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Jan 05, 2023

2 min to read

Happy New Year, Happy Ten Years!

2023 marks Akeneo's 10th year anniversary, and we want people of all ages and skills to get involved! Whether you're a professional painter or struggle with stick figures, we want to see your rendition of our purple, three-headed hydra to celebrate a decade of Akeneo.


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It’s officially 2023, which means that 2013 is now a decade behind us. Since the days of The Harlem Shake and The Cup Song, a lot has changed. 

We’ve seen new apps rise and fall (looking at you, Vine), rapid advancements in AR, VR, and AI technology with the likes of Pokemon Go, DALL-E, and ChatGPT enter the arena, and, of course, a global pandemic that reached every corner of the globe and continues to rear its ugly head.

But these past ten years mark something else as well; 10 years of Akeneo. That’s right, 2013 was the year our founders bonded over a passion for David Bowie, beer, and helping brands and retailers create strong omnichannel experiences and began developing a new open-source solution that could replace the use of spreadsheets and manual processes to manage product information.

And so, while “selfie” was being added to the dictionary, Akeneo was born and the last foundational member joined the team; our three-headed purple hydra, Ziggy.Ziggy drawing

While once a threatening monster facing our product catalog manager heroine, Julia, that once represented the scary nature of multichannel commerce, Ziggy has since been tamed into our friendly neighborhood Chief Community Officer. She now acts as our Akeneo ambassador who enable customers to succeed in the intimidating world of omnichannel commerce.


Ziggy concept drawings

So while Ziggy has gone through a fair amount of iterations over the past decade, she’s been a core member of the Akeneo team from the start. 

That’s ten years of holiday celebrations, traversing the world, Unlock events, serving up cocktails, and Ziggy birthdays, all while paving the way for compelling omnichannel product experiences.

We’ve also seen her in a myriad of mediums; from animated to plushie to steel to even glowsticks, Ziggy has taken many shapes and forms, thanks to the creativity and innovation of the Akeneo team.

Ziggy birthday     Ziggy holiday

Ziggy cocktail

Ziggy steel - Unlock Paris     Glowstick Ziggy

Ziggy at the foot of Christ the Redeemer

But now, with 10 years of experience under our belt, we want to open up the doors and include our entire PXM community and beyond to get in on the fun.

Whether you’re a professional painter or struggle with stick figures,  we want to see your Ziggy masterpieces. You can submit up to 5 renditions of our beloved mascot if you’d like, and our favorite 20 pieces of art will be showcased live in our Ziggy exhibit at the Unlock Paris 10 Year Anniversary party. 

Plus, the artists with the winning drawings will receive two free tickets to Unlock Paris and will win a mamma Ziggy plushie of their own! Remember, it’s not purely about artistic skill; creativity and innovation will be a factor in the competition as well.

Artwork must be submitted here by February 1st, and winners will be announced on February 15th! 

So what are you waiting for? Join in on a decade of Ziggy-inspired art and enter for a chance to receive free tickets to the biggest PXM event of the year. 

Start planning quickly, make it pretty, and let’s draw Ziggy!

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