Friday 10 March 2023 9am

Umbraco Spark innovation conference is a must for all Umbraco developers that want to find out what's going on with Umbraco. Focusing on development, innovation and forward-thinking.

Umbraco Spark 2023 has come to a close. Thank you to everyone who attended, and our Sponsors and Speakers. We had a blast putting this year's conference on and thought this year was the best one yet. 

See you again in 2024!

2023 LINE UP

Umbraco Spark Innovation Conference took place on March 10th 2023. Check out the great lineup from the day below with links to their talk slides.

    • Jacob Overgaard

      Frontend Teamlead & Architect, Umbraco

      Joint talk: "The new Backoffice of Umbraco"

      In this session, we’ll show you the latest status of the Umbraco version 13 project - including some of the implementation details. We’ll show how we use the Extension API ourselves for the core functionality, and as this is the very same way it can be extended by external developers - hopefully, this will give you some early ideas on, what to look forward to when extending the new Umbraco Backoffice in the future.


      Lasse Fredslund

      CMS Product Owner, Umbraco

    • Laura Weatherhead

      .NET Developer,

      "The compassionate developer and open source"

      In this talk, we will be exploring how making compassion a central feature can improve development output, not just in terms of ethics, accessibility and addressing AI biases, but also in terms of improving technical quality. We will also talk about how compassion can impact the micro and macro structures of open-source communities, and have far-reaching positive effects on contributor confidence and engagement."
    • Rick Butterfield

      Development Team Lead, Nexer Digital

      Joint talk: "Decarbonising the planet, one Umbraco upgrade at a time"

      It’s estimated that globally, the collective carbon consumption of the internet is equal to that of the entire airline industry. In this talk, we’ll explore a project we did with a client, our hypothesised results, and the exciting outcomes for digital sustainability. We’ll show how by taking measures including Umbraco upgrades, greener hosting options, optimisation and decommissioning, organisations can make significant and tangible reductions to their carbon outputs. 


      Amy Czuba

      Account Director, Nexer Digital

    • Lee Kelleher

      Umbraco Collaborator, Gibe Digital

      Joint talk: "Playmaker: Dances with Wolves"

      In this session, Lee and Luke will show you how Playmaker was achieved using Wolverhampton Wanderers football club as our Playmaker pioneer; migrating content from Umbraco 7 to the latest version, delivering a delightful CMS back office experience, along with pluggable integrations for 3rd party services offering eCommerce, single sign-on, game statistics and live streaming video.


      Luke Hook

      Senior backend developer, Gibe Digital

    • Lotte Pitcher

      .NET developer / Umbraco MVP,

      "Why everyone should be an Umbraco package developer"

      Packages are essential to the Umbraco ecosystem and, whilst this might be news to you, everyone can get involved. In this talk, I'll share my recent experiences from package idea to implementation and release: the gotchas that tripped me up and the community stalwarts who helped immensely. Let’s lower the barriers to entry and explore some new ideas and tools that encourage collaboration, prevent duplication and benefit us all.

    • Elitsa Marinovska

      Software Developer, Umbraco

      "Towards Headless functionality in Umbraco 12: Unleash the full potential of your content with our upcoming feature"

      With Umbraco 12 around the corner, it is time to provide an update on the development of the new headless functionality built directly into Umbraco. The presentation will highlight the early capabilities of our new Delivery API, give an overview of its initial design and share a sneak peek into what to look forward to. This feature will allow developers to use any technology stack for presenting their content while still preserving the friendly editing experience of Umbraco, making it more convenient for users to manage their content.

    • Paul Seal

      Umbraco Tech Lead, ClerksWell

      "dotnet new umbraco"

      This talk will be about how to get the best out of using the command line when working with modern Umbraco projects (v10+). You will learn tips and tricks about the command line to make you more productive when building Umbraco websites and packages.

    • Carole Logan

      Principal Engineer, Equator

      "Building Friendly APIs"

      In this talk, I will briefly explain the different types of APIs and then chat through what we can do to make APIs we build as friendly as possible to not only us developers but to the wider business stakeholders. Suitable for all audience types: developers, testers, designers, project managers... all welcome and hopefully will leave with an ambition to make APIs friendly!

    • Callum Whyte

      Umbraco MVP & Microsoft MVP, Bump Digital

      "Umbraco Anywhere"

      Umbraco has always been flexible – but now with true cross-platform support in Umbraco 10 it’s potential has been unchained! Let’s explore everything from the practical to the absolutely mind-blowing ways you can run Umbraco anywhere!

