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Umbraco
UK Festival 2015 

The Biggest and (Probably) The best!

The Cogworks presents the 6th annual Umbraco UK Festival in London

Thursday 29th October - Hackathon
 Friday 30th October - The Umbraco UK Festival

 
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The Crypt on the green

This year, we welcome you to our largest venue yet! The awesome Crypt on the Green.

We have use of the whole venue including as much coffee as you can cope with...

Crypt on the Green
Clerkenwell Close
London EC1R 0EA

 
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Wanna get involved in some Umbraco bug fixing action?

It’s hackathon time, so why not come down a day early!

As part of the Umbraco UK Festival, we will again be running a bug fixing Hackathon.

Over the last 4 years, we have contributed over 100 minor bug fixes to Umbraco. It’s been a great success. So come hang out, dive into the Umbraco source, and bash some bugs.

You get to choose the bugs that you want to fix. There will be Umbraco core team members available to help!

What to expect:

  • Pair programming
  • 1hr Pico-Sprints
  • Umbraco Core team members
  • Coffee
  • Lunch

Everyone is welcome to come along and join in no matter what level you are at…

What to bring:

  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger
  • A smile

Where?

We’ll be in the same venue as the main festival, so if you wanna come down a day early you’re more than welcome.

 

 

Speakers

NIELS HARTVIG CHIEF UNICORN UMBRACO

NIELS HARTVIG
CHIEF UNICORN
UMBRACO

Umbraco UK Festival Keynote

TBC

Niels is the founder of Umbraco and remains the project's heart and soul. Niels started Umbraco out of necessity but has maintained it out of love and now Umbraco has a life far beyond his wildest dreams. Niels is the inspiration behind Umbraco's community focus, its dedication to quality, and its no-compromise approach to simplicity. He can be found improving bits of core functionality as often as he can be found encouraging others to take Umbraco to its limit.

Other than spreading the Umbraco love, Niels spends time with his wife and three sons and makes music with his ever growing collection of analogue synths.

 
MARTIN BEEBY TECHNICAL EVANGELIST MICROSOFT

MARTIN BEEBY
TECHNICAL EVANGELIST
MICROSOFT

What's New in ASP.Net 5 and MVC 6

Learn how and why ASP.NET 5 has been rebuilt from the ground up to be the best web development platform for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Get an introduction to the major advancements and an overview of what's changed and what's stayed the same.

Martin Beeby works for Microsoft where he talks to developers about HTML5, Windows 8 and the web. Martin has been developing since he was 16 and over the past 16 years has worked on projects with many Major brands

Martin has written articles for, and been featured in, .NET Magazine, ZDNet, the Microsoft Developer Network, Ubelly.com and Windows Magazine.

 
SHANNON DEMINICK UMBRACO

SHANNON DEMINICK
UMBRACO

V8 Roadmap

Full details TBC.

Shannon has been writing code in his spare time since he was a teenager (when MIRC was the thing to do) and made a career of it the second he left college, but by no means fits the stereotype. Shannon is a man of prolific productivity and equally abundant wit. After flying the Umbraco flag at an Australian web agency and being an active core contributor, HQ scored when he agreed to joined the team full-time in 2011. His Umbraco credentials are of epic proportions as the creator of popular libraries Examine, Smidge, Articulate, UmbracoIdentity & ClientDependency, the original founder of uComponents and a Microsoft MVP.

 
MIKE SIMS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR CHORUS GLOBAL LTD

MIKE SIMS
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
CHORUS GLOBAL LTD

Integrating Umbraco with Microsoft Dynamics CRM

What it can do, how it can be done, the challenges they faced and a look at it in action. Useful for those integrating and extending Umbraco with other systems—common challenges faced and discussing ways to overcome these.

Mike Sims is the Development Director for Chorus, the company behind Harmony. He has more than 15 years’ experience of using web technologies including Umbraco, often specialising in integrating solutions. Based in Bristol in UK, Mike has worked with many national and international clients across a range of sectors.

When Mike isn’t working in Umbraco and creating new software products, he can be found with his wife, two children and chickens.

 
MANIMARAN MANIVANNAN

MANIMARAN MANIVANNAN

Extending the Kudu Deployment Engine of azure

Extending the Kudu Deployment Engine of Azure Web Apps service for continuous deployment of Umbraco 7 websiteS.

Mani will share his experiences and the decisions he had to make on the following:-

  1. Using Kudu’s build system instead of Visual Studio Online’s build system
  2. Installing and integrating Ruby (a dependency for Compass SASS compiler) on Kudu to avoid disruption of the process used by the front-end team

  3. Using Assembla as a Git repo and trigger the builds on commits. (Only GitHub is inherently supported by Kudu)

Mani writes and delivers software. Since graduating in the UK with a Masters in .NET Distributed Systems Development, he has consulted for Zurich Financial Services, Emap International, EasyJet and Bauer Media. He specialises in Content Management Systems. He is an active member of UK Azure user group and Windows Apps London user group. As a regular member of  the LEAN Startup Circle (London), he is an avid proponent of adopting LEAN techniques in traditionally organised enterprises and businesses. He aspires to be known as a "Full Stack Person" with the ability to consult not just on technical implementation of a business idea but also on the business model, product design and marketing.

