When I first entered the great exhibition hall, differences struck me at once. As did the volume! 1300 people all talking at the same time really creates an impressive noise. I saw people from all over the world. Some spoke German, most did not.
When I mentioned TYPO3, one of the first questions I got was: “TYPO3? I thought they were only active in Germany.” I thought: “Nope. I am here and I want to prove the opposite.”
Similarities and Differences
The keynote was similar to ours. The project leader and founder Fabien Potencier was greeted with cheers as if he was Kasper Skårhøj and Benni Mack rolled into one person.
Their quiet room was not as good as ours. Maybe the TYPO3 community should organize SymfonyCon’s quiet room at the next event? It would be a nice contribution. I missed puzzles, pictures to color in, and cozy corners. But most importantly, I missed a door to the room to make it quiet. It’s great to have a relaxing, quiet place at a conference to escape the hubbub.
Something I did really enjoy at SymfonyCon was the largest Lego project I have ever worked on! Everyone could build one or several squares out of Lego and they were stacked together to make a large Symfony conference sign