Watch the videos The full live stream, edited videos for each session, and the aftermovie are now available to replay.

Latest news (July 18th): A fun aftermovie is now available!

Schedule & Speakers

We're excited to bring you a diverse group of speakers from various backgrounds to talk about a mixed bag of topics. A bit of front-end development, a bit of back-end development, a bit of business, and of course a lot of MODX.

While just a single track, the length and type of talks are also mixed to keep you on the tip of your seat: some full length presentations, some lightning talks, a panel, and even an award ceremony!

Schedule Summary

A detailed timetable can be found below.

On the day before the conference, there are no activities planned, but we do expect people will start arriving throughout the afternoon and evening. As with previous MODXpos, you'll likely find groups of MODXers in the restaurant or bar.

On the conference day (Friday July 8th), here are the key times to know (CEST):

  • 08:30 registration open
  • 09:00 conference room open / start of live stream
  • 09:30 welcome
  • 12:50-13:55 lunch (included in ticket)
  • 18:00 closing, followed by social event (including dinner) in the bar, with open bar till 22:00

On the day after, Saturday, we're looking at an informal Contributors Day, where you're welcome to collaborate with people on projects, discuss roadmaps or case studies, get help from experts, etc. Send Mark a quick email if you're interested; if enough people sign in we'll book a conference room for it to give it some structure.

Amazing Speakers

We've confirmed 11 different people to take the stage this MODXpo, ranging from community experts to seasoned keynote speakers from the wider web development community, and a professional moderator to help keep things flowing naturally.

Volunteers

For both the setup and tear-down of the conference, we could use a few extra hands. 

For the setup, we're looking for people in the morning to help put up the stage and some decor. We may be able to do some of the setup the night before, however we wont know for sure until the week of the conference. The biggest job is likely building the stage itself, which will be very quick and easy if we can get a handful of people to help out. The AV techs are responsible for their own equipment, but may appreciate a hand with some tasks, too.

We'll likely start setting up at around 6am, so if you want to help just make your way to conference room 4&5 when you've finished your breakfast.

For the tear-down we need some extra hands to quickly empty out the room again. Some decor needs to be moved downstairs to the bar, and the stage needs to be dismantled. Just stick around for about 30 minutes after the closing. 

Timetable

Here's the full timetable for the MODXpo 2022. You don't have to memorize when your favorite speaker begins; the schedule will be printed on the back of your name badge.

All information subject to change.

Time CEST Thursday, July 7th
16:00—22:00

Pre-conf Hangout

There are no formal plans for pre-conf drinks or talks, but you're of course more than welcome to pop by in the lounge or bar for a few drinks. International visitors tend to arrive at the end of the afternoon or in the evening, naturally gathering around places that serve drinks.

If you don't know anyone yet, just look for Mark's stressed face (or tweet/DM @mark_hamstra) and ask for an introduction.

Time CEST Friday, July 8th
8:30–9:25

Registration open

Find registration on the first floor, in front of room 4. If you arrive a little late, take your name badge, sneak in, and find Marc or Mark in the first break.

approx 9:00

Doors open & stream live

Before 9:00, we're getting speakers and sponsors set up. When that's done we'll open the doors so you can find a seat. We'll also start the stream for online attendees somewhere between 9:00–9:15.

If you're checking in before 9:00, grab a drink from the coffee corner and hang out downstairs in the lobby or restaurant. Alternatively, if you'd like to volunteer with setting up, please email [email protected]

9:30–9:45

Welcome to the MODXpo 2022

Kjell Lutz will be our host this MODXpo. Kjell is fascinated by how people learn, and focused on the theory of knowledge transfer during his studies: how to help people learn, how we make choices, and especially how to make better choices.

If you're hoping to just sit back, Kjell will be there to help you make sure you actually absorb the information and leave the conference with new friends.

Watch the opening of the MODXpo

Kjell Lutz
9:45–10:30

Pauline Vos: Never stop learning, or how curiosity and cross pollination drives innovation

Pauline is a freelance software engineer and consultant based in Amsterdam. She’s passionate about good, clean software design and being as efficient (lazy) as possible. You can usually catch her teaching people about Git or doting on her daughter.

Software developers all know: continual learning is part of the job. And that's what so many of us love about it. Innovation is constant, and it's an exciting challenge to keep up with so many new technologies.

But where do all these new concepts, frameworks, and patterns come from?

Let’s take a journey through the history of innovation to explore how different worlds collided to inspire new, radical ideas. Let’s discover how cross-pollination has helped our community grow into what it is now, and can help us think of new ways to solve complex problems. Join us for a session of inspirational stories that illustrate how cross-pollination has helped form some of history’s most profound innovations, and will hopefully inspire you to conjure up your own radical new ideas.

@vanamerongen

Watch the Keynote

Pauline Vos
10:30–10:55

Unfortunately, Joshua currently had COVID and wasn't able to present. We replaced this with a lil' quirky MODX Quiz, with a free Commerce license and 1 hour of Premium MODX Support for the winner and runner-up.

