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Introducing 3 new uBuddies

Wow, at the time of writing this weeks blog there was just over 40 days to go until Codegarden 2019! The time is flying by and before we know it, we will all be back in Odense. WhooHoo!!

I was excited about going to my first Codegarden last year but this year, I think I might be even more excited! I know more people now, I want to meet more people and I'm also doing a talk this year! No idea how that happened (well, actually, I do! I applied but anyway.....)

I've obviously had way too much coffee today and now going a bit crazy, oh which reminds me, every Friday, 11:30am (Uk time), make sure you tune in to UmbraCoffee on youtube to hear about all the latest news and goings on in the Umbraco Community world.

This week, I'm introducing another 3 brilliant uBuddy volunteers, I've introduced a few people already so please read all about them too if you haven't already. The uBuddies will be around for the entire 3 days to help out first timers navigate their way around CG19.

Today, I'd like to introduce Katie, Alex and Mike.

Katie

Katie Archibald

Name: Katie Archibald
Twitter: @katiearchibald

When was your first time at Codegarden?
2017

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

It's always nice to have a bit of support going into a totally new situation, so I hope to be a friendly face for any first time Codegardeners making that first move :-)

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

This year will be my third time and each year has been totally different (the talks, things I've learnt and the amazing activities that are organised) but one thing that has stayed the same is the welcoming friendly nature of the conference and that's the real draw!

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

London on the 21st May

What's your top tip for Codegarden?

Check out at least one talk that is outside of your usual realms of work/interest, because I think it's really surprising how much you can learn about 'what you don't know' if that makes sense?!!

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

A hammer (it's a fantastic icebreaker...you'll see!!)

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

Go easy on the pre-party, Codegarden's a marathon not a sprint.

 

 

Alex

Alex Skrypnyk

Name: Alex Skrypnyk
Twitter: @SkripnikAlex

When was your first time at Codegarden?
2016

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

I want to make firstimers life easier

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

3, because it's the best IT conference

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

Kharkiv, Ukraine, 19.05.2019

What's your top tip for Codegarden?

Enjoy it!

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

Laptop, because you can contribute together with community or work on some awesome stuff with guys from HQ

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

I would go to Codegarden few years earlier first time and be more confident

Mike Masey

Mike Masey

Name: Mike Masey
Twitter: @MikeMasey

When was your first time at Codegarden?
2016

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

2 reasons. First off I know first hand that it can be intimidating going to a conference with a load of people you don't know for the first time and having a friendly face sooner rather than later can make a big difference. I feel like it makes sense to pay forward my experiences with CG to help any newbies. Second, i enjoy meeting new people :)

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

I've been 3 times. The main reasons I come back are for seeing the friends made along the way, meeting new people and learning about some of the latest and greatest in the world of Umbraco.

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

London, probably on the Tuesday

What's your top tip for Codegarden?

It can be a pretty intense few days so if you need to take a breath for yourself, go for it. Also, trying and talk to at least 3 people that you've never met before. You know you have at least one thing in common and you'll most likely find more after a 5 minute chat.

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

A smile and a crisp high 5 is all anyone needs for CG. Having an open and friendly attitude really helps to make CG what it is. Taking notes and hacking away is all good, but the personal relationships you make are one of the most valuable things you can get out of the days you have as they last far beyond the few days you will spend in Odense.

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

Probably try to get a bit more sleep (although I have no doubt I will probably fail at this once again)

 

 

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