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UMBRACO SPARK IV CONFERENCE 2024 - UNVEILING THE FUTURE OF UMBRACO

Umbraco Spark will be back on Friday 8th March 2024 at the M Shed in Bristol. With the resounding success of the past three editions, it's gearing up to be the ultimate rendezvous for every dedicated Umbraco developer. Our conference is where innovation meets expertise, and where the future of this dynamic platform is revealed and needs to be on every Umbraco developer’s radar.

Click here to see the full programme for the day.

SPEAKERS.

Focusing on innovation, sustainability and forward-thinking, the conference features a line up of expert speakers sharing their knowledge and experience on the latest trends and innovations using Umbraco. Attendees will hear from Umbraco HQ as well as key developers and MVPs from the wider Umbraco community. 

Check out the complete line up below. Click here to see the full programme for the day.

Why. What's in it for you?

  • 2 tracks of innovative and inspiring top tier talks
  • The epic Umbraco Spark notebook and 2024 Spark t-shirt
  • Tea/coffee (all you can drink)
  • Buffet lunch to fuel you for the afternoon sessions
  • Beers at the end of the day overlooking the harbour
  • Evening social to get to know all your fellow attendees!
  • PLUS Don't forget the Umbraco Hackathon on 7th March and the harbour run the morning of the 8th!

Where.

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.

Date
Fri / 8 Mar 24 / 9AM
Name
Umbraco Spark Innovation Conference
Address
M Shed Bristol, BS1 4RN
Time
9am - 5pm

Sponsors. Making sparks fly...

Dan Lister Dan Lister

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Dan Lister Staff Engineer, Umbraco

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Advancing the Umbraco Cloud Platform: Innovations in Deployment & Scalability with Terraform, Azure DevOps, and Kubernetes

Dive into the inner workings of Umbraco Cloud's Platform transformation in this talk. See our hands-on approach to deploying and managing cloud infrastructure using Terraform. See how we use of rapid release cycles with Azure DevOps, minimising deployment times while maintaining quality and security. Explore our journey leveraging Azure Kubernetes Services for global scalability and high availability. Witness the integration of Azure API Management in streamlining interactions between our services, enforcing policies, and ensuring a secure, unified API gateway. Gain firsthand insights into how Umbraco Cloud's Platform Team innovatively wields these tools, offering practical knowledge for your own cloud environments.

Lone Iversen Lone Iversen

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Lone Iversen Frontend Developer, Umbraco

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What new Backoffice? Haven’t heard of her.

Join Jacob and I for an engaging and informative talk as we delve into the exciting world of Umbraco. We will spotlight Umbraco's newest and most anticipated features, offering a sneak peek into the innovative advancements that are set to up the ante with Umbraco’s new backoffice - Bellissima. Whether you're a seasoned Umbraco enthusiast or a newcomer, we promise this talk will be an enlightening journey into the future of Umbraco. Take advantage of this opportunity to stay ahead of the curve and gain a firsthand understanding of the tools that will shape the digital landscape of the Umbraco Backoffice.

Jacob Overgaard Jacob Overgaard

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Jacob Overgaard Team Lead & Frontend Architect, Umbraco

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What new Backoffice? Haven’t heard of her.

Join Lone and I for an engaging and informative talk as we delve into the exciting world of Umbraco. We will spotlight Umbraco's newest and most anticipated features, offering a sneak peek into the innovative advancements that are set to up the ante with Umbraco’s new backoffice - Bellissima. Whether you're a seasoned Umbraco enthusiast or a newcomer, we promise this talk will be an enlightening journey into the future of Umbraco. Take advantage of this opportunity to stay ahead of the curve and gain a firsthand understanding of the tools that will shape the digital landscape of the Umbraco Backoffice.

Matt Brailsford Matt Brailsford

Sponsor:

Matt Brailsford Commerce Technical Team Lead, Umbraco

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Reconnecting a Fragmented Community Through Automation

For years I used Twitter as the hub for staying up to date with my Umbraco universe, but with the recent disruptions, things have become a lot more fragmented and difficult to keep informed. There had to be a better way, and so I took it upon myself to see if I could create something to fill the void, and thus UMB.FYI was born. In this session I'll go behind the scenes to show how it does what it does, the lengths I have gone to automate as much as possible, and seek to answer whether an automated solution could really reconnect our fragmented community.

