2016 was the inaugural year of our new top
contributor program: Magento
. Many have asked what it takes to be a Magento
Master, so we figured it would be great to spotlight our 2016
Magento Masters and let you get to know them and why they
decided to get involved and contribute within the Magento

Let’s get to know Sander Mangel, Technical Lead at

Hi, I’m Sander. I’m a Magento Master 2016.

What might the Magento community not know about you? 

One of the things that the Magento Community might not know
about me is that I love to cook. It’s one of the things that I
do to relax. I love to go to the market to get some ingredients
and then, in the evening, make a special dinner, invite some
friends, and have some wine. For me, that’s the best thing
there is.

What is one piece of advice you would give other

One of the things that I truly live by, and would love to pass
on to other developers, is that community is so important. You
can be a good developer and live on your own island—don’t get
any input from the community, don’t connect to other people—but
once you start to talk to others, hear their ideas, and share
knowledge, a whole new world opens up for you. You can actually
be a great developer. Always take the chance to reach out to
others and listen to what they have to say.

If you could ask anyone at Magento a question, who would it be?
What would you ask?

For me, it would be Alan Kent, someone I hold in high regard. I
would love to know his thoughts on what Magento would look like
if he had a clean slate. What kind of technology would he use
to make Magento ready for 2020 and beyond? I think that would
be fascinating. I had the honor of talking to him a couple
times and his vision on technology is so fascinating. I would
love to hear more about that.

Who do you hope to see as a Magento Master in 2017 and why?

The kind of person I would like to see as a Magento Master in
2017, is a hard question. There are so many people that do
deserve it. I would love to see someone that has been
previously unknown to a big part of the community. They should
actually get the chance to get out there and make their mark on
the wider community rather than just the one in their region or


Technical Lead, FitForMe

Coffee and eCommerce enthusiast living in Rotterdam, the
Netherlands. Passionate about Magento and everything involved
with the community. “Getting others involved and reaching out
to new people is what drives me to do events like MageStackDay,
user groups, and help with Meet Magento. For me, collaboration
is what drives true innovation. That goes for everything in
life but especially the work I do with Magento development.”

Meet all of the 2017
Magento Masters
 and check out our Community
Hall of Fame