For now, let me again express my personal gratitude to the Magento Association and the Meet Magento New York organizers. You brought us together. It was high energy. It was purposeful. It was throwback fun. I say, let’s do it again and again… Check for an upcoming Magento Association event near you.

As the quote often attributed to Woodrow Wilson goes, “​​If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.”

MMNYC was also a forum for active community members to talk and exchange visions. Collectively,  we represent a diverse community from different backgrounds with varying experiences. When we talk face to face, we realize that our differences are not that large and we very often find common understandings and consensus. This, to me, is why in-person events are invaluable and irreplaceable. 

Magento Association at Meet Magento NYC 2022

What really set the opening keynote apart this time was the through-line messaging between the Magento Association and Adobe. Perhaps for the first time in Meet Magento history, the messaging was aligned. The highlight of both presentations, mine and Adobe’s Ritesh Somani, was that Magento’s Open Source community governance model is on the table.
Krish, together with Marsha, took the MMNYC organizer’s baton this year, and hosted an impactful and memorable event. The event was well attended, with a lively exhibitors area and many new and familiar faces around. The Magento Association also had a  booth, and thanks to Brent‘s and Danny‘s help we gained quite a few new MA members. If for some reason you’ve missed the chance to sign up – please do so on the Magento Association’s Patreon page.

Our team at Atwix had the honor of co-organizing the 2016’s edition. Thinking of how much time went by really makes me feel old (let’s agree to call it “experienced!”).
Of course, I also played my usual Atwix role. Hosting the opening was not easy for me. I had much I wanted to communicate. There were so many community members I wanted to call out. Packing it all in seven minutes was quite the challenge.
A fabulous yacht pulled out of NYC’s Chelsea pier, gracefully slicing through the Hudson River’s choppy waters. A crowd was drinking their morning coffee while taking in the inviting view of the Statue of Liberty in the distance. No, this was not a fancy regatta – this was Meet Magento New York 2022 – the first in-person community-driven Magento conference in the US since Covid-19. Naturally, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to reconnect live and in-person with our community.

Adobe's Ritesh Somani at Meet Magento NYC 2022

Meet Magento New York has a long history. I remember speaking about checkout conversion rate experiments at the inaugural 2014 edition, organized by Kimberely Thomas and Ignacio Riesco with their team at interactiv4. The original event was in Lower Manhattan near the Bitcoin Center and yeah, Bitcoin was like 0 back then.

The sense of community during Meet Magento NYC 2022

At this year’s event, I helped get things going by co-hosting the opening on behalf of the Magento Association.
It was not just the event’s opening that felt different this year, to me. I could not help but notice the community’s energy coming back at me as I looked out from the stage, as well as soaked up while walking the hallways. Energy, of course, is no stranger to Meet Magento events. This time, though, it felt like we were both lively and more purposeful, at the same time. Magento has come a long way as a platform. We have transformed as an ecosystem. But, that orange spark is clearly still lit within us all, even if we might be gaining experiences beyond Magento or Adobe Commerce, as we evolve ourselves as individuals and businesses.
An amazing greeting by @SlavaKravchuk, Vice Chair of @MagentoAssoc , preceding the opening keynote at #MM22NYC.
It was great to know about the latest updates in the Magento Open Source. What are your thoughts on it? Let’s engage!
. @atwixcom featured in the challenging presentation of @WebShopApps #mm14ny

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