We Are Magento: Imagine 2016 Highlights
April 18, 2016
Imagine 2016 wrapped up in Vegas Wednesday, and we can’t say thank you enough to our attendees for making it another amazing event. Magento means a lot of different things to a lot of people and they all converge at Imagine. So it was only fitting that at our first Imagine conference as an independent company, we celebrated the diversity, creativity, and shared passion of our thriving global community of engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, and inventors—from the trailblazing merchants who know exactly the kind of customer experience they want to create, to the technologists and innovators who help them realize their vision. We made some important announcements about how Magento Commerce continues to innovate to support this global community. Of course Magic Johnson wowed the crowd Tuesday night, and the parties are always fabulous, but here are other key highlights. Enjoy!
Magento 2 Momentum: 228,000 downloads of Community and Enterprise Edition, over 800 sites live, and 100+ Magento 2 Trained Partners
Magento Enterprise Edition 2.1: The next release will include enhanced staging and preview, ElasticsSarch, and payments functionality
Magento Marketplace Launch: A better place for developers to show off their best work
Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition Launch: New PaaS environment built to power innovative commerce experiences
Recognizing Excellence Across Our Ecosystem
Imagine is all about recognizing the best among our merchants, partners and developers. We kicked off with awards for our incredible Magento Masters, representing the 20 most active members of the Magento developer community.
At Imagine 2016 we talked a lot about the trailblazers of commerce. We honored the winners of the 2016 Imagine Excellence Awards, recognizing the exceptional creativity, innovation and success of merchants across the global Magento ecosystem. These trailblazing merchants who are conquering the wild country of commerce with Magento inspire us all.
We also unveiled the Inaugural Magento Trailblazer Award to recognize exceptional leaders in digital transformation who set a bold vision, empower teams and marshal technology to chart the course to commerce success. Vandy Santos, Global Omnichannel Solutions Leader for Nestle and A.J. Nahmad, President of Watsco, Inc. were the recipients of the Inaugural Trailblazer Award for B2C and B2B respectively. Congrats!
Magic Johnson & Another Legendary Party
Speaking of trailblazers, Magic Johnson spent his time in the crowd, sharing his experiences looking for opportunities in urban communities, and taking quite a few selfies. Afterward, it was time for the Legendary Imagine Evening Event at the Encore Beach Club.
Imagine amped up early with epic community events:
#RoadToImagine - Four friends connected by Magento and a common passion share a 3,000-mile trek to celebrate the spirit of the journey, as well as the destination.
The Big Dam Run – Sponsored by @Wagento