Oct23
Liferay Symposium

Madrid, Spain

Liferay Symposium Spain was amazing, with this year marking an all-time high in attendance. Designers contributed in many ways — from the overall design of the event itself, to sharing workshops and talks.

This year's Symposium in Madrid was an extra-special event in addition to celebrating Liferay's 15th anniversary, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of our Spanish Symposium.

The Venue

Customers, partners, developers, and Liferayers from Spain descended on Madrid for this two-day event. We hosted around 650 attendees in the Goya Theater, an amazing space in Madrid's Latina district, on the banks of the Manzanares river that winds through the southern part of the city.

Built on the site of the former Quinta del Sordo — where Francisco de Goya lived in the early 1800's
Built on the site of the former Quinta del Sordo — where Francisco de Goya lived in the early 1800's

Nothing Left to Chance

A huge part of what made the event such a success was the work put in by the marketers who planned the event. Working closely with our Communication Designers to define everything down to the most minute detail.

Rachel has been leading the design work for the Spanish Symposium for close to five years from our office in Los Angeles this year we also had Marleny join our team in the nick of time. She took on much of the work this year and did an amazing job.

Read their post: 6 Things We Learned about Designing for a Conference.

Should Designers Speak?

We believe it's very important that designers do things that make them uncomfortable like public speaking. In our office here in Spain, the designers are an integral part of the product development team. As such, they deserve their share of the spotlight.

Juan Anton, the son of the World’s Most Interesting Man
Juan Anton, the son of the World’s Most Interesting Man

This year, we had two Product Designers share:

Empowering Business Users to Create Websites

Juan Anton and Jürgen Kappler, from Engineering, shared the stage in a riveting presentation, demonstrating the full power of Modern Site Building in Liferay 7.2.

For a summary of their presentation, video, and slides — see their talk page.

Optimizing Digital Experiences with A/B Testing

Susana Vazquez (pictured at the beginning of the post) and her counterpart in Engineering, David Arqués, showed off an exciting new feature that is both part of our core product, and our recent analytics offering.

For a summary of their presentation, video, and slides — see their talk page.

#2020Vision

This might be the first time you've seen this hashtag but I assure you that it definitely won't be the last. After a few weeks of well-deserved rest, the marketing team has already begun planning for next year's Symposium we're all very excited to see them top this one!