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Is this your first Codegarden? It's a brilliant event but it can be a lot to take in.

To help with any questions you might have, a great bunch of people have volunteered to be you buddy. Your uBuddy. 

I've introduced a few people already so please read all about them.

Today, I'd like to introduce Dan, Poornima and Chris. 

Dan Patching

Dan Patching

Name: Dan Patching
Twitter: @OptimisticCoder

When was your first time at Codegarden?
2017

Why did you volunteer to be a uBuddy this year at Codegarden?

Enjoy meeting, chatting and finding out about people and helping out. Makes my own experience better.

How many times have been to Codegarden and what makes you come back?

Been twice before, it's a great crowd and a lot of fun, quite a unique experience really, there is nothing quite like codegarden! plus always a lot to learn.

Where will you be travelling from and on what date? e.g. London

Essex, via Stansted on Tuesday 21 May

What's your top tip for Codegarden?

Codegarden is the best format umbraco festival for networking so make the most of it, talk to people. It's definitely been my most valuable takeaway

What's the one item you will be packing and couldn't do without?

Raincoat and sun lotion, because you never know what's going to happen.

If you could give your old self some advice about Codegarden, what would it be?

Stay away from Mcdonalds, there's lots of nice places to eat, visit the street food area and outdoor pool!

 

 

Poornima

Poornima Nayar

Name: Poornima Nayar
Twitter: @poornimanayar

When was your first time at Codegarden?
2018

Why did you volunteer to be a uBuddy this year at Codegarden?

I had a great time at CG18. I was really nervous on how it would all turn out in such a big crowd but I hardly hard trouble approaching other friendly Umbracians and starting a conversation. I want to help someone who might be having the exact same thoughts I had last year.

How many times have been to Codegarden and what makes you come back?

I attended Codegarden for the first time last year. Its not your regular 9-5 conference where you have your talks and finish for the day. We have great talks, fun-filled breaks, great food and of course the Umbraco Bingo! Its great to meet people whom you follow on Twitter or whose articles you read and bookmark. Plus it is so motivating to see a community that supports each other and loves the product. The conference is so unique that you dont want to miss the vibe. If you have worked with Umbraco and read about the friendly community you must attend atleast one CG to experience what the community is all about.

Where will you be travelling from and on what date? e.g. London

Heathrow, 21st may

What's your top tip for Codegarden?

Dont be hesitant to reach out to people. Everyone is friendly and welcoming.

What's the one item you will be packing and couldn't do without?

Laptop, and may be a book to read during travel :-)

If you could give your old self some advice about Codegarden, what would it be?

I think I should have made it to CodeGarden way earlier, but hey, better late than never!

Is there is anything else you'd like to add?

If you are interested in an early morning run, join the cgRunners to break the ice. Thats a good way of meeting a group of people. I happened to stay at one of the hotels mentioned on the CG website last year. So I got to have breakfast with some people whom I knew. So the vibe kicked in pretty early on in the day!

Chris Houston

Chris Houston

Name: Chris Houston
Twitter: @readingdancer

When was your first time at Codegarden?
2008

Why did you volunteer to be a uBuddy this year at Codegarden?

I have always had a great time visiting the CG conferences and I wanted to help new attendees get the most out of CG19

How many times have been to Codegarden and what makes you come back?

9 times, to meet friends I have made in the community and my continued interest in using Umbraco.

Where will you be travelling from and on what date? e.g. London

From LHR to Hamburg on the 21st then driving up to Odense.

What's your top tip for Codegarden?

Don’t drink the chilli vodka if Niels offers you some at the pre conference party ;)

What's the one item you will be packing and couldn't do without?

Umbraco Biker Jacket - I have worn it every year at the Umbraco Bingo!

If you could give your old self some advice about Codegarden, what would it be?

Drink more water at night and less coffee during the day.

 

 

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Owain

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