During the past few years Africa has become a fast growing e-commerce market and turned into a very attractive stage for the biggest worldwide corporations and investments.
Such companies as Uber and Facebook have already their presence at the continent. Amazon and Alibaba are planning to enter the Africa`s market in the nearest future. And this interest is not a surprise. Africa is the world’s second-most-populous continent, which offers new business opportunities for online merchants and agencies. Experts predict that by 2025 Africans could be buying seventy-five billion dollars worth of goods and services online annually.
The biggest open source and e-commerce event in Africa – CMS Africa Summit will be held in Abuja, Nigeria on the 3rd and 4th March 2017. And we are proud to announce that the Vice President of Meet Magento Association, Kuba Zwolinski, is going to represent the Association at the event. Kuba, as one of the speakers, will have his talk on the topic: “ Meet Magento – open source that’s changing the world… of commerce”.
We had a chance to ask Kuba a few questions regarding his attendance at the conference:
You are attending CMS Africa Summit as Vice-President of Meet Magento Association. What are your goals and expectations from the conference?
It’s a great way to understand e-commerce boom in African countries and corresponding challenges and opportunities. Hopefully I can also increase interest in open source solutions with Magento as an excellent tool for building startup business. It may be opportunity for both merchants and developers to expand cross-border business.
How would you evaluate an e-commerce market in Africa? In your opinion what are its distinguishing features?
E-commerce is definitely booming in Africa. It brings amazing economic impact but also is connected with many challenges – frauds, distrust, infrastructure, logistics and maybe most important, literacy rate.
For sure mobile & marketplaces are keywords for the region e-business. “Mobile first” is not only a marketing term there, it’s actual situation. Not everyone has a laptop/desktop but most of people there have mobile phones and are used to do everything from the phone. Marketplaces are located in every aspects of African economy – markets are everywhere and everyone is selling something. Digital marketplaces are natural continuation however they have to face a lot of challenges and competition from less official sellers.
How do you think can we expect for the Meet Magento Africa in the nearest future?
Meet Magento was always the best way to help developers and merchants in emerging markets to share knowledge, grow their business and build something great together. It will take some time and effort but it would be great to see vibrant and active Magento community in Nigeria or other African countries.
Exploring new opportunities, markets and communities always was one of the main aims of Meet Magento events. Meet Magento already has its events in more than 40 countries. We believe that year by year our communities in each country are growing, interest for events is increasing and such countries as Nigeria will join to our big family.Read more
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The main concern about attending an online conference is that you are not able to meet with people live or face to face. From our side we did our best, so you guys can meet, chat and network online on 6-8 December at the first online conference Meet Magento World 2016.
But we have great news for those who really want to spend these 3 days among their Magento friends and co-workers. You can join your local community and watch Meet Magento World together at our special Viewing Spots. Some of our partners and sponsors have already supported us in organizing these spots and we are sure that other partners will join soon.
What you can expect from MM16WOLRD Viewing Spots ?
First, we will give you a discount on our Regular Tickets, if you want to watch conference at the local spot you can buy your ticket at the price of $200, instead of $300. Not bad, eh? All you need to do is to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you the ticket link!
Of course our organizers will take care about the comfortable area for watching Meet Magento World broadcasting. Snacks, drinks, the one and only meet magento spirit, friendly atmosphere and who knows what else – are waiting for you!
You’ll be able to meet with others live, your magento friends and people who just want to become a part of community will be there to share this event with you.
Why this initiative is important for our organizers and for attendees as well?
Once you were a host of Meet Magento event, you’ll never miss a chance to do it once again. To take part in new activities always was the hallmark of the Magento Community and we are highly appreciate our partners for their support.
“As there was no plan for a Meet Magento Switzerland this year, I decided to organize a local viewing in Zürich of the Meet Magento World. It will take place on 7th December at the Coworking Citizen Space. We would like to provide a different approach and opportunity to the people to meet and share each other about Magento. The idea behind is to give access to a one day event and giving to the attendees the chance to ask questions and share experience directly with the other attendees. Like the Meet Magento World event itself, it’s the first time we do that, so we hope that the idea will be welcome and will attract few people. By taking a ticket, the attendees can also watch the conference online the day before and after the local viewing date.”
