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
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 email@example.com 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
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Do you remember our blog post about the new format of Meet Magento Germany where we also said that 2016 is a particular year for Meet Magento and of course for the Association? Since then things came thick and fast. Only a few weeks ago the Meet Magento Association was announced as official independent partner of Magento that will push the cooperation between Magento and Meet Magento to a new and official level. Of course this implicates a new strengthened position of the MMA in Magento ecosystem.
For all those agencies, that aren’t Magento partner yet, the Meet Magento Association partner program is just around the corner to show competence to your clients in Magento environment. Our advantage is that we have a personal relationship to almost all of our agencies and partners. So, the community represents common strength and support as well as friendship. As partner of Meet Magento Association you are playing in the big league. You’re a partner of a real worldwide grouping. And as partner of this umbrella organisation you can be a face behind Meet Magento events all over the world.
“As an ecommerce solution provider with strong focus on Magento we have a strong interest in driving the demand for the system world-wide. As part of that it is important to make sure the Magento brand is represented well and sometimes it has to be protected from different lobby groups. Magento as a company does a great job, but a world-accepted independent organization like the Meet Magento Association may be even better in this regard.
Certainly the partnership also means a huge boost in reach and communication of our services to the community and Meet Magento is a well-regarded channel within the community. We were very active in the open source community as well as in Meet Magento events worldwide – so it is obvious that we also support the Association.”
Michael Türk, CEO Flagbit GmbH & Co. KG – Meet Magento Association Gold Partner
With our new Vice Presidents and our Chief Innovation Officer who are real Magento veterans and are scattered all over the world we can guarantee support for any MMA partner worldwide.
So, have a look at our new partnership program! We would love to get to know you better and to welcome you on board of the Meet Magento Association to further extend the community together.
“As full-service agency it’s our task to support shop owners on all issues of their daily work. The partnership program of Meet Magento Association offers us as a service provider an ideal platform for this.”
Carsten Stech, CEO Splendid Internet GmbH & Co. KG – Meet Magento Association Bronze Partner
Your benefits at a glance
Let’s continue with the number crunchers of Meet Magento Association.Read more
After Meet Magento Germany 2016 in Leipzig was a huge success let’s carry on with the rest of Meet Magento Association team interviews. Today we will keep a close eye on Jan, who is responsible for Member Management in Meet Magento Association.Read more
There is less than a week left till the most expecting and eventful Meet Magento in this year. The 10th edition of the event is taking place in Leipzig again. This year is a very special for the Meet Magento Association since it`s became independent. The brand-new Meet Magento Germany 2016 is going to be even more saturated and eye-opening than ever before.
On 4th and 5th of July Leipzig will sparkle with concentrated eCommerce energy. Over 650 attendees will gather at the new outstanding venue – Pentahotel Leipzig in the center of the city. Our inspiration is taking place from all over 30 countries, where Meet Magento already presented. We learned from the best to bring you the most exciting eCommerce event in this year.
We have a lot of innovations in our agenda for you. There are two floors at the Pentahotel with 3 presentation rooms and 2 workshops rooms for developers and merchants, and a big booth area for sponsors and partners. We have set up round tables and separate areas for partners and merchants, where they can have discussions and private talks.
Speakers from the leading German and International companies will cover the most demanded topics and trends in eCommerce area:
- B2B eCommerce, ERP, PIM or supply chain management and their integration.
- Magento 2.
- Internalization. Cross Border Trade.
- Marketing in eCommerce.
Over 17 workshops in different areas are available for your participation. You will get an access from tech gurus to all know-how in using PayPal PLUS module in Magento, Tips and Tricks about Magento CE/EE and more. The best marketing specialists will share their knowledge in Video Marketing and how to use Snapchat for your online business. Just don’t forget to pick the most interesting workshops for you and register.
You can already start creating your own session plan using official Meet Magento app, provided by our sponsor Snowdog. It was designed to help all participants to be aware of the most important speeches and workshops.
Another big premier at #MM16DE is a combined format with FuckupNights Leipzig. World famous event, where people can share their failure stories on their way to success. On 4th of July we are welcoming all attendees to join this fast growing movement and who knows, maybe you can learn something new from others’ mistakes.
Check our nominees for the Meet Magento DE Award. This year the best German Online Web Shop will be awarded with the Meet Magento Award 2016 honor. And also the winner will receive the Meet Magento winner badge for the online shop. Do not miss the awards ceremony on the 5th of July.
There are a lot of different activities during Meet Magento Germany where our participants can have fun, the most exciting one is our Race Simulator.
So get ready folks, we will have a real racing battle at MM16DE! The best drivers from different countries will compete for the MM16Cup at the Meet Magento World this year.
And of course we cannot hold MM16DE without the famous after show party! At the end of the first session day, 4th of July, all attendees are welcome in the Moritzbastei, the legendary Leipzig’s cultural center. You can just relax and enjoy interesting talks and networking in informal environment. What can be better at the end of such eventful day?
There is still a chance to join Meet Magento Germany 2016 and become a part of unforgettable event. We have only few tickets left for the “last minute” price of 245 €.
We are looking forward to welcome all MM16DE participants in Leipzig!Read more