The second edition of the MageUnconference takes place on the 12th and 13th March 2016 in Berlin.
Last year, most of our team at integer_net attended the MageUnconference. Both the event’s concept and its management convinced us. So this year we will be present with the whole team: as developers, as project managers, as marketeers, as store managers. In our opinion, it is THE community event for all things Magento. Hence, we gladly support it as a sponsor.
MageUnconference with timeless and current topics
The event in Berlin is a so called “Unconference”: neither talks nor speakers are fixed before the actual event. The program is scheduled on-site, based on talk proposals and wishes of the participants. If you’d like to know more about a topic, you can simply suggest it, even if you don’t feel like presenting anything yourself. Almost always, you’ll find one or more speakers among the participants. Plus, discussions are often very popular, too – depending on the topic.
Only those proposals which generate the most interest are accepted, as shown by a quick voting. So even without a predefined program, you know there will be interesting topics in the session plan. After all, you have the power to codetermine which topics will be presented by suggesting your session ideas and submitting your votes.
An important advantage of the Unconference: the exchange of experiences is much more direct and intense than at any “normal” conference.
There’s more than Magento – exchange beyond one’s own nose
Not just during sessions there is a lot of talking going on at the MageUnconference. For an unconference, coffee breaks are part of the program: they are an important part of the day during sessions. While enjoying a cold or hot beverage, you can discuss the content of the last session or talk about anything else. Both technological challenges and new tools were popular topics at last year’s MageUnconference. Since it’s a MageUnconference, almost all participants have a Magento background: developers, project managers and store owners take part.
At the same time, the MageUnconference is open for any topics the audience is interested in. So in 2015 there were sessions about non-technical topics, too, for example about Burnout as well as about organising Magento meetups.
In addition, both users and developers of other e-commerce software are welcome to join the event. The MageUnconference is a favorable occasion to talk about the pros and cons of the different solutions. For it’s also MageUnconference’s aim to promote exchange with different groups and to take a look beyond one’s own nose.
Open discourse leading to new ideas
Talking to project managers, store owners and developers with a different technological focus outside of our daily work can open up a whole new perspective. The usual separation along the lines of your main activity at work doesn’t apply here.
In our opinion, these open discussions at the MageUnconference greatly benefit our e-commerce projects and that’s the reason why we are happy to sponsor the event. And so we are looking forward to a weekend in Berlin with lots of opportunities to talk. We are very sure that on our way home, our bags will be packed with a bunch of new ideas.
If you’d like to be part of the event, you can still book a ticket for the MageUnconference 2016.
Author: Sonja Franz
Sonja Franz is the Head of Communications at integer_net. She especially enjoys organising events. Sonja is a Magento Certified Solution Specialist for Magento 1 and Magento 2 and has been awarded as a Magento Master in the category “Maker” in 2017, 2018 and 2019.