Laura Boat (2)

8 first-timers' perspectives on Codegarden 2018

Perhaps they share a similar background or story as you?

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“How many are at Codegarden for the first time?” To some surprise, a sea of hands were raised among the 600+ attendees when this question got asked during the opening keynote. If CG18 was your first Codegarden, you were definitely not alone! What’s it like going to your first Codegarden? What made you go in the first place? And was it everything you thought it would be? I’ve contacted 8 brave Codegarden first-timers, each with different backgrounds, to ask if they would share their CG18 experience with us. Luckily, they all said yes:

Poornima Nayar, Senior Web Developer, UK:

I have been working with Umbraco for a long time, but I never managed to make it to any Codegarden in the past…

See all of Poornima’s answers

Dave Pearcey, Full stack developer at Pro:Direct Sport LTD, UK:

For me it was also facing my social anxieties, knowing that it’s expected of me to talk to fellow attendees. That was never an issue when we were there though... “

See all of Dave’s answers

Elizabeth Gibbons, Director of Client Services at Zeroseven, Australia:

I’m also not a developer, so I was anxious I’d be alone in a corner by myself while all the developers talked technical…

See all of Elizabeth’s answers

Tony Cortinas, Vice President and Co-Founder of Marathon Consulting, US:

...after attending Codegaden, it’s clear that Umbraco is so much more than that. It’s a community.”

See all of Tony’s answers

Laura Vogt, Content Editor & Umbraco Festival Organiser at byte5 digital media, Germany:

At byte5, attending Codegarden is the initiation rite for every new employee. But honestly, it was much more than that to me…”

See all of Laura’s answers

Owain Williams, Technical Developer at LEWIS, Scotland:

Not all the CG18 talks or activities were about Umbraco which was great - it keeps everything really interesting…

See all of Owain’s answers

Gemma Disney, Project Manager at Carbon Six Digital Ltd, UK:

Would it be worth the time? To boil it down, absolutely yes, it was worth it!

See all of Gemma’s answers

Nicolai Birkmose Oksen, Keyboard Smasher & Code Creator at Umbraco HQ, Denmark:


I was dead scared of bingo. Everyone kept telling me that no matter how much you prepare for bingo, it will surprise you…

See all of Nicolai’s answers

A big thank you and H5YR to Poornima, Dave, Elizabeth, Tony, Laura, Owain, Gemma and Nicolai for sharing your Codegarden experience with all of us.

We hope (and expect 😉 ) to see you all again for Codegarden 2019.

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