Erica Quessenberry Erica Quessenberry

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Erica Quessenberry UX/UI Designer & Frontend Developer, Red Designs

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Avoiding the common dev:creative handoff pitfalls

While not a deep dive in new shiny technology, the push / pull between design and dev is an ongoing source of tension that surprisingly few, in my experience, talk about even though it affects the budget, timeline, and the energy around a project. In this session, we’ll talk about the most common issues faced during handoffs and what designers and developers can learn from each other to ease that tension and create more positive and streamlined workflows, while simultaneously providing better experiences for the end users and the content editors and managers alike.

Phil Whittaker Phil Whittaker

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Phil Whittaker Director, Hi-Fi

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Deep dive into the Umbraco Headless Demo

Delving into one of Umbraco's most significant releases in recent years, the Umbraco Headless demo. This exploration covers how to get set up, explains how the Umbraco Content, Commerce, and Forms Delivery APIs work, and how CMS content is mapped into page content. We will Introduce key concepts of Next.js and Vercel including Server-Side Rendering (SSR), Static Site Generation (SSG), and Incremental Static Regeneration (ISR) and why these matter. Lastly, we will explain how and why pages are efficiently updated when content is published in Umbraco.

Joe Glombek Joe Glombek

Sponsor:

Bump Logo

Joe Glombek Senior Umbraco Developer, Bump

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Bump Logo

How to Copy & Paste: Effectively working with strangers (and robots) on the internet

Since the dawn of Forums, CodeProject and Stack Overflow - and more recently with Github, Discord, Youtube and blogs - we've collaborated with strangers, often copying and pasting code. Now with the advent of AI like ChatGPT and GitHub CoPilot, it's easier than ever to leverage others' code... sometimes without full comprehension! While copying is common, senior developers approach it differently from juniors. Let's level up our Ctrl+V skills by understanding problems, evaluating code suitability, and adapting it effectively. Together, we can build something better and quicker... so long as we know what we're building!

Hannah Smith Hannah Smith

Sponsor:

Hannah Smith Director of Operations for Green Web Foundation and co-founder of Green Tech South West, The Green Web Foundation

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Measuring the carbon impact of your Umbraco sites

As the planet has experienced its hottest year on record, we all have a responsibility to help reduce carbon emissions. Measuring the carbon impact of your websites is essential to lessening their environmental impact.

We’ll explain the Green Web Foundation’s mission to move to a fossil-free internet, and a tool they’ve built to help organisations understand their webpage carbon emissions.

We’ll then demonstrate an open-source Umbraco package that uses this tool to surface carbon emissions data in the Umbraco back office, enabling developers and content editors to benchmark and improve their digital sustainability!

A talk by the Umbraco Community Sustainability Team.

James Hobbs James Hobbs

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James Hobbs Head of Engineering, Great State

Sponsor:

Measuring the carbon impact of your Umbraco sites

As the planet has experienced its hottest year on record, we all have a responsibility to help reduce carbon emissions. Measuring the carbon impact of your websites is essential to lessening their environmental impact.

We’ll explain the Green Web Foundation’s mission to move to a fossil-free internet, and a tool they’ve built to help organisations understand their webpage carbon emissions.

We’ll then demonstrate an open-source Umbraco package that uses this tool to surface carbon emissions data in the Umbraco back office, enabling developers and content editors to benchmark and improve their digital sustainability!

A talk by the Umbraco Community Sustainability Team.

Thomas Morris Thomas Morris

Sponsor:

Thomas Morris Technical Lead, TPXimpact

Sponsor:

Measuring the carbon impact of your Umbraco sites

As the planet has experienced its hottest year on record, we all have a responsibility to help reduce carbon emissions. Measuring the carbon impact of your websites is essential to lessening their environmental impact.

We’ll explain the Green Web Foundation’s mission to move to a fossil-free internet, and a tool they’ve built to help organisations understand their webpage carbon emissions.

We’ll then demonstrate an open-source Umbraco package that uses this tool to surface carbon emissions data in the Umbraco back office, enabling developers and content editors to benchmark and improve their digital sustainability!

