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Codegarden First-Timer: Carl Sargunar

H5YR, Carl!

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Want to know more about what it feels like being a first-timer at Codegarden 2019? Read Carl Sargunar's first-timer story right here!

Full name: Carl Sargunar

Company: Mondo Media

Job title: CTO, Director, General Dogsbody

Country: UK

Twitter: @csargunar

Time working with Umbraco: approx. ten years.

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What made you want to go to Codegarden 2019?

After many years of making excuses like “I’ve got too much work on running an agency” or “It’s too far, I can’t afford the time away” I just decided to get the early bird tickets on the last day they were available.

I’ve been wanting to go since forever and followed along on social media every year. This year, however, I’m in a new phase of my career as a consultant rather than running an agency, so I’ve got a little more freedom.

I embraced that and went for it.

What were you looking forward to the most before arriving?

The atmosphere, meeting new people – particularly people I’ve spoken to online for years but never met face to face.

Also, Bingo.

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What were your biggest concerns/worries about you going to CG19?

Honestly, and it’s a boring worry, but time away from work.

What did you think of Codegarden 2019? And can you name your 3 favorite things/takeaways from the conference?

I really enjoyed the conference itself. Whilst I found the talks were a mix of both Tech and business talks, my interest being predominantly the tech side, I still enjoyed those talks I went to.

Equally important was the networking and socializing aspect which was excellent. Getting to meet so many people, who I speak to on social media, face to face, was great.


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Did you gain something unexpected from participating in CG19?

Does experiencing the Bingo count? I mean wow!

Looking back, what do you wish you knew before going to Codegarden?

I think I would have liked to have spent more time with Umbraco 8, perhaps looking at packages or identifying issues in order to have been able to discuss those more. I had to a certain extent, but there’s always more that could have been done.

What are your top 3 recommendations/tips for CG20 first timers?

  • Meet new people and say "Hi" – everyone’s super friendly.

  • Bring comfortable shoes – you’ll spend a long time on your feet.

  • Get everyone’s Twitter details – we’re a very social group, but sometimes we’re spread around the world, and it’s good to be able to stay in touch!


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Will we see you for CG20?

Almost certainly – and I’m considering applying for a talk too. 

And lastly, anything else you’d like to add?

For years I stayed away thinking it wouldn’t be worthwhile and I wouldn’t get a lot out of it.

Don’t make that mistake – this community is an excellent one and a really friendly one. I came away from Codegarden with some excellent tech insights, but also some excellent memories. 

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A massive H5YR to Carl for sharing his first-timer story - what an interesting read 😀! Make sure to read all of the other Codegarden 2019 first-timer stories.

Curious about previous Codegarden conferences and the experiences of other first-timers?

Find their stories right here: 

8 first-timers' perspectives on Codegarden 2018




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