Thank you, Plone Conference 2018 Tokyo!

Plonistas from around the world enjoyed a particularly warm welcome and inspiring conference

It is with a full heart that we bid farewell to the just ended Plone Conference 2018 Tokyo, and we offer our enduring gratitude to organizers Manabu Terada, Takeshi Yamamoto, Zenichiro Yasuda, Takanori Suzuki, Sakai, and Kinofumi for their wonderfully warm welcome and flawless event planning at the PiO conference centre.

Attendees came to Tokyo from 27 countries around the world! (Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Catalonia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, USA) 

Over half of them took at least one of the free training classes covering beginner, intermediate, and expert topics, from Learn Plone to Mastering Plone Development, with by far the most interest focused on the React and Volto (Plone React) classes. 

Each day began with keynotes by Eric Steele, Jim Fulton, and Torajiro Aida, followed by 44 talks in four streams: three for Plone and one daily stream on Python Web, Database, and Frontend.

As is our tradition, the conference also included two days of sprints where again almost half our attendees worked in self-organizing teams to collaboratively contribute to the Plone project and community. (see the shared sprint document to find out what was worked on). At the sprint, it was with great pleasure that we conferred the Most Productive Sprinter trophy on first time sprinter Paul Grunewald!

Work presented at this year's conference showed that Plone's future is bright, with at least three future paths:

  • traditional Plone: Plone 5.2 running on Python 3 is well on its way, thanks to a huge effort by many, including the Zope community
  • headless Plone: a modern JavaScript Volto (Plone React) frontend with the new Pastanaga UI running against a Plone backend via REST API
  • Async Plone: Guillotina CMS

We are left with indelible memories

  • Plonistas making their way through the labyrinth of Tokyo commuter railway stations, phones in hand with open map apps
  • Akihabara's bright lights and towering stores full of anime and electronic goodies
  • Visiting temples, castles, and shrines
  • Poking our heads into tiny bars, restaurants, and karaoke bars

Look for photos and tweets tagged with #ploneconf2018. (talk videos and slides coming soon)

We look forward to seeing you at sprints and events in 2019!

ありがとうございました Arigatō gozaimashita!