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Get to Know SpreeConf NYC Speaker: Denis Ivanov

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Shannon Madlin

Last week we introduced you to Emmett Shine who will be talking about solving the platform puzzle at SpreeConf NYC February 26th & 27th. Today we’d like to introduce you to Denis Ivanov. Denis is a Lead Developer at Downshift Labs and will be speaking at SpreeConf about how to perfect your e-commerce front end.

Denis Ivanov

Denis Ivanov
Lead Developer at Downshift Labs

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I was introduced to Rails and Ruby while I was still in high school and it was largely what pushed me to pursue Computer Science formally. I am still working with Rails happily everyday! I always find myself wanting to spread the joy of gainful and fulfilling programming employment, so I will volunteer at miscellaneous outreach programs here in San Francisco.

Getting to Know Denis

What trends are most exciting to you right now?

I am excited about the recent alternatives in computer science education. I wasn’t fond of how formal CS was taught, so seeing the programmer culture take up the problem into their own hands is very inspiring. I am talking about the numerous paid camps/workshops/express training programs such as DevBoot Camp, Hack Reactor, General Assembly and others.

Any interesting projects you are working on that others might be interested in?

Can’t say :)

What are you most looking forward to at SpreeConf this year?

I am excited to hear about heavily customized Spree deployments. I want to see a project and go “Wow, never thought Spree ran the backend for that”.

I would love for SpreeConf to invite more UX/UI specialists to share wisdom on studied user behavior, creating meaningful experiences, design basics for developers. I think this area of the development process does not ever receive enough necessary attention. I firmly believe UX will make or break most modern online companies and that goes for ecommerce as well.

What do you hope SpreeConf attendees remember about your talk when they get home?

I like to make the information I share very consumable. People should be able to improve their code/performance with some copy-pastable code right from my presentation. Everyone should be able to benefit. That is when I feel I have created value for technical atttendees.

I want my talk to be very actionable. First, I will convince people they should spend time on this. Second, I will tell them how to begin.

Favorite Moment from SpreeConf 2013?

I loved Adil’s presentation about growing and scaling an eCommerce business!

Come meet Denis and hear his talk about perfecting your e-commerce front end at SpreeConf, February 26th & 27th, New York City. Get your tickets now!

Get to Know SpreeConf NYC Speaker: Emmett Shine

Posted on January 16, 2014 by Shannon Madlin

Earlier this week we introduced you to SpreeConf founders, Sean Schofield and Brian Quinn who will be talking about the future of Spree Commerce as well as Spree 2.2 Today we’d like to introduce you to Emmett Shine. Emmett is the Co-Founder and President of Gin Lane Media and will be speaking at SpreeConf about solving the platform puzzle.

Emmett Shine

Emmett Shine
Co-Founder and President Gin Lane Media

Emmett Shine, is the co-founder and President of Gin Lane. Gin Lane Media is a New York based firm that has done ecommerce design and development for some of retail’s top brands, including Bonobos, and Kate Spade Saturday. Outside of his position at Gin Lane, he owns a t-shirt line, LOLA New York, and is also an avid photographer and illustrator. He lives and works in New York City.

Getting to Know Emmett

We asked Emmett to give us his thoughts on the latest happenings in the Ruby on Rails space and some of the interesting projects he’s working on right now.

What trends are most exciting to you right now?

I’m really excited about more interactive elements and content for the front end experience of digital experiences, from video to interface elements. I’m also excited about more “connected” systems and stacks between different devices or silos of data (like a connected and intelligent user-experience for an at-home ecomm site to a users mobile device in a store speaking with physical devices and the POS).

Any interesting projects you are working on that others might be interested in?

Yes a few with clients – one of which we will be demoing a sneak peak at SpreeConf, and a few other internal proof-of-concepts that are pushing the envelope for interaction and connected systems.

What are you most looking forward to at SpreeConf this year?

Meeting other developers and business admins looking to thoughtfully push the envelope.

What do you hope SpreeConf attendees remember about your talk when they get home?

