A busy week expected in the fourth week of June this year:
Tutorials, break-out sessions, talks and presentations, barcamp... some topics announced till now include: performance and testing, improving usability & accessibility in eZ publish, web 2.0, OpenID, integration between ez publish and Ajax frameworks, Open office integration, eZ Components, eZ Find, TinyERP integration, microformats...
The annual eZ Conference & Awards is the largest Open Source CMS event in Europe. This year marks the 6th annual eZ Conference and new this year is that it will be run together with the Open Nordic Conference and the Open Nordic Mobile event. This is without doubt, the biggest event ever held in Europe with main focus on Free Software.
All together more than 1000 people are expected to join during these days. The program will include keynote sessions, panel discussions and valuable exhibiting.
PHP Vikinger is an unconference directed towards everyone who wants to learn more about PHP and likes to discuss and meet with new people. Unlike normal conferences, the talks at conferences are determined by the attendees, and not a program committee.
This year will be my first time to join eZ Community during this series of events.
Polish eZ community has met during the first official eZ Developer Day held in the country. Up to thirty people showed up, representing eZ partners, independent developers as well as users, both experienced and potential. Many of the participants were active Polish eZ Community members. eZ Systems was represented by Bård Farstad, co-funder and CTO (Chief Technical Officer) and our native system developer Łukasz Serwatka.
The meeting, which was held in the heart of capital city of Poland, included the introduction to eZ Systems and their flag products, including eZ Flow (both functional and technical demos), the discussion on eZ Publish roadmap and its future releases.
The community had a chance to present their recent implementations as well as share and discuss their problems or requests (I hope we didn't kill Łukasz during this part, as we tried to clear up issues that had been awaiting "closure" for quite some time).
Bård attempted to provoke some community commitment, so that it grows stronger and bigger, but I'm not sure how much response that would get. It got little while there, but there might be some follow-up. Seems like the active will remain active in their ways anyways.
Personally, I am very glad that we had this meeting. Maybe there was too little technical/developer detail, but everyone had an opportunity to bring things up... Maybe it lacked some social part, during which the community would get to know each other little better and discuss things in a more informal, open way. One suggestion though: make that a weekend event because socializing for most people in Poland hardly ever works during the weekdays! ;)