Attending PHP Experience in São Paulo (a remarkable PHP Conference in Latin America)

01 Apr 2017 trip sao-paulo imasters phpexperience conference php

City of São Paulo

São Paulo is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the entire world. The "Financial Heart of Brazil" — as it is also known — has over 21,000,000 people! The majority of multinational companies have their national headquarters placed there. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers (an eminent international economic consultant firm), São Paulo is the 10th richest city in the world, and is expected to be the 6th richest in 2025.

That being said, it's easy to realize that the demands related to technology there are many, and that opportunities are endless.

Arriving in São Paulo, notice how urbanized the city is and it's not even downtown! Arriving in São Paulo, notice how urbanized the city is and it's not even downtown!

IBM São Paulo Touring at IBM's building - it's huge
Museu Ipiranga Ipiranga Museum - History says it was here where Emperor Dom Pedro I (back to September 7, 1822) has proclaimed the Independence of Brazil from Portugal

PHP Experience

The event is evidently remarkable for Latin America PHP scene. Just a glimpse: +1,200 Participants, 30 Exhibitors, 40 Speakers with 3 simulteneous tracks!

PHP Experience First night all the audience was brought together in the same room, over 1,200 developers

The iMasters (event organizer) and PHPSP (local community) have done a fantastic job selecting high quality speakers and fresh topics like: "Developing Bots in Real Life", "AI and Neural Network", "Leveraging a distributed architecture to your advantage", "Event Sourcing: the good, the bad and the complicated", "IOT powered by PHP and Streams".

PHP Experience Grid of all speakers

The keynode speakers were Marco Pivetta (core contributor to Zend Framework, Symfony, and Doctrine) and Michelangelo van Dam (Leader of @phpbenelux as he travels the world to talk about PHP).

Marco Pivetta drinking a very popular brazilian drink: Guaraná! Marco Pivetta drinking a very popular brazilian drink: Guaraná!
It was great to discuss technical stuff with Michelangelo van Dam It was great to discuss technical stuff with Michelangelo van Dam

Main area for networking Main area for networking

PHP Stand up comedy by Rodrigo Pokémon PHP Stand up comedy by Rodrigo Pokémon

All the talks were recorded, if you speak Portuguese (haha) and want to check them out, just click here.

Conclusion

The PHP community in São Paulo is strong, big, and full of enthusiasm! I talked with several people and yes, we can find incredible Developers down here! Overall the event was greater that I thought it would be and was worthwhile coming.