I want SpreeConf attendees to remember our thoughtful and helpful holistic approach to web – and how Spree empowers that.

I want my talk to be very actionable. First, I will convince people they should spend time on this. Second, I will tell them how to begin.

Do you have any interesting picks – blogs, technology, books, new companies to follow?

This was a nice recent article on what’s changed in design in the past year and what’s next, nothing too deep just a nice topline read. Also, 4D in-browser prototyping is interesting, I just subscribed to Benedict Evan’s nice newsletter, and I have been listening to a ton of Podcasts. Accidental Tech, 99% Invisible, The Talk Show with John Gruber, + Freakonomics, Stuff You Should Know and NPR: Planet Money are amongst my favorites.

Come meet Emmet and hear his team talk about their approach to ecommerce online at SpreeConf NYC, February 26th & 27th in New York City. Get your tickets now.

Get to Know the Creators of Spree - SpreeConf 2014

Posted on January 14, 2014 by Shannon Madlin

Since the last SpreeConf, Spree Commerce has continued to grow. As many of you know, Spree is one of the largest open source projects worldwide — of any kind, not just ecommerce. We now have 4,618 Github watchers and 479 GitHub contributors who have made more than 10,915 contributions. We’re proud to have one of the most dedicated developer communities in the world.

SpreeConf 2014 New York City is a chance for you to meet the creators of Spree, Sean Schofield and Brian Quinn, and to hear about the last year, as well as continued plans for Spree Commerce.

Don’t miss your opportunity to meet Sean, Brian, and the rest of the Spree team in person at SpreeConf, February 26 and 27, 2014.

Sean Schofield

Sean Schofield

Sean is the co-founder and CEO of Spree Commerce. He is an experienced programmer and entrepreneur and has over a decade of experience working with open source in both Ruby and Java. Sean is also a member of the Apache Software Foundation as well as a committer on several popular Apache projects including Struts. At SpreeConf, Sean will talk in depth about the long term vision of Spree Commerce as well as more information about the 2.2 release. Sean is also eager to hear your input on the future direction of Spree, and is looking forward to connecting with as many people as possible at SpreeConf.

Brian Quinn

Brian Quinn

Brian is the co-founder and CTO of Spree Commerce. He has been using Ruby for fun and profit for several years now (before Rails 1.0.) He is also the author of the innovative Deface project. He enjoys tackling hard problems, learning new things, and building awesome software. At SpreeConf, Brian will discuss backend integrations with the Spree Commerce hub. At SpreeConf, don’t miss Brian’s talk about solving the complexity of backend integrations. This is also your chance to catch up with Brian one-on-one and talk about anything related to Spree, ecommerce development, or of course whiskey.

See You at SpreeConf!

Don’t miss out on your chance to meet the creators of Spree and to connect with the Spree community. Tickets are selling fast. Just over 7 weeks to go!

Join Us for Lightning Talks this SpreeConf

Posted on January 07, 2014 by Shannon Madlin

Last year’s SpreeConf DC Lightning Talks were much discussed after the conference. Between the highly entertaining, and informative, topics such as windows rails development and advancement in development tools, many attendees felt it was a good opportunity to discuss topics that were relevant to their community.

This year’s Lightning Talks, sponsored by Brightcove Zencoder, will include the same format as last time – 5 minutes to talk about anything you want (no topics are off limits) at the end of day 1 of SpreeConf. For those of you nervous about public speaking, this is a great opportunity to practice! And some liquid courage may be served as well!

Call for Speakers

Do you have an interesting project you’d like to share? Do you have a unique solution to a common problem and want everyone to know about it? This is your chance to showcase your work—it can even be unrelated to eCommerce. Submit your idea here. If your idea is selected, we’ll give you a $75 discount off of the SpreeConf registration fee as a thank you.

Register for a Lightning Talk session now.

See You at SpreeConf!

Don’t miss out on your chance to participate in a Lightning Talk at SpreeConf 2014! Tickets are selling fast. Just over 7 weeks to go!

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