A Weekend Retreat

CODECABIN is the Umbraco developer unconference.

Back in 2016, together with our good friend Lee Kelleher, we decided to put on a weekend retreat, bringing together some of our fellow Umbraco developers for 3 nights of fun, learning, exchanging of ideas and a chance to forge new friendships.

There are many Umbraco conferences, festivals and meet ups, all of which are great. However, in our experience we found our favourite bits from these events were in-between talks, the down-time moments where people could converse, ask more in-depth questions and potentially whip out the laptop and hack an idea, but these moments never lasted long enough. So in order to address this CODECABIN was born!


  • Format

    20 Developers
    3 Nights
    1 Unique Experience

When? Where? How?

Having run the weekend for five years, our aim is to continue the annual event each Autumn. We run the event as a not-for-profit, so ticket revenue covers costs for the weekend.

We ask those who wish to attend to apply for a place. Successful attendees will be chosen and sent a link to purchase a low cost ticket to attend. We book a venue large enough to sleep 20+ people and with lists galore, Lucy organises food and beverages orders and attends the weekend in order to cater the event. Matt and Lee lead the weekend, starting off discussion topics and chosen sessions which are decided by attendees ahead of the weekend. We come up with the agenda for the weekend by asking attendees to suggestion session topics in our CODECABIN Trello board. Sessions are then reviewed and voted for, the top voted suggestions making it onto out weekend schedule, it really makes for an open and collaborative process, allowing attendees to get more from the weekend and have time to prepare anything they'd like to discuss ahead of time. 

There will be discussions (mainly about Umbraco, but anything goes). Demos of the latest packages or solutions people have found, as well as a chance to code and hack through ideas. Plus, with hearty home-cooked meals and beautiful surroundings in the Peak District, it makes for a lovely weekend. 


Codecabin is an UMCO event.

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A fantastic experience! It's rare you get an opportunity to spend time with other developers where you're encouraged to ask questions. A chance to collaborate and a chance to learn. Best of all, it's in a beautiful setting where we were well fed and watered. You guys really did do a wonderful job. EMMA BURSTOW, UMBRACO DEVELOPER, RADELY YELDAR