The Shopware Community Day offers exciting lectures that go beyond the classic boundaries of ecommerce. Look forward to an inspiring line-up of thought-provoking speakers!
Born of her love for cosmetics, Judith Williams founded Judith Williams Cosmetics in 2007. It has since become the most successful brand in European home shopping. The American, born in Munich, took her first steps on the path to internationalisation in 2009 with QVC in London and now enjoys great success not only in Europe, but also in Russia and Australia.
Williams has been an investor on the award-winning TV show "Die Höhle der Löwen" (the German version of "Dragons' Den") since 2014, supporting a number of start-ups and leading them to success. Her main focuses are product quality, sustainability and long-term brand development.
At the Shopware Community Day, Williams will share her moving story and talk about her journey to success.
Heather Mills is the founder of the plant based ethical Vegan food company VBites. She has encountered an unusual life of extraordinary circumstances. A woman that has an inert ability to defy and conquer anything that falls in her path.
In 1993 Heather suffered the loss of her left leg below the knee due to an accident. To save her amputated leg from constant infection she went on a plant-based diet.
Heather created the pioneering International Plant Based ethical Vegan food company, VBites, which exports to 24 countries, offers 130 plant-based products and has won 80 awards.
Ken Hughes is now acknowledged as being one of the world’s leading authorities on consumer and shopper behaviour, blending his understanding of consumer & cyber psychology, digital anthropology, and retail futurology to explore the needs of the new consumer and predict changes to come.
Ken advises some of the biggest brands in the world on customer experience, omnichannel strategy, shopper marketing, retail trends, the millennial and Gen Z shopper and the peer-to-peer economy. As an accomplished author, TED speaker, part-time university professor and actor, his performances are not only insightful and thought-provoking, but are infamous for their sheer passion, energy and wit.
Sebastian Hamann is a passionate designer and a pioneer in bringing more emotional shopping to the German eCommerce. Already at the age of 15, along with his brother, he founded Shopware. As the creative head of the company, Sebastian is responsible for the holistic design and marketing concept. In order to shape the future of retail, he always thinks out of the box.
Johannes Altmann is founder and managing director of Shoplupe GmbH. Since 2003 he has advised companies on the design and optimisation of their online shops. As a usability expert, he has been dealing with the wishes and needs of customers on the Internet for over 15 years and has developed user experience concepts for retail, industry and publishers. Since 2014, he has focused on the branding effect of customer experience and has held numerous lectures.
In recent years, Johannes Altmann and his team have developed the Customer Happiness Loop. Using the method of Design Thinking, they work to develop new customer insights, transform perspectives at companies and develop new ideas for digital commerce. Altmann and his team have become a pragmatic source of ideas for users and provide input for complex problems.
“Standing still means giving up! Anyone who is not already looking to tomorrow today cannot understand the present. Everyone can learn something from everyone else. Always think just a bit ahead.”
These words describe the attitude of Daniel Höhnke, managing director of Pixup Media GmbH and long-standing companion of shopware AG. Having been in eCommerce for more than ten years, he manages companies of all sizes on a daily basis and works practically around the clock on new ideas, concepts and technical solutions for ever better shopping experiences.
With the knowledge that new, significant technologies are emerging every day, he is constantly looking to analyse, experiment, develop and then use them effectively.
Martin Meinert has been active in the payment industry for almost 10 years. At Amazon Pay he is responsible for the cooperation with shopping cart providers and agencies. In his previous positions as a management consultant and manager at Mücke, Sturm & Company, and Dr. Thede Consulting, he managed various payment projects at telcos, banks and start-ups. As a co-author, he has published several studies on payment, including the “Mobile Payment Study”.
Stefan Heyne is responsible for the strategic direction of shopware AG in the realm of corporate communication and marketing. Maintaining the perfect balance between external appearance and internal sales processes, Stefan is a full-blooded entrepreneur with 20 years experience in sales and diverse media-related spheres.
In his role as Shopware Developer Evangelist, Niklas Dzösch is an important liaison between the developer community and Shopware – he is always available as a direct contact within Shopware for questions about the product and continuously brings feedback and ideas from external events back to Shopware developers. You can also find Niklas centre stage in the Shopware Academy, where his online tutorials focus on helping developers understand the technology behind Shopware.
Daniel Nögel is Shopware’s Enterprise Product Manager and responsible for the continuous development of the enterprise portfolio – the two most recent projects launched under his leadership include the B2B Suite and Shopware Enterprise Search. In this role, he focuses on identifying the requirements of customers and partners, developing related concepts and incorporating these into the Shopware roadmap and product line.
As a Shopware veteran, he is also known from the forum, consultation appointments, and numerous developer trainings.
Moritz Naczenski – if you’re active in the Shopware community, you’ve likely come across this name on a number of occasions, whether online in the forum/social media or in person at various user groups.
