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Mage Titans Cocktail Party

You won’t want to miss this party...

The Mage Titans Thursday Cocktail Party hosted by ShipperHQ starts at 6PM on September 14th and will be held at Bungalow on Rainey Street. This event is open to all attendees, speakers and sponsors!

Mage Titans Bungalow

The address for Bungalow is 92 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701.

ShipperHQ has reserved an area outside the bar for us. Look for the Mage Titans banner.

Sponsored by: Sponsor ShipperHQ  

Win 3 tickets for Mage Titans from PayPal!*

2017 Ticket PayPal Contest

Enter your email in the form below The conference will include 3 days of Magento goodness on the 14th - 15th Sept 2017, and the Big Bird Run on Sept 16th. Click here to check out the agenda for Mage Titans USA (subject to change). For updates please follow #MageTitansUSA on Twitter.

Competition Rules

• Entrants must be over the age of 18 • Opening date: Tues August 29th, 2017 at 10:00 CST • Closing date: Fri September 8th, 2017 at 10:00 CST • Winner will be announced Fri September 8th, 2017 in the afternoon (We have to warm up the Cray computer to tabulate the results) • Winner will be announced via Magetitans USA website and social platforms • To win, entrants must add their name and email and also follow @MagetitansUS on Twitter (those who followed us before the competition launched are still eligible to win). • Entrants using multiple accounts will not be counted • Prize: 3x tickets for Magetitans USA! September 14th - 15th, 2017. - (Free run on the 16th) • Winner will be chosen at random using Random.org’s Random Generator. • Magetitans, Wagento & Space 48 employees are not eligible to enter the competition *Flights and accommodation are not included

Why BigCommerce Users Need to Attend Mage Titans

If you haven't noticed, Mage Titans is having its annual technical conference in Austin, Texas from Sept 14-16. Mage Titans is not just a great conference for Magento technical users, it is a great conference for any platform user and we will argue that it is even better for a BigCommerce tech to attend this conference. Magento is a great community full of developers, architects, sysadmin, UX people, TAMs and anyone who cares about commerce. The goal of any client is to sell something and we believe that the best ideas come from requests by those clients to push the boundaries of what is being done online. Why wouldn't you want to know what exciting things are happening on another platform?

4 reasons why BigCommerce people need to attend Mage Titans Austin.

1) You can connect with other technical people.

It is great to get to know people and Magento people are particularly nice and inclusive. Mage Titans lets you meet other folks in your same space (e-commerce) as well as some of the decision makers at Magento. You can also meet Magento partners and solution integrators. What you won't find are salespeople and recruiters!

2) Thinking outside the box.

Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in what your platform can or can not do and you miss what others are doing on other platforms. Kind of like the Drive Through Window is now common across fast food. There are many things that Magento and BigCommerce have in common. We can all learn from each other. We have common things already like payments and shipping as well as PIM's. Isn't it exciting to talk to someone who is doing something on something different? Mage Titans is featuring the Mage Demo eventwhere you can win $500. At the time of this posting, we are still looking for more Mage Demo. Why not a BigCommerce Demo?

3) Serious amount of fun.

Conferences are always fun and technical conferences are particularly fun for technical people. You are not encumbered by marketing folks or salespeople, you are left to talk pure geek. Who knows, you may have new theories on Game of Thrones? Why not talk about this at Mage Titans. Like to run? Mage Titans is featuring the first annual Big(Lady)BirdRun. Yes, and many Magento devs code and run at the same time. How? Attend the event to find out.

4) It's in Austin Texas Well, the last time we checked, BigCommerce was also in Austin. Get your tickets today!

Why send developers to Mage Titans?

So you have an agency, why send your developers to Mage Titans?

    1. Exposure to other Magento developers
    2. Learning enviroment
    3. Cutting edge idea sharing
    4. Talk to Magento Core team
    5. Learn about new Magento features
    6. Magento Order Management team
    7. COMMUNITY

Why wouldn't you? Let's break this down.

When your developers meet and are exposed to other Magento developers they will grow as developers. Developers like to talk about what is working for them and what is not and when they get together they talk about what is new and what is cutting edge. In the long term, this saves you (The agency principle) time and money. You get a 2for1 with the developer not only learning something new but also putting something new into practice that will help your business and your clients.

Mage Titans is the ultimate learning environment with talks, workshops, and breakouts. There is no time to get bored and there is plenty of time for learning and collaborating. It is also a time that developers can ask other developers in a safe environment what is working and what isn't working.