    • Carl Sargunar

      CTO, Mondo Media

      "Getting to grips with Github Actions will make your life better in every way"

      Developers are lazy. If you do the same thing more than a handful of times, it makes sense to automate it so you don't have to do it again, right? Right! In this talk, I will cover how Github actions offer a super-simple, open, extensible, repeatable way of managing your libraries, packages and sites a breeze. So much so that you'll wonder how you ever managed without it!".

    • Emma Garland

      Senior Software Engineer, Rock Solid Knowledge

      "pAInting: Using AI to decorate your Umbraco content"

      Coming up with an image for an article can be tiresome. You've used every free image available and don't have the time to create one from scratch. But what if AI could help you do this from within the Umbraco back-office? Would you want it to? This talk will take a journey from my initial spark of an idea - using AI to generate a media image from Umbraco content. You'll witness me try to make this come to fruition, and meander through my internal conflicts as I consider whether the images I have made are art, or really ""mine"", and the ethics around doing this sort of thing.

    • Ravi Motha

      Developer, DotCentric

      "How do you choose which new technology for your projects"

      We will look at the decision-making process and how to avoid common pratfalls that can dog your project by making the wrong decision. We will focus on how developers and project owners can contribute to making the best decision.

    • Marc Goodson

      Umbraco architect, Crumpled Dog

      Joint talk: "A Moving Story"

      You can get emotionally attached to your old trusty and reliable .net framework v7 Umbraco site, this is a story about overcoming the emotional wrench of migrating to a .net core v10 platform, in clever reassuring steps to reduce the fear of change and avoid that 'big bang, oh we forgot about that bit' experience of those fixed price 'upgrades' that you hear so much about these days.


      Jeavon Leopold

      Technical Director, Crumpled Dog

    • Neil Clark

      Planet Officer and Service Design Lead, TPXimpact

      Joint talk: "A sustainable approach to the web"

      The web is for everyone, just like the planet we live on. In this talk, we'll look at sustainable development practices with a wide range of examples as to how to reduce and measure the carbon impact of your websites. From optimising images to font delivery to choosing the right hosting. It can all make a difference, not just for the environment but also for our users who ultimately get a better experience.


      Thomas Morris

      Technical Lead, TPXimpact

    • Danny Lancaster

      Accessibility Lead, Nexer Digital

      "Crafting a better editor experience: Bringing accessibility to life in our authoring tools"

      In this talk, we will explore making the Umbraco back office accessible by further dissecting the lessons taken from the cluster and reiterating the importance of creating these features that will allow us to elevate our platforms’ accessibility. We will also examine the current Authoring Tools Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) and see how we can come together as a community to make a meaningful and impactful difference to the web and our users.

    • Matt Sutherland

      Head of Technology, True Digital

      Joint talk: "Content recommendations in a world of composable architecture"

      Within this talk, we will discuss some of the 3rd Party tools available to adopt for your content recommendations engine (including the recent Umbraco integration with Algolia). We will also dive into how those tools provide product recommendations and personalised search including why that is extremely important for your clients, their end users and some of our real-world experience and examples.


      Sean Thorne

      Full stack Developer, True Digital

    • Nurhak Kaya

      Technical Architect, Great State

      "Ultimate guide to upgrade your Umbraco v7 and v8 projects to v11"

      With the Umbraco v7 fast approaching its End of Life (September 2023), it is time to move your Umbraco v7 projects to the latest version of Umbraco v11. How could you do your upgrades so that you could start benefiting from all of the performance and security improvements of .NET 7 and Umbraco v11, as well as the new features? In my talk, I'll briefly explain why the Umbraco upgrades are necessary and then give the details for the exact steps to do the Umbraco upgrades. Finally, I'll also share some details to help plan future upgrades.

    • Steve Temple

      Technical Director, Gibe Digital

      "Advanced Debugging"

      I will cover all things debugging-related. From basic debugging concepts to debugging complex applications before moving into some of the tricky debugging scenarios such as remote debugging production servers. A talk for those new to programming all the way up to experienced developers.

Why. What's in it for you?

  • 2 tracks of innovative and inspiring top tier talks
  • The epic Umbraco Spark notebook
  • An Umbraco Spark t-shirt
  • Tea / coffee
  • Lunch
  • Beers at the end of the day
  • Evening social - near M Shed


The M Shed, located on the harbourside, is a 5 minute walk from the city centre, or a 20 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads train station. To find out more about getting to the M Shed, visit the M Shed directions page.

Fri / 10 Mar 23 / 9AM
Umbraco Spark. Conference
M Shed Bristol, BS1 4RN
9am - 11pm