Joshua Lückers: MODX3 in a nutshell

Joshua is developer at Springbok Agency, MODX Core Integrator and "Papa van Olivia". Living in Middelburg, Zeeland.

Joshua will show some of the technical improvements and new capabilities that xPDO 3 and MODX3 bring to your projects.

@JoshuaL

Watch the MODX Quiz

Joshua Lückers
10:55–11:20

Break

Help yourself to a drink and snack at the coffee corners on the first or second floor.

11:20–12:15

Mirjam Aulbach: Treat yourself - a tale about dog training and test driven development

Before I started my career in software development, I worked for many years as a dog trainer. The experiences I made in this time are the reason why I immediately fell in love with testing. So, let’s talk about TDD!

TDD stand for Test-driven development and it’s not only a technique to write tests but also a design process in software development. I want to give you a new perspective on this process and explain how to TDD with the help of comparing it to how to train a dog. TDD has much in common with dogtraining, so at the end of my talk you should be able to write a piece of test driven code, and also teach a dog a little trick - well, the last thing at least theoretically.

@mirjam_diala

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Mirjam Aulbach
12:15–12:45

Mystery Session

Unfortunately Graeme had to cancel his speaker arrangement due to factors out of his control. We replaced this session last-minute with a group brainstorming session around the question "What's the next big thing that should come to MODX?".

Watch the brainstorm and read the recap on MODX.today

12:45–13:45

Lunch buffet

Served in the restaurant on the ground floor. Vegetarian options are available on the buffet. For vegan options or guidance if you have any allergies, the restaurant staff is available to help.

13:45–14:25

Best MODX Website Awardlearn more

The top ranked sites will be introduced and shown on the big screen before making our way down the top 10 to the winner. The winner will receive the first-ever Best MODX Website Award, made from 20mm crystal glass.

Watch the Award Show and read the recap on MODX.today

14:25–14:45

Benjamin Davis: It's just a matter of time

Ben Davis is Co-Founder of the German Web Agency, SEDA.digital and has been building websites with MODX since 2009. Ben will be showing a new MODX Extra that SEDA.digital has been working on that will bring some new surprises to our favourite Extra, ContentBlocks.

@_benjamindavis_

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Benjamin Davis
14:45–15:30

Derick Rethans: Updates to the PHP Type System from PHP7.4–8.1

Derick Rethans is a PHP internals expert and author of Xdebug. He works as an independent contractor and consultant on PHP extensions and related projects.

He works for the PHP Foundation to improve PHP, and continues to contribute to the PHP project in numerous forms (Date/Time Extension, Xdebug, PHP 4.4/7.4 Release Manager, etc). He is a frequent lecturer at conferences, the author of php|architect's Guide to Date and Time Programming, and the co-author of PHP 5 Power Programming. Derick is also the host of the weekly-ish PHP Internals News podcast.

Derick will give you an update on the state of PHP, focusing on the improvements to the type system from PHP 7.4-8.1.

@derickr

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Derick Rethans
15:30–16:00

Break

Help yourself to a drink and snack at the coffee corners on the first or second floor.

16:00–16:50

Founders Fireside Forum, with Ryan Thrash & Jason Coward

Calling in remotely, we'll be getting a whole bunch of news from the MODX team sharing interesting new initiatives they're working on.

We're expecting the following people on the call:

Ryan Thrash is CEO at MODX, responsible for the day-to-day operation of the company behind the open source project. He hails from Dallas, Texas, with wife Liz and two kids, and is passionate about open source and cooking over charcoal.

Jason "opengeek" Coward is Lead Architect at MODX, responsible for the overarching technical decisions on the open source project. When not working with code, Jason enjoys drumming, photography, and makes a mean chile.

This talk will take the format of multiple distinct sections, with a short Q&A about each topic in between, plus a bonus round of Q&A at the end for any burning questions you may have.

@rthrash @drumshaman

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Ryan Thrash Jason Coward
16:50–17:20

Thomas Jakobi: MODX Templates with Tailwind & Alpine.js

Thomas Jakobi is a German web-developer/designer and owner of Treehill Studio, a MODX agency developing premium extras. He is also the developer of a large number of open source extras for MODX like Image+, LangRouter, and PDFResource.

In this short workshop, Thomas will take you through the process of taking a HTML template using Tailwind CSS with a customised build, laying out pages in MODX with ContentBlocks, and then using the Tailwind Helper extra to create optimized assets on the fly.

@thjakobi

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Thomas Jakobi
17:20–17:45

Mark Hamstra: New in Commerce 1.3

Mark is founder and lead developer at modmore, MODX core integrator, and occassionally conference organiser. In his personal time he enjoys gardening, PC gaming, and maintaining his 100% score in solving escape rooms. Mark also represents the B in LGBT+, preferably from the comfort of his own couch.