Sylvain Rayé, Founder at Diglin GmbH
“We love Magento community and will be happy to host other developers and Magento users who want to attend the conference together in our venue. It’s unique way to organize local 3-days long meet-up to discuss all types of Magento ideas and experiences between daily work.”
Kuba Zwolinski, Founder at Snowdog
Become a Viewing Spot for your local community
We are open to add more viewing spots on the Meet Magento World map. If you feel that this is going to be awesome 3 days (as we do) and you are able to provide a great viewing location for your local community – just contact Annemarie Hache, Marketing & Events at Meet Magento Association. We will provide you with the information, tips and tricks you need to make an awesome event.
“It’s a big honor to be a part of the greatest eCommerce community in the world. The main power of Magento ecosystem is in collaboration between magento developers, experts and evangelists. We’re struggling to improve networking in Ukrainian Magento community. So we decided to become a watching spot for Meet Magento World – the first online Magento conference. Such format saves time and travel costs but it has restrictions related to communication. In our comfortable space you can watch the conference in real-time during all 3 days with Magento friends.”
Sergey Lysak, CEO at Eltrino
We believe that the Magento Community is always open to new experiences and opportunities. And we are aiming to use all possible approaches to deliver you only benefits from your participation. So it`s up to you whether you want to experience Meet Magento World at home sitting in your comfortable couch, in the office with your colleagues, or to join a local community and to share this event with them. No matter what you choose, you can expect a massive Meet Magento effect which is always accompanies all our events.
Check out the VIEWING SPOT MAP here >>Read more
Only one month left to the first online conference Meet Magento World 2016. As you already know our virtual conference is aim to gather developers, merchants, Magento experts and true eCommerce gurus from all over the World in one place – at our online broadcasting channel.
Now we want to navigate you at our virtual venue, so all our attendees can be sure that an online conference is not inferior to our live events.
So, let’s take a look a bit inside #MM16WORLD.
All participants after they logged in will enter the Foyer, where they can watch a small video tutorial, which is explaining how the virtual platform is working. Also here you can see the navigation bar, so you can get access to the Information desk, Exhibition Hall and Auditorium.
You are able to see the number of attendees and can also connect with every attendee via chat. Every attendee has an virtual business card which can be handed over in chats.
And good news for our partners, each of you can have a virtual booth with even more features than the real one. At the Exhibition Hall attendees can choose a booth which they want to visit and have a chat with representatives of the company.
Every exhibitor can deliver a video of his company which is played automatically when you visit the stand. Also our participants can download flyers and other information at each stand. In case just chat is not enough participants can use video meeting groups for one to one or group meetings.
At the Auditorium you are able to watch our live video sessions, you can decide whether you want to pay more attention to the presentation or to the speaker, these screens are configurable for you needs.
During live panels there is also available chat room where you can discuss with others participants current session. After their sessions our speakers will be able to answer all your questions in the Networking Lounge. In case you need support or help you can appeal to the Information desk.
This just a small tour guide to Meet Magento World 2016. We hope you’ll enjoy your participation and new experience. If you are excited about our first upcoming online conference as much as we are – there are still tickets available for you.
The Regular ticket gives you access to the live event. You can follow all the sessions live at the time displayed in the program. The Regular ticket + Video Copy gives you the extra possibility to download the video recordings and extra materials that will be published after the event. So go ahead and get yours!
Three days full of networking, over than 50 totally new sessions from the best speakers, chance to present you company worldwide and to discuss eCommerce trends with experts from different industries.
