A champion of the Glasgow coding community recognised with award

A champion of the Glasgow coding community, and senior developer at creative agency Equator, has been named as one of the Most Valuable Persons (MVP) working with content management system Umbraco. Carole Logan received the coveted MVP award at Codegarden, the largest gathering of the global Umbraco community, which took place recently in Odense, Denmark.

She was recognised for her work in the coding community, including organising the Glasgow Umbraco Users’ Group (GLUUG), a bi-monthly networking event hosted at Equator’s headquarters in Finnieston. Carole also regularly contributes to industry blogs and shares insight and advice on her own blog.

In addition to winning the award, Carole was invited to share her expertise with the 600 Codegarden attendees, despite this being only her second time attending the festival. She delivered a talk on how to creatively use Umbraco to develop content for the Internet of Things (IoT). Equator is currently working in this area with one of its clients, Village Hotels. The firm has used Umbraco to customise questions that can be asked of the Amazon Echo which is being tested in Village guest rooms, acting as a digital concierge.

Carole, who recently celebrated her four-year anniversary at Equator, said: “Attending Codegarden for the second year in a row was an incredible experience, especially as I also had the pleasure of presenting this time round. Codegarden has much more of a festival feel than what you would expect of a traditional conference.

“There was a great mix of insightful talks and social events, including a pre-party at the amazing Umbraco HQ, which let you share ideas with other members of the coding community. The organisers really thought of everything – there were even daily mindfulness sessions!

“Umbraco is one of the most popular CMS’s among our clients and I really do believe it’s one of the best options out there. The platform is open source meaning it’s truly customisable and there are really no limitations to what you can do with it, which is perfect for the work we do with businesses. On top of that, you’ve got a huge community behind Umbraco which offers lots of support.

“I was super excited when I heard I had won the award! It’s fantastic to be recognised by the developer community. Working at Equator has provided a great base for me to evolve my skills and I can’t wait to see what exciting things we create next using Umbraco.”

James Jefferson, chief creative officer and founder at Equator, said: “We are incredibly proud of what Carole has achieved. She has worked tirelessly to develop her skills and become an ambassador for Equator, Umbraco and the coding community. It’s truly wonderful to see her talent recognised in this way and I feel very fortunate to have her on team delivering intelligent cutting-edge solutions for our clients.”