Flashback Friday: MMDE 2018

For today’s flashback, we’re going back a couple years to the first time I got to attend Meet Magento Germany in Leipzig, 2018 – right around this time of year. This is one of the old Meet Magento events, and was a great event. I’d never been to Leipzig before, so taking the extra day or so we had to explore was definitely a benefit. It’s a little bit off the beaten path of the regular tourist tourist destinations in Germany – but definitely worth the trip.

The conference took place at Kongresshalle am Zoo Leipzig which is a great old historic building near the zoo and not far from the city center. The afterparty at Moritzbastei took place in a really cool old bit of fortification (cool… literally) with arched ceilings and courtyards. One of the best parts is there could be music and dancing in one section, and just down the curving hall a quiet place for drinks and conversation. Plus lots of great food and drinks!

We went again in 2019 – but sadly there will not be a 2020 edition, thanks to the Pandemic. The 2019 trip memorably involved a long, late night taxi trip to go to … KFC.

Flashback Friday: Meet Magento Asia 2018

Back in November 2018 I had the luck to attend Meet Magento Asia, in Bangkok Thailand. It was my first time to Thailand and it was a blast! Really love Thailand, and this was a great first exposure to it. We attended again at the end of 2019.

Flashback: Meet Magento Netherlands 2016

Continuing with my “flashback” series – at this time last year we were at what may end up being the last Imagine event. Sad though, so instead I’ll put up some pictures from MMNL 2016.

It was only four years ago now, but it seems like so much longer! I was accepted for my first Magento speaking opportunity at Meet Magento Netherlands in Utrecht. I had an amazing time and met so many people that I’ve gone on to spend many a late night with at other Magento events over the last four years.

You can see the official MMNL photos here (day one and day two) – much better than my phone pics from back then.

It really was a great event, and I also had a great time the other years we attended MMNL – hoping for another chance soon!

Flashback: Imagine 2016

Since we didn’t get a chance to attend Imagine this year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, I thought it might be fun to post a few pics from the 2016 edition of Imagine, at the Wynn in Las Vegas. I was looking forward to seeing what changes Adobe would be making for the first year Imagine was rolled into Adobe Summit, and see what the new venue was like – guess we’ll all have to wait for 2021 to see that!

This was either my 2nd or 3rd year attending Imagine, and even though only 4 years ago, the camera on the phone I had back then is still noticeably worse than what I have now! Back then I still worked for Nexcess and represented them in the booth and in an unexpected speaking session. I’ll save that story for another day…

I’ve attended a lot of Magento events over the years, and I’m planning on posting more of the flashbacks in the coming days.