In the last talk of the MODXpo, you'll hear all about the new capabilities in modmore's Commerce v1.3. There are numerous exciting additions in this release that will help you sell to wider audiences online, optimise the checkout experience, and manage the full lifecycle of an order. And if you get bored of that, there will be some other fun announcements in true MODXpo fashion.

@mark_hamstra

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Mark Hamstra
17:45–18:00

Closing

After a full schedule, it's time to wrap things up and reflect.

We'd love for a couple of people to help us tear down the decor and stage after the closing so we can quickly vacate the room to the venue.

18:00–22:00

Social Event & Dinner

Join us in Bar Brasserie ‘West End’ in the basement for food and an open bar.

Dinner is a “walking dinner”, with 6 rounds of small dishes served out in 1,5-2 hours. Vega(n) or allergies/dietary requests? Please identify yourself to the bar staff. (If you've provided your dietary requests with your ticket purchase, the kitchen should already know.)

The open bar includes all non-alcoholic drinks, plus draught beer and house wine until 22:00. Please drink responsibly.

Some board games and a pool table are available in the bar for entertainment purposes. Feel free to bring your own games, too!

The Social Event is sponsored by SEDA.digital

You're more than welcome to continue to hang out in the bar after 22:00; but you'll need to start paying for drinks. Nothing personal, just a budget thing. We may extend the end time depending on the total bar tab at that time. The bar will be open until 23:30.

Please note we do not have exclusive access to the bar. There'll be a section of the bar reserved for us but there may be other (hotel) guests as well.

Before (~7:00-8:30) and after (~18:00-19:00) the conference, we can use a few extra hands for the setup and tear down. If you're around and would like to help, please email [email protected]

Time CEST Saturday, July 9th

Informal Contributor Day

We’ve cancelled the “Contributors Day” due to a lack of interest, however there will likely be an informal gathering of MODXers in the lobby, restaurant, or terrace (if the weather is nice).

Can’t find anyone, or want to coordinate something fun? Connect through the #MODXpo Slack channel (via MODX.org).

Feel free to pop by, grab some coffee, ask questions, show your cool projects, etc.

Speaking at the MODXpo 2022

The schedule has been filled up completely.

If you have a great talk, you can still email [email protected] with details. If any of the speakers cancel between now and the conference, we may reach out to you to take their place.

Speaker Compensation

Learn more about speaker compensation

Speaker compensation for a 30-45 minute talk includes (1) a free ticket to the conference (with all drinks and food the whole day, including lunch, dinner, and open bar), (2) up to €150 travel reimbursement, and (3) €300 speaker budget. The speaker budget increases to €400 if over 100 tickets are sold (video tickets count as 1/4th of a ticket), and to €500 if over 120 tickets are sold.

For a  shorter talk of 10-25 minutes, compensation includes (1) a free ticket to the conference (with all drinks and food the whole day, including lunch, dinner, and open bar), (2) up to €150 travel reimbursement, and (3) €150 speaker budget. The speaker budget increases to €200 if over 100 tickets are sold, and to €250 if over 120 tickets are sold.

Speakers can get a room at the venue hotel at a slight discount. These costs are deducted from the speaker budget, with the remainder paid out. Speakers are also welcome to make your own arrangements and get the full sum paid out instead.

We're also able of facilitating remote talks via videoconferencing, but we prefer local speakers to make interaction with the crowd easier. Remote speakers do get full compensation, plus a €50 flat equipment fee to replace the travel reimbursement.

We ask speakers to sign a speaker agreement to confirm compensation and expectations around availability, cancellation, etc. If you're interested, you can find the template we're using here.

Some speakers are also representing companies that want to support the conference through sponsorship. In that case we turn the speaker budget into a discount on the sponsorship. If you see a speaker or their company listed as sponsor, that's what happened - we do not sell speaker slots for sponsorship. We've tried to curate an interesting line-up first and foremost.

Backup speakers

Learn more about backup speakers

As the risk of speakers cancelling at the last minute is significantly larger than previous MODXpo's due to COVID, we're seeking one backup speaker.

The backup speaker isn't assigned to the schedule just yet, but is available to step in at the last minute to fill a vacant slot. For flexibility we ask backup speakers to attend in person and also be at the venue no later than 8:45 to get AV instructions, and in return for making yourself available you will get a free ticket, plus travel reimbursement up to €150 - even if you end up not having to speak. 

If you are indeed asked to do your talk less less than a week in advance, you get the full speaker compensation for the slot you'll fill (€150 for a short talk, €300 for a full 30-45 minute talk) plus a bonus €50 as token of our appreciation.

Help us organise an amazing conference by sharing the MODXpo!

The more the merrier! Find the official event listings on LinkedIn, Facebook, and joind.in, or send the link to the conference website to your MODX friends.

Thanks to sponsors we can keep ticket prices affordable, pay speakers a fair compensation for their efforts, and offer an amazing event with just three months to organize it all.
Interested in sponsoring? See sponsor opportunies »

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