A talk by the Umbraco Community Sustainability Team.

Luke Hook Luke Hook

Sponsor:

Luke Hook Senior Developer , Gibe Digital

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UmbraCopilot - AI all the things!

In this talk, we'll discuss some of the latest services and offerings in the AI world and how they can empower developers, content editors and site users. We'll start with Azure Vision AI resource and how we can utilise it to make our websites more user-friendly and accessible, then move on to Github Copilot and how it can help us as developers with some top tips and tricks shared. We’ll conclude with Azure OpenAI service and how we can utilise it alongside the open-source extensibility of Umbraco to help empower developers and CMS users alike.

Rachel Breeze Rachel Breeze

Sponsor:

Rachel Breeze Senior Developer and Squad Lead, Nexer Digital

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Accessibility: Building and Deploying Accessible sites

Accessibility and inclusive design benefit all users; building accessible products and services isn't just a checkbox exercise or a legal requirement, it makes them inclusive. This talk will explore an approach to building websites that helps ensure that they are accessible from the start. From design and build to deployment. The talk will focus on the development and build approach, looking at the functionality available in Visual Code and Visual Studio to provide automated accessibility testing. There will also be a demo of tools available in Azure DevOps to help test accessibility as part of the process. We will also understand why automated testing only forms part of building accessible sites.

Ravi Motha Ravi Motha

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Ravi Motha Senior Umbraco Developer, Moriyama

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The Future of Umbraco?

With the fast-paced change of Umbraco and Umbraco Development; Ravi will be taking us on a journey through Umbraco's past, present, and future, where he will be exploring the community's and your pivotal role in shaping the trajectory of Umbraco.

Mikkel Keller Stubkjær Mikkel Keller Stubkjær

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Mikkel Keller Stubkjær Head of Development, Novicell UK

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Unlocking Sustainability at Scale With Static Site Generation and Composable Architecture

A deep dive into the technical intricacies of unlocking sustainability at scale for a global website with thousands of pages, where each page seamlessly integrates Umbraco content alongside data from various systems and integrations.

The keys are a combination of incremental static site generation, effective delivery of digital assets, and intelligent pre-processing of page data at publish time - processing once, when content is created and updated, rather than processing on every request. The result is the ultimate page data, unlocking the holy grail of a single API request per page, achieving a blazingly fast content API.

Molly Watt Molly Watt

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Molly Watt Accessibility Consultant, Nexer Digital

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How to think and design in an inclusive way - with Molly

Molly is a deafblind speaker and accessibility consultant who aims to raise awareness of a variety of access needs. She uses her own experiences to help designers, developers and many other roles to understand the importance of inclusion. Her experience as someone who uses assistive technology helps people to understand the complexities, and how simple it can be to help cater to a variety of needs. 

Whether it’s designing a website, recruiting, building an environment or delivering a service - every organisation must consider inclusion in their day-to-day. The more inclusive, the more accessible, the more users, the better. Molly will take us on a journey of how we can be the next to set an example. 

Lee Kelleher Lee Kelleher

Sponsor:

Lee Kelleher Senior Developer, Umbraco

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Bellissima migrazione dei pacchetti

"Beautiful package migration" - Bellissima is on the horizon, the Umbraco 14 release draws near, everyone is eager to try it out, and everyone is eager for their favourite packages to support it, no pressure then. Whether you are a package developer or have developed extensions for your own company solutions, you may currently feel there are many unknowns with the new CMS backoffice. Fear not, Lee has braved such unknowns with his own package migration journey and will offer you practical guidance and tips on how to begin migrating your custom dashboards and property-editors from AngularJS to the new Web Components driven UI.

Pete Duncanson Pete Duncanson

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Pete Duncanson CTO, Preen + Clean Franchising Ltd

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Edge case poker

A fun discussion about how I balance up which edge cases to explore, keep or ignore with examples of a recent project with routing a fleet of vans between customers.

Carl Sargunar Carl Sargunar

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Carl Sargunar CTO, Mondo Media

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Umbraco and .NET Maui - How to leverage the Content Delivery API and webhooks to build Cross platform Apps

A dive into the new features added to Umbraco - the content delivery API and webhooks, and how they can work well with Microsoft's latest cross-platform app-development UI, .NET Maui.