Plone Conference 2021 Recap

The annual Plone Conference 2021 was held 100% online, and gathered people from all over the world. Thank you, everybody!

Plone Conference 2021 Online

This year's conference was a 9-day event for the Plone, Zope, Volto, Guillotina & Pyramid communities and consisted of training, talks, and sprints. The conference provided insight into the long history (20 years!) of Plone CMS as well as the latest, future-proof features and visions.

  • Plone - The original, open-source, enterprise-grade, all-in-one content management system written in Python.
  • Zope - The original Python web application server - the foundation for Plone and inspiration for Guillotina.
  • Volto - Plone 6's snappy, modern React front end powered by the RestAPI.
  • Guillotina - A re-imagined asynchronous back end compatible with Plone's RestAPI.
  • Pyramid - A small, fast, down-to-earth Python web framework.

With 295 attendees from 30+ countries from over the world, from Jamaica to Japan, USA to the UK, Germany to Finland, to Austria, Brasil and Australia, the conference attracted many newcomers to the community, in addition to long-time contributors since the early days of Plone. 

With the help of our sponsors, like Six Feet Up, iMio, and many others, the conference was held 100% Online, using LoudSwarm platform by Six Feet Up. LoudSwarm nicely combined video streaming, recordings, schedules, and chat discussion.

Every training, talk, and presentation was recorded and will be available online on Plone YouTube channel later.


Group Photo of Plone Conference 2021 Online.


As in previous years, the conference included over 30 hours of free training, with topics including Mastering Plone, Volto Addons, Pyramid, and Guillotina.

The training videos are already publicly available on YouTube.

Talks and Open Spaces

The 4 days of talks included almost 60 professional presentations, ranging from addressing specialized use cases to building and managing projects and into very technical talks about some aspect of a certain technology. Many of the talks focused on Volto, Plone 6's new React-based frontend, and there was also a lot of discussion about the future of Plone 6.

With Open Spaces and 5 min lightning talks, it was possible to bring into focus many other aspects and topics.

Some highlights of talks: 

  • Plone community
  • Plone 6, Volto
  • Plone 6 Classic
  • renewal
  • Volto Add ons
  • Plone Migrations
  • Abfab, Frontend development
  • Quanta - new style for Plone
  • Plone in Brazil
  • 7 things to surprise you with Plone development
  • Guillotina
  • Accessibility

And many more!

Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers


Every Plone Conference includes at least two days of sprinting, so after the conference talks, people continued to meet, working to improve and develop the Plone ecosystem.

Sprint topics included e.g.

  • Plone 6 roadmap
  • Volto
  • Documentation
  • Image handling
  • Docker support for installers
  • renewal


The Plone community aims to be the most welcoming and friendly community towards new users and veterans alike. We are happy to report that this conference brought many new faces and we sincerely hope that everyone felt the love.

Chrissy Wainwright addressed some of these communal aspects in her first keynote: 

Every conference has a party, and this was no different, except for the fact that everyone was online this time.

Thank you, everyone, sponsors, organizers, trainers, presenters, and especially participants for making this year's conference one to remember!

Next year: Plone Conference 2022 in Namur, Belgium!

Next year the conference will be held in Namur, Belgium!

So mark your calendars and stay tuned for Plone Conference 2022 news! Follow @ploneconf and #ploneconf2022 on Twitter and Instagram.