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Optimizely Virtual Happy Hour

What is Happy Hour? In order to support and grow our community, we host a monthly online meetup for Optimizely's technical community called the Optimizely Virtual Happy Hour! The goal is to bring together the technical community, talk about Optimizely and anything else going on (non-Optimizely related) in order to share knowledge and get to know one another better. Nothing formal - just a relaxed environment and a place to ask questions, learn and share. This page will be updated monthly with some high level topics that will be covered.

This initiative started out as a temporary weekly series during the Covid-19 pandemic in order to generate a sense of community online. It was a great success and we decided to bring the series back permanently, on a monthly basis. Thank you to everyone that continues to join and we look forward to many great sessions! 

Below are the details.

When: The last  Friday of every month from 8:00 AM PST / 10:00 AM CST / 11:00 AM EST

Next Session: May 31, 2024!

Note: We have combined our EMEA and NA Optimizely Virtual Happy Hour together. Please refer to this page only moving forward.

Where: https://Optimizely.zoom.us/j/96216197308

Calendar Invite: Monthly Invite.ics

Meeting ID: 962 1619 7308

Password: 573682

Sessions

Session Agenda Follow-Ups/Recap

May 31, 2024

  • Cecilia Ramirez of Optimizely, Upcoming features in Configured Commerce
  • Graham Carr of 26DX, Opti ID

Apr 26, 2024

  • Russell Loube of Optimizely, AI feature variable generator for Feature Experimentation
  • Lindsey Rogers of Valtech, Integrating Web Experimentation & ODP with GCP for Data-Driven Insights

 

Mar 29, 2024

Good Friday, see you next time!

Feb 23, 2024

  • Luc Gosso, New Features of AI Assistant addon for Optimizely CMS
  • Patrick Lam of Optimizely, Education updates and  new offerings 

 

Jan 26, 2024

  • Jorge Cardenas of Verndale, Optimizely All In - Connecting CMP, CMS, ODP, Recommendation, Web Exp, and Feature Exp
  • Russell Loube of Optimizely, Contentful and Feature Experimentation Integration

 

Feature Experimentation Resources

Oct 27, 2023

Speakers/Topics:
  • Håkan Edling of Optimizely, Optimizely Visual Builder
  • Minesh Shah of Netcel, Optimizely SaaS

 

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Sep 29, 2023

BREAK (Getting ready for Opticon!)

Aug 25, 2023

Speakers/Topics:
  • Anil Patel of Knight Frank, Azure AI Content Safety and CMS Integration
  • Bob Orchard of Optimizely, Publishing content to CMS from CMP

 

Jul 28, 2023

Speakers/Topics:
  • Johnny Mullaney of First Three Things, ODP & Conversational AI
  • Dave Campen of Optimizely, Optimizely Reporting (Beta)

 

Jun 30, 2023

Speakers/Topics:
  • Mark Everard of First Three Things, Liquid Templating in Optimizely CMS
  • Eric Markson of Verndale, Opti ID

 

May 26, 2023

Speakers/Topics:
  • Luc Gosso, AI Assistant addon for Optimizely CMS
  • Anil Patel of Knight Frank, Integrating ChatGPT in Optimizely CMS
  • Ali Hart of Optimizely, AI in the CMP: Create Better Content, Faster

 

Apr 28, 2023

Speakers/Topics:
  • Kyle Sharp of Optimizely, Beta programs for Optimizely Experimentation
  • Marshall Serlin of Optimizely, ODP Audience Targeting (Real-Time Segments) with Feature Experimentation

 

Mar 31, 2023

Speakers/Topics:
  • Fredrik Johansson of Optimizely, New Optimizely Academy
  • Doug Yoder of Verndale, Optimizely Connect Platform & ODP Data Manipulation

 

Feb 24, 2023

Speakers/Topics:
  • Jonas Bergqvist of Optimizely, Headless application using Content Graph
  • Valdis Iljuconoks of Geta, Overview of less known Optimizely plugins

 

(Missed the first 10 minutes due to technical difficulty)

Oct 28, 2022

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Guest Speaker: Joshua Folkerts of Optimizely
  • Guest Speaker: Chris Vafiadis of Optimizely
  • Halloween Costume Contest
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week :

  • Joshua Folkerts
  • Chris Vafiadis

Aug 26, 2022

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Guest Speaker: Jeffery Cheal of Optimizely
  • Guest Speaker: John Peebles of Chartis
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week :

  • Jeffery Cheal
  • John Peebles

Jul 29, 2022

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Guest Speaker: Drew Null of Rightpoint
  • Guest Speaker: Lee Anderson of Optimizely
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week :

  • Drew Null
  • Lee Anderson

Jun 24, 2022

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Guest Speaker: Kenny Gutierrez of Century Communities!
  • Guest Speaker: Scott Reed of Niteco!
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week :

  • Kenny Gutierrez
  • Scott Reed

Apr 29, 2022

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Guest Speaker: Mark Hall, Director of Innovation and Transformation
  • Guest Speaker: John Nguyen, Senior Software Engineer
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week :

  • Mark Hall
  • John Nguyen

Mar 25, 2022

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Meet the Dev Marketing Team at Optimizely!
  • Big Announcement!
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week:

