We can't even express how excited and honored we are to be able to host this excellent schedule for uWestFest 2016. The list of people that will be speaking is monumental and a significant testament to the maturity and growth of the Umbraco community here in North America. We can't wait to see everyone at the conference. Sign up today, if you haven't already.
Straight from the horses (ehem, I mean Unicorn's) mouth, hear what's currently going on with Umbraco and the community and what's in store moving forward with the State of Umbraco Address.
Your clients care about solving their problem, which in e-commerce terms is to sell.
In this talk you'll get practical insight into how you can use Umbraco 7 to create e-commerce stores your clients give a crap about; regardless of which platform your client uses.
You'll get concrete techniques and examples based on real-world experience from dozens of existing Umbraco stores, you can leverage tomorrow in any store to increase sales and delight your clients.
The Grid Control in Umbraco 7 can revolutionize the building of modern responsive websites, but does represent a bit of a departure from “traditional” Umbraco website building practices. In this session Heather will present the best practices and lessons she learned while doing two sizeable grid-heavy builds. She’ll cover:
You have a client that wants a document repository on steroids? A full service search and deeply integrated events and membership area? Then Umbraco is the management tool for you. In this session you’ll learn how Umbraco accomplished these goals and more for Southwest Power Pool, a company that keeps the light on for millions! Andrew Watt will show the complexity of each challenge and discuss how his team built the frontend and back office to meet and exceed each goal.
Site speed is a critical part of a great user experience. In 2014, 40% of users abandoned a site if it didn’t load within 3 secs. In 2015, users demanded more and expected sites to load within 2 seconds for both desktop and mobile. So what does that mean for 2016 and beyond? How can developers use Umbraco to ensure that their sites meet and exceed user expectations?
Fear not, in this session you’ll learn how to meet those expectations. This session will discuss current performance techniques and how to include them into Umbraco. We’ll look at live websites using these techniques and what performance challenges our team encountered during the development, how to set site speed metrics for a project, and how to test site speed to make sure you’re meeting your goals. Whether you’re a beginner level or advanced - developer or designer - there’s a lot to learn on how to deliver your content to the user at a high speed.
Imagine having 15k+ images that need to be keyworded, protected behind a username, automatically cropped and live in the cloud. This session involves pushing the limits of the core technologies that power Umbraco.
We will explore how to search and archive all of those images without the need for a database along with some of the challenges that were overcome. In the end you will come away with a feeling that anything is possible with Umbraco.
Come find out how we've reshaped our workflow to take advantage of the Grid Layout. Using Verifone Media as an example, Heather will cover methods she used to document requirements and define scope of a project that heavily utilized the grid. In this session:
This session is primarily geared toward project managers, business analysts and client-facing individuals. The information provided should help you develop and manage proposals, requirements, estimates and scope to improve communication with clients and your team.
Personalization is a hot topic in digital marketing. Done right, it can lead to a dramatic increase in traffic and conversions. Although light-touch personalization can increase user engagement (“Welcome back, John!”), richer rewards can be reaped from advanced use cases, such as using social mining to make product recommendations or tracking abandoned carts.
Commercial CMSs rushed to fill this gap a while ago, rebranding themselves as "customer experience platforms." Umbraco has taken big strides in this area as well though. With a flexible API and packages such as Personalization Groups and (my very own) Pipeline CRM at our disposal, we can now compete for briefs which require complex design or content personalization.
In this combined use-case and technical session, I will discuss the benefits and pitfalls of personalization, and present examples of this fast-moving practice. We will then do a technical deep-dive, looking at code samples and integrations that help us deliver highly personalized user experiences with Umbraco.
You have just built the best Umbraco site ever created... or did you?
Sure the code is rock solid, the visuals are smokin’ hot… but guess what? Your visitors really don’t care about that... or do they?
These are just some of the questions that WILL BE ANSWERED in this presentation focused on the importance of bringing ALL the pieces of web site creation together. We all know Umbraco is the best CMS on the planet, but what other tools can we use to measure our users’ experiences and how can we use this data to make the sites even better? I will not be touching on the Umbraco admin UI/UX for this talk, others have covered that, my focus will be on the introduction and exploration of tools that will give us, as site builders a better understanding of the full spectrum of responsibilities of building AMAZING WEB SITES.
Errors happen and they tend to happen when you least want them to, after launch. Join Pete as he wades through the murky world of sensible error handling and logging that goes beyond just throwing it into a Log file that no one ever reads. Backend to frontend is gets looked at in Pete's usual opinionated style.
With 20 plus years of marriage, family, career and the never ending pursuit to find the fountain of youth, I have been in the rat race, started and failed as a small business owner, earned a black belt and have learned to be a loving husband, father and member of several communities. This session will share some of my personal highlights and low lights while exploring why the elusive topic of work-life balance has become such a hot button topic.
Walk through a step-by-step process to setup your next Umbraco site. This use case will demo some of the basics and look at a way to give your content editors a little more control.
