TYPO3 Camp Mitteldeutschland and a Newcomer’s Introduction to Open Source CMS

Categories: Community, Event Report Created by Panagiotis Semitekolos
My first day as a TYPO3 GmbH employee, meeting the community and gaining valuable insights into the world of TYPO3 open source CMS.

TYPO3 Camp Mitteldeutschland and First Impressions

From 14–16 March, the latest TYPO3 Camp took place in Dresden, Germany. The camp was an opportunity for the TYPO3 community to gather for a day of insightful talks, networking, and TYPO3 certifications. It also happened to be my first day as part of the TYPO3 GmbH team and an ideal opportunity to get introduced to some of the most important themes and discussions around open source CMS. I hopped on the train from Berlin and two hours later I found myself in Saxony’s capital ready to enjoy two days of learning, networking, and fun. 

The camp was organized in a barcamp style, with 45 minute sessions taking place from the morning until the late afternoon, each day across the venue. These sessions featured active participation by attendees, including a speed dating round I took part in, where I got to know community members from across Germany and beyond. These included TYPO3 agency staff, TYPO3 developers, and individuals who have been using the open source CMS for over 20 years and remain committed members of the community.

A Passionate Community

The community’s dedication to the product and passion for all things TYPO3 was one of the main standouts from the camp, especially for someone like myself, who is new to the world of open source CMS

With sessions taking place around the clock, there was no time to waste. Sessions covered a wide array of topics including content deployment, newsletter formulation and sending, Open API client, and personal marketing for TYPO3 partner agencies and TYPO3 consultant partners. 

One of the standout sessions was a presentation titled The Current State of TYPO3 by TYPO3 GmbH CEO Daniel Fau and Senior Success Manager Luisa Fassbender. This deep-dive into the state of the TYPO3 Association’s corporate arm offered valuable insights including information related to: 

  • TYPO3 ELTS pricing models 
  • Membership discounts for TYPO3 ELTS and increased revenue 
  • New TYPO3 Partner Program levels 
  • TYPO3 for Government — Public Sector Performance
  • Membership Discounts for TYPO3 events

Along with the exciting sessions, there was also the opportunity for participants to develop their skills, including through TYPO3 certifications. These certifications allow any member of the community to become an official TYPO3 CMS Certified consultant, developer, integrator, or editor.

Looking Ahead

As with all TYPO3 camps, the Dresden event featured social events, where attendees could meet and interact with one another outside of the sessions. No stranger to social gatherings at conferences, I was still impressed with how close-knit the TYPO3 community seemed throughout, making the evening festivities very welcoming for all those involved. 

I had the opportunity to hear from individuals who have been part of the TYPO3 community from its earliest days. They were happy to share their experiences working on every new version of the open source CMS as it has continued to evolve over the years. With participants representing almost all age groups, it was also a unique opportunity to look ahead to the future, with younger generations keen to learn the ins and outs of the content management system as they work with clients in industries ranging from Fintech, to sports, to the public sector, and beyond.

With several exciting TYPO3 events just around the corner, I’m looking forward to getting further acquainted with the community. One major event on the horizon that I hope to attend will be the TYPO3 Association General Assembly and TYPO3 Camp Schweiz, taking place on 18–20 April in Zurich, Switzerland. This will be a prime opportunity for anyone interested in playing a part in the decision making process of an open source CMS project to attend and have their voice heard.

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