For the fifth time, the German Umbraco festival brought an international group of developers to Frankfurt. On the last Friday in April 2017, attendees met to discuss about their favourite CMS. This time, however, it bore a new name as well as a new concept. From 2017 on, the festival would be called Umbraco Festival Deutschland – instead of umbOktoberfest. The new concept on the other hand, offered more technical and versatile talks. This proved to be successful, especially when considering the fact that for the first time, developers from the three big German-speaking countries came together to celebrate Umbraco.
More than sixty participants spent the festival day in Frankfurt’s westend which is best known for being home to various skyscrapers and bank buildings. When suits meet Umbraco t-shirts and numbers meet creative code lines, it must be a sign of something very special going on.
As always with the friendliest CMS on earth, the Umbraco community was the heart of the festival. Our list of speakers included experts from the UK (Gold Partners Crumpled Dog & GrowCreate), the Netherlands (Gold Partner Perplex) and, of course, from Umbraco’s home country Denmark (Umbraco HQ and uCommerce). A fantastic atomsphere was created right in the beginning when Umbraco Lifetime MVP and “Umbraco-Man” Doug Robar greeted attendees with his legendary “Level 5 Good Morning”. He was also the one give the last talk of the day: “Happiness at Work”.
If you did not attend you want to find out what you've missed, check out our event trailer created by SlidesLive:
I've been to Umbraco events around the world for nearly a decade and #UmbracoFestivalDE put on by byte5 was one of the very best! Sharing knowledge, laughing together, having a great time with Umbraco and one another. I met new people and instantly it was like we were old friends. Effortless. Comfortable. Totally enjoyable in every way.Douglas Robar, Percipient Studios
This is high praise from an Umbraco Lifetime MVP – who has seen pretty much everything between CodeGarden and uWestFest – is far from anything we could have imagined while organising the event.
Here’s some more statements from our guests. They give plenty of reasons why no fan of Umbraco should miss the German festival.
byte5 had put together a great program and ran a tight schedule, but everyone and everything felt so calm and down-to-earth. It’s really cool to see that Umbraco users from the surrounding European countries travel here to be part of this festival.
What began as crazy umbOktoberfest in 2012 has now grown up – but hasn't lost any charm or content on the way. For us after the festival is before the festival: We're already planning the next event for 2018.
Having never been to an Umbraco festival before I was stunned how easy it is to make new friends. It's true what they say about the friendliest community on earth.
I thoroughly enjoyed the festival. Nice venue, interesting talks, great people - what's not to like? Even the weather played along :)
I really liked the vibe around the festival, and I wasn’t any problem that it was a bit smaller than for example the festival in the Netherlands, because everybody was really kind and positive.
As a developer who's rather new to Umbraco I found the passion and joy that people share for the system overwhelming. From second one you feel like a part of a great new family.
The digital world is changing by the day, and there’s also steady growth and development when it comes toour favourite CMS. Since the last German developer conference in autumn of 2016, at the time of UFD17, Umbraco Cloud had been lounged as a strong SaaS solution. Additionally, new possibilities to work with Umbraco had been created and the software and its packages had gotten better and better. A development which also showed in last year’s programme.
Apart from the keynote, where Rune Strand and Mads Rasmussen from Umbraco HQ presented all information on the 3-in-1 release of Umbraco 7.6, Forms 6.0 and Deploy 1.0, there were exciting insights by experienced Umbraco partners from all over Europe. How did uCommerce manage to apply great eCommerce to the new product that is Umbraco Cloud? How do you use Umbraco for personalisation, or rather, practically anything you would want to create on the web? And how can content management systems be prepared for everything that’s going to happen in the future?
If you couldn’t attend the festival or maybe just a few sessions, check out our videos of all sessions of Umbraco Festival day.
What would an Umbraco Festival be without the legendary Level Five Good Morning? This year it was presented by the fabulous Doug Robar.
At Umbraco there's one of the largest 3-in-1 updates of the company's history coming up. In their Keynote Rune and Mads explain what's going to change.
Søren Spelling Lund explains how the uCommerce package was adapted to Umbraco Cloud. Summary: A great way to go!
Sometimes Umbraco even becomes Extreme Umbraco. Mirko Matytschak explains why websites are not the limit.
Chocolate, Vanilla or Strawberry? Not only great as ice cream but also options when it comes to personalising Umbraco. Theo Paraskevopoulos and Kasper Koslowski from GrowCreate explain how it's done.
Imagine you're a developer, just finished training or University and feel like you know everything. Then, there's Umbraco. Lukas Schuhmacher and Eike Hanus from byte5 remembered their own obstacles and how they overcame them.
Multilingualism is something especially the Swiss know a lot about. Calvin Frei and Severin d'Heureuse from Opten AG show how they created a great package for multilingual websites.
You can't work well with many people involved? Not if you know what you do! byte5 project manager Sören Deger explains how your team development with Umbraco becomes a success.
With the opportunities of Cloud hosting there's lots of new challenges for developers. Umbraco MVP Jeavon Leopold explains how these challenges won't become problems.
Over the last years, content management systems have become a central part of the digital workplace. So much that many experts have no doubt they'll also be the future. Janus Boye shares his own thoughts about this development.
An important factor for any company decision is security. Perplex developer Jeffrey Shoemaker shows how Umbraco can match this tendency.