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This is it, the final countdown to Codegarden 2019 - the excitement is building on social media and rightly so. Codegarden is more than a conference, it's a family coming together with a common interest, Umbraco. The speakers have been announced, the schedule is now online and everything is looking amazing! If you haven't already, check out the Attendee Guide. 

Remember to follow @codegarden on Twitter for all the latest news and follow the hashtags #codegarden & #cg19 so that you don't miss anything! 

Jan Skovgaard Olsen

Jan Skovgaard Olsen

Name: Jan Skovgaard Olsen
Twitter: @TheRealBatJan
When was your first time at Codegarden?
2009

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

As a CG veteran I feel like I should be capable of guiding new comers through the entire event making sure they learn a lot of new and exciting stuff, meet new people and are prepared to expect the unexpected after the official schedule is done :-)

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

CG 2019 will be my 11th CodeGarden - When you're as big an Umbraco fanboy as me this is the event to attend to gain new knowledge and make new friends within the community. So it's a combination of learning and having fun at the same time. And the atmosphere is always really nice.

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

Aarhus, Denmark

What's your top tip for Codegarden?

Either going by train or driving

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

Cash/Creditcard for buying all the swag!

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

When the official schedule for the day is over please stay and hang out and socialize. My first year my colleagues and I went back to the hotel instead of staying. Big mistake!

 

Arnold Visser

Arnold Visser

Name: Arnold Visser
Twitter: @aim24

When was your first time at Codegarden?
2010

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

This year is my 10th Codegarden. This makes me feel 'obligated' to help out newcomers. I hope to help newcomers make the most of Codegarden and make them feel welcome and part of the community from the very start.

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

This will be my 10th Codegarden (in a row!). For met it's not just Umbraco anymore. I made lots of friends all around the world during these years and every year I see a lot of them again and will make new friends as well. Furthermore Codegarden gives me a lot of extra energy and inspiration for my daily work with Umbraco. If you work with Umbraco you have to visit Codegarden at least once.. and then you want to go every year ;)

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

I'll be travelling on monday the 20th from a location quite central in the Netherlands. The travel will be by car with 3 fellow Umbraco enthousiasts. We met at Codegarden or Dutch Umbraco User Group (DUUG) meetups and do not all work for the same company. The trip will take around 8 hours and in itself is already great fun every year!

What's your top tip for Codegarden?

Be at the pre-codegarden drinks the evening before Codegarden starts, but don't drink too much. Be fresh and ready the first day of Codegarden! Also... don't trust ANYTHING Niels Hartvig offers you there...

What's the one item you will be packing and couldn't do without?
I don't pack much, I don't even bring my laptop most days. Make sure you make notes of everything, because you get so much information you will forget the things you wanted to remember.

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

Just go! Don't hesitate if there is value in going to Codegarden. There is an huge amount of value even outside of the conference-sessions. You will bring enough knowledge and energy for a full year back home.

Marcin Zajkowski

Marcin Zajkowski

Name: Marcin Zajkowski
Twitter: @zajkowskimarcin

When was your first time at Codegarden?
2016

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

I was also a first-timer so I know how hard is to jump into the crowd and take value from it from the beginning. By being a uBuddy I can at least shorten this path for anyone coming there for their first Codegarden.

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

It's going to be my 3rd CG and what makes me coming back? People, knowledge, fun!

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

Warsaw @ Poland, Tuesday morning

What's your top tip for Codegarden?

Expect the unexpected and actively participate - you're not only a consumer, but a creator there.

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

Business cards & Stickers to exchange with other people there (networking)

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

Don't be so scared and shy, your gurus are also humans - speak to them, learn and enjoy!

 

 

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