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Poornima become an Umbraco MVP this year (2019-20) and has just been announced as a speaker at Codegarden 2020



Poornima Nayar

Poornima Nayar

Poornima Nayar

Job Title: Freelance Developer
MVP Status:

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How did you first hear about Umbraco CMS?

I heard about Umbraco back in 2010 as one of the rising stars amongst the various CMS offerings available. I moved on to my first digital agency role in 2011 where I got had the chance to learn Umbraco and ever since then Umbraco has been a constant companion.

How long have you been part of the Umbraco community and what do you like / dislike about it?

Although I started using Umbraco in 2011, it was not until 2015 when I realised the community aspect of it. I dont think there is anything to dislike about the community. The people are friendly and welcoming to begin with and we all care for each other, all of which makes the community unique and something like no other. Furthermore, the opportunities that you get from being a part of the community is amazing - OSS contributions to writing articles, starting your blog, speaking at festivals etc. There is always appreciation for good work and there is a constant effort to bring more talent to forefront with the various festivals run around the globe, Skrift, 24 Days etc which again are all community led. Once you get into the community the way it changes you is amazing. I am someone who has experienced all of it :-)

Have you been to Codegarden? If yes, what did you think about it, if no, is there any reason why?

Yes, CG20 will be my third one. For me being at CodeGarden is a great way to meet everyone at HQ and of course my friends from across the globe and make more friends as well. The talks are amazing. I would advise anyone who hasn't got a chance to make it to a CodeGarden yet to attend it. Its a great way to learn about Umbraco, see what others are achieving with Umbraco. Its also a great way to learn about the community. You can see the community at its best at the CodeGarden. I always feel that I learn a lot more during the chats I have with the people. And of course, you cannot miss out on the Umbraco Bingo :-)

How did it feel when you received the notification that you were being awarded an MVP award?

It was unbelievable! I never thought I had a chance so was naturally not expecting it! When I finally read through the email I thought my eyes had deceived me. I read through it again after a cup of tea to make sure I am not dreaming and after that I felt like

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?

I think the biggest change I have felt is the rise in my confidence levels. It has led me to believe that I have been made an MVP because I must have done something well. So I am keeping my efforts going. It has made me confident about my skills, give me the inspiration and enthusiasm to learn more. I wrote about my thoughts about becoming an MVP

If you could offer a new member of the community one bit of advice, what would it be?

Make an effort to be a part of the community and talk to people. You will soon start flowing with the tide.

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.

My first love is my family. But if you are to ask me about a book I love the Harry Potter series. Of course it Harry Potter, but the books convey the message of love, friendship and most importantly, hope and faith. I think these are values which the world needs a lot and being a mother, I would love my child to have these values - more love in the world, more good friends and always hope for the best!

What does a typical day look like for you during the working week?

Very very busy! Especially with my daughter starting school this September the routine is getting busier. Mornings is getting ready, sending her to school and I am now commuting to the city some of the days. Evenings , after work is time spend with my daughter and husband mostly. I do some cooking and I sometimes focus on my community activities like trying to review a couple of PRs or learning something new. These days I spend most of my evenings prepping for my talks at the Swedish and Polish Umbraco Festivals.

What do you do in your spare time? Hobbies?

I read, love reading a good book always! I am also undergoing training in Indian Classical Music. You will always find me humming a tune or a new composition I have learnt.


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