We chose Panagiotis & Alexius as Ambassadors of the month for their involvement and motivation towards the Greek community. They joined the Ambassador Program a year ago and we wanted to thank them for what they have accomplished so far. Learn more about their experiences as Ambassadors in Athens but also about Greek habits and traditions by reading their interview :)
Three words to best describe you:
Panagiotis: Dreamer, Open source enthusiast, Fan of challenges
Alexius: Passionate Archer, Linux Lover and JAVA Geek!
If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?
Panagiotis: The title of the book would be: “Around the web in 80 seconds”
Alexius: “Software Development with Archer Philosophy”
What is your hidden talent?
Panagiotis: My hidden talent is to be a good Guitar Player
Alexius: I am a hidden archer.
A favorite line from a movie?
Panagiotis: “Are you listening to me, son? I'm givin' you pearls here.” (Scent of woman)
Alexius: “Have you ever danced with the devil by the pale moonlight?” (Batman 1999)
If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go and why?
Panagiotis: I would go to Japan, in the Iga valley.
Alexius: North Pole (I would weigh less there).
What issue/topic keeps you awake at night?
Panagiotis: If it is time to sleep, nothing stops me from sleeping.
Alexius: The League of Legends can keep me awake.
About your country
What is your favorite local food or drink?
Panagiotis: Ouzo (a dry anise-flavoured aperitif widely consumed in Greece) and salted sardines.
Alexius: MOUSAKA (an eggplant- or potato-based dish with grounded meat).
Traditional Greek dishes
Give us a fun fact about your country:
Panagiotis: There is a lot of career opportunities in Greece.
Alexius: But also great investment opportunities!
What do you like the most about your country?
Panagiotis: Sun and hospitality.
Alexius: Sun and hospitality.
What is especially worth seeing in your country?
Panagiotis: Greece is an ideal place to visit. It combines history, sun, sea and night life.
Alexius: The Meteora is especially worth seeing.
What is your favorite PrestaShop store?
Panagiotis: AltheaNaxos. It is a customized Prestashop store with hotel booking capabilities.
Alexius: My favorite store is malama.com.gr. Built it several years ago and still is rock solid.
What opportunities does PrestaShop provide in your country?
Panagiotis: PrestaShop is ideal for local businesses as it is easy to use with its ton of capabilities. This is the reason why the greek community appeared to be so active on the software.
Alexius: Greece now has major opportunities for low cost – high volume projects. This is where PrestaShop kicks in.
What is your feedback on the new major version, PrestaShop 1.7?
Panagiotis: Not really adopted it because there is a fear of upgrading from previous versions.
Alexius: Very good but with several issues if you want to migrate from previous versions
How do you stay tuned on PrestaShop’s newest updates?
Panagiotis: I stay tuned through PrestaShop’s website and forum.
Alexius: I ask Panos J
About being an Ambassador
What were your motivations to become an Ambassador?
Panagiotis: To activate the greek community and make it famous
Alexius: I am a software architect. I want to propose rock solid components with easy integration. PrestaShop is one of them. It is robust, simple and a “set it and forget it” philosophy. This is why I wanted to support it and organize a community around it so that everyone benefits from it.
What is your proudest moment as a PrestaShop Ambassador?
Panagiotis: I’m proud of the number of attendants to the very first meetup.
Alexius: A handyman with almost no computer experience that one month after the first meetup called me to tell me that he has setup his online store and that he is selling from it.
What do you like the most about being an Ambassador?
Panagiotis: What I like the most is to get access to the users concerns.
Alexius: I like all that I can give back to the community.
A last word?
Panagiotis: Communication is the key
Alexius: Communication is the key
Greece now have no secrets for us Presta’Lovers now! Thank you Panagiotis & Alexius for answering our questions and letting us know more about yourselves and your experiences as PrestaShop Ambassadors! See you next month for a new ambassador and a new country! :)
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