Two of our Anchorites – Katie and David – have travelled across to New Zealand to attend this years Open Source Developers Conference, which is one of the top conferences for developers in the Asia Pacific region. After 10 years, this is the first year that the event has crossed the ocean to NZ. If you’re attending, make sure you find one of them to say hi (or kia ora which is hello in Maori).
Congratulations to Jase Clamp from Madison Technologies who has won $1000 worth of Magento website migration and optimisation! Jase attended the MagentoLive conference last week and dropped by our booth to enter the draw. For your chance to win other cool prizes, be sure to come visit our booth at future events, such as Online Retailer.
Devops Downunder is just two weeks away now, and Anchor is excited to be a gold sponsor. In addition to being a sponsor, our very own Geek Supreme Matt Palmer will be speaking. If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that we love us some APIs, and Matt will be talking all about building a service-oriented architecture from them. Devops is about bringing together the best parts of software development and professional operations. We can guarantee that there’ll be smart minds in abundance at Devops Downunder, so whichever side of the fence you’re from there are shoulders worth rubbing. Still not convinced? Anchorites will be in attendance, and you know we’re good for a yarn over some refreshments. 😀 Devops Downunder is on the week after next, Friday and Saturday…
Drupalcon was held at the Crown Plaza in Coogee last week, and Anchor was a silver sponsor. It was a great opportunity for us to mix with members of the open source Drupal community to have a chat, and for us to learn more about it’s users. There were lots of interesting sessions taking place at this event, including a Keynote presentation by Senator Kate Lundy. Other exciting events included the Drupal girls dinner, beach cricket and of course – lots of freebies and prizes! Congratulations to our lucky winner John Kennedy, Regional Director at Commerce Guys. John has won a new Nexus 7 tablet just for visiting our booth! Remember to check out the Sydney Drupal Users Group for future events – we hope to see you there.
Sydney JoomlaDay was held at UTS over the weekend, for which Anchor was a major sponsor. It was a great opportunity to mingle with members of the open source community and have a chat. The vibe was great and it was a very productive two days. Our CEO Keiran Holloway was also invited to give a talk: “Why Developers Hate Sysadmins”. Thanks to everyone who turned up, it got a good response from the audience. We’d also like to give a shout to Brenton of my iHub. He’s the winner of our prize giveaway, a fully-managed VPS for a whole year. Congratulations! Hope to see you next time, we’re looking forward to it!
Sydstart, the Australian conference for startup companies, is coming up soon and Anchor is the platinum sponsor! We want to spread the love by giving away some free tickets; just send us a mail and ask. We don’t have many and it’s first-come-best-dressed, so get in quick! What can you expect from Sydstart? Startups, and lots of them. As well as mingling with other startup-minded people, there’s a huge list of talks lined up throughout the whole day, some inspirational and educational, and lots of pitches. Even if you’re not involved in a startup yourself, it’s a great opportunity to learn about exciting new products and ideas. Sydstart is just two weeks away now, we hope we’ll see you there. 🙂
Anchor is back from Pycon AU, run over the Saturday and Sunday of last weekend. Held on the banks of the Derwent River in Hobart, it was a great chance to link up with the community and enjoy some of the erratic-at-times weather. As you may or may not know, we’re big fans of Python for getting stuff done at Anchor, and we’re proud to sponsor an event that brings devs together to share their work. We saw some really cool stuff there which we’d like to share with you. Francois Marier gave an interesting talk on Persona, a passwordless login system being developed by Mozilla. Aiming to be decentralised and not provide personal data to entities like Facebook and Twitter, its goals are similar to OpenID but it does…
We’re back from last week’s Online Retailer expo and happy to report that it was a resounding success. There were heaps of great presentations, talks, and we managed to stickybeak on a couple of cool seminar sessions as well. We also have a winner for our giveaway: Nigel Ewart from WeAreDigital – there’s a brand new iPad™ headed your way, congratulations! We’d like to thank everyone that visited the booth to say “Hi”, old and new customers alike, it was lovely to catch up with you and wish you success in your online endeavours and look forward to coming back next year.
A heads up to those attending the Online Retailer Expo this week, Anchor will be in attendance for the following two days (Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th). We’re sending our sharpest minds along to answer your questions, so come on down to our booth for a chat if you’re in the area. In addition, our very own Matt Palmer will be giving a talk entitled Who’s Minding the (Online) Store? If you’re starting out with your online e-commerce presence, this is a must-see for knowing what to expect as you grow and how to deal with the success. Matt is on-stage tomorrow at 1:15pm in the E-Commerce Technology Theatre, don’t miss out! If you’re hankering to come along but haven’t made plans yet, it’s not too late, but you miss…
A quick shout to everyone who dropped by to see us last week, thanks for coming along and saying Hi. The Anchor Squad is now home and returns to work in full force. We hope you all had fun, we certainly did! Look out for a post in the near future for the lucky winner of our ARdrone quadrotor.