Our speakers know a thing or two about Magento and can’t wait to share their knowledge at the much anticipated third, annual, full size, Mage Titans Manchester conference. All speakers are to be confirmed and we’ll be updating the speaker roster over the run up to the event (in no particular order), so keep checking back here for updates or catch them on the speakers’ news blog category!

You’ll find all their synopsis here as they are released.

We think you’ll be pleased with the first two names on our line-up – yes, they have returned!! And there’s more to come!


Vinai Kopp

Magento Master, One of Magento’s Earliest Adopters, Magento Developer, Trainer, Consultant & Advisor:

A passionate Web Developer, Vinai has been an open source enthusiast since 1998.

Since March of 2008 he has specialised on the Magento platform, which at the time was still in its beta stages. Between working as a freelancer and collaborating in larger, corporate teams, he has been able to gather valuable experience from a wide-range of projects. This priceless experience motivated Vinai to move into training developers, particularly on how to effectively customise Magento.

Since then he has spent thousands of hours, training an array of developers and teams, in all aspects of the Magento platform, across the World. Topics range from extension development, using Git with Magento, performance tuning, and automated testing. In the past, Vinai has worked as a full-time Magento U instructor. He is a member of the Magento Certification Advisory Board and was one of the first to pass the MCD+ exam. Vinai is co-author of the German ‘Magento Developer Handbook’ published by O’Reilly in 2010 and co-author of ‘Grokking Magento’ along with Ben Marks.

Recently announced as one of the Magento Masters: Mentors.


Talk: TBC


Watch all of his Mage Titans talks here on our YouTube playlist.

Ben Marks

Long-Time Magento Developer, The Magento Evangelist, and Community Manager:

Ben joined Magento in April 2014 as a Developer and Community Evangelist after spending 5 years working as a Magento developer and educator. He is responsible for helping Magento and its amazing community of users and developers to be as connected as possible.

Raised in North Carolina, Ben moved to Charleston putting his psychology degree to use – playing drums full time. He accidentally became a programmer due to his addiction to automobiles andBen Marks the realisation that he could build a wiring harness for an MR2. First came Cold Fusion, then came PHP by way of osCommerce, aka “How to not learn programming”. Eventually Ben stumbled into CakePHP 1 & 2, Zend Framework 1, and eventually, Magento.

Ben has been working in the Magento community with some renown since October of 2008. After being brought into the Magento family as a Magento U trainer, he has moved up to his current status as Evangelist – as he was kind of doing that anyway! Now you’ll find him flying around the World speaking to thousands of people on the subject of Magento.


Talk: TBC


Watch all of his Mage Titans talks here on our YouTube playlist.


Max Bucknell

Developer at Redbox Digital

Max is a software developer at Redbox Digital, specialising in JavaScript and working almost exclusively with Magento 2 over the past year. Very passionate about the Magento community, he can often be found in community events such as the London Magento Meetup, or #realmagento. Outside of work, he is an avid rugby fan and lover of strange and old programming languages.


Talk: Present & Future of Front-End Development in Magento 2



Fabrizio Branca

Lead System Developer at AOE

Returning to Germany after 4 years in the San Francisco it’s now our chance to hear him speak at #MageTitansMCR!

Fabrizio Branca is Lead System Developer and is supporting AOE in establishing the American team in the Silicon Valley near San Francisco. He has been actively involved in diverse Open Source communities for many years and is currently working on global TYPO3-, Magento- and PHP enterprise projects at AOE. Fabrizio holds numerous certifications as Magento Certified Developer Plus, TYPO3 Certified Integrator and Zend Certified Engineer.


Fabian Schmengler

Software Engineer, Magento Developer @integer_net & Freelance Magento Consultant

Fabian specializes in Magento development since 2011 and since then has worked as freelance consultant and as head of development at the agency code4business. Coming from a software engineering background and several years of web development experience, he embraced test driven development from the beginning and is now looking forward to the new era of Magento 2.

Today Fabian is responsible for backend development, conception and devops work at integer_net, a small company of Magento experts in Aachen, Germany. Besides client projects he also works on commercial and open source extensions, now with the focus on migration to Magento 2.


Talk: Porting A Complex Extension To Magento 2


James Cowie

James Cowie

Software Engineer, Magento Developer @integer_net & Freelance Magento Consultant

James is a Senior Magento Engineer & Magento 2016 Magento Mover with over 10 years experience in PHP and web applications. When not at work he likes to work on BDD / TDD tools being one of the maintainers of MageSpec and BehatMage. He also co-presents MageCasts.IO with Allan MacGregor to help educate people on SOLID, TDD and BDD.