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shopify unite

Several members of the Nextopia team had the chance to escape the cold and head to warm and sunny San Francisco, California for Shopify Unite 2017. Bringing together like-minded eCommerce developers and entrepreneurs, the show offered insights on how to get entrepreneurs on-line quicker and easier.

The show kicked off right away as the team ran into many familiar faces before they were even able to check-in and get their room keys at the Clift Hotel! After checking-in, Roddy and Kevin were able to soak in the sun while watching a baseball game with some of our partners. Michelle and Chantal took some time to explore the city and grab some food before heading off to Jones Restaurant, where the Shopify Agency party was being held. They sipped local beer on a spacious outdoor terrace while meeting new Shopify agencies and catching up with partners.


Running from April 20-21, the show offered various track sessions, big announcements, and speakers. The Nextopia Team had the opportunity to join eCommerce experts as new features were announced. Atlee Clark launched several new projects for Shopify in 2017. Some key releases include: Shopify Scripts, JavaScript Buy SDK, Online Store Editor. The team was surprised to hear that there are over 243,000 merchants on Shopify!

Shopify Unite kicked off with the CEO & founder, Toby Lutke, speaking about the future of eCommerce. It was a very inspirational speech that made us proud to be working with such an amazing company as Shopify. Followed by Toby were various keynotes presented by Shopify’s management team.

The Nextopia team took part in the Shopify Plus track with VP of Shopify Plus, Loren Padelford. It was great to hear how fast the enterprise program has grown since last year, and that there are many plans ahead.

After a successful first day, the team was excited to head to the event we were helping host at the Tonga Room at the Fairmont Hotel, with our fellow partners Rocket Code, Sweet Tooth, and Nosto. Our Hidden Treasure Happy Hour was a great success as we gave some tips on how to find that buried gold hidden under your eCommerce store!


Following the event and a quick bite to eat, They attended the Unite After Party at City Hall. The venue was astonishing with cathedral ceilings, marble floors, and a DJ. It was fun to see all of our tech friends tear up the dance floor!

While there was a power outage throughout most of the second day, all the presentations were held outside the fort mason building. It was nice to see the whole eCommerce gang work together to make the event as successful as possible – even with no power!

Nextopia is incredibly excited for Shopify Unite 2018 as they are bringing it home to Canada and will be holding it in Toronto, Canada!

Missed us at Shopify Unite? Check out other events the Nextopia team will be attending!

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