Liferay Netherlands User Group Event, 7th of june 2012
When I started working for Proteon in January I had no idea what Liferay
is and what kind of business I was getting myself into. I can remember that one of the first weeks Wieteke started talking about the Liferay User Group and how we would organise events every year to get all the Liferay-fans together.
As I would also organize events at my past job I was really enthusiastic and offered to help organise the 4th event.
The first discussion was the name of the event since we have an official Liferay Netherlands User Group and it's nice to have an abbreviation for your twitter feeds, invitations, and so on.
'Liferay Netherlands User Group' or 'Liferay NL-User-Group'. 'LNUG' or 'LNLUG' ? We made the decision to stick with 'LNLUG' just because it's so hard to pronounce it's actually funny. We were constantly making weird faces when we are talking about the event.
Getting an event together is sometimes difficult because you want to make it free for your community but you need good facilities which can make it costly. Thanks to the help of some great sponsors we made it happen. The sponsors in alphabetical order:
Drakkar, Finalist, iProfs, NLCom, Proteon, Rotterdam CS & Xebia
To have a good program to attract attendees you depend on interesting cases and presentations. So thank you for your time and preparation:
Open Square & PnPro, Rotterdam CS, Burenhulpcentrale, Drakkar, Xebia, NLCom, Zorgportaal Rijnmond, Liferay Benelux.
So the 4th event turned out to be a succes. The community had become bigger. We ended up with almost 60 attendees.
The LNLUG started with a presentation from Ruud Kluivers, the first official Liferay Benelux Business manager. He has great plans to make sure Liferay will be better represented in the Benelux. He's looking for strong partners and tactical events to get Liferay on the Dutch map.
Then the break-out sessions started with a technical track and a business track. There were also some Open Spaces where people could discuss cases.
Presentations went from Neighbourhood-communities to Healthcare portals, from online-fitnesscommunity to integrations with back-end systems for jobsearch companies, Liferay is used in many cool and different ways! See for yourself in some of the presentations on the official LNLUG wiki on the Liferay site. The event ended with drinks and snacks. Most likely this is the part of the day most people were looking forward to. I believe that a lot of business deals in the Netherlands are made while enjoying Beer and 'Bitterballen'.
So to finish where I started. Do I know what kind of business I got myself into? Liferay has such a huge range of possibilities, I will probably never know... But there are great developers, consultants, system administrators, project managers and many more smart people working with Liferay. So whenever I'm stuck, I can reach out to the community.
And that, I've learned, is what Liferay is all about!
Group photo with some of the attendees at LNLUG 2012 in Amersfoort, Netherlands