Owain is an Umbraco MVP, an Umbraco certified master and works on Umbraco projects on a daily basis. When not coding, he enjoys running, spending time with his wife and building lego!
Have you heard of Codegarden? If you are answering no, then that's fine. I recommend you go to www.codegarden19.com and read all about it, then buy your ticket! It's THE place to be if you have any interest in Umbraco and this year Umbraco HQ are launching something new, uBuddy.
"By getting a uBuddy, you get an Umbraco-buddy to help you with your Codegarden questions. To get your uBuddy you simply have to show up for the match-making session on day 1. You’ll then be assigned a friendly uBuddy together with 3-4 other first-timers (a great way to meet new people as well) and together you’ll figure out how best to support each other during the 3 day conference - maybe you’ll meet up each morning for a quick coffee, maybe you’ll meet several times a day - you’ll agree on this together." - source
With this in mind, I thought it might be an idea to introduce all the uBuddies who are going to be at Codegarden this year. Before I decided to do this, I checked that Umbraco HQ weren't going to be doing something similar as the last thing I wanted to do was tread on toes.
So, here we are, the first uBuddy profile as part of my Community Corner series of blogs.
The order that the profiles will be published is at random but I hope to profile everyone between now and Codegarden. So buckle up and read all about all the uBuddies.
If you have any questions for the uBuddies, please, feel free to leave a comment on each profile or hook up with them on twitter.
Without any further delay, our first uBuddy is...….
Dirk De Grave
You can find Dirk on twitter via @netaddicts.
Dirk first went to Codegarden in 2009 and volunteered to be a uBuddy because he remembers what it was like as a first timer - getting practical info on everything related to Codegarden on day one is a bonus.
Dirk has been to Codegarden an impressive 11 times and he thinks of Codegarden and it's attendees as a second family who he wants to see at least once a year.
He is travelling from Brussel, Belgium.
When asked "What is your top tip for a first timer going to Codegarden" is reply was: Just go with the flow.
One thing Dirk doesn't leave behind when travelling to Codegarden is his running shoes. If you are a runner, check out the twitter account cgRunners. Every morning of Codegarden the group meet up for an easy paced 5k run. Everyone is welcome.
If he could go back in time and give himself some advice about Codegarden on his first visit, what would it be?
Integrate and interact with the other people from the very first minute.
Brilliant! Thanks Dirk! So there we have it, our first uBuddy! #h5yr