6 to 8 December 2016 Meet Magento World – you just cannot miss it!Read more
Meet Magento Association partner Flagbit is breaking new grounds with the 27th edition of E-Commerce Forum Karlsruhe on November 10, 2016. After the attendee numbers increased during the past years, the Forum will take place at a new location for the first time: the Alte Färberei (event hall) of the Kesselhaus, directly located near the Flagbit HQ. Such big scope deserves big speakers and a great topics: Ben Marks (Magento Community Evangelist) is coming from the US, Moritz Zimmermann (Board of Directors SAP Hybris) from Munich, Pierluigi Meloni (Product Manager Oxid) from Freiburg and Boris Lokschin (CEO Spryker) from Berlin. Together with Michael Türk (Key Account Manager Flagbit), they’re creating the E-Commerce Forum Karlsruhe with sessions and panels regarding “Future of E-Commerce – between disruption and evolution“.Read more
We are sure that you had a great time at Meet Magento New York. Another 3 Meet Magento events are waiting for you in the end of October. Argentina, Spain and Romania are our next stops. Are you with us?
On the 21st of October the second edition of Meet Magento Argentina is taking place in Buenos Aires. The first conference in 2015 surpassed all expectations with over than 350 attendees and high performance level. This year our local organizer, Summa Solutions, is expecting to host even larger number of participants. That is why was chosen the new stunning venue – Golden Center, located within a green area and ready to welcome all our attendees.
The agenda is divided into 2 tracks: for developers and merchants. The main focus will be on Magento 2.0 and its applying. Among our speakers you can find Aldo Bressan, Summa Solutions, Sherrie Rohde, Magento Inc., also Damián Culotta will share his experience in developers room.
Agenda isn’t finalized yet, but we are sure that you can expect a great number of interesting talks and of course a lot of networking.
You can still join to MM16AR and visit a great city Buenos Aires. Tickets are available at the price of approx. 127$ (1.500 ARS).
Our next event on the 25th of October will be hold in the heart of beautiful Madrid. This year Meet Magento Spain is focusing on merchants and trending eCommerce practices, as well as their application in Magento.
The Agenda is full with interesting talks as well as with Workshops from the leading Magento experts. Just look at our speakers: Thomas Goletz, Meet Magento Association, Ignacio Riesco, Interactiv4, Ben Marks, Magento Inc., Enrique Barreira, Dufry Group, Stefano Lena, Contactlab, the list is endless and all of them will wait for you in the Main Conference Room.
The Workshop room will blow your mind by our best Magento experts. Ray Bogman, known as Magento Doctor, Talesh Seeparsan, Bit79, Bartek Igielski, Snowdog, Peter Jaap Blaakmeet, Elgentos Ecommerce Solutions and many others will give their workshop at MM16ES.
Something is telling me that you are already booking your ticket. And your wish to join will be even bigger when you will find out about our venue – spectacular Teatro Goya. It`s the second time when Teatro Goya will host Meet Magento Spain, last year all our attendees were impressed by this unique and exclusive place. Many thanks to our local organizer Interactiv4 for making this event unforgettable from year to year.
We have two types of tickets which you can still can buy: Full Pass (Conference + Workshops) for €250 and Conference Pass for €100. And great news for merchants, they can have a free entrance at MM16ES, all is required for this is just to fill our form.
Romania will close our October session on the 28th & 29th of October in Cluj-Napoca. Charming city with a major economic component and a valuable historical heritage is inviting all Magento community for the Meet Magento Romania 2016.
We have two conference days, 28th of October is completely dedicated to Business topics. Here you can expect to hear from Vlad Stănescu – MindMagnet, Thomas Goletz – Meet Magento Association, Jason Woosley – Magento Inc., Kuba Zwolinski – Snowdog. At the end of first day of MM16RO all Magento folks are welcome to the famous After party in Euphoria Music Hall.
The second conference day, 29th of October is focusing on Developers. And you can find a lot Magento gurus in the speakers list. Ben Marks – Magento Inc., David Manners – Sitewards, Anna Völk – E-conomix, Anton Kaplya – Magento Inc. , Miguel Balparda – Nexcess, Fabian Blechschmidt – Freelancer – these only few of them. Want to know more? Just check our agenda.
Our local organizer, MindMagnet, have done a great job and prepared a very saturated event for all attendees. The perfect venue – Grand Hotel Napoca, in the center of the city, from which you can easily reach all “must-see” spots in Cluj-Napoca.
