Two of us, Fabian and Andreas, were the lucky ones to go to Meet Magento Poland in September 2018. After attending the 2016 edition of Meet Magento PL in Poznan, it was clear to me that I have to go again. And: I was not disappointed, not at all. Here are the reasons:

Extraordinary Venue

The organizers of the Meet Magento Poland selected a very special conference venue: a film studio which reminded me of a space station, the Alvernia Studios.

It is about 30 minutes outside of Krakow, a truly beautiful city in the south east of Poland. While this made it necessary to get some extra transportation, it was handled very well by the organizers who provided buses from the city center of Krakow to the venue.

Perfect Organization

600 attendees mean a lot of work. Additionally, the venue was rented empty: no stage, no chairs, nothing. Everything had to be organized, and the organizers didn’t forget anything important. Communication before and during the event was good, the speakers could concentrate on their talks, meals and drinks were plenty, the technical stuff worked. Kudos to the organization team of Snowdog and Bold, two Polish Magento agencies, led again by Marta Molińska.

The Coffee

Coffee was provided by the sponsor CoffeeDesk. I (and many other attendees) really liked it and drank too much of it. A real highlight for me, and a reason to come back if I see them on the sponsors list again.

The Talks

There were three tracks:

  • Business / General
  • Backend and Dev-Ops
  • Frontend

For those talks which were in Polish (mostly business talks), a translation via headsets was offered to the non-Polish speaking attendees. I have seen that for the first time at a Magento conference, and I really like it.
In general, the quality of the talks was really high. A good mixture of topics was selected by the organizers, and well presented by the speakers. There was not a single talk sticking out negatively.
All talks are on video and will be published soon. Once available, we will add links to our own talks “Dealing With Testing Fatigue” by Fabian Schmengler and “Dependency Injection Extended: The Way to Advanced Magento 2 Development” by me here.

Social Program

The evening party in the old town of Krakow topped the event off with a nice location, good drinks, some food and possibilities to chat and/or dance. With several hundred guests, it was hard for the taxis to pass through the street before the bar as most people enjoyed the good weather outside. There aren’t many photos of the party on Twitter, everyone must have been busy otherwise.

MageRun

It has become a tradition: a run in the morning before the conference day. This time, it was organized by me, initiated by Folkje Lips of byte. We had a nice small group of five people including Ben Marks of Magento, and a really good track through the parks around the city center and to the Vistula river. With about 4km, it was one of the shorter runs.

Conclusion

The Meet Magento Poland 2018 was again a very rewarding conference, really well organized from an attendee’s and a speaker’s point of view, and one of my most preferred conferences. I can’t give any relevant negative points about it, and only few things to improve. I also like the fact that it switches cities every two or three years, and I am very interested to hear where it will take place next year. Meet Magento Poland is a high quality constant in the Magento conference year and sets the bar really high.

Andreas von Studnitz

Author: Andreas von Studnitz

Andreas von Studnitz is a Magento developer and one of the Managing Directors at integer_net. His main areas of interest are backend development, Magento consulting and giving developer trainings. He is a Magento Certified Developer since 2011 (and 2018 for Magento 2) and a Magento Certified Solution Specialist since 2014 (Magento 1) respective 2017 (Magento 2).

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