The newest ideas come out at Magento conferences and Mage Titans is THE LARGEST Magento developer conference in the western hemisphere. Sure Magento Imagine is larger but Imagine was 60% merchants and this is technical. NO RECRUITERS!

Did I mention that it's in Austin Texas? The Magento core team is located in Austin Texas and they will be at this event. This will be the only time that your team will be able to rub shoulders with the Magento core team on such an intimate basis. You will have time to ask questions and learn about new features.

Did I just say new features? The team that is launching Magento 2.2 will be at Mage Titans Austin. You can see all the newest features in Magento including the much anticipated Magento B2B. If that doesn't sound good enough, the Magento Order Managment team will be there from Barcelona. This will give you a chance to learn and ask about OMS. Magento order Management is not just about orders but it is also about Magento inventory aggregation. Super cool right? You have a chance to speak a little Spanish, a little Catalan, and talk Order management.

Finally, The Magento Community is KING! You can meet Ben Marks, you can meet Sherrie Rhode. You can meet Magento Masters. Best of all you can meet the Magento Core community team. This team is based in Austin Texas and will be at Mage Titans.

Please ask for a discount if you are sending more than 1 developers. madeleine@magetitans.us

What are you waiting for? Get your tickets now!

Where to stay Austin 2017

So yeah, you've got your ticket but have you got a place to stay?

With three days of Magento goodness (Sept 14-16th), a party or two, and a day of workshops (Sept 14th, more info. to come) you're gonna need a comfortable place to stay and rest that highly stimulated brain of yours! The team has put together a list of accommodation options, near Trinity Hall, we have aimed for less expensive hotels, we're all non-profit you know. However, there are many close by that are a little fancier if you like it - these prices are off Expedia so they do change:

Accommodation:

Transportation:

  • MetroRails - $3.50 Single Ride, $7.00 Day Pass - schedule

Why non-Magento developers need to attend Mage Titans

Mage Titans is not only about Magento, at the heart of Mage Titans is e-commerce and how developers come up with great solutions for websites, application, and integrations. What this means to the non-Magento developer is that you will see solutions that apply to your platform.

The strength of the Magento community is that it helps all developers better understand commerce. Every unique solution offers an opportunity to apply that solution to another platform. This is the ultimate in the global commerce community. Each developer can bring some solution to other developers across all platforms! There is no reason why a solution that works for BigCommerce couldn’t work for Magento and vice-versa.

So welcome all Non-Magento developers! Our challenge is for you to attend this event and get to know some of the people in the Magento community. Our challenge to you is to come and have a healthy conversation about your platform and why you advocate for it. Our challenge for you is to simply sit through some of the talks that are being presented and learn from other developers. You will find value in every talk and you can take that back to your community and share.

Finally, Our challenge to you is to sign up for MageDemo. Mage Demo is not just for Magento solutions, it is for really cool commerce solutions. Why wouldn’t you want to show off the feature you just developed? This is a great opportunity to bring your knowledge to another community and share what you know!

The Magento 2 Magento Certified Solution Specialist Qualification is here

Magetraining

Be one of the first to be ready for the exam at MageTitans in Austin + get a free ticket for MageTitans!

Eventbrite - Mage Titans USA - Austin Texas

Do you want to know what you need to become a Magento Certified Solution Specialist in Magento 2? Spend a day with us and we will go through what you need to pass this exam and unpack the requirements to help you achieve your goal. At the end of the day, you will have consolidated the Magento knowledge you already have as well as help you identify the areas where you should brush up and get up to date with what you need to learn.

This is an opportunity to put yourself in a position to get the qualification while it is still very new.

The day will be spent going through the Magento’s own criteria to pass the exam in some detail. We will look at examples and answer many of the questions they would like you to know prior to you taking the exam*. For this fast track course, you will need some prior knowledge of Magento 2. The aim of this course is to help you pull together your strengths and identify your weaknesses so you can address these for the exam.

About being a Magento Certified Solution Specialist (MCSS)

MCSS is a professional qualification that is recognized by Magento and reputable Magento merchants and agencies. It demonstrates that you have a thorough understanding of Magento and can implement this in an e-commerce environment. In short, it’s a great thing to have to show clients and merchants that you have what it takes to help their Magento store succeed. * The MCSS exam is not part of this workshop. This should be booked separately through Magento when you are ready to do the exam. Full details will be given on the course.

