The annual Meet Magento Netherlands was held last Thursday, May 19 in the quaint town of Ede. In its third year, the one day conference grew considerably from the previous year with over 300 attendees, community members, speakers and sponsors. The program featured more than twenty speakers with a mix of Magento keynotes, from Bob Schwartz and Baruch Toledano, in-depth technical breakouts and interesting marketing sessions.
Throughout the event you could feel the passion for Magento! Many of the attendees were excited to be there and learn more about Magento. The energy started right from the opening session from Meet Magento organizer and host, Guido Jansen, and enthusiastic moderator, Anouschka Laheÿ.
In the closing session, Anouschka asked Bob Schwartz what struck him most about the event. Besides joking about his difficulty pronouncing Dutch names, Bob said, "The energy here is great! All of the attendees and partners are fantastic. I have had so many interesting conversations about how they can expand beyond the borders and go global."
The sponsors kept the buzz going with creative elements to their booths. The Copernica attendees showed their spirit by coordinating in red ties and Converse sneakers, Byte Internet had girls dressed in costume and Kega was even giving away a ticket to the Magento Developers Paradise for a referral of a developer that gets hired by the company.
The event closed with a high energy drawing of 28 giveaways from sponsors that totaled over €10.000 with the top prizes awarded to Karin Troustgeschenk for a remote helicopter and Tom Nieuwenhuis of Scorg IT for a Magento U training.
Thank you to all of our sponsors for your continued support of the Magento community!
Platinum Sponsors: Realvine, Emailvision, Exact & Dealer4Dealer
Gold Sponsors: ABC Mail, Byte Internet, Copernica, Icepay, Jira ICT, Madia, MediaCT, Multisafepay, 42 Functions, 100% Magento
Silver Sponsors: aheadWorks, Emperium, Kega, Nic. Oud, PayPal, XLS Hosting, Zebd
Following the close of the event, Magento held a special meeting with all Solution Partners in attendance. The summit featured interactive discussions between Magento management and partners, and allowed them to provide important feedback.
A very special thank you to Guido Jansen, Mark Dekkers, Tanja de Boer and all community members who made the event possible! Stayed tuned for more Meet Magento events this fall!
Photos by Ray Bogman from http://www.jira.nl
See more photos from the event on Meet Magento Netherlands flickr stream!