Following from the planning for tech conferences I look at applying those to Umbraco CodeGarden
CodeGarden is the largest conference for Umbraco, held each year in Denmark. For CodeGarden 2017 this is in the city of Odense.
1) Plan Sessions Ahead
As I'm going to be late I can ignore the first half of the first day full schedule for CodeGarden 17 and there are no sessions on the third day. As many of CodeGarden's sessions are available as video afterwards (Codegarden 2016 here) I will focus on the following
- A Session with Shannon Deminick, the creator of the Articulate Blog package
- Sessions on Umbraco Cloud, which I want to get more involved in
- Scrum and Lego as I remember this on a podcast.
- The Hallway Track which involves not going to sessions for a period and talking to whoever is around.
2) Contact People Beforehand
I want to interview a few people for this blog so I am contacting a few of those beforehand. These include people from the Umbraco certifications training and local meetup groups. Handily the umBristol slack channel has a channel dedicated to CodeGarden so that sorts out most of them.
3) Clear Work Schedule
As I have holiday for the week before CodeGarden this was already taken care of. I've even prepared blog posts ahead of time.
4) Take Business Cards
As I am representing myself as Banoffee Solutions I did a little research and chose to print 100 business cards through Banana Print. For under £10 I got business cards with my own design and logo.
5) Social Media
The CodeGarden for Twitter is #CG17, so I'll use this and the Slack Channel for contacting people. I also found a facebook presence for CodeGarden..
6) Have Some Questions
This is my first CodeGarden so I have no shortage of questions. In addition to the ones I have come up with for interviews there are ones around Umbraco Cloud, packages and opportunities in Europe.
7) Scout the Venue
I am happy to say that Umbraco has done a guided tour to Odense and there are several events organised around CodeGarden already.
As of writing I am still searching for a decent coffee place near to the venue. I will resort to asking on twitter in the days leading up to CodeGarden 2017
Bonus - Prepare a Talk
I'm being lazy and taking a talk I have done in the past on Remote Working at a couple of places, with a long and a short version of this.
Hope to see you at this or another CodeGarden! Leave a comment or tweet @DuncanThom if you want to be interviewed, are going to a CodeGarden or know any decent coffee houses in Odense.