Written by Emilie Dantzikian, Marketing Manager eZ France

The annual eZ Conference was held this year in Cologne and has welcome over 300 participants.

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

Most of eZ Systems ecosystem participants convened on June 6 and were able to meet and network with digital experts, users, developers and integrators from all over the world. 

Developer Training Day

The first day, June 5, was a full day of training for developers in both basic and advanced levels.

eZ Conference Day

Morten Ingebrigtsen, new eZ’s CEO initiated the conference in the morning with a keynote. He shared updates on where eZ stands today and where it will be heading tomorrow. We also heard about eZ strategy and vision, as well as the product roadmap for the rest of 2018 and beyond.

The agenda consisted of 1 round table, 3 keynotes as well as 12 talks, and closed with the famous eZ Awards Party that has recognized the most engaged participants in the eZ Systems ecosystem.

Digital Experts Round Table

eZ Dev Bar

This year: throughout the day we had the eZ Dev Bar—a section in the main conference area where an eZ engineer or eZ Platform expert was always around to answer questions or give demos.

eZ Awards

During the ceremony, eZ ecosystem participants were entertained by our famous Master of Ceremony and moderator during the conference day: Pierre Manu.

The Winners:

  • Contributor of the Year - Douglas Hammond for his contribution to the support of “Object States” in eZ Platform v2 (Director of IT at TravelOnly)
  • Connector of the Year - eZ Slack connector by Sébastien Morel at Novactive
  • Blogger of the Year - Ivo Lukač from Netgen
  • Best User Experience - Movistar (http://originales.movistarplus.es) For Movistar’s attempt at competing with Netflix (eZ partner: The Cocktail)
  • Best Project of the Year - Groupe Atlantic (http://www.groupe-atlantic.com) Groupe Atlantic’s goal was simplification, higher quality and productivity (a collaboration by various eZ partners)
  • Best New Partner - Comwrap
  • Partner of the Year - Arithnea

See the recap here : https://ez.no/Blog/2018-eZ-Award-Winners-Congratulations

Announcements: eZ Commerce

eZ Conference was also a good time for the release of eZ Commerce, our new e-Commerce solution built on top of eZ Platform. eZ Commerce is a solution that transforms eZ Platform Enterprise Edition into a full-featured platform to meet your e-Commerce and content management needs. Thanks to eZ Commerce, you can now build websites with eZ Platform that combine very rich and complex content with integrated commerce capabilities.

Read the blog post from Amit Golan-Gutin: https://ez.no/Blog/Announcing-the-Launch-of-eZ-Commerce

DigiNight

eZ conference came to conclusion with Diginight, a digital theme party held on a cruise boat over the Rhine and organized in partnership with t3n, the leading German digital magazine.

eZ and t3n were excited to invite digital professionals from all over Europe to attend DigiNight Cologne. An evening of learning, networking and professional growth with two keynote sessions and one discussion panel, all focusing on CX and content technology. All DigiNight Cologne attendees were invited to stay for dinner and an open bar after-party.

Partner Meeting

In the morning of 7 June, we gathered our partners for a breakfast meeting to share the latest product updates as well as share information about the developments in the partner channel.
It was fantastic to end the conference in Cologne together with our partners, and we are already excited to the next big partner conference that has been set to 24-25 January, 2019. Place and program will be announced soon.  
As announced during our partner meeting, Camilla Unger has stepped in as Global Partner Manager with a global and strategic focus, working close together with our regional partner managers, to optimise and further develop eZ´s partner channel.

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 2018 search #ezconf2018, view pictures on Flickr and check out presentation slides from some of our speakers, we are adding them still continuosly.

We'd like to thank all speakers, participants as well as sponsors that made eZ Conference 2018 possible: Novactive, Arithnea, Siteimprove, ComwrapKaliop, SensioLabs and Symfony.

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 2019 coming soon!

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