This year eZ Conference took place in London from June 6-8 at the Tower Hotel, situated between the River Thames and St Katharine Docks and next to The Tower of London. The views were unparalleled, our main conference area where sponsor tables were located had a full wall of windows overlooking the Tower of London and the river. It quickly became the perfect spot for group pictures.

eZ Conference London brought together partners, clients and the eZ crew from all over Europe and Central and North America—three days where the eZ community from across the world spent time together while also learning and sharing experiences.

Developer Training Day

The first day, June 6, was a full day of training for developers in both basic and advanced levels. And in the afternoon the by-invitation only Product Innovation Board met to discuss the future of editorial experiences on eZ Platform.

eZ Conference Day 1

June 7 kicked off eZ Conference. In the morning we held a Partner meeting and lunch, where eZ partners heard about the latest developments in partner relations.

Aleksander Farstad, eZ’s CEO and Co-Founder initiated the conference in the afternoon with a keynote around digital transformation and the role of content. He invited Roland Benedetti, head of product to share the latest product news and roadmap. The highlights were a status update on project v2, which is currently in alpha and includes the revamp of eZ Platform UI that will provide lightning fast editorial experience and much needed customization and extensibility capabilities based on the Symfony framework which will reach version 3. Roland also announced the launch of eZ Platform Cloud, an integrated Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering of eZ Platform built together with eZ’s partner Platform.sh. Following Aleksander and Roland’s talk were simultaneous Business and Technical Track sessions. The highlights of the day were two packed sessions in the Technical Track that gave an introduction to the forthcoming eZ Platform v2. Damien Pobel, eZ’s Lead Engineer for User Interface talked about eZ Platform UI 2.x, and a joint presentation from André Rømcke, eZ’s VP Engineering and Bertrand Dunogier, eZ’s Lead Engineer for eZ Platform revealed what developers can expect next for eZ Platform 2.x and Symfony 3.

Day one was also where the big festivities happened. After speaking sessions ended, everyone gathered outside by the Tower of London for a barbecue. The London weather was as expected—rainy and windy, but it didn’t stop us from enjoying the start of a great evening. Once back inside, we kicked off the eZ Awards ceremony lasting until 2am with a live band and open bar. eZ crew announced and welcomed winners on stage to hand them their eZ trophies. 

eZ Award Winners

  • Innovation of the Year - Sébastien Morel for work on eZ Launchpad
  • Contributor of the Year - Edi Modrić for work on eZ Tags Bundle
  • Blogger of the Year - Serhey Dolgushev for Contextual Code
  • Best User Experience - DADAT for their mobile first online banking (www.dat.at)
  • Best New Partner - Origammi
  • Partner of the Year - Reichl und Partner eMarketing
  • Extending eZ Award - Smile for extending FormBuilder with many fields

eZ Conference Day 2

June 8 was a full day of Business and Technical Track sessions, including morning keynotes from digital customer experience expert, Gerry McGovern in his memorable presentation “Building a Customer-centric Organization” and an afternoon keynote from Richard Jones, technical director at Inviqa about “Content in 7 Dimensions.”

eZ Dev Bar

New this year: throughout days one and two we had the eZ Dev Bar—a section in the main conference area where developers could hang out, sit on blow-up chairs and play with eZ Platform v2. An eZ engineer or eZ Platform expert was always around to answer questions or give demos.

Hackathon

The more tenacious developers within the eZ community kept the pace high and joined forces in our hackathon on Friday morning, hosted by and at the Inviqa office. This was the first edition of a hackathon at the eZ Conference and was a soft test. It was very positive though it gathered a smaller share of developers attending the conference. Congrats to Sebastien Morel and Frank Dege who made good progress with their work on respective projects eZ Launchpad and Silver Shop.

Announcements: eZ London Office & eZ Platform Cloud

eZ Conference was also an opportune time to announce a new eZ office to open in London in the next few months plus, as mentioned above a new product release: eZ Platform Cloud, a new cloud hosting solution providing eZ Platform as a Platform as a Service (PaaS). 

eZ Platform Cloud, which will be officially launched in the next few weeks (be one of the firsts to try it out), is powered by Platform.sh, a tech company specializing in PaaS solutions. Platform.sh has been our technology partner and now we’ve gone further and built a PaaS solution that is fully integrated with eZ Platform, speeding up development projects while increasing team productivity and freeing up time.

eZ Conference remains an event with the goal of bringing the eZ community together to match faces to names and learn about developments in eZ’s software, all while enjoying a great venue location and plenty of networking. For more tweets from eZ Conference 2017 search #ezconf2017, view pictures on Facebook and check out presentation slides from some of our speakers.

A special thank you to this year's sponsors: Inviqa, Platform.sh, Kaliop, Siteimprove, SensioLabs, Symfony, Bluetel, CMSWire, FrenchWeb.

We’re grateful for all who attended this year and for those who couldn’t, we hope to see you next time. Stay tuned for a video recap plus location and date announcements for eZ Conference 2018 coming soon! 

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