As Community Manager, Moritz is responsible for building and interacting with the versatile community of developers and users; a role which comes naturally due to his many years’ experience as a product manager in customer service. Moritz has been closely involved in the customer experience and strategic development of Shopware for years, and has recently become responsible for the roadmap and release planning of Shopware 5. At the Shopware Community Day, Moritz will give exclusive insights into the future of Shopware 5.
Philipp Schuch is Product Owner in Shopware’s core development. As a long-time digital pioneer, he works together with his team to develop new concepts and solutions surrounding eCommerce. He is also known from his casual and entertaining presentations at trade fairs and events, where he covers topics such as user experience, design thinking and virtual reality.
As Key Account Manager, Niklaas plays an integral role in supporting large national and international Shopware customers and partners. His training in business economics, master's degree in Scotland and experience abroad characterise his orientation in international sales – a professional background that is hugely beneficial as Shopware continues to expand in Germany and abroad.
When Jan Bücker first joined Shopware as a core developer in 2015, the release of Shopware 5 and subsequent cinema tour were in full swing.
Since then, he has garnered a reputation as an architecture expert in his own right and is one of the thought leaders behind the new Shopware version. When he's not putting his ideas into action or developing new ones, he gladly shares his knowledge and experience with others. He is one of the most captivating and entertaining speakers that Shopware has on the roster. Today, he is one of the few people on stage that have shaped and accompanied Shopware every step along the way from the big 5 to the latest version.
As a trained carpenter and furniture designer, Aaron is a fervent advocate of "form follows function" – a maxim which ultimately led to him establish the Product Design department at Shopware. However in his role as Team Leader, he is not responsible for furnishing the headquarters, rather works daily with his team on designing the user experience and interface of Shopware’s product line.
As Product Manager, Aaron also develops feature and UX concepts for future products – such as new administration – and promotes the fusion of development and design at Shopware.
Holger is Squad Leader & Product Owner of Shopware’s Services Team and responsible for the development of the in-house plugins.
As an expert in ExtJS, he started out at Shopware in the core development and took over as team leader of the Services Team at the end of 2017.
Next to discovering new and emerging technologies, Holger enjoys learning how to solve challenging technical problems. He is also known as an experienced lecturer in the Shopware Academy, where he imparts his specialist knowledge and enjoys diving into technical topics with the participants.
Back in 2013, when Shopware’s employee count was in the double-digits, Michael - or better known as “Telgi” to many – came on board to strengthen the Services Team, where he cared after the company’s line of self-developed plugins.
Since those early Shopware 4 days, Michael has been in the thick of every major and minor change to the software, and experienced all there is to experience when it comes to Shopware extensions.
For years now, Michael has been sharing this unique knowledge with participants in the Shopware Academy and is always happy to address questions and exchange with developers from the community.
Tobias Pierschel has been self-employed in the IT sector for around 20 years and has personally experienced the evolution of eCommerce from its very origins. With customer understanding, strategic orientation and a creative approach to working towards a common vision, Tobias turns problems into opportunities and finds smart solutions with his team, even for complicated challenges.
This year, his agency Net Inventors is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Net Inventors has been a certified Shopware partner since 2014 and, with nearly 60 individual plugins, is one of the leading Shopware plugin manufacturers. The driving force behind it all? Their own ideas and customer wishes, which cleverly simplify the implementation and operation of online shops and create significant added value.
As Senior Business Development Manager at PayPal, Florian Hinz oversees the distribution of “Ratenzahlung Powered by PayPal”, “Kauf auf Rechnung” and “PayPal Business Credit”. Prior to that, he was responsible for the cooperation with shop systems and technology partners in PayPal's partner management for 3 years.
Tim Schwarz is responsible for partner management at Neofonie and works together with the likes of Magnolia CMS, Adobe, Shopware and Commercetools. He primarily focuses on topics surrounding digital transformation and advises clients in the fields of eCommerce and publishing.
Sabine Bernsee's professional path from print to online has left a mark on her area of expertise. She specialises in the development of new business models and establishing online structures, particularly for medium-sized enterprises. In her previous work at various newspapers and media outlets, she focused on developing cross-media concepts and CRM systems for ad sales. At the German Lottoblock, Sabine spearheaded the Lotto.de project after the online lottery game was legally permitted again in 2011. Sabine has been with Paulmann Licht since 2014 and is passionate about building the online sales channel and international web shops – with the first major relaunch of the shop just around the corner.
Cynthia has been programming in PHP since she moved to Germany in 2002. After an internship at the soccer club BVB, she worked for agencies creating ecommerce solutions until starting at Springlane in summer 2016. She led the developer team during the complete relaunch of the Springlane shop based on the Shopware platform in 2018.
