First off, there’s the so-called BarCamps a.k.a. TYPO3camps. Anyone can attend BarCamps and these events focus on TYPO3. If you want to find out more about BarCamps in general, check out this (German!) YouTube clip.
BarCamps usually take place at the weekend from Friday evening through to Sunday afternoon. Here, you can listen to talks and participate in workshops. And if you feel inclined to do so, you can both suggest or give a speech, and suggest or lead a workshop. BarCamps give you the opportunity of participating according to your needs and knowledge.
It’s also a great opportunity to get to know the community. You can have a chat with core team members and extension developers, and ask questions you may have. And don’t worry, they don’t bite and are always open for discussions. ;-) And having fun is part of the game at BarCamps, as the events also feature an evening program. Tickets usually cost somewhere between 50-70 Euros.
There’s nowhere else you’ll get such top-notch professional training at such a low price!
Other official TYPO3 events include the TYPO3 Conference (T3CON), the Developer Days (DevDays), the Agency Meetup Days (AMD) and the TYPO3 Snowboard Tour (T3BOARD). Of course these events are more expensive, but they’re also a really good opportunity for extending your knowledge, gaining additional skills, and socializing.
And last, but not least, there are ever so many TYPO3 User Groups (TUG), which are run by volunteers and financed by sponsors. Participation is free of charge. TYPO3 enthusiasts meet up once a month (or so), to talk shop, exchange news, show new, cool projects, and lots more.
I’ve been an active member of the TYPO3 User Group Bodensee for a few years and always look forward to this monthly meeting. And even when not so many of the crowd turn up (like in August where it was just 3 of us, due to vacations), it’s always good fun networking and sharing thoughts and knowledge with like-minded people.