Around the world there have been 24 Joomla Days so far in 2018 and our event, number 31, got off to a great start with the announcement on Friday that Joomla was awarded Best CMS at the PACKT Open Source Awards. This set the tone for the weekend with feedback from both speakers and attendees being very positive.
The quality of the speakers and organization of the tracks stood out as high points for many of the attendees. In fact, the best feedback we received was simply that attendees wanted to be in all three tracks at once! We are very proud of this as great care was taken to produce an event with captivating sessions that departed from some of the more common tracks that are typically found at Joomla events.
Besides the schedule, Potowatami Casino was an excellent partner in Joomla Day Midwest and this venue turned out to be ideal for our event. The facilities were exceptionally as were the staff and food.
Unlike many technology conferences, the WiFi speeds at Potowatami were astronomical and we received exactly zero reports of connectivity problems from the attendees.
The accommodations at the Milwaukee Athletic Club were also excellent with great rooms, on-demand shuttle service and a wonderful pub.
After the keynote by OSM President Ryan Ozimek and the morning sessions, we were entertained by a local improv duo that had the audience laughing to tears with eerily accurate sketches about web development and client-developer interactions (video to follow!). In retrospect, the performance was very fitting at a Joomla event as improvisation is the open source version of comedy where everyone in the room participates to create something unique.
The networking and social activities also received high marks as evidenced by well-attended session. The pre-conference Speakers Dinner at The Safehouse was a real treat as was post-event meal at Thai Palace and nightcap at Distill.
In the coming days we will be publishing the slides from as many sessions as possible as well as the session videos. Since only one-third of the sessions were recorded, the most commonly discussed area of improvement for the event was to have the remaining sessions recorded as well. We will definitely address this for the Joomla Day 2018.
Photos from the day can be found on the Joomla Day Midwest group pool on Flickr. Feel free to join the group and add your own photos to the pool.
All of this success would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors: Red Component, Joomlapolis and OS Training. Please be sure to check out their quality products and services for your next project.
In closing, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our sponsors, speakers and attendees and invite you all to put JoomlaDay Midwest 2018 (Friday, Oct. 5) on your calendar.
See you all next year!
|Victor Drover||Gabe Wahhab|