Umbraco Spark summit draws digital innovators to Bristol


Bristol digital agency, Gibe Digital, is set to host the fourth Umbraco Spark web developer conference at Bristol’s M-Shed on Friday 8th March, in collaboration with The Umbraco UK Foundation. The one-day event attracts web developers and designers from across the UK and Europe and includes product demonstrations, technical talks, and presentations by digital innovators and experts in making websites more engaging, sustainable and accessible.

Umbraco is the open-source .Net content management system (CMS), which underpins the websites and digital services of thousands of government, retail, sports, entertainment, manufacturing, education and professional services organisations.

The open-source CMS is supported by a community of 221,745 .Net developers and 1,500 digital agency partners, and maintained by Umbraco’s commercial organisation, which provides support, training, and automated updates on Umbraco Cloud.

Gibe Digital is a Contributing Umbraco gold partner, which has designed and developed websites and ecommerce solutions for leading brands including Tottenham Hotspur, Bristol City FC, and Wolverhampton Wanderers. This is the fourth year that Gibe Digital has organised and hosted the Umbraco Spark event.

The twin-track conference will feature presentations by technical leaders, designers and developers from numerous digital agencies, followed by an after-party at the Arnolfini. Speakers will share case studies demonstrating how they’ve combined their creativity and the Umbraco platform to create award-winning sites that have helped organisations to improve accessibility, enhance user experiences, extend functionality, increase sales, and reduce carbon emissions.

This year’s speakers include deafblind accessibility consultant, Molly Watt, who will share how web designers can make sites more inclusive, and Hannah Smith, director of operations at the Green Web Foundation and founder of Green Tech South-West, who will show how developers can measure web page carbon emissions.

Steve Temple, Technical Director and Co-founder of Gibe Digital, comments, “We are delighted to host another Umbraco Spark in our home city. How many other events can begin with a hackathon and a harbour run, before getting into the big issues that we all face as web designers and developers? We aim to provide the right balance of fun, food, and food for thought. There’ll be plenty of practical tips and tools that attendees can take back to their colleagues and clients.”

Emma Burstow, Director of Developer Relations, Umbraco, enthuses, “Umbraco Spark is one of the highlights of the year for the Umbraco UK community. When I was starting out as a .Net developer at a digital agency, I quickly realised the value of being able to ask questions, solve problems and share ideas with fellow Umbraco developers. This friendly, supportive open-source community is a huge asset and has been central to my own professional development. Gathering in Bristol, which has a creative vibe all of its own, is the perfect place to learn, collaborate, share inspiration and spark ideas with our peers.”