eZ Conference 2016

Beyond the Web

October 5th - 6th 2016

Paris, France


The Conference

eZ Conference 2016: Beyond the Web brings together experts in digital strategy, marketing and engineering to exchange ideas on how to deliver remarkable digital experiences. An annual summit, eZ Conference is the largest gathering of the eZ community worldwide—from editors and marketers who use eZ Publish, eZ Platform and eZ Enterprise, to the developers and designers building sites and apps. eZ Conference is presented in partnership with SensioLabs, the creators of Symfony.



Missed eZ Conference 2015?

    Read our recap of last year's event in Brooklyn, NY and watch the sessions.

2016 Conference Program

This year’s conference offers general sessions and Business and Technical Tracks to match your interests.

Pre-Conference Meetings

Developers, want to learn how to customize and extend eZ Platform and eZ Enterprise from the ground up? eZ's Professional Services team will offer a full-day master class on October 4th. Whether you're just getting started or you are a seasoned eZ Publish developer, you'll walk away from the training with a solid grip on eZ's next generation CMS.

Partners, there will also be an eZ Partner Meeting on the morning of October 5th. We look forward to having you join us for discussions on the eZ roadmap, collaboration and more.

The Schedule

Confirmed Speakers

Roger Antonesen

Executive Vice President, Corporate Banking

Roger has served DNB both as a financial and investment advisor, and as head of Section Corporate Banking, since 2006. He also has experience in telecommunications. Roger holds a Bachelors in Business and Administration from Monash University in Australia; a Bachelors in Project Management from BI Norwegian Business School; and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management at the Norwegian School of Economics.

Roland Benedetti

Chief Product & Marketing Officer
eZ Systems

Roland joined eZ in 2005 and established the company’s business and operations in France, and in 2012, he opened eZ’s New York office, where he now leads eZ’s product management, UX and marketing teams. Roland has nearly 20 years of experience in enterprise and consumer content technology.

Paul Boag

User Experience and Digital Transformation Consultant

Paul is a leader in digital strategy with over 20 years experience. He is a prolific writer having written Digital Adaptation, Website Owners Manual, Client Centric Web Design and numerous articles for publications such as net magazine, Smashing Magazine and Sitepoint. Paul also speaks on various aspects of digital both at conferences and on his podcast.

Mark Brincat

Chief Technology Officer
The Economist

Mark joined The Economist Group in 2015 where he leads teams responsible for the user experience, architecture, development and transformation of the company's digital products including Economist.com and The Economist apps. Previously, Mark was Head of Architecture at The Telegraph Media Group. Mark has worked in the tech and media sectors for over 20 years.

Björn Dieding

xrow GmbH

Björn Dieding is the owner of xrow GmbH. In his 15 years of professional experience he has designed and delivered content and commerce solutions to customers. Björn has received honorary awards for his achievements with eZ Systems.

Robert Douglass

VP Customer Success

Robert oversees the product support and operations teams at Platform.sh. He has worked with open source software projects full-time since 2004 and is a published author, contributor and editor of various publications. As a developer, he is best known for his contributions to the Memcache and Solr modules for Drupal. 

Emmanuel Drouet

Software Architect

A Smile engineer since 2008, technical project manager today, Emmanuel has always been interested in open source technologies and especially the eZ Platform solution since its release. Eager to help promote this solution, he is now trying to implement the maximum of ideas jostling in his head.

Christophe Dujarric

Chief Product Officer

Christophe is the product guy at Blackfire/SensioLabs. He has worked in several start-ups, helping them make and sell products out of technologies. He’s involved in every step of the product’s lifecycle, from strategy to design and sales, and loves to coach on product management methods.

Bertrand Dunogier

Lead Engineer, eZ Platform
eZ Systems

Bertrand is the lead engineer for eZ Platform. Based in Lyon, France, he is an expert in eZ Publish and eZ Platform and a specialist in eZ clustering.

Aleksander Farstad

CEO and Co-Founder
eZ Systems

Aleksander started eZ in 1999 with his brother Bård. Under Aleksander’s leadership, eZ built its global open source ecosystem with more than 5 million downloads of eZ Publish, and after a five-year hiatus from eZ in 2008, he rejoined the company as CEO, and led the launch of eZ’s next generation CMS, eZ Platform and eZ Enterprise.

Bård Farstad

Chief of Strategy and Co-Founder
eZ Systems

Bård started eZ in 1999 with his brother Aleksander, and led product development and engineering during the company’s first ten years in the Web Content Management market. Bård designed eZ’s content repository and established eZ’s fast-growing business in North America. Today, he collaborates with eZ’s largest clients to understand their business needs and identify opportunities for digital success using eZ software.

