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!
What a week I've had! It's been super busy over the past month with some big projects coming to a close and the usual last minute changes that come with that. Due to this, I've been a bit slow at publishing the MVP blog series. Sorry about that but I hope the wait has been worth it.
Today I'd like to introduce an MVP who I original met at CodeCabin 2017. What he doesn't know about internet security is probably not worth knowing about.
How did you first hear about Umbraco CMS?
Random ramblings on twitter and online forums.
How long have you been part of the Umbraco community and what do you like / dislike about it?
I have been a part of the extended family for somewhere between 5 and 7 years. More in recent years. I love the that the community is so compassionate about both the product/technology as well as other community members.
Have you been to Codegarden? If yes, what did you think about it, if no, is there any reason why?
Yes, several times.
How did it feel when you received the notification that you were being awarded an MVP award?
Honored and humbled. Didn't see it coming.
Has being awarded the MVP made you look at things differently / has it changed anything in your day to day life e.g. asked to do more Umbraco talks? Asked more Umbraco questions at your workplace?
The MVP title has renewed focus om some of my older blog posts and talk about identity management with Umbraco.
If you could offer a new member of the community one bit of advice, what would it be?
Go to Codegarden and don't leave early. Focus on the people over talks, if you can. They really are friendly and you will both learn a lot and make friends for life.
Tell us about 1 of your most favourite things whether it's a band, a colour, a bit of software you couldn't live without, an item of clothing, a book, anything but tell us why you love it so much.
Is this where I start the text editor religious warfare? ;) Honestly, the Umbraco Community. It has helped me grow on both a professional and personal level and inspired me to get started with public speaking.
What does a typical day look like for you during the working week?
Very little Umbraco and mostly various security assessments.
What do you do in your spare time? Hobbies?
Tinkering with penetration testing tools, lockpicking, electronics and various long-lost hobbies.
Anything else you'd like to share with the Umbraco Community?
Get involved! Blog, do talks, meet people.