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Get to Know SpreeConf NYC Speaker: Andrew Hooker

Posted on January 31, 2014 by Shannon Madlin

Earlier this week we introduced you to Scott Raio who will be talking about controlling the user experience at SpreeConf NYC February 26th & 27th. Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrew Hooker. Andrew is the Lead Support Engineer, at Spree Commerce and will be speaking at SpreeConf about putting the order in disorder.

Andrew Hooker

Andrew Hooker
Lead Support Engineer

Andrew joined the Spree Community in early 2010, back when Rails versions started with 2, and Spree versions started with 0. He was leading a re-platforming from a custom perl storefront to Spree 0.11. Even after that was complete, he stayed involved in the community, answering questions on IRC and on the user group, and submitting pull requests wherever he could. Andrew joined the Spree Commerce staff in Spring of 2012, doing development and customer support.

Getting to Know Andrew

What trends are most exciting to you right now?

The beautification of e-commerce; stepping beyond a standard product page, and creating a rich user experience.
Technology revolutionizing brick&mortar storefronts; services like Square, Belly and Euclid Analytics

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

I lead the support efforts at Spree, and I’ve been writing a book about my experience about how you can effectively support your own open source code, and how you can benefit from it. I’m also working on getting the SpreeCommerce blog more active, working on both technical and business content that will be coming soon!

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

Seeing old and new friends, and hearing all the stories “from the trenches”.

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

I hope that attendees see the value in keeping their store up to date on Spree. We’re constantly working to improve Spree and make sure that it is providing the best possible solution for modern stores.

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

Go Sphero – I got a sphere for Christmas, and it’s just fun. The simple case is using a mobile app to power it, but it’s easy to pair with your Mac and control from a ruby command line!
We Montage – A local startup who replatformed onto Spree. They’re innovating on technology to compete with much larger potential competitors
Code as Craft – Etsy’s technical blog; not a high volume blog, but always interesting to see what they’re tackling, including things like site performance, chef, and graphing how sleep relates to on-call work and incidents.
Instigator Blog – Like many blogs, it should be treated as one person’s opinion, and not the law, but Ben typically has good insights that are thought provoking at the very least.

What did you like most about SpreeConf last year?

The venues! Both the organized venues, and all the surrounding areas we were able to take advantage of, including all the incredible DC scenery.
The people! SpreeConf never fails to be full of inspirational people, pushing the line of what we thought was possible.

Come meet Andrew and hear his talk about putting the order in disorder SpreeConf NYC, February 26 and 27. Get your tickets now! Less than 4 weeks to go!