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17 Years in the Life of ElePHPant

Keynote from IPC Munich 2023

Nov 14, 2023

In the vast and dynamic world of programming languages, PHP stands out not only for its versatility but also for its unique and beloved mascot – the elePHPant. For 17 years, this charming blue plush toy has been an iconic symbol of the PHP community, capturing the hearts of developers worldwide.

The story of the elePHPant began in Canada, where Damien Seguy, the founder and father of the elePHPant, first brought this adorable creature to life. Little did he know that this creation would become a global ambassador for the PHP language, spreading joy and camaraderie among developers on every continent, including the frosty expanses of Antarctica.

At this year’s International PHP Conference (IPC), Damien Seguy took center stage to share the remarkable journey of the elePHPant. The keynote presentation was a nostalgic trip through the past 17 years, highlighting the elePHPant’s adventures, milestones, and enduring impact on the PHP community.


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The elePHPant’s global travels are a testament to the interconnectedness of the PHP community. From North America to Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and even the remote corners of Antarctica, the elePHPant has become a cherished companion for PHP developers everywhere. It has been a source of inspiration, a conversation starter at conferences, and a symbol of the shared passion that unites developers across borders.

Beyond its physical presence, the elePHPant has also made its mark in the digital realm. It is a common sight on social media, where developers proudly share photos of their elePHPant companions during meetups, conferences, and coding sessions. The elePHPant’s virtual presence reflects the close-knit and supportive nature of the PHP community.
The IPC keynote offered a glimpse into the evolution of the elePHPant, showcasing the various editions and designs created over the years. Each elePHPant is a unique piece of PHP history, and collectors worldwide treasure them as valuable artifacts.

As the PHP language continues to evolve, so does the legacy of the elePHPant. It remains a symbol of the vibrant and passionate PHP community, which values collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and the joy of coding. The elePHPant’s 17-year journey is a testament to the enduring spirit of PHP developers worldwide. As it continues to travel the globe, it carries the memories and experiences of every coder who has crossed paths with this beloved mascot.

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