MagentoU – 5 years ago today

184881_10150117621207660_5071293_n

Five years ago today I attended the MagentoU class at Magento HQ in Culver City, California. It was an intense week-long class taught by Ben Marks and Vinai Kopp. I learned a lot that week and met some really nice people! I framed the completion certificate and still have it hanging on my wall.

MagentoU Completion Certificate
March 11, 2011

 

I have a few more that I’ve added since then:

Certificates
Yes, my office wall is orange. I have a few lanyards from Magento Imagine and Magento Innovate along with some MageShades.

 

Today, I’m spending my Saturday learning and tinkering with Magento2. I want be ready whenever the M2 Certification comes out (I’ve heard December 2016).

Facebook reminded me of this anniversary date so below are some of the pictures that I took during the 2011 MagentoU class. Time flies!

MagentoHQ
The hallway at Magento HQ had these pictures hanging on the wall.

 

MagentoHQ
More MagentoHQ hallway pictures including one of Bob Schwartz

 

MagentoHQ
First floor of MagentoHQ. There was a coin operated bull ride there for some reason.

 

MagentoHQ
Upstairs, looking down from the balcony

 

MagentoHQ
Random conference room

 

MagentoHQ
Looking down from the balcony. The blurry guy waving is Ben Marks

 

MagentoHQ
From the upstairs balcony a fake beach scene sits on top of the offices below complete with beach towels, coolers and chairs

 

MagentoHQ
The Magento logo. Why doesn’t Magento sell things like this? I’d love to have a Magento light on my wall.

 

MagentoHQ
Close-up of the coin-op bull ride. My phone camera wasn’t that great at the time so some of these turned out blurry

 

MagentoHQ
Vinai teaching class. I’m pretty sure he’s forgotten more about Magento than I’ll ever know

 

MagentoU
In class

 

MagentoU
Sign set up outside of class. The building where the classes were held was right next door to MagentoHQ. There was a print shop downstairs from the MagentoU class that was packing up. During class the room would change slightly throughout the day due to remodeling. Occasionally I’d turn around and think something like “that clock wasn’t hanging there this morning…” or “when did they paint that?” They were like decorating ninjas.

 

MagentoU
Day 2 or Day 3

 

MagentoU
View from the hotel

 

MagentoU
View from the hotel at night