Community is an important part of the Umbraco ecosystem, whether you are Starting out or an experienced Umbraco Developer. So when I went down to the February Umbraco meetup in Cardiff I was impressed to see it done well.
A fairly new Umbraco Meetup based in Cardiff, UmbCardiff hosted their February meetup on Umbraco 7.5 and with a quiz. This was their third meetup, but they are planning several more this year.
They are less established than UmBristol (also an excellent Umbraco Meetup) and were hosted in one of the local development companies, Method4.
On the Day
We gathered at the venue where we were offered beer, J20 and some snacks as we chatted before the main event. After catching up on some of the Cardiff tech news we sat down for the main event.
After an update on current Umbraco news, there was a run-through of the main updates for Umbraco 7.5, looking at Health Check, Improved Upgrade Procedure, Performance, and Better Package Management. We were rudely interrupted by the (free) pizza but we pressed on!
Lastly we proceeded to the all-important quiz, 15 questions mixing technical and superficial knowledge where the best (our team) won out! There was even a prize of Unicorn chocolate.
Afterwards we chatted for an hour about Umbraco, development and other topics before returning to the Cardiff rains.
Community and Umbraco
Community is regarded as one of the pillars of Umbraco, and you´ll find this to be true if you attend any Umbraco events. As well as being most-used .NET CMS it has an active following on our.Umbraco, Twitter and at meetups who are happy to help, introduce and answer unusual questions.
UmbCardiff were doing this right with a mix of social and tech, including code sample to extend the Health Check alongside quiz questions about the Umbraco Unicorns football team. There was also news and an awareness of things going on locally and further afield.
Speaking to the organisers they seemed keen on including local speakers and open to hosting the meetups at other venues in Cardiff. We were made to feel welcome and comfortable.
So come along to a UmbCardiff, UmBristol or other local Umbraco meetup, volunteer to speak, check out slides of previous meetups and get involved with your local Umbraco community.
If there is no local Meetup then think about talking to a local company or other devs or just starting one on your own!
Also check out @UmbCardiff, @UmBristol or @DuncanThom on twitter!