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Barcelona Here We Come! Why We’re Looking Forward to Magento Live Europe 2018

What better way to banish those end-of-summer blues than with a trip to sunny Barcelona, to attend one of Magento Commerce’s key events of the year?

Hosting some of the biggest innovators in the eCommerce industry, we’re excited to hear all about what’s in store for the world of digital commerce and the Magento ecosystem in the upcoming year – as well as looking forward to networking with the vast community of tech partners and merchants attending. You can watch the promotional video for the event here, to find out more about what you can expect from MLEU.

We couldn’t attend the conference without getting involved and showing our support – which is why we’re proud to be sponsoring multiple activities over the course of the conference, including the PreLive event and the Magento Contribution Day, both hosted by the brilliant team at Interactiv4. There truly is no better way to welcome Europe’s biggest Magento event to the city of Barcelona, than attending the famous Community Pre-Party.

PreLive Party Magento Live Europe MLEU

There’s also no better way to get involved with, and play an active part in, the community, than by attending a Magento Contribution Day. After hosting two of our own, we can vouch for the importance of these events – they really do offer a great opportunity to demonstrate, share, and contribute your skills in order to improve the OpenSource Magento 2 project.

All Contribution Day participants will receive advanced insights into Magento 2 and work side-by-side with Magento Core architects. It really doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie or an experienced M2 developer, all are welcome to network, learn, share, and enjoy while contributing to the core.

Magento Contribution Day - MLEU

After attending Magento Imagine in Las Vegas this year, we’re expecting yet more great things from the Magento Events Team this Autumn – and we’re positive we won’t be disappointed! Someone that knows first-hand about the Imagine and Live experience is our CEO, Jamie Huskisson. Making an effort to attend as many Magento events as he possibly he can, here’s what he is looking forward to most at Magento Live Europe:

I look forward to seeing any event that Magento puts on. They’re known for setting the bar high, as we’ve seen repeatedly at Imagine, and this event will be no different. Barcelona is a phenomenal location covered in culture and history – it will be exciting to be out there for a week and experience everything it has to offer. Combine this with the chats by the fireside, bumping into known community colleagues in the hallway – and this makes for an event I cannot wait to be a part of– Jamie Huskisson, CEO of JH

PWA at Magento Live Europe MLEU

After his talk in Stockholm last month, Jamie will be returning to the stage once again to talk on the state of PWA’s. As a company who pride ourselves on our Mobile Experience offerings, we firmly believe that Progressive Web Apps are the future of commerce.

The business value and potential with PWA’s are proven, but when considering it as a route for your business it’s important to look to the experts in the industry for their first-hand experience and advice. Jamie will be joining leaders from Google, Magento, and Deity to discuss the state of Progressive Web Apps, and the upcoming PWA Studio.

Of course, I can’t wait to hear Shane’s talk on the road to PWA – it doesn’t matter that he works for JH – any excuse I can get to listen to him speak I’m happy with.Jamie Huskisson, CEO of JH

And if that’s not enough PWA talk for you, then you should definitely catch our Lead Front-end Developer Shane Osbourne, and his talk on the road to PWA.

This talk will address the increasingly common question: “What can we do right now to prepare for a PWA future?”. Explaining how you can achieve up to a 3x performance improvement on ‘out of the box ‘ Magento 2, and how this can enable PWA features to be added right now, to existing websites.

Many companies are quick to add more code to their projects to enable PWA features, completely bypassing any performance concerns already present in the platform. This is far from the PWA future that users will expect. My talk is split into 2 sections – the first being an analysis of performance problems and the solutions to them, and the second being an a practical example of adding a handful of PWA features to an existing Magento 2 website.Shane Osbourne, Lead Front-end Developer

And if it’s not Progressive Web Apps you’re looking to learn more about this year, then perhaps our very own Head of Accounts Janak Kika can spark your interest instead, as he joins PayPal, HiConversion, and Gene Commerce for an interesting panel on mobile conversion.

Mobile Conversion, Paypal - MLEU

With a proven record of over 15 years in eCommerce, working with clients such as Selco, Penny Skateboards, Sunspel clothing to name a few, Janak lives and breathes Magento Commerce. He will be sharing his experience working with PayPal, in their efforts to improve the mobile conversion gap with over 25 SIs and 120 merchants globally. In this panel session, results from over 300,000 conversion tests will be shared, as well as the recommended changes to implement to achieve positive results.  

It’s fair to say, that we are extremely proud of all the team speaking at Magento Live Europe this month. We are wishing them the absolute best of luck, and encourage you all to go along to their talks and show them some love!

Here’s what the rest of the team attending have to say about heading to Barcelona for Magento Live Europe soon:

This is the first Magento Live Europe, and I’m very excited to be attending this event! It’s going to be really great to connect with members of the European Magento community, outside of the London network. I’m interested to hear about what the state of eCommerce is like in Europe and outside of the UK, and this seems like the perfect opportunity to find out.

I’m looking forward to attending the general sessions of course (as well as hearing from our very own Shane), and learning from my peers in the industry that I don’t get to see very often. It should be a memorable visit to Barcelona and I’m very much looking forward to it.Rabia Qureshi, Senior Customer Success Manager

With the highlights of Imagine still vivid in my mind, I’m really looking forward to seeing how much of Imagine Magento bring to Barcelona – one of my favourite cities in the world. I’m most excited to hear from Adobe’s CEO, Shantanu Narayen, about his vision for Magento as part of the Adobe family, and the potential the acquisition brings to the commerce industry.

Magento events are always a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make many new ones in the community, with fellow partners, and merchants too. The level of engagement from the Magento team has improved year on year, really adding substance to the strength of the community and demonstrating how far Magento has come since it parted ways with Ebay.John Knowles, CTO

Meet at Magento Live Europe MLEUIf you’d like to meetup with our team whilst you’re attending MLEU, don’t be afraid to get in contact. We have created a special booking form, to make requesting catch ups and meetings easier, you can find it here – we’d love to meet with you!

We can’t wait to explore the city and make some more great memories with the community. If you have any recommendations on what to do, where to eat, or what to see, in the area whilst we’re there, please do let us know.

¡Te veo pronto Espana!

(See you soon, Spain!)