This year is our tenth birthday! 10 years! It's hard to believe – for some of us it feels as if it were yesterday that we launched YOOtheme in January 2007 with this post. A few of you may remember the Smoove theme, which was some kind of breakthrough for us. Ten years later the web has changed completely and we're grateful not just for having been around that long but also for being able to grow and create exciting stuff for Joomla and WordPress. We are proud to be part of their ecosystems and also of our own two Open Source projects UIkit and Pagekit. We look back at a decade full of releases, milestones and fond memories.
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Happy new year everyone! We hope you had enjoyable holidays and a good start into 2017. As always, we would like to begin the year by looking back at the past twelve months and review what has happened in the world of YOOtheme, the goals we achieved and what is to come in the near future. It has been quite a year! The Pagekit 1.0 release in spring was the first big milestone of 2016 for us and the second one came in autumn with the launch of YOOtheme Pro.
Last week we had our first Joomla User Group Hamburg and YOOtheme meetup, hosting about 38 attendees here in our offices. It was a great opportunity for everyone interested in YOOtheme Pro and Joomla to take part and ask questions directly to the designers and developers of YOOtheme Pro.
YOOtheme Pro has been out for a few weeks now. Together with the Joomla user group of Hamburg, we'd like to take this opportunity and organize a meetup. For this event, we are inviting you to visit us at our Hamburg offices.
2015 has been filled with great moments and exciting projects. The beginning of a new year is always a good opportunity to look back and see what has happened. We would also like to take the opportunity and look ahead to see what our plans are for the upcoming months.
After 4 years the Joomla community finally gathered in our home town Hamburg again! Last week we came together at Trabrennbahn Bahrenfeld, a local harness racing track, for JoomlaDay Germany and to celebrate the 10th birthday of Joomla! This event is always a great opportunity to meet friends, exchange knowledge and to sit down for some interesting talks. To us this was a particularly exciting as we not only got in touch with users and answered their questions in our tech corner.
We also had the chance to give talks of our own. If you couldn't make it to JoomlaDay or our talks, don't worry! All three sessions on UIkit, Warp and Widgetkit, which were held in German, have been recorded and uploaded to the JandBeyond YouTube channel.
We are happy to welcome the Joomla community back in Hamburg in September for this year's Joomla Day Germany. The last time we all came together in this beautiful city was in 2011, which is obviously way too long. The conference bids with a promising program featuring great speakers. We're proud to join the lineup and to support the event as silver sponsor.
Every year a popular charity run is arranged in Hamburg, the HSH Nordbank run. This time it took place right in front of our new HafenCity office. For this reason we took the opportunity to put on our running gear and participate. The weather was fine although it was almost too warm and dusty for running races. But we're all at the top of our game, so we made the 4km easily.
Of course we had to create our own shirts for this event to be recognized as an athletic and motivated team. As we are all into coding and also fast runners, our slogan was clear: Code Runner (pun intended)! In about 20 minutes our fastest code runners made the kilometers smoothly.
Afterwards we rewarded ourselves with a cold beer and BBQ on our terrace. On this occasion we invited our friends and families to spend a beautiful and delicious evening with us.
Best of all, this year the run raised more than 155.000 Euros. It will be donated to the Hamburg based organization „Kinder helfen Kindern“, which supports children from socially disadvantaged families. We are happy for the chance to contribute to this cause! Here are some impressions of the event:
2014 has come to an end. As always that makes us think about moments that filled our year. Let's take a look back but also a look into the future to see what's on the agenda for 2015.
Almost two weeks ago part of the YOOtheme team attended the JoomlaDay in Cologne - a great event. We met old friends, joined interesting talks and had the opportunity to hold two workshops ourselves. Although we could only be there for one day we had much fun and enjoyed showing Warp and UIkit to the community. Our Warp session (held in German) is available through the Jandbeyond Youtube channel. Unfortunately our second session won’t be available because of technical and acoustical problems.