field is tiny. Please keep it short so we can read them all. We will feature answers on our website.
>  I was maintaining the course website and my research group’s website since 1995. Around 1999, the boom happened, and I started consulting in Silicon Valley. I was asked to do this full time in 2000, when I left [graduate school](http://physics.illinois.edu).
>  I’m the Director of Features Engineering at [the Wikimedia Foundation](http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home), the maintainers of [Wikipedia] and her [sister projects](http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Our_projects) in over 270 languages. Even though Wikipedia’s reach is huge, our organization size is small (less than 150). This makes me administrative overhead of a small number of engineers, even though I have the most number of direct reports at the Foundation.
>  Ask me after we fix [the editor retention problem](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Editor_engagement), then we’ll talk. 🙂
## What word best describes you? (optional)
We will put your answer on your badge. Leave it blank if your not feeling like fun. A prize for the best one.
## Fun fact or talent (optional)
Tell us a fun fact or hidden talent that even your colleagues wouldn’t know. Something fun and unique that you don’t mind sharing for a winning a prize. One or two sentences please.
> In 1989, I went to see [Bill Gates](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Gates) speak at my [college](http://www.caltech.edu). Cutting through the parking lot with my friend, I talked about how he had so much money that it was unbound from reality. When I reached Beckman Auditorium, I was blinded by a news camera light, when a newsreporter stepped out and asked the man walking right in front of us, “Mr. Gates, what do you think about the ____ virus?” (some PC virus going around at the time.
> So I **literally** was caught talking about Bill Gates behind his back.
> Ask me about my [Steve Jobs](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_jobs) and [David Filo](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Filo) stories. 😉
## Are you looking for anyone?
We hope to connect people.
> Yes – [I have a job opportunity](http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Work_with_us) for the right person.
2 thoughts on “I'm speaking again!”
Love this Terry! I am proud you chose Northeast PHP.
But do you have a secret talent?
I’m talk too much to have any secrets! 🙂