ONLYOFFICE is back from the Nextcloud Conference 2018

Hi everyone!

We’ve returned from Berlin where Nextcloud Conference was held, and we definitely have lots of impressions to share with you. Read the article to learn more.


Conference Overview

Event: Nextcloud Conference 2018

Where: Berlin, Germany

When: August 23-30

Program: Hackweek, Talks & Workshops, Enterprise Day

Participants:

  • Nextcloud team;
  • Global Nextcloud contributor community (Germany, Austria, Italy, Russia, Albania, Slovenia, South Africa, Kenya, Singapore, Japan);
  • Companies, universities, research organizations, including our partners and friends from Univention and CERN.

We found it cool that among the participants there were many women, e.g. Hong Phuc Dang (founder of FOSSASIA), Katharina Meyer (head of Outreach Prototype Fund), Camila Ayres (software engineer at Nextcloud) and many others. Besides, Jona Azizaj and Xheni Myrtaj shared thier experience of being RGSoC (Rails Girls Summer of Code) students, a global fellowship program for women and non-binary coders. So, more women in IT is the tendency we really like! And two women among ONLYOFFICE representatives prove it.

ONLYOFFICE representatives: Galina Godukhina (head of sales), Ksenia Fedoruk (marketing communications manager), Sergey Linnik (senior developer and the actual creator of ONLYOFFICE connector for Nextcloud), and Alex Mikheev (technical expert and head of tech support).

Talks, Keynotes & Workshops

When: August 25 and 26

Where: The Technical University of Berlin

Opening talk: Keynote of the Nextcloud founder, Frank Karlitschek, about the Nextcloud 14 release.

Covered topics: Diversity in open source, coding, security, virtual machines, contributing to Nextcloud development and many others.

ONLYOFFICE Lightning Talk: ONLYOFFICE in a nutshell, achievements and plans in terms of our integration with Nextcloud, presented by Galina Godukhina.

A funny moment happened when blockchain technology was mentioned – it sparked excitement among the listeners, and we got loud applause. By the way, we’re now actually working on the new Blockchain Edition, a solution for document encrypting and co-editing. Don’t miss the release!

 

ONLYOFFICE Workshop: integration of ONLYOFFICE Online Document Editors with Nextcloud, demonstration of simultaneous co-editing, real-time collaboration on a doc with all the participants, discussing follow-up questions. Held by Alex and Sergey.

A brief overview of received questions and suggestions:

  • What is the difference between two versions of ONLYOFFICE online editors in Community Edition and Integration Edition? (You can find this comparison on GitHub.)
  • How do ONLYOFFICE online editors open and convert ODT files? (We convert ODT files to DOCX. Then, you can still download them as ODT, but this means double conversion.)
  • Is it possible to open and edit files as ODT by default? (Not yet, however, our developers are going to add such an option.)
  • Will it be possible to insert pictures stored in your Nextcloud account into the document you’re editing with ONLYOFFICE? (Surely, this feature will be added in one of the next releases of ONLYOFFICE connector for Nextcloud.)
  • Could you add the possibility for developers to co-edit a code with ONLYOFFICE editors? (An interesting idea, we’ll think it over.)

Enterprise Day

When: August 27

Where: The Park Inn at Berlin Alexanderplatz

Participants: Nextcloud team and productivity partners + IT professionals and enterprises

ONLYOFFICE presentation: technology behind ONLYOFFICE, multiple collaborative features in ONLYOFFICE online document editors, security measures, benefits of integration with Nextcloud. Presented by Ksenia Fedoruk.

Achieved goals: new contacts established, business talks with prospect customers and partners.

Additionally: We met Jan Dageförde, a PhD student and a Moodle contributor from the University of Münster, Germany. We discussed Moodle plugin and technical problems connected with its development. So, the real integration with Moodle (maybe via Nextcloud) is not that far away.


A nice view from the Park Inn roof

 

The conference was extremely productive, full of new discoveries and connections. We are glad to know that ONLYOFFICE matters for the up-to-date business software landscape, and that there are further ways to grow and develop.

Have you also attended Nextcloud Conference 2018? Share your impressions in the comments below! It would be great to hear about your experience.

Stay tuned and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. There you’ll always find fresh news and photos.

Ksenija

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