Trip to Croatia for Developers Paradise plus Paris, France!

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I always had great connections in the Magento ecosystem in Europe, nonetheless I have never visited the Old Continent. As soon as I heard Inchoo would be organizing Developers Paradise I became instantly excited!

The Event

Magento Developers Paradise Banner

This is an annual conference of Magento community whose prime target is to enable "lots of code and fun in the sun". According to the organization, over the last five years, more than 1000 participants from 30 different countries (mostly european) were brought together to one place under the event. The event took place in the awesome Grand Hotel 4 Flowers in Opatija - Croatia, during April 25-28th of 2016 and had 150 attendees in this edition.

Trip Plan

I spent around 30 hours of my life going from Curitiba, Brazil to Opatija, Croatia - and more 30 hours to go back (geeeez). But what makes me happy is that all efforts and investiments made were worthy at the end of the journey!

My plan was to go to the conference... and since I was already in Europe why not enjoying a couple of days touristing in Paris, France?!

Air Plane

Croatia

The beauty of this country is unique and I encourage you to attend just all conferences in Croatia! The event didn't take place in the capital (Zagreb), rather it was in the coast (Opatija).

Opatija Rooftops Opatija Rooftops

The resort Grand Hotel 4 Flowers
The resort Grand Hotel 4 Flowers
The resort Grand Hotel 4 Flowers
Opatija, Croatia (coast) Opatija, Croatia (coast)
Park Maksimir - Zagreb, Croatia (capital) Park Maksimir - Zagreb, Croatia (capital)
Road Zagreb to Rijeka, Croatia
Road Zagreb to Rijeka, Croatia
At the top of the mountain, between the coast and the capital, around ~175km.

Magento 2-only Event

The Developers Paradise's main approach was promoting as much as possible Magento 2, thus all talks had to be strictly related to Magento 2-only. The idea behind was pushing the great gathering of Developers, CTO's, Agencies, Company founders, and the entire community to adopt the major release.

Speakers and Talks

Probably you are familiar with most of the speakers' faces. They are very active on Twitter (#realmagento hastag), Stack Overflow, Blogging tutorials & other.

Developers

Auditorium Auditorium is full! Photo credits to Inchoo

Networking during sessions' coffee break Networking during sessions' coffee break

Anton Kril - Magento's Lead Architect Anton Kril - Magento's Lead Architect
Max Yekaterynenko - Head of Magento 2 Development Max Yekaterynenko - Head of Magento 2 Development

Grand Hotel 4 Flowers - Opatija, Croatia Grand Hotel 4 Flowers - Opatija, Croatia

Ben Marks - Magento Evangelist (Hey Did You Just Edit The Core?) with Ben Marks - Magento Evangelist (Hey Did You Just Edit The Core?)

Hackathon

Hackathon

As you can see the room is full of devs! Ideas were proposed and distributed among teams. Each one of them had to create a module for Magento 2 or a specific enhancement on the platform. My team was a set of a Brazilian (me), two Germans, a Ukranian, a Romenian and a Bulgarian!

Work Hard, Party Harder!

Partying is an essencial "mechanism" to meet more people and it's not different in the community. We had lots of parties during the 4 days!

Magento Community This is the Magento Community! Photo credits to Inchoo

More News

By using the hashtag #DevParadise you can follow the even't news. Additionally all official photos were posted here.

Organization

Inchoo team has been done a great job! Thanks for the hard work and making this event unique!

Paris, France!

Yeah, I took a flight from Zagreb to Paris friday and stayed there til Sunday. Pretty romantic city... despite the fact I was alone xD

German and Swiss Alps German and Swiss alps, one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen in my entire life!
Louvre Museum Louvre Museum

Arc of Triumph Arc of Triumph

Eiffel Tower On Eiffel's Tower 2nd floor

What a trip! I brought work, learning, networking, and fun all together in the same week. Hope meet you in the next adventure!