 
CHRIS BUSH HEAD OF USER EXPERIENCE SIGMA CONSULTING SOLUTIONS

CHRIS BUSH
HEAD OF USER EXPERIENCE
SIGMA CONSULTING SOLUTIONS

Building a better User Experience. 

I’ll walk you through some of key things to consider when designing and developing a user-centred web site. I’ll show you how to run effective low-cost user testing sessions (across desktop and mobile) throughout your development life cycle to ensure your site is meeting both your users’ and clients’ needs.

You’ll also get some useful pointers on how to get started, the things that might go wrong and how to avoid them, and the tips you’ll need to guarantee successful tests that deliver actionable insights.

 
THOMAS ARDAL ELMAH.IO

THOMAS ARDAL
ELMAH.IO

ERROR LOGGING WITH UMBRACO AND ELMAH.IO

Error logging is an important aspect of every web application. In this session you will be presented with a general introduction to error logging as well as some practical examples on how to move your entire Umbraco log to elmah.io. Storing your logs in a product build on top of Elasticsearch, will make log4net log files feel like something out of the 1980’s

Freelance developer and entrepreneur working primarily with .NET web applications. Thomas is the founder of the cloud logging platform elmah.io and a recurrent speaker in the danish .NET and Elasticsearch community.

 
MARC STÖCKER MINDREVOLUTION

MARC STÖCKER
MINDREVOLUTION

Umbraco Grid: Structure, settings, editors, and use cases

What you can achieve with the grid, what you can try, what you shouldn’t attempt. Is it playing together nicely with Examine and Courier—and what do you possibly have to look out for?

Also, what experiences has the audience had with the grid so far and where are the pain points—if any?

Marc Stöcker is a developer, marketer, copywriter, manager, coffee drinker, husband and dad - most likely not in that order. From his roots as copywriter and conceptional designer, Marc quickly progressed to interactive lead thanks to his passion for all things tech. After starting an agency of his own, he has been working with Umbraco since the early days of Version 2.1. Marc is currently in charge of strategy and planning at mindrevolution, an Umbraco certified partner in Stuttgart where he is using the web and it's latest technology for content and context marketing. He's committed to the idea of hard work, constant improvement and a future all open-source.

 
BARRY BRIGGS SENIOR UX ARCHITECT NORTHERN USER EXPERIENCE (@NUXUK)

BARRY BRIGGS
SENIOR UX ARCHITECT
NORTHERN USER EXPERIENCE (@NUXUK)

How to test your mobile site without spending a fortune...

…in which @quiffboy will show you why usability testing your site on mobile devices needn’t be difficult or expensive, but might require a bit of DIY.

Usability testing your products on desktops and laptops is now commonplace, yet many clients, stakeholders and even product teams are still reluctant to usability test their products on mobile devices, citing any number of perceived complexities as reasons to not put their product in front of their users until it’s too late. In this talk I demystify the perceived complexities of testing on mobile devices, while giving some handy shortcuts and practical time savers for low cost, fast turn-around guerrilla usability testing. Oh, and there's also a bit of DIY. The talk is perfect for designers, developers and researchers from all backgrounds and all levels of experience. Usability testing shouldn't just be the responsibility of the UX team.

Barry is a Senior User Experience Architect with over 15 years’ experience in the industry. During that time he counts himself lucky to have worked with some of the best agencies in the North-West and has worked on numerous successful high profile projects, across a wide variety of sectors, for both national and global brands.

He’s a usability obsessive, one of the Northern User Experience (NUX) team, a chronic perfectionist and a would-be evil scientist. In between all this he spends far too much time in his quest for the perfect quiff.

 
MARK NEEDHAM NEO TECHNOLOGY

MARK NEEDHAM
NEO TECHNOLOGY

An introduction to graph databases and Neo4j

In this talk Mark will give an introduction to graph databases and in particular Neo4j and how modelling and storing your data in this way can help you discover interesting insights into your data. We'll have a look at what problems / use cases people are solving with graph databases from recommendation engines to impact analysis to the classic social graph. Finally we'll demo Cypher, Neo4j's powerful graph based query language. 

Mark is a graph advocate and software engineer for Neo Technology, the company behind the Neo4j graph database. He previously worked as a field engineer, helping customers embrace graph data and Neo4j building sophisticated solutions to challenging data problems.  Mark writes his experiences of being a graphista on a popular blog at http://markhneedham.com/blog. He tweets at @markhneedham.

 
TUGBERK UGURLU SOFTWARE DEVELOPER REDGATE SOFTWARE

TUGBERK UGURLU
SOFTWARE DEVELOPER
REDGATE SOFTWARE

PROFILING .NET SERVER APPLICATIONS

When you deploy your application, it doesn’t mean that you are now all done. In fact, it’s just getting started for you. You need to make sure that your application is healthy as expected in its new home. However, it’s not always the case and your application itself can be the reason for that in many cases.

