Today, I'd like to introduce one of my team mates on the Umbraco Team here at LEWIS. He has worked on the team for the past 3 months and is a real asset. Coming to the team with fresh ideas and a thirst to learn and be part of the Umbraco Community.
He is also coming to the Umbraco UK Festival with me this week so you can all meet him in person!
I've also had some limited edition stickers created for all members of the Community Corner. If you'd like to get your hands on one of these stickers, please get in touch! I'd love to introduce you to the Community.
I mentioned in a previous post about what is required to get in to the Community Corner, it's simple. It doesn't matter if you have been using Umbraco for a week or 5 years. The Community Corner is open to anyone who would like to be more involved in the community side of Umbraco. Whether you are a developer, a project manager, an editor, a content writer, a meetup organiser, anyone!
The only requirement is that you are wanting to introduce yourself to this fab Umbraco Community!
Put your hands together and give our latest member of the Community Corner a massive High 5, You Rock to.......
My name is Keiron and I live in Scotland with my partner and three young children. I’m a technical developer at LEWIS Creative Consultants and have been using Umbraco for almost three years. My family life keeps me pretty busy but when I do get any spare time I like to go running, play football or spend time in my home music studio.
How did you first hear about Umbraco?
Prior to joining LEWIS I worked on a big website refresh project using Umbraco. That was the first I’d heard of it and I liked it that much I wanted to find a job where I’d be using Umbraco every day.
What are you currently doing with Umbraco?
At LEWIS I work on lots of different Umbraco websites so every day is really varied. I’m also working on a project that involves learning how Umbraco Packages are created and published.
When I say 'Umbraco Community' what first comes to mind?
How friendly and supportive everyone is. I’ve learned loads from other people and the documentation / Umbraco TV training videos are really helpful - I think the focus on sharing knowledge and how everyone in the community can play their part in improving the CMS is really refreshing.
What would you like to see more of in the Umbraco Community?
Mentoring. I’ve heard that there may be something in the pipeline on that and I think it’s a great idea. I often don’t quite know where to start when it comes to solving a problem and it would be great to have someone who can point you in the right direction.
Guilty pleasure? (Food? Tech? Music?)
Always comes down to dodgy food for me…..chip butties….pie in a roll…..sausage rolls…..all the Scottish delicacies you can imagine.
Name one person who inspires you?
Can I name 3? Of course I can. It would have to be my three young children.
Favourite website that you couldn't live without?
I’m a big music fan so spend a lot of time listening to shows on the BBC Radio iPlayer and reading up on latest releases on the Pitchfork and Metacritic websites.
"Own it"? What's the best project you ever got to work on?
My last job was at a university and we built a companion app for students. We were just a small team putting it all together in-house. That was pretty cool.
I’m often listening to new stuff but but one band I return to a lot is Public Service Broadcasting. Especially their ‘Race for Space’ album which is amazing.
If you could ask Umbraco HQ one thing, what would it be?
My Mum is from Svendborg (Denmark) so I’d probably have to try out some of my Danish to find out where the nearest Steff Holberg Fransk Hotdog stall is (another guilty pleasure)!
Anything else you'd like to say?
Just that I’m going to be at the Umbraco UK Festival later this week so hopefully I’ll meet some of you there!
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