Umbraco Down Under Festival

23 Feb 2018

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G’day, and welcome to uDuf!

uDuf is the very first Umbraco conference in the Southern Hemisphere - history making!

It is designed to build a strong and sharing community of developers, project managers, marketing teams and web specialists who use Umbraco. With separate development and business focused content streams, you don’t have to be a coder to get something out of uDuf - we’ve got you all covered!

Through presentations, on-site training and a community Hack Day, you’ll gain insights on technical know-how, creative tips, best practices, and sales strategies. You’ll also get to hear from, and mix with, the brains behind it all as we welcome members of the Umbraco HQ to share in this debut conference event!

Discover why Umbraco is the fastest growing .NET CMS in the world, and how it can put a rocket into your business whilst remaining flexible and user friendly. All while in the company of inspiring, intelligent and fair dinkum blokes and sheilas (Aussie for ‘honest/genuine men and women’)!

What comes with my ticket?

Admission to the Festival, Hackathon & Pre-Party

Festival swag

Lunch & refreshments

Access to all streams!

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How it’s going down...

Training - 20th & 21st Feb

Make the whole week an Umbraco week by joining us for the official Umbraco Fundamentals and the MVC & Visual Studio courses and gain your certification. Festival entry is included when you attend one of the courses! Secure your spot on one of the courses now.

Hackathon - 22nd Feb

The Hackathon and Bug Fixathon will give you the chance to get rid of those darn bugs messin’ with your work. This is your chance to contribute and work with other community members and some of Umbraco's finest!

Pre-party - 22nd Feb

We have secured exclusive use of BALTER Brewery, one of the Gold Coast's best. This is a meet and greet event for you to get to know other Umbracians from Australia and abroad. There'll be a food truck, and there’ll be great beer, and it’s on us. 🍺

Festival - 23rd Feb

The main event, come and hear from some of the best in the business in 2 streams packed full of knowledge. The focus of the tracks are development and business, so there will be talks to wet the appetite of anyone involved in the use of the Umbraco CMS.


Niels HartvigChief Unicorn Umbraco HQ

Niels started it all. He will tell us where we currently are as a community and what the future holds for the worlds favourite open source .NET CMS.

Shannon DeminickCTO Umbraco

Leading the technical team at Umbraco, Shannon is behind many of the decisions that have made Umbraco such an amazing platform.

Paul StirlingSolutions Analyst Proworks

Paul has been around Umbraco for almost as long as Umbraco has existed.  Paul is an Umbraco Cloud expert and will show you how to work with and setup Umbraco Cloud in the team development environment.

Peter GregoryCEO KOBEN digital

Køben is called on by agencies and brands across Australasia, to build, support and rescue Umbraco solutions. Peter will talk about specialisation and building a sustainable consultancy with Umbraco at its core.

Radu ChiperiUcommerce

UCommerce has been a leader in the e-commerce space on Umbraco for many years, bringing enterprise grade commerce tools to Umbraco with users such as Reebok, Heinz, BiC, Emirates and faber-Castell. UCommerce have an exciting release coming this year in the form of Project Lux.

James Jackson-SouthMicrosoft MVP ImageSharp

James is the king of image processing and leads the ImageSharp project. His work changed image manipulation in Umbraco and he has also been recognised by Microsoft as an MVP for his contributions to the developer community.

Elizabeth GibbonsDirector of Client Services Zeroseven

Pitching and selling Umbraco is Elizabeth's jam.  She has been pitching and winning tenders with Umbraco and she knows the ins and outs of making Umbraco fit the brief.

Aaron PowellTechnical Presales Consultant Readify

Aaron loves automation. Continuous integration and deployment has always been a pain point in any CMS environment, Aaron will lead us through the options for Umbraco developers in the quest to deploy with the single big green button.

Anthony DangHead of Development Cogworks

Cogworks is one of the UK's premiere Umbraco consultancies. Anthony knows better than anyone, it doesnt matter how awesome the tool is, an Umbraco implementation is only as good as the developer who built it.  He will give us insights into how Cogworks deals with inheriting lemons.

Callum WhyteSenior Developer Cogworks

At the Cogworks, they like experimentation. Callum will show us the world of Azure functions and how they can be used with Umbraco to take over transactional events and scheduled task, right through to taking over entire aspects of an Umbraco website.

Nathan WoulfeWeb Architect University of the Sunshine Coast

Nathan has been working with Umbraco at the USC for many years in a large team environment. With large teams, comes a need for workflow.  Out of this need Nathan developed Plumber, the workflow plugin for Umbraco.

Would you like to talk?

This is your opportunity to present to the Umbraco community. We have two tracks, one for developers and one for business. Let us know what you want to present and we will consider you for the UDUF line up.

I.e., town, state, country - how far are you willing to go?


uDuf 18 is being held at the newly refurbished Star Casino in beautiful Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. There are loads of hotels and Air bnb’s in the immediate area to cover all budgets. Beautiful beaches and top shopping malls are all within walking distance and multiple theme parks only a short drive or bus ride away. Make it a holiday and bring the family!

A tram line linking the central Gold Coast is located right out the front of the venue. For those coming from out of town, we suggest you take a look around as there are so many beautiful places to explore. We highly recommend Burleigh Heads Beach (where the Koben Digital offices are and where the Hackathon will be held) and Coolangatta the home of the famous Snapper Rocks surf break. There is so much to do so if you can, stick around for the weekend after the event!


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