What is deSymfony?
deSymfony is a conference exclusively in Spanish, whose first and main goal is to unify the hispanic Symfony developer community around an event in which they can share experiences and knowledge, also encouraging businesses on the use of the framework.
Even though we only have 3 years under our belts, it has become the second largest conference about Symfony, after its bigger English speaking sister, Symfony Live.
Below, we show some information that reflects the evolution of deSymfony:
First edition (2010)
151 signups, 92 total attendees.
All entrance tickets were free! and with meals included for all attendees.
Symfony 14 was the largest topic, along with Doctrine, though the conference was closed with an excellent talk about the future upcoming Symfony. Its original name was Jornadas Symfony (Symfony Sessions) The website from this edition is still available at: deSymfony 2010
Second edition (2011)
All the topics revolved around Symfony2 (with the exception of one talk), when the stable version of the framework had not been even released yet. Tickets: 30 euros, with all meals included.
The whole first day of the conference was presented as a tutorial day, in which several speakers programmed an application made for the event. The application is still available here
Third edition (2012)
Aproximately 300 attendees.
Tickets: 55 euros, with all meals and coffee-breaks included.
We are growing fast
We are a small organization, all volunteers, that has been wanting to take this event to the biggest ammount of hispanic speaking people possible. The event has grown incredibly from its beginnings, becoming one of the signature technology conferences in Spain. We try to create the best experience possible and learn from all of it at the same time, so any comment or suggestion is always welcomed. We are here to help you and learn together.
We are also considering a next challenge to develop an event in America, since we have a huge following from that continent. We are in the process of evaluating how feasible it is to create an event this big, since there are many implications to take into account from the economic side of the table up to the logistics. An event like this has to take a lot into account from all the organization and details it entails.
Things we have done
We have tried to share the biggest quantity of information possible on each conference, and this is still at the root of our intentions.
Some of the most notable are:
- Application developed for the 2011 conference, and used as a starting point to five tutorials that explained Symfony2, while it being programmed live. Published all videos of all the talks after each edition.
- Created an association, called Asociación Española de Programadores de Symfony (Spanish Association of Symfony Programmers), to organize the event and to promote the framework.
- Unify, organize and localize the hispanic Symfony Comunity.
Why not in English?
We often get asked this question from the international Symfony community: Why making an event only in Spanish instead of in English? It may seem as if we are segregating ourselves from the international community, but this is not our intention at all.
From the start, we ourselves have questioned this decision, and have reached the following conclusion:
"We are, and will keep trying to be, the welcoming bridge between the biggest non-english speaking Symfony community, our hispanic community, towards the international global community"
It's also worth to point out that on the year 2011, we did an in-situ questionnaire on the last day of the conference, with more that 100 attendees on the room, and the answer was overwhelming. More than 70% of the attendees prefer the conference to keep the language in spanish, with a few english speakers exceptions.
This is the reason why this year, we have made the great effort to bring Fabien Potencier, and we don't rule out more international speakers, for english speaking talks, for future editions based on invitations.
We see the future of our conference staying as a mainly spanish speaking conference. For an english speaking conference, we already have the excellent Symfony Live in the many countries of the world it's celebrated in. It makes no sense to be a competitor when so many are celebrated so close from us in Europe.
We wish that you've gotten to know us better, and if you are one of the 300 atendees to this years conference, see you in a week.
The idea originated from a small conversation between David Castelló and Javier López, discussing briefly how they could create a small event to gather Symfony developers in Spain.
The truth is that Javier and David took it as just an idea, without having much future than any other ideas that come together on the Internet. But the conversation came together between the right people and at the right moment. David was organizing events at the university of Castellon, under the brand deCharlas (that's where the deSymfony name came from). Javier was teaching PHP courses at the university of Córdoba. So both of them got together to help expand the knowledge and use of the framework they were using on their day to day lives, through a small event that would get together Symfony programmers.
And then, the communication started to happen, suggestions for a date and a place got placed: the University of Castellón, which has been since the beginning, and continues to be, the biggest support the event has. Following the steps of other deCharlas' events, it was proposed that a free event be celebrated, and that invitations would be made to the most prominent Symfony programmers in the hispanic community.
David and Javier put hands down to business to find businesses that used Symfony, and that were interested in sharing their experiences. From these contacts, three people came up that would be very important for the organization and diffusion of the conference such as: Nacho Martin, Marcos Labad and Alfonso Alba. Later on, Javier Eguiluz, creator of symfony.es, the most influential hispanic website about Symfony, joined forces. For its second edition Albert Jessurumalso joined the organization.
About 50 assistents were expected, but for David's surprise, a total of 151 people signed up for the first edition! As it happens with most free events, the final assistent count (92) was less that the signups. For this reason, the decision to charge for tickets on the second edition was taken, as a compromise that only the people who were really planning to attend signed up. This also helped immensely the organization of the catering on the following events.