Solidus Conf 7

Solid Us: Support Open Source

January 27th and 28th, 2022
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Join us to discuss the past, present, and future of eCommerce

We’re proud to announce that Solidus Conf 7 will again be a fully-digital conference this year, hosting on Gather.town on January 27th and 28th. We'll bring you some incredible speakers in the Solidus community and offer lot of chances to just hang out and network with the expert voices we know and love. Meet the core team, the Gold partners, the Solidus Stakeholders, and everyone important to the community. Every paid attendee will receive a $100 credit to order their own swag package in the mail, of the items they'll use most, all branded around Solidus and our sponsors. It’s going to be our best conference yet, with an incredible community day on Friday. We hope you'll come and experience the magic of our online playground. We can't wait.

Speakers

SolidusConf is a conference held for Solidus programmers, Rails users, Ruby lovers, and eCommerce developers. At Solidus Conf 7, we will be continuing the tradition of sharing knowledge and goals for the Solidus community and hearing from some external speakers about relevant eCommerce and engineering challenges.

Jared Norman

Founder & Developer at Super Good Software.

Jared Norman is an experienced Rubyist, bad hockey player, devoted metalhead, and the founder of Super Good Software, an agency specializing in Solidus/Spree, e-commerce, and Ruby on Rails.

How to Fail at Solidus

Solidus might be the most flexible eCommerce platforms available, but just because you can customize an aspect of it, doesn’t mean you should. I’ll break down some of the common mistakes I’ve seen teams make, how to avoid them, as well as some tips for how to make the most of the platform.

Peter Berkenbosch

Independent E-Commerce developer and consultant.

Peter has a Bachelor's degree in computer science and got his start in the exciting world of "Enterprise Java." After discovering Ruby and Ruby on Rails in 2007, everything changed: he launched a Spree store, started actively contributing to the Spree community, and eventually, became a core team member at Spree. Since May 2015 Peter's focus has shifted from Spree to Solidus.

Working with Solidus TBD

Details on the talk will be announced shortly.

Thomas Sample

Pricipal Engineer & Founder at Karma Creative.

Focused on Spree and Solidus since 2013, Thomas founded Karma Creative in 2017, a full-service custom digital agency focused on Solidus, eCommerce, and SEO. There he continues to work passionately on the platform he loves, committed to working with karma, and to providing real business value through close alignment and long-lasting relationships. Thomas also loves to play guitar, go hiking, and make hot sauce.

How to do Holistic Digital Marketing for Your Solidus Store

A matter-of-fact practical guide to improving SERP rankings, overall traffic, and conversion rates using holistic digital marketing. We'll touch on some of the same subjects in previous years but with an eye on how to best find, vet, and onboard new digital marketing partners, to take care of the work you don't have time for.

Chris Todorov

Software Developer at Super Good Software.

I am a software developer at Super Good Software where I spend my time helping our clients build awesome products using Solidus and Ruby on Rails. I have over 15 years of experience developing software professionally, the last 8 years of which I have spent working on high volume Spree and Solidus stores. On my time off I enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Vancouver Island where I live with my wife Julia and our two dogs Baxter and Misho.

Separating your Concerns with the Solidus Event System

The Solidus event system allows developers to publish and consume events from anywhere in their codebase. I will show how you can leverage the event system to decouple side effects from the core Solidus logic in order to build more maintainable applications.

Marc Busqué

Solidus Core Team Member

I’m a software developer with more than 13 years of experience. I’ve always worked remotely. I’m interested in everything that is related to programming, with a special focus on its foundations.

Extending Solidus with the new Event Bus: more flexibility for the topmost flexible e-commerce platform

Have you ever found yourself needing your software of choice to do something else? Have you ended up invoking some dark sorcery, getting your hands dirty while you rummage through “lower abstractions”? Seek no further! With Solidus’ new Event Bus, that becomes part of the expected behavior.

Daniel Pritchett

Senior Backend Engineer at Rebellion Defense

Daniel pushes products and systems to success by exploring the limits of distributed cloud engineering, developer experience, and creating fun at work. He stays healthy enough for work thanks to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Florida sunshine, romantic suspense novels, and therapy.

Nail the Demo: Remote Work as Performance Art

Work moves online a bit more each year. Make a bigger impact by borrowing techniques from theater, Twitch streamers, television, and radio. Grab your clients’ attention with a demo that’s uniquely you. Find your voice, lead with your most interesting results, and always have a backup plan.

Sponsors

Platinum $50,000

Gold $10,000

Silver $5,000

FAQ

Solidus Conf 7 is a completely digital event where the community can come together, exchange ideas, have fun, network, and so much more. The event will be hosted with Gather.town to give a real physical sense to the digital event. Walking near someone turns on your camera and mic, encouraging more natural conversations. There are also some really fun games to play and an entire world to explore. You can even go on a hike together! Continue reading below for answers to our most frequently asked questions:

  • Where is the conference?