There are two ticket options at MM16RO. You can buy a Regular Ticket at the price of €85, and you can buy Tickets in a Bulk (available for 4 persons) at the price of €85 each.
We hope you’ll enjoy spending time and networking at our fall events!Read more
This October is bringing six Meet Magento events in a row to our Magento Community. Let’s start with the first three of them. New York, Athens and Ho Chi Minh, different parts of the World, different cultures and lifestyles, but still they all have one important thing in common – Magento passioned communities. And if you are a part of them, then you should definitely spare some days in October for our stunning events.
And we will go one by one.
Organized by Atwix and Interactiv4, Meet Magento New York, will open our October series on the 5th of October. For MM16NY was chosen a very elegant and extraordinary venue – City Winery New York. With its unique, intimate atmosphere, so you can enjoy the networking with your Magento Pals having a perfect glass of wine.
Meet Magento New York is always been a business oriented event and the agenda is promised to be full of useful and valuable topics. You can expect to hear from Ignacio Riesco, Interactiv4, and Viacheslav Kravchuk, Atwix, who will open the conference. Paul Boisvert, Vice President of Product Management – Magento, Ryan Thompson, Head of Sales & Marketing and Business Development – TaxJar, Colin Stuart Co-Founder & CTO – Betabrand, those only few business leaders who will have their talk at the MM16NY stage.
There are two kind of available tickets, which you still can buy: General Ticket for $299.00 and Merchant Ticket for $129.00. Both tickets include full access to the venue, presentations and marketplace during the event, breakfast, lunch, wine tasting and of course networking dinner and after-party.
Greece go next.
On the 12th of October Athens will open its doors for the second Meet Magento Greece. Our local organizer, Converge SA, Magento Professional Solutions Partner, has attracted best speakers, business leaders, merchants and, of course, Magento developers, so you can get all the necessary information about latest trends in eCommerce.
Just check the Agenda – Thomas Goletz and Sofoklis Kyriazakos from Meet Magento Association, Vincent Brach & Kathleen Claes from Magento Commerce, Tomasz Karwatka, CEO of Divante, they all will share with you their knowledge and experience. Ben Marks, Magento Evangelist, will talk about “How & When it is feasible to upgrade your e-shop to Magento 2.0”.
Venue for MM16GR is the same, as last year – Radisson Blu Park Hotel. Perfectly situated in the city center, which give you a simple access to places like Acropolis, Plaka, Monastiraki, as well as to the major attractions of the city. And do not forget about delicious greek cuisine which you can enjoy at the afterparty. Already convinced to buy your ticket? Tickets are available in multiple variations: Students can buy their ticket only for €30.00, General Ticket costs €90.00 and a Group Ticket for Merchants – €100.00 (valid for 4 persons).
Asia is calling.
After a huge success in 2015, Meet Magento Vietnam is taking place second time in Ho Chi Minh City. Over that 1000 attendees and 300 retailers will gather on 15th of October for MM16VN. SmartOSC, our local organizer, did their best to made this event even better, than last year. Is it possible?
Sure. You will be impressed with the speaker list, business leaders and technical gurus from all over the World will come to Ho Chi Minh to have their talk. The Agenda is divided into 3 sessions rooms: Opening Room, Technical and Business rooms. You will able to hear about e-commerce trends in general and the Magento ecosystem in particular. Potential topics covered include B2B commerce, digital marketing, payment & shipping methods, and the evolution of Magento 2.0.
Do not miss a chance to visit Ho Chi Minh City, one of the most fast-growing cities in Asia, and to find new opportunities for your business in Asian market.
Normal tickets are available for a price of $81 till 30 September, also you can buy the Networking Night Ticket for $54, it gives you a chance to join a gorgeous buffet at The Log – a rooftop restaurant of GEM Center.
No matter what event you will choose, maybe all 3, why not ? We sure that each Meet Magento event will be unforgettable and it will bring you new knowledges, business connections, positive emotions and just good friends.
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