Vinai Kopp donates to SAFE Austin

Vinai Kopp, has been a supporter of Mage Titans since the beginning.

He's a Magento Master, a passionate Web Developer and has been an open source enthusiast since 1998.

Unfortunately, he can't make it to #MageTitansUSA (major sad face!) but he has very generously offered to donate his speaker fee from NomadMage to our chosen charity, SAFE Austin

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Vinai hopes that this encourages others to also get involved by attending Mage Titans USA and kindly donating.

About Vinai

Since March of 2008 he has specialised on the Magento platform, which at the time was still in its beta stages. Between working as a freelancer and collaborating in larger, corporate teams, he has been able to gather valuable experience from a wide-range of projects. This priceless experience motivated Vinai to move into training developers, particularly on how to effectively customize Magento.

Since then he has spent thousands of hours, training an array of developers and teams, in all aspects of the Magento platform, across the World. Topics range from extension development, using Git with Magento, performance tuning, and automated testing. In the past, Vinai has worked as a full-time Magento U instructor. He is a member of the Magento Certification Advisory Board and was one of the first to pass the MCD+ exam. Vinai is co-author of the German ‘Magento Developer Handbook’ published by O’Reilly in 2010 and co-author of ‘Grokking Magento’ along with Ben Marks.

Community Sponsors;

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2 yearly Premium Edition licenses of Blackfire

Each attendee will be automatically entered into the draw and the winner announced on stage.

24 days of Blackfire book hard copies

All you have to do is sign up at the event, providing Black Fire with your details on our handy ipad. More details will be announced on the day!

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Thanks to our Sponsors!

We have said it before and we will say it again, Mage Titans wouldn’t be here without the support of the sponsors and the community. We’re a not-for-profit event and all proceeds go to charity, this year, it’s all going to a local and well deserved charity, SAFE Austin.

We want to take a moment to thank all our Sponsors for their ongoing support, and for making it possible for us to launch Mage Titans in the USA.

Headline Sponsors - Paypal

Gold Sponsors - ShipStation & Shopgate

After Party & Silver Sponsors - Nexcess

Silver Sponsor - TaxJar & Subscribe Pro Community Supporters -

Also Space 48 & ShipperHQ for getting us organised!

Mage Titans USA Workshop Announced

The workshop will take place @ ShipStation, 3800 N Lamar Blvd #220, Austin, TX 78756 on 10th Sept 2016 at 9:00-15:00.

If you have your ticket and you're planning to attend the workshop on Saturday, please fill out the form below to register your interest!

After 1.5 days of networking, listening to talks and learning about Magento 2 this is your chance to roll up your sleeves and join other developers working on similar challenges to you. The goal is for you to learn, talk, share ideas, collaborate, and hopefully come away more confident in your skill set, plus maybe teach others a little bit too!


The structure of the day will be loose, with the aim of allowing intelligent people some free reign on what they decide to focus in on, but the aim is for it not to turn into a hackathon but put together some ideas for ‘workshops’ which will comprise 4-6 people.

Some of the Magento development and architecture team will be present and will be joining in the workshops.

Suggested Topics:


Frontend JS Dev/Prod

Environment/Deployment Strategies


Building Extensions


Testing Databases (Migrations/Scalability/etc)


We will also have a number of people available to offer advice (and we hope everyone will get involved) to help those struggling with specific issues on Magento 2.

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Where is it? Address: 3800 N Lamar Blvd #220, Austin, TX 78756, United States

Proudly supporting SAFE Austin

Mage Titans is an event run by the Magento community, for the Magento community, but why not expand this community by giving to others? Any profits we make over the cost of the event is given back to our chosen charity, SAFE Austin.

Make a donation

Usually our chosen event charities opt for monetary donations, however SAFE Austin have asked for something a little more heartfelt than that. SAFE Austin will be gearing up for their Fall Meal Drive in September, so if you wanted to donate non-perishable food items to go toward this, please bring them along to Mage Titans USA - it would be much appreciated! Suggestions on what items you can donate here.

We also understand many of you will be travelling so why not donate some basic toiletries to add to their welcome kits for new survivors coming to stay in their emergency shelter? Travel size options are perfect for these kits. Or perhaps pick something up from a grocery store close to the event?

Nearby grocery stores -

Royal Blue Grocery - 609 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Whole Foods Market - 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

Trader Joe's- 211 Walter Seaholm Dr #100, Austin, TX 78701

About SAFE Austin

The SAFE Alliance is a structured partnership between SafePlace and Austin Children’s Shelter, two organizations that serve the survivors of child abuse and neglect, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence.

The charities mission: To lead in ending sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse and domestic violence through prevention, intervention and advocacy for change.

Their vision: A just and safe community free from violence and abuse.