In this talk, we will go through the ways to diagnose the problems on your deployed .NET server application which could be a windows service, an ASP.NET application running on IIS and even an ASP.NET 5 application running in a self-hosted process. We will see the recommended ways to approach this problem but we will also see how we can handle the ugly cases like trying to do a memory profiling on a running .NET server applications with tools like WinDbg, Redgate ANTS Memory Profiler and others.

The primary aim of the session is to give you an idea of what can be done in certain scenarios to understand the health level of your .NET Server application. If you see your deployed .NET Server application as a blackbox, this talk will make that thought go away.

I am a web guy, Microsoft MVP and software developer specialized mainly on .NET Web technologies. I worked in the tourism industry to build tourism software services and products for a long time and now, I am working at Redgate Software as a Software Engineer helping people do database delivery in a joyful way. I am also a very involved member in the community and try to expose my knowledge to others through my blog, webcasts, authoring books, giving talks on various topics and so on. I live in the lovely and green Cambridge, UK and I am married to a lovely woman.


Got something interesting you’d like to show the Umbraco community?

Want your own 15 mins of Umbraco Fame?

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Describe briefly what your talk is about and why you think it would be interesting to the Umbraco community.

We are always on the lookout for speakers, so if you have anything you’d like to present and would like to be considered for one of the presenter slots, then please send us your details using the form below.

We’ll consider anything interesting and it doesn’t have to be about Umbraco specifically. In the past we have had talks about:-

  • Agile project management
  • User experience
  • Elastic Search
  • Deployment

So if you’re interested, get in contact.

Fancy some hands-on action as well?

WE’RE RUNNING A NUMBER OF WORKSHOPS THROUGH THE DAY!

We have a great line-up of speakers but we thought this year it might also be fun to have some workshops running as well.

Workshops are free to attend but spaces will be limited. If you hope to join one of the sessions make sure you have a laptop with you and have downloaded any code or documentation listed below for the session. Access to the workshops will be on a first-come first-served basis on the day.

 

THE WORKSHOPS

Photo by Doug Robar

Photo by Doug Robar

EXAMINE BOOTCAMP with Ismail Mayat

Examineness hints & tips from the trenches. Join me on a fast paced journey in to the inner workings of Examine. We will be working through set of exercises based loosely upon my Examine blog posts and UK festival session from 2012.

 
Photo by Doug Robar

Photo by Doug Robar

PROPERTY EDITORS 101 with Warren Buckley

Come join Warren as he takes you on an introduction to the popular AngularJS framework and how to use this along with our front-end skills to build property editors to extend the Umbraco back-office editor experience for our clients.

 
Photo by Doug Robar

Photo by Doug Robar

UNIT TESTING WORKSHOP with Anthony Dang

This workshop will be centred around powerful tools such as NUnit and Moq. You will be exposed to concepts such as Dependency Injection, Interfaces, and Moqs & Stubs (Fake objects).

You will work in pairs to create (and unit test) some functionality for a forum website. Each exercise will be accompanied first by a quick presentation of concepts with examples. The exercises are based around the Umbraco 7 Member and Content APIs.

 

INTRODUCTION TO MERCHELLO with Barry Fogarty

Learn how to set up the popular Merchello eCommerce platform for Umbraco. This workshop is based on the session at Codegarden ’15, updated to cover the latest features—and a brand new starter kit.   It will teach you everything you need to know to start building webshops with Umbraco and Merchello.

Barry is a freelance Umbraco and Merchello developer based in Bath.  Get in touch via Twitter and his website.

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Travel & Hotels

Centrally located between the City and West End in Clerkenwell, the venue is easy to find 

 
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Tube

Nearest stations are:

  • Barbican (Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City)
  • Farringdon (Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City)
  • Angel (Northern)
 
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Train

Nearest stations are:

  • Farringdon (Thameslink, Southeastern)
  • Kings Cross (East Coast, FCC, First Hull, Grand Central)
  • St Pancras (East Midlands, Thameslink, Southeastern, Eurostar)
  • Euston (Virgin, London Midland)
 

Bus

Buses passing nearby can be seen on the TFL website and include:

  • 55 (Walthamstow <-> Oxford Circus)
  • 63 (Forest Hill  <-> Kings Cross Station)
  • 153 (Finsbury Park <-> Finsbury Square)
  • 243 (Wood Green <-> Waterloo)
 

BIKE

The Crypt on the Green is easily reachable from all areas. 

There are two Santander Cycle Hire docking stations close by which can be used

 

Hotels

There are a good number of hotels in the area. These include, in no particular order:

The Clerk and Well

easyHotel

Travelodge Farringdon

The Zetter

Access Farringdon (apartments)

Holiday Inn

Thistle City Barbican

If we hear of any offers we will post them on here.