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Skrift presents: August's Digest

New in 2016: Gothenburg Umbraco Meetup

by Dennis Adolfi

Inspired by How Diverse Umbraco Community Involvement Can Lead to Greater Success Both Personally & Professionally and Tips for Starting and Running a Local Umbraco Meetup, I decided that 2016 would be the year I became more involve in Umbraco as a community. Umbraco has helped me as an individual and Webmind as a company to grow over the past few years. Which is why we felt that it was about time we got more involved in the Umbraco community and met other Umbraco developers. Why not organise another local Umbraco Meetup?!

We actually held a Meetup when our Umbraco journey began a few years ago. It was a great opportunity to meet experienced Umbraco developers and get to know other people in the industry. We received so much input during this Meetup and had so much fun listening to and meeting other developers who also see the benefits of Umbraco. Not only that, but Markus “Knappen” Johansson presented his Newsletter Studio. It was clear during this Meetup that there is a genuine desire for us Umbraco developers to stick together and help each other share the Umbraco brand. In the end, it will only lead to more business for all of us.

After having worked with Umbraco for a couple of years and become familiar with the platform, we wanted to make our Gothenburg Umbraco Meetup a regular event. And on the 21st of April, Webmind’s offices in central Gothenburg where packed with people – an impressive mix of old and new friends mingled, had a bite to eat and talked about Umbraco. Does it get any better than that?

With a beer in our hand and food in our belly, the show got started. Jens Josefsson introduced everyone to Webmind, talked about our relationship with Umbraco and explained the agenda for this Meetup. I talked about the work process behind our first uCommerce site. We’ve worked with other e-commerce platforms before, and I wanted to talk about this one from a first-time perspective. I talked about what we appreciated with the platform and things we though could possibly be improved – but most of all I wanted to share our feeling for uCommerce. And I hope that, after my presentation, people won’t feel like they are entering unknown territory the first time they're about to build their own uCommerce website.

We were also honoured with a visit from Rakel H Sigurdardóttir, Marketing & Partner Manager at uCommerce ApS, who got in touch with us and asked if she could come and talk about uCommerce and their partnership programme. In addition, she wanted to make a video interview with me about our uCommerce process from start to finish. Rakel also provided our guests with a much welcomed opportunity to ask questions about costs and partnership. A huge thanks to you Rakel, who came all the way to our Gothenburg Umbraco Meetup!

The evening’s open discussions covered things like the various e-commerce tools and the upcoming Codegarden. A lot of people seemed to have really exciting projects in their pipeline and we hope to hear more about those in the future. Why not during the next Gothenburg Umbraco Meetup, which we are planning for this autumn? Mark the 15th of September into your calendar, and start thinking about what you want to share with everyone!

From all of us at Webmind, we would like to thank everyone who attended the Gothenburg Umbraco Meetup, and hope you will all join us again in a few weeks. If you have any thoughts or ideas about topics and presentations, please don’t hesitate to contact me at dennis@webmind.se.

To anyone thinking about starting their own local Meetup: think no more, just do it. You never know who will turn up, and you’ll make new contacts and meet experienced Umbraco developers from your area.

Editor's Note: Want to share your meetup experience? Let us know by emailing us at hello@skrift.io.

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