About Mage UC

What is an unConference?

Someone once said: “An unConference is all about people.” Judith Andresen, Fabian’s mentor for anything regarding UnConferences, said that an unConference makes the coffee break a principle. There is nothing to add.

Okay, maybe just let us add two more aspects that shape this event:

  1. There are no previously selected speakers. On the day of the event, you decide what you are interested in and what you would like to talk about.
  2. We will have a lot coffee breaks. More precisely, the plan is to have a 45min session, followed by a 30min coffee break.

No speakers

We meet in the morning, collect contributions (talks, workshops, tutorials or discussions you can offer or moderate) and interests (topics you would like to hear about, learn or check out).

All topics are presented in a few sentences. If topics overlap or complement one another, we merge them, so it may happen that two contributions result in one session. These merges are often a great starting point for a discussion.

All attendees have two votes to give feedback on what they are interested in. The sessions with the most votes are selected to fill our time table.

Coffee breaks

We keep an eye on the clock and make sure that after each 45min session, we bring you all together for 30 minutes, so you can discuss the session you’ve just attended, talk about issues or ideas you have about Magento, drink a cup of coffee or have a little chit-chat with new and old friends.

Our Team

Our Team: Rico, Fabian, Carmen, Claudia, Pia

It’s story time! A long time ago, two agencies started the idea of developing modules for the (German) Magento community: FlagBit and ITABS. The purpose was to give something back to the community, so the society FireGento was founded, formed by a group of agencies and freelancers to develop open source modules. Today, we maintain one of the most important modules for the German Magento market: FireGento MageSetup. We organize hackathons in Germany and Switzerland, and help other conference organizers around the world with hackathons. In addition, many more modules were developed by our members and friends on hackathons – check them out.

Because two of our members are part of the PHP unConference Europe and really enjoy these events, we thought it’s a good idea to do a Magento specific UnConference, since this format offers more room for discussion, knowledge transfer and networking than any other conference format we know.


A big thank you to our team. Fabian Blechschmidt, who takes care of all financial stuff, sponsoring and – most important – child care. Rico Neitzel who takes care of merchandising, website and printing stuff. Carmen Bremen, who takes care of the venue and all the local stuff in Cologne, as well as Pia Bodden as our proof reader of all texts. And last, but not least, Claudia Teubner who takes care of our social media and of course the drinks!

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