After completing his studies in Business Informatics at the TU Dresden, Joachim worked for five years at the management consultancy A.T. Kearney as an Analytics Associate before venturing into the start-up world at Springlane in 2012. There he built up Business Intelligence (DWH and Reporting). Today he is responsible for all IT processes (infrastructure and development) and business intelligence at Springlane.
As Key Account Manager Partner, Marvin Luttermann plays an integral role in the internationalisation of Shopware and acts as a dedicated resource and strategic advisor for business partners in the Irish and UK market. Marvin’s degree in Business Psychology was a launching point for his experience across multiple industries, including the automotive, metal and eCommerce. Having thrived as a consultant at Creditreform specialising in business intelligence, Marvin is particularly passionate about how technology can be best applied to facilitate companies as they grow online.
After graduating in 2017, Jonas joined the Shopware Enterprise Team as a developer. During this time, he helped turn prototypes into products and was one of the first to help develop the new core into what it is today.
Jonas likes to experiment with new technologies and doesn't believe in hype until he's tried and tested it himself.
After completing his studies in Computer Science at the TU Dortmund, Dominic Klein joined the core team of shopware AG in product development. For about 1.5 years he has supported international customers and partners with concepts, workshops and a broad product and market knowledge in the preparation and implementation of their projects with Shopware. Due to his open nature and a high technical affinity, he and his team form a valuable bridge between the sales and development departments.
As Director Sales, Stefan Zessel – who has had a role in leading Shopware’s sales team for over 5 years – always focuses on customer and partner satisfaction and is now responsible for sales operations. Through his previous position as branch manager of medium-sized online shops and position at Shopware, Stefan has gathered indispensable experience surrounding online trade, which the graduate business economist and his team use pragmatically for all sales processes.
As Manager Sales, Philipp Scharlau oversees the Key Account Management for the German-speaking market. He has been working in Shopware’s sales department for more than seven years and looks back on more than 10 collective years of eCommerce experience. The certified retail specialist brings a great deal of expertise to the new challenge, where his main focus lies on the satisfaction of Shopware’s partners and customers.
Julia Leusing has been Product Designer at Shopware since 2016 and is an important contributor to the topic of “User delight” – a holistic approach that not only benefits from empathy and knowledge of human nature, but also from her distinct enthusiasm for the topic.
With her lecture at last year's SCD “Time to inspire - customer success factor”, she motivated shop owners to make their digital business more authentic and personal. She is convinced: “In an increasingly faster and more digital world, appreciation as a unique selling proposition is becoming more and more important.”
As Key Account Manager, Udo Harwardt is one of Shopware’s main contacts for partner agencies in the German-speaking market. Prior to joining the team in December of last year, Udo was the International Partner Manager at the software company Micro Focus.
Udo has a broad knowledge of eCommerce and perfectly complements the team with his enthusiasm and high affinity for new digital topics.
Vincenzo Pollicino has been Key Account Manager for the UK and Irish market since April 2018. With his long-lasting, international experience as project manager in eCommerce, he brings valuable knowledge into Shopware's international team.
His tasks revolve around the consultancy of international customers as well as driving Shopware’s internationalisation forward.
"Do something with computers, that's the future" was the career counselling tip that came to steer Tim Rymarczyk’s career path, first as an apprentice as a computer science, then later when he worked in quality management, purchasing and finally sales. With over 12 years of sales experience, Tim is one of the Key Account Managers for enterprise eCommerce projects at Shopware and accompanies the customer in the pre and after sales process.
Tobias is one of the creative forces behind the Shopware 5 Responsive Theme. Over the course of 4.5 years, he has lent his expertise in media design to make Shopware incrementally better every day.
But the influence goes both ways: since joining Shopware, Tobias has become one of the leading frontend experts and considers VueJS his second home. As a result, he is once again a pioneer of Shopware’s new technology; a good part of the new administration rests on his shoulders. As an old hand in the field of training and lecturing, he is also someone you like to have standing in front of you on stage.
Since joining the Shopware family in 2017, Christian Rades has gained first-hand experience with the product in a number of departments. Starting in the Enterprise Team, Christian worked on distributed systems and cloud applications – an experience which prepared him as a core developer for the new Shopware platform, where he focuses on the administration, messaging and file management.
When not busy crafting the product itself, he’s committed to strengthening the Shopware team for years to come. Christian is one of the organisers of Shopware’s popular Code Camps, which are geared towards promoting young talent in the IT sector.
Tobias Häusler is a moderator for Germany’s popular WDR television station, where he covers current political, economic and cultural topics. His long journey as a reporter began with his first radio show when he was 16-years-old. Later, at 22, he was awarded an Axel Springer Prize and recently received a coveted Grimme nomination for the best radio interview on his own talk show. Another highlight comes on May, 23rd, when he acts as the common thread on the inspiration stage of the SCD.