Gaetano Giunta

Kaliop UK

Gaetano has been writing code for 72% of his life. 45% of that code was PHP. Knowing that he compiled his first PHP version on SCO Openserver, can you tell how many bugs he has created in his life? When not spending time on his main hobby (coding), he works as a web architect. You can usually find him in London in any pub where there is an IT meetup and free beer.

Yann Gourvennec

CEO and Founder
Visionary Marketing

Yann heads the digital marketing agency Visionary Marketing and is the Program Director of the Advanced Masters in Digital Strategy at Grenoble Ecole de Management in France. He created visionarymarketing.com in 1996 and since then, he has practiced Web strategy, e-business and Web communications in the field. A lecturer, keynote speaker, author and blogger, he is the co-author of Mastering Digital Marketing Like A Boss.

Gilles Guirand


Gilles is the CTO and Co-Founder of Kaliop as well as the CTO of the Kuzzle.io project. He is widely acknowledged by the eZ Community as an expert on highly technical and complex eZ Publish projects. Gilles extends his expertise to other tools & communities including JavaScript, Cloud, Symfony, Varnish, Solr, NewRelic, CI tools and devOps culture.

Samuli Heiskala

Marketing Manager
Viking Line

Samuli has 16 years of expertise in the hospitality and travel industry. He has been working with Viking Line, a leading provider of passenger, recreation and cargo carrier services, for a year and a half. Samuli holds a Master’s degree in Tourism. 

Ania Hentz

CEO and Co-Founder

Ania is CEO and co-founder of silver.solutions, a Berlin based technology company focusing on eZ Publish and e-commerce. Ania has more than 15 years of experience in e-commerce and business process optimization.

Richard Jones

Technical Director

Richard leads the technical strategy for the Inviqa Content Practice, which specializes in eZ Platform and Drupal 8 development. A prolific open source contributor, Richard is a regular speaker at UK and international events. Inviqa provides expertise in eCommerce, Content Management Systems and custom software development.

Till Kubelke

Managing Director
Kuborgh GmbH

Till has been addicted to the web since 1998. He believes digital transformation in combination with business intelligence is a real game changer today, and he's a big fan of a "content-first" approach. Start telling real good stories and measure the feedback.

Gareth Midwood

Tech Lead

Gareth is Tech Lead at Creode, a digital agency based in London and Leeds in the UK. He has several years experience working in agile environments and crafting software on a variety of e-commerce PHP frameworks with clients ranging from startups to multi-million grossing e-commerce powerhouses.

Damien Pobel

Lead Engineer, User Interface
eZ Systems

Damien is Lead Engineer for User Interface in eZ's Lyon, France office. An active member of the eZ community since 2005, Damien won two eZ Awards for "Blogger of the Year." Previously, he worked for two of eZ's biggest partners and he has also worked with other solutions such as Liferay and Magento.

André Rømcke

André Rømcke

VP Engineering
eZ Systems

André leads eZ's engineering teams. He has worked with PHP and eZ software for over ten years, during which he's built up an expertise in agile methodologies, devOps technologies and internal processes. André is an active contributor to the Symfony ecosystem and a frequent speaker at conferences and meet-ups.

Kieron Sambrook-Smith

Chief Commercial Officer

Kieron is a serial entrepreneur with board level experience at many high tech software companies. Following £200m in funding rounds for US-based firms launching in Europe, he has led management buy-outs, buy-ins, and exits as CEO and creating hundreds of £m's in shareholder value. Kieron is currently Chief Commercial Officer, having a lot of fun scaling up Platform.sh.

Dietmar Schantin

Institute for Media Strategies

Dietmar founded the Institute for Media Strategies in 2012. Formerly the Executive Director of WAN-IFRA, Dietmar was responsible for the worldwide consultancy, training and event activities of IFRA for the digitalization of media organizations. Formerly a management consultant in telecom, Dietmar later served as Managing Director of a media company spin-off. 

Petar Španja

Petar Španja

Senior Web Developer

Petar is a senior web developer at Netgen and a member of the eZ core development team. He is also a tracker and a person with a fantastic smile. Unfortunately, Petar is unable to attend this year's eZ Conference. His session on SOLR has been removed from the program.

Jérôme Vieilledent

Senior technical expert eZ / Symfony

Jérôme is a completely self-educated web developer. He started developing with eZ Publish and Symfony in 2007. He now works as a senior consultant and is a certified advanced Symfony developer.