Thomas - Service Director
Thomas flew in a day before Codegarden to attend the Gold Partner day, a day that values the Umbraco Gold Partners and offers a platform to get to know other partners & people from Umbraco HQ. It proved to be very insightful as The Reference got a unique sneak peek on Umbraco's roadmap for the upcoming year(s).
The Gold Partner day was also a great networking event. After all, all Gold Partners share a burning love for Umbraco, which made it easy to connect with one another and share experiences. From a business perspective, meeting new partners, sharing success stories and discussing collaborations with new vendors and suppliers is worth a lot in a worldwide community.
At Codegarden, some of the talks Thomas followed were:
- Next generation agencies on Umbraco Cloud to stay informed about the future of Umbraco Cloud and to see how your projects will benefit from new insights
- About circular e-commerce to know more about an atypical view on ecommerce for the fashion industry: combine sustainability with the option to 'rent' your clothes and you get a lot of inspiration for your e-commerce solutions.
Davy - Solution Architect
Part of being doing a good job as Solution Architect, is also having a broad network: you need to know the people behind the tools and packages and they need to know you. This ensures a strong collaboration between The Reference and its partners and guarantees innovative Umbraco projects for our customers.
- The future might be distributed where Deane Barker explained why 'best-of-breed' has become a marketing buzzword instead of a proper solution
- Umbraco 8 - worth the w8, a talk where the Umbraco core team shared its favorite features of Umbraco v8. Because, after all... how do you convince your clients to migrate to the latest version of Umbraco? What's in it for them?
Jeroen - Senior .NET Developer
Thank god that Codegarden sets the bar quite high for its speakers. We got home inspired and with some extra challenges on our to-do list.
During Codegarden, Jeroen enjoyed some tacos while learning more about Umbraco Headless.
Since he was part of the team that won the Google Hackathon, the talk about performance optimizations was a must see!
Joke - Project & Operations Manager
Codegarden is the perfect occasion to get to know the community and see the friendly faces behind Twitter handlers or community-based initiatives such as Skrift.io and 24DaysIn.
Since Joke also recently started organizing Meetups with the Belgian Umbraco Community and started taking an active part in the BUUG Board that will organize a Belgian Umbraco Festival in March 2020, Codegarden is perfect to get introduced by the people at HQ that can support her in this mission.
Joke had 2 talks on her must-see list:
- Developing talent to learn more on how you can convince your team to keep a Growth mindset instead and keep them motivated to constantly improve themselves.
- Empathy in tech where the impact of talking about 'technical' versus 'non-technical' people and referring to developers as 'guys', is measured and explained.
BTW... did you know that Joke won her Codegarden ticket by entering a competition on International Womens Day? Codegarden surely practices what Carole Rennie Logan preached!
Looking forward to more insights on Umbraco and Codegarden?