We recently returned from another fantastic JoomlaDay in London, and wanted to share some highlights with our community who couldn't make it. JoomlaDay UK is now an annual event held at Sunningdale Park, in west London, and this year's event was the best yet! Thank you to everyone who came. In our industry, we don't often get to meet with the people we work. The Joomla community is very diverse, and I'm always amazed at how friendly, warm and welcoming we are when getting together face to face.

Sessions, workshops & keynotes

The event is spread over a full weekend, and the fun kicks off with an informal social on the Friday evening. This is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new people too. This is followed by two full days packed with a diverse selection of sessions. At any one time, there are up to 5 sessions happening in the following streams:

  • Newcomers
  • Administrators
  • Developers
  • Designers
  • Business Development

Although all this choice is great because it means you can always find something which interests you, it can lead to hard choices when you want to attend more than one session at the same time. This happened to me over the weekend, but you can always catch a session you miss on Youtube - sessions are posted to the JoomlaDay UK channel after the weekend.

The afternoons follow a more relaxed, and informal format, termed "unconference". Throughout the event delegates can suggest topics, or ask questions about Joomla. These will be arranged into sessions, workshops, facilitated discussions and whatever other format best meets the needs of the community. Anybody is welcome to get involved with both suggesting topics, or running the sessions - it's a great opportunity to share, learn and get involved.

We were lucky enough to have 4 excellent keynote speakers at the event covering a diverse selection of topics. David Hurley offered an insight into how all the CMS's can learn from each other, and how Joomla has helped improve Wordpress and Drupal. Chris Adams, the CEO of Rochen hosting, discussed upcoming changes to their systems. Michael Babker explained the successes of Joomla 3 and finally, Peter Martin gave a wonderful whistle stop tour from the start of computing to the Joomla CMS we know and love today.

Our sponsorship & support

We've offered sponsorship to JoomlaDay UK for the previous two years and we're very happy to play our part in helping this great weekend take place. We love Joomla, and we want to help the community get together in person, learn from each other and grow. 

Global Joomla reach

It was fantastic to see so many international Joomla users at the weekend, from all over Europe and America. Peter Martin and Sander Potjer, from the Netherlands, both gave great sessions. Chiara Aliotta, who lead the design and branding, from Italy. Michael BabkerDavid Hurley from America both giving keynotes and Ryan Ozimek back again after speaking back in 2011.

Our personal highlights

Firstly, it is important to say the weekend wouldn't have happened without all the hard work from the JoomlaDay UK volunteers. So thank you to all the team! A special mention to Peter Martin, who really gave some fantastic sessions. His passion for Joomla and technology really shines through. I really enjoyed giving my own session on developing Joomla modules, and hope those who attended found it useful.

See you there?

JoomlaDay UK is now an annual event, and will probably be held the same weekend next year on 2nd to 4th October. If you use Joomla and want to meet other users, learn more about the CMS and have a fantastic weekend, then keep an eye on the JoomlaDay website for news about next year's event. 

Photos credits to @AndyGasman.