Whoa! Come get the latest with this major release that makes life so much easier for developers and an even better experience for our editors!
Paul talks to us all about the future of Umbraco in the US and how we can come together as a community.
This year we're putting on a special "night-before" party hosted by our Gold Sponsor. You're not going to want to miss this event!
uCommerce will be on-deck with some fantastic specials, drinks, hor d'oeuvres, and a great big 'ol fun time. It truly is a great opportunity to network and get to know all of the key players in the Umbraco community.
There's no better way to be a part of the Umbraco community. get certified and officially trained by the best-of-the-best from Umbraco HQ. The schedule and registration is available at the link below. Sign up today and get a free uWestFest ticket in the process. It's a win-win!
It just keeps getting better. This year's line-up of speakers is a testament to the growth and prosperity of Umbraco here in the US. We are so proud to announce this phenomenal group of people and are confident that you will get an immeasurable value by listening to, and absorbing, the experience that these individuals hold. Come join us in San Diego for the best ever uWestFest.
Straight from Umbraco HQ, hear what's currently going on with Umbraco and the community and what's in store moving forward with the State of Umbraco Address. #soua
We are so excited about the location for the event this year. San Diego is a spectacular city and the University premises will be an ideal location for our wonderful community to network. Can't wait to see you all there!
Founder - uCommerce
Søren Spelling Lund is founder of uCommerce, the e-commerce platform for Umbraco with everything you need to run a successful online store. A techie at heart Søren manages the uCommerce product team and tries to squeeze in as much code as possible, whenever possible.
Søren has worked with e-commerce since 2002 and is passionate about creating flexible software, which remains accessible and fun to use for developers.
He was named Microsoft MVP in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, and founded the largest .NET user group in Denmark back in 2007.
Sr. Umbraco Developer - Scandia
Heather was one of the first developers to pick up Umbraco here in the US. We're thrilled to have her at this year's uWestFest to enlighten us all on the use of the latest and greatest with Umbraco.
Umbraco Dev - University of Notre Dame
Kevin Giszewski is a Senior Web Developer at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. He has worked with Umbraco since version 4.7.1 and regularly contributes to free open-source packages like Archetype, Bookshelf and others. Kevin enjoys Azure, .NET and security related problem solving. Photo: Doug Robar
Matt is a performance nerd who loves experimenting with web technologies to boost efficiency. He currently works at Aristotle Interactive as a Producer and serves as the Director of Labs. He hopes to share what he's learned "in the trenches" about web performance in Umbraco and cultivate a community that strives to make the web faster.
Sr. Business Analyst - Scandia
Heather has spent the last 10 years working with Web application development and custom apps. Her talk on how to optimize Umbraco projects through thorough analysis and requirements will make you look at your next project in a completely new light.
Co-Founder - GrowCreate
Theo is the founder and Technical Director at GrowCreate, a digital agency and Umbraco Gold Partner near Oxford. He's been working with Umbraco since 2009, convinced by its flexibility and respect for the user experience. He recently launched Pipeline CRM, an ambitious project to help Umbraco developers deal with advanced marketing automation and personalisation requirements.
The Segal Group
This is the original trio of the uWestFest conference. We can't say enough about their contributions to the community, not to mention the awesome electronic periodical, Skrift. Come here how they are running this community powered magazine and what drives the entire thing!
Founder - Offroad Code
The Segal Group
Bob is a husband, father of three, martial arts instructor, community leader and an Umbraco "developer" from way back. Currently, Bob is the lead developer for the Segal Company and is a 100% remote worker. He has made a recent re-commitment to mental and physical health in an attempt to avoid the common pitfalls of 40-somethings suffering career burnout and adding pounds as the years pile on. His single greatest accomplishment in life is his 20+ year marriage and the byproducts of that relationship.
Blake is a Level 2 Certified Umbraco Developer and Sr. Front-End Developer at DiscoverTec. Blake has been using Umbraco daily since early 2012, and specializes in building websites powered by Umbraco. She is a self-proclaimed nerd, sushi addict, and cat lover who loves to share what she learns on her blog at letswritecode.net.
Per admits he's never had a non-Umbraco related job. After years of owning his own agency and working as an Umbraco freelancer, Per joined the HQ as partner in 2008. He has been involved in pretty much every part of the HQ, from recording videos, teaching courses and building add-on products. Today he prototypes and manages new Core features, Courier and umbraco.com (Umbraco as a Service) deployments.
Paul is a long-time web developer who found Umbraco love in 2006 when he immediately became a self-styled community evangelist. He joined the HQ in 2010 and works on umbraco.com (Umbraco as a Service), our Gold Partner program, training, support and other initiatives at Umbraco HQ to improve products and help our community.
Andrew Watt attended the University of Southern California (USC) and graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Computer Engineering. Andrew joined Aristotle in December of 1999 working as a programmer and website coder. Andrew specializes in developing SQL applications for the Web and working with third-party services such as SimpleView and SMI. He also develops mobile apps in both iOS and Android. Andrew is the director of Aristotle’s software development division.