Laravel News published a nice overview of what happened in the Laravel ecosystem in 2016.

As 2016 is coming to a close it’s a great time to look back on the year and see just how much progress has been made. Laravel had a busy year with 5.3 being released, Laracon, updates to all the components, and now gearing up for the Laravel 5.4 release. To look back on the year I’ve put together a list of some of the hits of 2016 and arranged them by month so you can get a quick overview of all the highlights.

https://laravel-news.com/80-laravel-tutorials-packages-and-resources

The Laravel ecosystem sure is moving fast. For me the best new software that emerged from it was Laravel Valet. I use it for most projects now and can't imagine working on a Vagrant box anymore for my normal day to day work. Hopefully Valet will gain more recognition in the greater PHP community in 2017.

I'm also happy to report that the Laravel / PHP packages my company releases have grown in popularity in 2016.