Their story: In early 2011, faced with decreasing government funding, an uncertain climate for philanthropy, and shifting state priorities and processes, the leadership of SafePlace and Austin Children’s Shelter began talking about the risks, opportunities and benefits of forming an alliance. At the same time, long-term research studies were proving what we knew from decades of working with survivors: domestic violence and child abuse often happen in the same families and are highly associated with the same risk factors (Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse). The two agencies spent the next year investigating the implications of an alliance to their programs, budgets, bylaws, licenses and existing agreements. In 2012, SAFE | Stop Abuse for Everyone applied for independent 501(c)(3) status, and in January 2013 began to provide coordinated planning, HR, finance, operations, development, and other administrative functions to both organizations. Long-term research studies have shown us the connection between child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Working together, we are developing programs and systems with the purpose to end abuse, through community partnerships, education, training, and advocacy. Our first project together was the expansion of the George M. Kozmetsky Charter School. Located on the SafePlace campus, the school serves children in grades K-8 staying in the Kelly White Emergency Shelter or supportive housing with their custodial parent. In September 2012, the school expanded to K-12 and welcomed the students from Austin Children’s Shelter. With teachers who receive ongoing training in working with survivors of trauma, the school offers the children and teens in our care a supportive environment and an individualized course of study.

Introducing Miguel Balparda

We can’t wait to hear all the talks at Mage Titans USA but in the meantime, we will be asking our speakers a few questions.

First up is Miguel Balparda:

Who do you most want to meet at Mage Titans USA?

I want to meet Brendan Falkowski and have a beer! We are about the same age and I haven't had the chance to meet him in person yet.

What are you most excited about?

I want to meet Austin and Magento's HQ to get to know the place where the magic is happening.

Why did you want to get involved in Mage Titans USA?

MageTitans is the best conference organized for devs by devs and since I'm a dev I thought 'hey, I should do dev stuff'. This is a really good chance to talk to others to fully understand what is happening inside the Magento ecosystem whilst eating BBQ.

Is there anything else that you are eager to tell us bout your talk?

Nope, come and hear and ask your questions so everybody can learn, including me!

Be a VIP at Mage Titans USA

Answer the question below for the chance to be a #MageTitansUSA VIP.

The prize includes:

• 1x ticket to Mage Titans USA

• Return flights* •

Super cool accommodation in Downtown Austin, TX

You must also tweet using the hashtag #MageTitansUSA and follow @Magetitans on Twitter.

Already have your ticket for Mage Titans USA, or want to buy your ticket before the regular ticket offer ends? Then don't worry because if you happen to be a winner we will refund your ticket cost! The conference will include 1 day of Magento goodness on the 15th Sept 2017

Competition Rules

• Entrants must be over the age of 18 • Opening date: Weds 17th August 2017 at 10:00 CDT • Closing date: Tues 30th August 2016 at 10:00 CDT • Winner will be announced via Magetitans USA website and social platforms • To win entrants must answer the question correctly, tweet using the #MageTitansUSA and also follow @Magetitans on Twitter (those who followed us before the competition launched are also eligible to win). • Entrants using multiple accounts will not be counted • Prize: One ticket to MageTitans USA, cost towards your return flights (up to $750) and the option to stay in a shared house with 3 of our event organizers, this includes your own room with ensuite facilities • Winner will be chosen at random using’s Random Generator • MageTitans and Space 48 employees are not eligible to enter the competition *Return flights capped at $750


Thank you to everyone who’s entered our 3 tickets giveaway competition!

Because were so amazing we've decided to give away 3x tickets to 3 lucky winners!

We are pleased to announce that the winners are:

1. Ryan Street @ryanstreet

2. Rob Tull @robtull

3. Laura Folco @lfolco


Winners - can you please confirm the following and send to before 25th August 2016. 1.Your full name and email 2. Your friend's full names and emails See you there, Titans!

Win 3 tickets for Mage Titans USA!*

Answer the question below for the chance to Win 3 tickets to Magetitans USA.

The conference will include 2 days of Magento goodness on the 8th - 9th Sept 2016, and an additional half a day of workshop at Magento HQ on the 10th Sept 2016.

Click here to check out the agenda for Mage Titans USA (subject to change). For updates please follow #MageTitansUSA on Twitter.

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Competition Rules

• Entrants must be over the age of 18 • Opening date: Tues 2nd August 2016 at 10:00 CDT • Closing date: Tues 16th August 2016 at 10:00 CDT • Winner will be announced Weds 17th August 2016 • Winner will be announced via Magetitans USA website and social platforms • To win, entrants must answer the question correctly and also follow @Magetitans 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 8th - 10th, 2016. • Winner will be chosen at random using’s Random Generator. • Magetitans & Space 48 employees are not eligible to enter the competition *Flights and accommodation are not included