Eventbrite - Mage Titans USA - Austin Texas

Mage Demo Contest

We are introducing a new concept at this year's Mage Titans Austin Texas: Mage DEMO

The idea is that you or your team will have 15 minutes to demo your Magento feature live on stage in Austin Texas. We will have four demo's each lasting no more than 15 minutes. NO POWERPOINT ALLOWED. This will be a live demo of your feature. BEST PART: Your team will get free tickets to Mage Titans! (up to 4).

The prizes include:

  • 1st Price $500 + 10x Social Media
  • 2nd Prize $100 x 10x Social Media. (Or a set of steak knives)
  • 3rd and 4th prices - Social Media

The best demo will be judged by the audience at the event and will be awarded at the closing of the event on Friday evening.

This is a great opportunity to show off your Magento ext or feature or idea. Your demo does not have to be commercially ready, it only has to be demonstratable.

Click here to check out the agenda for Mage Titans USA (subject to change) and for updates please follow @MageTitansUS on Twitter.

Competition Rules

• Entrants must be over the age of 18 • Entrants must have a feature that they have authored. (No plagiarism!) • Entrants must be present to win (Duh!) • Winners will be announced live at the event as well as Magetitans USA website and social platforms. • To win entrants must present their feature live on stage to the audience. The Internet will be provided. You may also use your local environment (Strongly encouraged) • Prize: $500 check or $100 check + social media mentions. • Winners will be chosen by the Audience via paper ballots at the event. • MageTitans, Wagento and Space 48 employees are not eligible to enter the competition

'When I won the golden ticket!'

Recently we caught up with our lucky competition winner

Hi, i'm Daniel Cuevas. I'm a senior Magento developer working for Pinpoint, a UK based company. I was the proud winner of the Mage Titans USA VIP ticket competition, which included return flight tickets, accommodation in downtown Austin and a ticket to the conference! I was so happy to win the competition that I could almost not believe it.

I was very excited to attend my first Mage Titans conference, which was also its first entry in the US. The talks I was most excited about were the Magento 2 performance and deployment talks, but I also wanted to see Ben Mark's talk and the Magento master's ones.

I enjoyed the conference a lot, and it exceeded all my expectations. One of the best talks in the conference was the one given by Gabriel Guarino, which was titled ‘Magento 2 for Magento 1 developers: The journey of mastering Magento 2’. The talk presented a great introduction to M2 for M1 developers, with a very in depth explanation of the main differences between the two and how to tackle them.

Another very interesting talk was ‘Designing the B2B experience’ by Brendan Falkowski. He explained some of the considerations when designing a solution for B2B customers, in contrast to B2C solutions.

The talk on ‘Building better browser tests’ given by Kevin Schroeder was also really valuable. Kevin presented a selenium based testing framework for automating browser tests in Magento, which looked very promising.

There was also a very inspiring panel discussion with the Magento masters which covered how to get involved in the Magento community. One of the main points mentioned was that a lot of help is needed for improving the documentation and we could contribute to this.

The after party was pretty good too. We had some really tasty burgers and an amazing open bar all night!

The morning after the party we took part in a workshop session, which offered an amazing opportunity to discuss very technical issues with other developers in a friendly and informal environment. There were some very interesting topics discussed during the workshop, such as theming, knockoutJS, deployment, performance and testing. And to top it off, there was pizza, drinks and donuts!

I highly recommend Mage Titans to other Magento developers. I've been to other Magento conferences, but I really liked this one - it’s more focused on developers and all the technical stuff we love. Austin is also a lovely city and cool place to visit, so I'll be looking forward to the next entry of this conference.

Connect, Collaborate and CONTRIBUTE

Aside from contributing to our ever growing Magento community, Titans also believe in contributing to their local community by being charitable.

Mage Titans is a not for profit event, and any profits made over the cost of the event is given back to a specially chosen charity. Mage Titans USA was no exception, and event partners Shipper HQ helped choose the perfect charity for the conference happening in Austin, Texas.

As a local charity with such a great mission, SAFE Austin was certainly well deserving of our help. The charity’s mission is to lead in ending sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse and domestic violence through prevention, intervention and advocacy for change. SAFE Austin provides a shelter and on-campus services for children, young adults and families affected by abuse and neglect.

In total we raised over $2.5k plus physical donations!

Thank you to all our attendees who bought a ticket for Mage Titans, and also for your donations which included everyday necessities such as diapers, shower gel and anti-perspirant - they were all very well received.

We would also like to give another thank you to the legend that is Vinai Kopp, as a real ambassador of Mage Titans and the charitable work that we do, Vinai also kindly donated his speaker fee from NomadMage!

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