    Solidus Conf 7 will take place entirely online. The best part is there's no travel required, and pants are optional! Stay tuned for more details about how to access the event.

  • What does the full conference price include?

    Your ticket includes digital access to the conference, and a swag "care package" mailed directly to your door.

  • Will the talks be recorded?

    Yes! Most of the talks (subject to speaker permission) will be recorded and can be viewed later on.

  • What’s the cancellation/refund policy?

    We don’t offer refunds but you can transfer the ticket to a colleague or friend. Any ticket transfers must be made at least 24 hours before the event starts.

  • I'm a student. Are there any discounted tickets? If yes, how can I get it?

    Of course! We’ll have a certain number of $1 tickets to give out as well. Reach out to conf@solidus.io

  • Who's organizing the conference?

    For Solidus Conf 7, Thomas Sample is the lead organizer; he is the Principal Software Engineer & Founder at Karma Creative. Michela Frecchiami also deserves very special mention for her role as designer, developer, and so much more; she is currently a Graphic & Web Designer at Nebulab. And of course, a special thanks to all our sponsors.

  • How do I downloaded and install Gather?

    Visit this link and click the button to download the app www.gather.town/download

  • Can I use a web app for Gather.town instead of downloading the app?

    Sure! But we still recommend the desktop apps.

  • Still need help downloading or getting the app set up?

    We're very friendly, just send us an email at conf@solidus.io

  • Ok great! I've got Gather.town - How do I use it?

    There's an automatic on-boarding process that explains some of it, and a lot of it feels pretty intuitive if you've ever played a video game like this before. We'll also try to set up help desks with staff for during the event. More info on this to follow soon. Otherwise, the best thing we can tell you is to read the docs here support.gather.town/help/gather-basics

  • Where can I find a map? Where should I go?

    There will be an in-game map as well as something sent to you in advance of the conference. Look around the rest of the website for more information. -- We suggest starting out by walking into the main hall where you'll see everyone waiting for the first keynote.

  • Can I change what I look like in-game at the conference?

    Definitely! Try it out yourself in the app or please see the Gather.town docs on Customizing Your Character for more details support.gather.town/help/

  • How do I move?

    Simply use the arrows on your keyboard and start exploring!

  • When is the conference?

    Solidus Conf 7 is opening its portal from Thursday, January 27th at 9am ET until Friday, January 28th at 11pm ET.

  • When will we know who all the speakers are? When can we see the finalized schedule?

    As soon as each speaker is confirmed, they will be added to the schedule. The finalized schedule will likely continued to be updated until just before the conference.

  • Are people 'going out' for lunch or for drinks/dinner after the conference each day?

    We will do everything we can to encourage virtual lunches, drinks, and dinners for attendees of the conference. If you're interested in making lunch plans and nothing more formalized has been announced, please reach out to us via email at conf@solidus.io and we'll make sure to pair you with one of our small groups.

  • What are the Solidus Conf social handles?

    GitHub - @solidusio Twitter - @solidusio Facebook - @solidusio

  • What are the official conference hashtags?

    \#solid-us \#solidusconf7 \#solidusio

  • What about a separate conferencing/networking app?

    There won't be any kind of separate app (except for the Gather.town event we build), but we encourage all our attendees to join the Solidus Slack and the \#solidusconf7 channel to connect more and follow up with other attendees.

  • Is there an age limit to attend Solidus Conf 7?

    Yes, we require you are 18 years or older; please get in touch to discuss any requests for exceptions.

  • What are the system requirements to attend the event on Gather.town?

    Gather can be used on any computer (laptop or desktop), on any OS (Windows, Mac OS, Linux), using one of the supported web browsers (Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari). The Safari experience is currently in beta. You can also access Gather on your mobile device or tablet; however, the mobile-responsive experience is in development. Use a desktop browser for the best experience! They recommend the following system specifications for an ideal experience 2.4 ghz dual core & 8 gb RAM And for internet speeds, they recommend 10 Mbps download speed & 3 Mbps upload speed -- More details can be found here support.gather.town/help/system-reqs

  • I have a question that wasn’t answered here. What should I do?

    You can shoot us an email at conf@solidus.io

Organizers

SolidusConf is run by volunteers, donating their time and effort to bring our community together. Please let us know if there's anything we can do better.

Thomas Sample

Lead Organizer

Principal Engineer & Founder at Karma Creative

Michela Frecchiami

Co-Organizer, Web Developer & Designer

Web & Graphic Designer at Nebulab

Sean Denny

Visiting Professor, Special Lecturer, Emeritus

Senior Software Engineer at Cometeer

Walk Through The Portal With Us

Experience Solidus Conf 7 and witness the power of a community: founded in open source, focused on eCommerce, and built with Ruby on Rails. Participate in the community discussion, hear amazing talks, and have fun networking.

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