Announcing Events: OXID User Group Meetings, Trade Fairs, Barcamps and OXID Commons

Today we’d like to inform you about some upcoming events you should know about.

First off, the site for the OXID user groups was completely revamped and now offers great possibilities to list and search/filter for all upcoming and past user group events as well as to RSVP for these activities.

For this year, the user group NRW has something special in mind: they prepared seven topics for a best practice series when working with OXID. So at the first event this year in Essen the topic will be about virtualization and how to configure development environments for distributed teams and about how to struggle through the deployment process with this technology.

Here’s a list of the user group meetings you might want to join:

Please register for the events so the organizers can plan for the correct number of participants.

From February 14th till 16th the OpenUp-Camp, an unconference under the umbrella of the Open Source Business Foundation (OSBF) will take place in Nuremberg. Like the name of this event implies, this barcamp’s main topic is all around open source in the widest manner, what is the impact of open source and where does it lead us. OXID eSales is a sponsoring partner of this event and will be present on site.

euroshopAlso in February, you can meet us together with our partners Heidelpay, Nionex, MaPS System and Softengine on our booths at the trade fairs EuroShop (6 / 6F05) from 16th to 20th in Düsseldorf as well as at the Internet World (B1 / D176) on 25th and 26th in Munich. Come along and feel free to contact us for a meeting.

Another event that might appeal to you, if you’re in development or at least close to it, is the annual eCommerceCamp in Jena on March 7th and 8th. This event took place last year for the first time and is open to all e-commerce developers no matter which shopping cart system they use. The topics, by their nature, are heavily technical but also deep into e-commerce. Naturally, OXID eSales is one of the main sponsors of this event again.

Last but not least: The date for OXID Commons in this year is fixed as May 22nd and 23rd – save it! It is already possible to submit presentation proposals, and there are still sponsorship slots available. As usual, on May 23rd, the OXID Commons Unconference will take place for developers around the OXID eShop e-commerce platform.



Recap: OXID Commons 2013

Honestly? From my gut I feel that this OXID Commons event in 2013 was the best we’ve had so far, and that obviously knocked it out of the ballpark for both days, OXID Commons conference and trade fair on 16th as well as OXID unconference on the next day, May 17th.

To give you some numbers: we had at about 800 face-to-face visitors, 500 on-line stream viewers and approximately 50 exhibitors.

Roland OXID Keynote at OXID Commons 2013

The first day of course was packed with currently discussed e-commerce topics: multi-channel (AKA omni-channel), high load scenarios, for example TV commercial peaks, mobile commerce, B2B sales, and strategic points of internationalization. Interesting enough, isn’t it. At the end of the conference day, OXID awarded the GOLDEN CART again, what a thrill! For those who have missed it, there’s a a review of OXID Commons 2013 available, including links to the slide show, videos and blog post from 3rd parties at

On the next day, OXID unconference was held in the Solar Info Center Freiburg. We welcomed nearly 100 developers and talked very tech in two channels about the top topics in e-commerce today like responsive design, Apache Solr, performance, GitHub etc.

OXID unconference

Talking about GitHub: for me personally it was a really big step in community development (my responsibility) when Roland announced in his keynote that “… we will go live on GitHub right … now!” and somebody else pushed the button to make the repository public. Since that point developers started forking OXID eShop on GitHub, and we could already merge some very useful contributions.

We’d like to thank everybody for your visits, your support and your really pleasant discussions with us. As always: after OXID Commons is before OXID Commons – looking forward to seeing you in the next year! By the way, you don’t have to starve in the meantime: maybe you’re interested in visiting one of the OXID Usergroup meet-ups either in Essen, in Berlin or (hopefully soon) in Munich.

Only 2 Days Left Until the First eCommerceCamp

logo ecommerce campAlready nearly upon us, the first German eCommerceCamp will take place in Jena on the forthcoming weekend, from March 15th to 17th, bringing together developers and integration providers of open source shopping cart systems. The intention of the organizers is to provide a platform for the informal exchange of know-how and experience. The event will be held in a barcamp style: the topics will be decided by attendees themselves at the very beginning.

There are still some tickets available that you can purchase from the organizer’s website. But you have to hurry up: the ticket sales will close really soon, in fact already tomorrow, Thursday, March 14th.

By the way: OXID eSales proudly sponsors this first German platform overlapping event as a “coffein sponsor”. Enjoy your hot beverage 🙂