Summary of the first Belgian umbraco meetup

Last Saturday Ruben, Dirk and I (Tim) held the first local umbraco meetup here in Belgium. We started out with a very short welcome message and a video Niels recorded (thanks again for that). Then we asked everyone to quickly introduce themselves by answering a couple of questions (who are you, what do you do, where does umbraco fit in, why are you here). Turned out that seeing umbraco v4 in action was the top reason for attending.

After showing the new features in v4 we started with the demo we had planned. Plan was to make an entire site in umbraco with the following features:
- Download a design and implement it in umbraco
- News with comments (autoform), rss feed and livewriter
- Image gallery with lytebox and rating
- Flash mp3 player
- Register members
- Silverlight video player with some ajax stuff ( base )

I think that took us about 2 hours and the rest of the day we asked the attendees what else they would like to know/see … That included multilingual sites, custom datatypes, installing on other databases, search, …

Some people also showed some of their work and someone told us about the ideas he had for some packages.

List of attendees:

Dirk De Grave
Dieter De Paepe
Pascal Declercq
Arjan den Boer
Gerty Engrie
Arnaud Geyskens
Tim Geyssens
Walter Harms
Sander Houttekier
Thomas Lepouttre
Martijn Maris
Geert Neuts
Lieven Praet
Richard Soeteman
Thomas Surquin
Ruben Verborgh

I think about 50% of the people came from the Netherlands.

Couple of pictures:








Looking back on the meeting I can definitly say I met some great people and had a awesome time! We should do this more often !

5 Comments so far

  1. Kasper Ulvedal on July 22nd, 2008

    Hey Tim,

    Nice to see, that you guys had a great Umbraco day.
    We might set up more days like these around the world.

  2. Soeren Sprogoe on July 23rd, 2008

    Nice format!

    Sounds like an excellent way for new people to get introduced to how easy it is to work with Umbraco, and for Umbracians to get introduced to v4.

  3. James on July 23rd, 2008

    Hi there,

    Some people (like me!) struggle to make it to this type of event but the content you’ve listed would be of great interest. Is there any chance this process could be shown in a series of webcasts? Perhaps the Umbraco team could look at doing something like this? My situation is that I really like the look of Umbraco but can’t play with it during work hours. It would be great to have this type of accessible introductory material that I can watch in the evenings and see how things work.


  4. Tim Geyssens on July 23rd, 2008

    @James, indeed it would make a great screencast series, I might just do that…

  5. James on July 24th, 2008

    Nice one! I’ll look forward to it!

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