Monday, November 7, 2011

Joomla Day 2011 New York Recap

Thanks to the platinum sponsor Seblod, creator of a new CCK for Joomla!, we were able to host a dinner party on Friday night for 50 of our sponsors, speakers, volunteers, and international guests. The wonderful staff at House of Brews made our event quite memorable. It was exciting to have so much Joomla! talent in one room - core team, OSM board members, major component developers, hosting companies, and grateful end users mingled as the excitement level grew for the coming weekend events.
On Saturday, our generous benefactor Microsoft helped us invite all conference attendees to a party at the House of Brews. Seventy participants discussed the events of the day over beer, wings, and sliders.
After the planning and craziness is over, I can happily say that JoomlaDay2011 was a tremendous success.
Friday, the leadership team along with about 30 other attendees met to discuss where Joomla! should go in 2013. Unfortunately, I was unable to participate as I would have liked because I was setting up for the weekend. Regardless, I heard lots of great discussions occurred.  It is exciting to see where Joomla! will be going to in just a few years!
Friday night we invited the sponsors, speakers, and volunteers to another party at the House of Brews. They really put on a great event!  We had beer towers, appetizers, a great dinner, and, of course, dessert.  They even presented a chance for me to mingle and meet with many of our international guests.  What a way to start the weekend!  The conversations ranged from politics, to Joomla!, and to current world events.  I am proud to say we had guests from various countries including Western Australia, Israel, Columbia, Germany, France, Canada, and more.
Saturday morning started very early with a couple of headaches.  Unfortunately, the coffee was not brewing as it should have been, but that did not slow down the presenters or workshops.  Although, I must admit, people seemed a little fuzzy before they finally got their cup of Joe.  With plenty of bagels, muffins, juice, and other accoutrement, the keynote began at 8:45.  A special thanks to Ryan for creating a video for us that we were able to watch all together. 
Each session on Saturday lasted for over an hour.  We had sessions based on extensions and 3rd party developers, sessions based on what can be done with Joomla! from a developer perspective, and other sessions focused on the 'business end' of Joomla!.  Each session was well attended, and there were definitely a variety of sessions to choose from.  In fact, the number one complaint that I have received so far was that attendees had too many quality sessions to choose from.  Well, we have a solution for that, too!  We have posted the videos on the website for attendees to check out sessions they were unable to attend.

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