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Today I will share my journey to the Shopware Community UnConference 2022. It was incredible and there is so much to share. Hope I can share a good summary. 👍
In the past 2 years the world of conferences, events and gatherings have been completely shut down due to the pandemic. It was a scary time for society but things are eventually getting better, in a slow way.
The Shopware Community UnConference 2022 was the very first tech event I attended after these 2 years of the pandemic. I also heard the same story from many people I talked to and everybody had the same spirit.
I couldn't be more excited (I was really excited) to attend the unconf: I transitioned from Magento (+11 years) to Shopware at the beginning of the year (read more here and here). It was the perfect opportunity to meet new people from the Shopware community, talk to the ones I frequently interact with on Twitter/GitHub and also understand the community culture.
Yeah, as I'm not based in Europe, I had to take a big flight! I live in Brazil 🇧🇷 and I initially took a bus from my hometown to São Paulo (8 hours, 650km / 400mi), then waited (6 hours) for my flight to Frankfurt 🇩🇪 (12 hours) and eventually I took one of those fancy super-fast European trains to Cologne (1 hour). Total: 27 hours and I don't regret one single minute 🙂
Yes folks, Shopware family is growing and hopefully we will have more and more people from all over the world coming to these (un)conference and SCD events for the next years.
There is a major difference between a conference and an unconference. You can read more here but in a nutshell: an unconference does *not* have pre-determined speakers or pre-determined talks. The event attendees propose their ideas (talks, discussions, conversations...) right in the beginning and everyone votes which sessions they are willing to participate in. The ones that get more votes are the ones selected. Usually in the unconference format, 2 or 3 rooms are running in parallel with different subjects, so people can select which one they want to join.
People get much much much more engaged than in the traditional pre-defined format. Better conversations, better discussions and better interactions. Anyways, there is space for both formats. Or even better, there is always space for new formats.
The organization made sure all attendees were compliant to the measurements. The following precautions were taken to ensure high standards of health safety:
Party is the best mechanism to connect people! This is where the really good conversations start. The unconf kick-off was a party on Friday night! There was also a party Saturday night!
Thank you all for the a great first evening of the #scuc22 🤗 see you tomorrow morning. pic.twitter.com/kiRcYMhysX— SCUC ~ Shopware Community UnConference (@scuc_blue) April 8, 2022
A month before the tickets were already sold out: the Tor 28 venue was booked of people! Of course, most people attending the event were from the DACH region (especially Germany).
Thank you very much @riconeitzel @Quiricia @neoshops @Fabian_ikono for the great Intro to shopware unconference 2022 live and real in cologne 👍💙 pic.twitter.com/CTYSWvRYWn— Stefan Hamann 🛒 👾 🎮 (@stefan_hamann) April 9, 2022
People were free to propose sessions (open conversations, slide presentations, live coding) and put on the proposals panel. Once it was done, each one explained his/her proposal, then we had the voting moment.
And now let's start with the topics ideas #scuc22 pic.twitter.com/Bgu8uuVDm9— SCUC ~ Shopware Community UnConference (@scuc_blue) April 9, 2022
The timetable is ready #scuc22 pic.twitter.com/khGLeNuzvT— SCUC ~ Shopware Community UnConference (@scuc_blue) April 9, 2022
Checked in!! #scuc22 #shopware @scuc_blue pic.twitter.com/Zs2Tmz1k8d— Matheus Gontijo (@mhgontijo) April 9, 2022
I proposed an open discussion session. The topic was basically "how to best welcome the (brilliant) international people that are migrating to Shopware", pretty much like a did recently. Let me provide a little bit more context: Shopware is getting a lot of traction worldwide and great professionals from all over of the world are paying attention to the blue ecosystem. That being said, I proposed if we could discuss how to warmly welcome them.
My proposal got merged with Wouter Dieters' proposal, which was also related to the international community.
Very open and warm discussion about future of #shopware community at #scuc22 @marcosteinhaeus @mhgontijo @marcosteinhaeus @shopware pic.twitter.com/gcdJdtA5eM— FireBear Studio (@fbeardev) April 9, 2022
We touched many subjects from "language entry barrier" to "culture contrasts".
.@DietersWouter Wouter is throwing money on "100 Mio" room!!!— Matheus Gontijo (@mhgontijo) April 9, 2022
Other than that we had a deeeeep conversation about different cultures and how to engage with the worldwide community. There're brilliant people out there and we're making sure we welcome them well!#scuc22 #shopware pic.twitter.com/VjwcM3gtSY
These were the sessions I attented to.
.@newGenNerd1 Nikolas starting the discussion about Shopware, Headless, PWA, and all fancy modern technologies #scuc22 #shopware pic.twitter.com/j1Type186E— Matheus Gontijo (@mhgontijo) April 9, 2022
Oliver talking about Shopware Performance!!!@scuc_blue #scuc22 #shopware pic.twitter.com/7WeFxZgXf3— Matheus Gontijo (@mhgontijo) April 10, 2022
.@hhoechtl (@1drop) & @BorysSkraba (@strixcommerce) sharing good stuff about PIM (Product Information Management) world using @akeneopim @AkeneoLabs#scuc22 @scuc_blue #shopware pic.twitter.com/EvWgSjSonE— Matheus Gontijo (@mhgontijo) April 10, 2022
Thank you so much @leichteckig for making yourself vulnerable and sharing deep insights about how introverts interact, connect and engage with other. Super valuable. Keep up with your brilliant presentations as you are helping many 👍👍👍#scuc22 #shopware @scuc_blue pic.twitter.com/9OPz0xVSt5— Matheus Gontijo (@mhgontijo) April 10, 2022
I'll stay in Germany a few extra days in order to visit the Shopware Headquarters in Schöppingen. It is great to get to know more about the Shopware leadership, core developers, and discuss the bright future ahead. I'll write a blogpost about it soon.
#caketime #scuc22 @mitelg 😉 pic.twitter.com/qrsfSvyRkz— SCUC ~ Shopware Community UnConference (@scuc_blue) April 9, 2022
Awesome #airhockey powered by @run_as_root here at #scuc22 pic.twitter.com/tssb4IBcCd— Rico Neitzel (@riconeitzel) April 10, 2022
Thank you so much @riconeitzel. You, @Quiricia, @neoshops & @Fabian_ikono have been teaching great lessons to all of us. Being part of the communnity is actually serving each other, in a pratical way. Thank you 🙏🙏🙏🙏#scuc22 #shopware https://t.co/78dlZU6FP6— Matheus Gontijo (@mhgontijo) April 9, 2022
Thank you so much Carmen, Claudia, Fabian, Rico and Tobias for your willingness to help the community and for taking your personal time to organize such a unique event. Thank you so much for all the Firegento team 🙏🙏🙏
I'm impressed with the vibrant community that Shopware has! I'm happy to have the opportunity to attend the event and connect with such brilliant people and experience good conversations. I would have much more to share, but I'll limit the characters to here. Hope to see you next year!
What great opportunity Shopware Unconference 2022 was to connect with people.— Matheus Gontijo (@mhgontijo) April 10, 2022
Thank you so much for everything, @scuc_blue team!!! 🙏🙏🙏
Tomorrow I'll blogpost about it! ✍️✍️
It would be great to read other perspectives as well! Make sure you write yours!#scuc22 #shopware
Please write your own blogpost and send me the link here. I'll add the link to the following list : )
You can follow all the event's tweets here: #scuc22