Less than two weeks after attending the first Symfony Live event in London, UK, we flew to San Francisco for the second Symfony event in San Francisco, CA. Going to San Fran is always exciting, and if you add 3 days full of Symfony talks on top of it, and networking with the best developers around, it’s pretty hard to beat.

The event took place at the Microsoft office in downtown San Francisco. The large room for conferences was packed with over 170 people from all over the country (only a few people were SF locals). Some of the attendees came from as far away as Central and South America.

The conference got started by Fabien Potencier, presenting his keynote. He talked about how, as developers, we need to make simpler experiences for our users. He talked about the proposed release schedule, which was well received, and also presented the SensioLabs Desktop project, a free desktop tool to ease the management of your PHP projects.

Fabien Potencier during his keynote – Photo credits:  @iambrosi

The last talk of the day was by David Zuelke. He spoke about “Designing HTTP Interfaces and RESTful Web Services”. Even though I have attended other conferences where David had given this talk, somehow it had previously eluded me. Finally I was able to attend and really enjoyed it. If you have the chance to see this talk, don’t miss it as I did before, it’s really worth it.

The last slot of the day was reserved for the Symfony Jeopardy. Following the success of the Paris edition, I was really looking forward to this. It did not disappoint! Dustin Whittle won the contest, proving he not only knows Symfony really well, but he was extremely fast (too fast!) reading and getting to the answers. Well done, Dustin!

As usually happens in these conferences, the day did not end there. Some of us went to The Monarch, a local night club, for a cocktail organized by SensioLabs and sponsored by Beatport. We enjoyed really good geek talk over great music, food and drinks. Several symfonians were still dancing to the beats by the time we decided to call it a night well past midnight.

Symfony Live Cocktail at The Monarch - Photo credits: @iambrosi

The second day of talks started with a session by Dustin Whittle about the power of Silex and the Symfony components. Jeremy Mikola talked about being a good Open Source Software contributor. I really enjoyed this talk, not technical, but very inspiring. I was very happy to see when he mentioned Javier Eguiluz as an example of our great Symfony community, thanks to his endless contribution with the weekly “A week of Symfony” blog posts, and his contributions to the spanish Symfony community. If you have a moment, take a  minute and send him a tweet thanking him.

I am sure most people in the audience were really looking forward to the Symfony2 Form Tricks talk by Bernhard Schussek, the lead developer behind Symfony2 Forms. He presented really good information on how to get more out of Forms. Ryan Weaver followed with his talk about Symfony components and Composer. Ryan is an amazing speaker and really enjoyed his talk with his energy, positive vibes and superb presentation.

The Q&A session  - Photo credits: @iambrosi

The conference closed with a session of Q&A with the conference speakers and series of lightning talks. The Q&A offered a few interesting tipbits. Many attendees were interested in having a Symfony event in the east coast. Fabien suggested that the community could take on the main responsibilities of such event, as it happens with the deSymfony conference (symfony conference in Spain) and the new Symfony Day Italy that just took place last week in Torino. Another interesting information was that the next Symfony Live for 2013 in the US is going to be big, and more details will be announced in the coming months. We are eager to learn more about that!

Pablo Godel talking about Capifony during the Lighting talks – Photo credits: @iambrosi

And finally, the lightning talks. Each speaker was limited to 7 minutes. I was able to signup and give a really short introduction to Capifony, based on my talk about Deploying PHP Apps. It went very well, being entertaining and informative introducing the features Capifony to the audience, and I stayed within the 7 minutes! The last talk was given by Jeremy Mikola where he talked about Lightning, seriously. It was a super funny presentation and a great way to close down the event.

Lastly, as it seems to be part of every Symfony Live, a big group of us went to a karaoke bar to… sing… Yep, some sing (not me!). But all of us had a lot of fun.

Symfony Live Karaoke  - Photo credits: @iambrosi

If you missed this or any other Symfony Live events this year, you still have one last chance. The Symfony Live Berlin conference takes place on the 22nd and 23rd of November in Germany. Get your ticket before it sells out.