  • Optimizely's Developer Marketing Team
    • Hannah St. Claire
    • Patrick Lam
    • Darcell East

 

Feb 25, 2022

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Education Update!!!
  • Full Stack Demo!
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week:

  • Dr. Tammy Trierweiler
  • Josh Shaffer

 

Jan 28, 2022

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Welcome Welcome (Learn all about our new acquisition)!!!
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week:

  • Shafquit Islam
  • Debra Barlow
  • Jocelyn Brusco

 

Dec 3, 2021

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • "How Do You Start A Formula 1 Engine?".  A lesson in caching
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week:

  • Éric St-Pierre - Yaksa

 

Oct 29, 2021

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Content Recs in Custom View
  • Q&A
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week:

  • Jorge Cárdenas - Verndale

 

Sep 24, 2021

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Experimentation Strategy
  • .NET 5 Update
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week:

  • Hazjier Pourkhalkhali - Optimizely

 

Aug 27, 2021

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • B2B Commerce Cloud Integrations
  • Philosophy on ODP Connectors
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week:

  • Alain Marsolais - Absolunet
  • Alexandra Matheny - Optimizely

 

Jun 11, 2021

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Cool Share of the Month!
  • Load Testing Best Practices
  • .NET 5 (.NET Core) Sneak Peek!
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week:

  • Jason Murray - Optimizely

 

Apr 30, 2021

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Cool Share of the Month!
  • ODP (previously Zaius) Dev Deep Dive!
  • Image Optimization
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week:

  • Jorge Cárdenas - Verndale

 

Mar 26, 2021

Special Guests of the Week:

  • Drew Null - Rightpoint

Feb 26, 2021

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Cool Share of the Month!
  • Multi-site Management
  • Optimization as a Service
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week:

  • Chris Sharp - Blue Bolt

Jan 29, 2021

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Welcome Ben Schaeffer!
  • EMVP Program Updates!
  • How To Use Episerver Foundation As A Starting Point
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week:

  • Deane Barker, Asa Schachar & Kody O'Connell - Optimizely
  • Santiago - Verndale

Dec 4, 2020

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Optimizely Full Stack!
  • Integrating Optimizely into Epi
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week:

  • Asa Schachar, Optimizely

Oct 30, 2020

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Education Update - Preparing for the Episerver Developer Certification Exam
  • Epi B2B Commerce Spire (React/Redux overview)
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week:

  • Bruce Gordon, Episerver
  • Cody Anhorn, Episerver

Sep 25, 2020

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Announcements!
  • Epi CMS and B2B Commerce
  • Product Showcase: Data Collection R&D
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week:

  • Alain Marsolais, Absolunet
  • Dustin Sier, Episerver

Aug 28, 2020

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Dynamic Facets
  • React/SPA – Updates!
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guest of the Week:

  • Calin Lupas, ThinkMax

Jul 31, 2020

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Content Recommendations & Intelligence – An Implementation
  • Foundation– Site Settings
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guest of the Week:

  • Kevin Schofield, Verndale

Jun 26, 2020

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • HTML 5 Apps
  • .NET Core
  • Certification Tips
  • Kahoot!​

Special Guest of the Week:

  • James Stout, Episerver Solution Architect, discusses HTML 5 apps!

May 29, 2020

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Dev Happy Hour Recap
  • Competition
    • Kahoot!​

May 22, 2020

Due to Memorial Day, the Dev Happy Hour will take a week off on Friday May 22.

May 15, 2020

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Roadmap
  • Competition
    • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week:

  • Justin Anovick - Chief Product Officer and Nate Barad - Director, Product Marketing.  This is your chance to ask questions and get to know our roadmap!

May 8, 2020

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • DXP Improvements
  • Deployment API in Action!
  • Meet Mark Hall
  • Competition
    • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week:

  • Mike Dillon
  • Eric Markson from Perficient
  • Find Eric Markson's presentation below (links to the GitHub repo are in the PPT)

May 1, 2020

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Foundation React/SPA
  • Headless​
  • Meet Chris V
  • Competition
    • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week:

  • Remko Jantzen
  • Deane Barker

Apr 24, 2020

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • A word from our CEO
  • Expert Services share some hotfixes to improve performance!
  • Insite Commerce​
  • Open Discussion
  • Competition
    • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week:

  • Alex Atzberger - Episerver CEO
  • Lance Farquhar & Jeff Fischer from Expert Services
  • Trevor Pope - Insite Commerce

Apr 17, 2020

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Education Update
    • Free training/webinars
    • Dev subscriptions
    • Certification exams
    • Volume discounts
  • Content Recommendations & Diagnostics
  • Foundation MVC CMS
  • Open Discussion
  • Competition
    • Kahoot!​

Special Guests of the Week:

  • Steve Long from Education
  • Kevin Li - Content AI Guru

Apr 10, 2020

  • Intro & Cheers!
  • Education Update
    • Free Online Learning
    • Areas of Focus
    • Guide to Certification
  • Episerver Quick CMS-only Version
  • Foundation Documentation
  • Open Discussion - Bring your ideas & questions!
  • Competition
    • A fun trivia game for bragging rights!  Download Kahoot on your mobile device prior to the Happy Hour.  The Game PIN will be provided during the Happy Hour!

Special Guest of the Week:

  • Episerver Education Staff!