Plone Conference 2016: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

October 17-23, 2016: training, keynotes, presentations, lighting talks, and sprints

The conference included a solid week of the Plone training, inspiring keynotes, exciting talks, and productive sprints that we have all come to expect.

Plone spirit and the flavor of New England

In 2016 Plone celebrated its 15th birthday. The conference has:

  • Demonstrated Plone's inclusivity, community, and collaboration
  • Emphasized Plone's power, flexibility, and usability
  • Increased participation of new users

Location, Location, Location!

Boston is a beautiful historic American city, with easy flight access through Logan airport ( BOS ).

The conference was primarily at the Microsoft New England Research and Development center ( map ) adjacent to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus, where we reserved training and sprinting space.

In Boston you will find narrow, cobblestoned streets on Beacon Hill and modern skyscrapers in the Financial district. The city is relatively small in size and easy to explore on foot. Climb the Bunker Hill Monument, commemorating one of the early battles of the American Revolution, visit one of the many museums, or take a stroll along the harbor.

Watch this video (especially the first few minutes) to get a sense of what Boston is like.

Conference Schedule and Format


Monday and Tuesday, October 17 –18

We had a combination of 1- and 2 day Plone 5 trainings (for developers and designers) and shorter workshops on topics of interest for integrators, content editors, and those who are new to Plone.


Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, October 19–21

The conference days consisted of:

  • Morning keynote sessions
  • 3 parallel tracks of talks
  • Lightning talks

A portion of the conference was set aside for impromptu open space discussions.


Saturday and Sunday, October 22–23

These last two days were our continuing tradition of Plone sprints, which are collaborative work sessions on a wide variety of topics.

Newcomers are especially welcome, and we actively seek out non-developers, so whether you're a designer, a writer, an organizer, or a developer, or a friend or spouse along for the ride and you'd like to find out how Plone is made, please join us!

We will include Pyramid and related sprint topics to engage with the sizable Boston Python community.

View the conference website

View the original conference proposal