January 14, 2020
Magento Masters contribute a lot to the Magento Community so, naturally, people want to know what makes them tick. In this Magento Masters Spotlight, we’re chatting with Alessandro Ronchi.
Who are you, and what is your role?
My name is Alessandro Ronchi. I come from Italy and I work in a company named Bitbull. We love to do effective eCommerce solutions. I’m Chief of Operations and Technical Leader.
How and when did you first get involved with Magento?
I’ve been involved with the Magento Community since six years ago. I started organizing local events in the Italian language, then I switched to English. I went to the UK to MageTitans and I asked permission to fork the event and bring it outside the UK. So MageTitans Italy was born. I organized three editions of it. Then I wrote a book. I started talking at conferences. Nowadays I’m a proud contributor and Maintainer of Magento code.
What made you decide to contribute to the Magento Community?
It’s ten years I’ve made a living out of Magento. The least I can do is give something back to this wonderful community. So I started getting by giving, trying to give something back to the community—writing articles, talking at conferences, maintaining repositories, things like that.
How has the Magento Community impacted you?
This community gave me the opportunity to extend myself to learn new things, to improve, and to work and know the smart people of this community. Every event is a family reunion today so it’s really what I suggest to you—to attend events and know and merge with people.
What’s been your favorite Magento event to attend or organize?
You know I’m a tech guy, so my favorite events are technology-based events like MageTitans, for example, which is the event I organize, and MageUnfonference and for example MageTestFest that we had in Italy this year—it was really cool. But once in your life, I suggest you attend Magento Imagine or MagentoLive. They will definitely expand your experience of Magento events and let you know how big it’s grown—this ecosystem.
What’s one thing the Magento community may not know about you?
One thing that probably the Magento community doesn’t know about me is the fact that ten years ago I was in the Adobe community. I was a Flex Developer. So, this acquisition by Adobe, for me, was just returning to back to the origins and I’m very curious and optimistic about what will happen in the future.
What is one piece of advice that you live by, and would like to pass on to other developers?
My advice to people from the community has become my motto. It is, never stop exploring, Never stop extending yourself, trying, failing, learning. That’s how I got involved in this community and that’s definitely how things will grow up and go better for you. So, my advice is to contribute and get in touch.
About Alessandro Ronchi
Alessandro works at Bitbull as an experienced Magento specialist, devoted to software design, development, and training. He is one of the most active members of the Magento Italian community as an author, speaker, and event organizer. Honored in 2017 with the title of Magento Master Maker and listed among the top 50 contributors for his commitment to Multi-Source Inventory project, since 2018 he's also an active Magento Community Maintainer.
Alessandro was selected as a Magento Master for 2019 based on his 2018 contributions on GitHub, serving as a Community Maintainer on GitHub, organizing the MageSpecialist + BitBull MSI Contribution Weekend, MSI Contribution Day, and MageTItans Italy, helping to shape the Magento Association by serving on the Magento Association Task Force, and speaking engagements educating the ecosystem on contributing to the Magento core and what you learned by contributing to the MSI project.