SymfonyCon Amsterdam 2019 was a blast!

SymfonyCon Amsterdam 2019 was a great success!

The Symfony community met two weeks ago in Amsterdam, Netherlands, for the international Symfony conference from November 19th to 23rd in the great Beurs Van Berlage monument. We were super pleased to welcome more than 1600 people, more than 30 speakers and our amazing sponsors. This yearly gathering took place several days ago in the wonderful city of Amsterdam, where we could already feel the magic atmosphere of Christmas. Meeting the PHP Community was like a big family reunion at holiday season. We were so happy to see you all and hope you had a great time there with us!

Let’s wrap up this International Symfony gathering starting with the pre-conference workshops!

We had the great pleasure to welcome 150+ people to the pre-conference workshops. A big shout out to our fantastic trainers for sharing their knowledge during the pre-conference workshop days: Kévin Dunglas, Julien Pauli, Nicolas Grekas, Ryan Weaver, Titouan Galopin, Christopher Hertel, Tobias Nyholm, Łukasz Chruściel, Jérôme Vieilledent and their awesome assistants! We had several awesome workshops offered on November 19th and 20th among them: Getting ready for Symfony 5, Create an eCommerce website with Sylius, Practical Forms with Symfony, Building API-driven apps with API Platform, Practical Doctrine ORM within Symfony apps, Knowing your state machines - Symfony Workflow, Practical Design Patterns with Symfony, Writing Modern JavaScript with Symfony & Webpack Encore, Profiling Symfony & PHP apps. It was a good way for all the workshop trainees to enhance their knowledge and experience before the conference. Attending a pre-conference workshop is a great way to learn new skills, best practices and more. This year all our workshops were sold out, we hope that you learned a lot during the classes!

November 21st and 22nd: the conference days!

For 2 days, more than 35 speakers were on stage to present their talks and share their experience with everyone. The event was divided into 4 different tracks (Advanced, Beginner, PHP and Unconference). The attendees had to choose between 3 or 4 topics per hour (including the ones from the Unconference area), and sometimes the choice was not easy! The conference started with Fabien Potencier's Keynote and the release live of Symfony 5.
We ended the first day with the core team round table before we got to share a perfect moment altogether during the conference social event downtown Amsterdam.

On the second day, the conference started with Sebastian Bergmann’s Keynote about “PHPUnit Best practices”. The closing Keynote was about “A year of Symfony”, Zan Baldwin and Nicolas Grekas took us on a Symfony trip over what happened in the Symfony ecosystem the last 12 months. It was time to realize how many great achievements has been made during the last year, it’s always a good reminder!

If you attended the conference, you can still rate the speakers and/or leave a feedback about their talks on our Feedback App. You can also give your opinion about the conference here. It will help us improve the next editions.

All the talks of the conference (except the talks from the Unconference track) were recorded. You’ll be able to watch them all online. They are already available to everyone on SymfonyCasts, for the conference attendees they are available there for free! They’ll also be on Symfony YouTube channel later in the year as well (free for everyone)!

November 23rd: the Hackday to end smoothly the conference!

This year’s hackday was very impressive, a lot of people attended the hackday and more than 160 contributions were made.The hackday was also a way to learn how to contribute to Symfony and a lot of the attendees enjoyed a workshop on how to contribute to Symfony by Ryan Weaver. Thank you to all the attendees who took the time to attend the hackday!

To finish, we’d like to give a big thank you to our sponsors:

Diamond Sponsor: SensioLabs

Platinum Sponsor: Smile

Gold Sponsors: Blackfire, Speakap, Les-Tilleuls.coop, Netgen Layouts, SymfonyCloud

Silver Sponsor: Ingewikkeld, JetBrains, Medicore, Shopware, XIP, EZ

Bronze Sponsors: Trisoft

Community Sponsors: StickerMule, SymfonyCasts

Lanyard Sponsor: Blackfire

Thank you again to all the attendees, the speakers (you are stunning!) and the sponsors. See you all next year in SymfonyCon Disneyland Paris 2020, on December 3-4. The website is already online, you can register today and secure your place for next year!

The SymfonyCon team

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