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The Symfony and API Platform Hackathon is Coming!

The European Union, through its EU-FOSSA 2 program will organise several hackathons in the coming months. We are thrilled and honoured that the first will be the Symfony and API Platform Hackathon on April 6 and 7, 2019, in Brussels.

The purpose of these events is to improve and contribute to Open Source Software projects used by the European Union, bring together key contributors from the FOSS community and collaborate on creating innovative solutions. We have set the following goals for our hackathon:

  • Strengthen the security of the codebase;
  • Lower the number of open issues and pull requests for Symfony and API Platform;
  • Write and improve documentation for both projects;
  • Work on improving the diversity of the community;
  • Improve continuous integration with end-to-end tests and additional providers.


The hackathon is invite-only and over 50 active Symfony and API Platform contributors and European Commission developers have accepted this challenge and will dedicate an entire weekend towards the project.

We have done our best to gather a diverse group of participants from amongst active contributors. Some will even come from non-EU countries such as Cuba, Morocco, Russia, and Switzerland! Thanks to all of them for taking part in this event!

This will also be the first time that many contributors will meet in person. And because we spend so much time online critiquing and reviewing each other's contributions, the event will be a unique opportunity to socialise in real life and strengthen friendships inside the community.


The main hackathon organisers have been Nicolas Grekas, from the Symfony company, and Jean-François Hovinne, from the European Commission. The hackathon will be attended by key Symfony figures such as Fabien Potencier, Christophe Coevoet, and Lukas Kahwe Smith, as well as EU-FOSSA 2 members like Marek Przybyszewski, Saranjit Arora, Denislava Simeonova and Lara Canto E Castro.

Thanks to them and to Suwom Ham and others at BeMyApp for providing logistical support.

About EU-FOSSA 2

This initiative is part of the EU-FOSSA 2 project (EU-Free and Open Source Software Auditing) managed by DIGIT (European Commission's Directorate-General for Informatics).

EU-FOSSA 2 offers a systematic approach for the EU institutions to ensure that widely used and critical FOSS, is safe and secure. The project helps reinforce the contribution of EU institutions to ensure and maintain integrity and security of key open source software.

More information about EU-FOSSA 2.

Help the Symfony project!

As with any Open-Source project, contributing code or documentation is the most common way to help, but we also have a wide range of sponsoring opportunities.


This is a great initiative, thanks for organizing it! Would love to join next time

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