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What we've got lined up

Working on the feedback we received last year, we're bringing a flavour of the user groups we run to Rocket this year. You'll find below a programme of updates and plenary talks from industry leaders peppered with practical workshops. Giving Contensis users a chance to delve more deeply into the product, we believe you can have the best of both worlds..

09:30 - 10:00

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Registration

Join us for coffee and pastries after you've picked up your welcome pack.

10:00 - 10:15

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Welcome

10:15 - 10:45

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Contensis product update

We'll talk through the latest developments in Contensis with tips on how you can better use the CMS to serve your audiences.

10:45 - 11:15

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The beautiful inconvenience of things

Right now we seem to be living in a world of extremes, where epic, shock, and awe are the keywords of the day and subtlety and beauty are sent to the back of the queue. The things that surround us seem to be about making us more like machines rather than celebrating what it is to be human, encouraging us to get things done rather than be filled with joy, love, and other such “ridiculous” things. In this talk, UK designer Brendan Dawes shares his love of subtlety and nuance, how the things that we live and interact with should always have the capacity to be loved, and how he tries to design things that are imbued with lovely little inconveniences.

11:15 - 11:30

Coffee break & networking

11:30 - 12:15

Content

Style is eternal: it's time to level up your content

Content is the heart and soul of your website. Yet with even the best intentions it can become inconsistent and patchy when multiple people publish across your organisation.

That's where a style guide comes in. It keeps your writers on the same page. And in Contensis 9 you can add style tips and validators right into the editor to guide people as they write.

In this session we'll look at the importance of consistent style, how to choose the best style guide for your organisation and how to harness the new features in Contensis. We'll soon get you singing from the same style sheet to ensure your message is clear and hits home.

Development

Using content types, entries and our Delivery API

Not sure what content types, entries, and a Delivery API are and why you should be using them? Do you find yourself needing to create and shape new types of content to use in your site? 

Come away from Rocket with an understanding of how to build your first content type, create entries, and use the Delivery API to create a simple listing and view of your content.

Jon Moore
Jon Moore
12:15 - 12:45

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Thinking outside the frame: video content use and integration

Videos can engage your audiences' senses deeper than simple text. But, they can also become intrusive or inconvenient when they are forced or unnecessary. We’ll discuss how you can produce videos that add real value for your users, and how you can implement them in practical and engaging ways. Let’s look at moving beyond simply embedding videos in the middle of the page, and instead start using video as a more engaging way to deliver content.

12:45 - 13:30

Lunch & networking

13:30 - 14:15

Content

The art of persuasion

Words matter. On your website, they provide vital information for users.

But could they be more compelling? More urgent? Could they convince more users to complete tasks on your site?

In this workshop you'll learn how to write common text elements – such as headings, links, labels, tooltips, error messages and metadescriptions – in more persuasive ways, whilst upholding a professional tone of voice.

The tips are not highly technical. Anyone can do them. Learn how to move your copy up a gear across your site to improve user experience and task completion.

Development

Creating a live featured search

Our professional services team frequently work on creating rich search experiences for our clients. A commonly used pattern across the web is to surface search results as you type, bringing relevant search results to the forefront. 

Learn how to get to grips with the Delivery API to create a live search using different search operators and weighting to deliver the results you want.

Alex Pop
Alex Pop
14:15 - 14:30

Universal

Future of Contensis

So, what's coming up? Find out more, directly from Contensis' product owner, about the vision for the product and the kinds of features you can expect to see in future versions of Contensis.

14:30 - 14:50

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User research and testing: how the results are improving Contensis

Feedback from users of Contensis is vital to moving the CMS forward. Part of Jon’s role is to visit developers and editors and see how they use Contensis in their place of work. Jon will take you through examples of issues exposed by testing and how these have been addressed.

14:50 - 15:05

Coffee break & networking

15:05 - 15:50

Content

Networked storytelling: sharing multimedia from a mobile device

Content needs to add value to someone's life. 

Whether you wish to entertain, educate or inspire, it's not about streaming everywhere. 

It's about the shared experience and being clear and concise. 

Digital storytelling is also about the network.

Those who enjoy to explore and share. 

Tell great stories and make people feel something.

Development

Content outside of the web page

We’re surrounded by a multitude of devices that display, and allow us to interact with content. They are everywhere; in our pockets, on our wrist, in our homes, the cars we drive to the places we visit. The list is growing too.

The surge of internet connected devices opens up opportunities to solve problems, respond to our needs and bridge the gap between the physical and virtual world.

Whilst you may be using Contensis for your website have you considered using it to deliver content to different screens?

We’ll be taking a look on how you could be using your content outside of a Contensis website. We'll be looking at a mobile framework to use the power of the new Delivery API to get your content into new places.

Scott Yearsley
Scott Yearsley
Dan White
Dan White
15:50 - 16:10

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Live Q&A: question box opened live on stage!

Compère Gabriel Smy will put questions to Richard Chivers, Simon Horan, and Richard Saunders.

16:10 - 16:20

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Closing address

16:20 - 19:30

Rock-it! Join us for a networking social at The Botanist.

Our speakers

Alex Pop

Alex Pop

Alex is a senior developer on Contensis. With over 14 years’ experience, he has literally written the books on Angular JS and Underscore.js in .NET environments. If you have a question on JavaScript, front-end stack, and web application development on Contensis, he is the person to talk to..

Brendan Dawes

Brendan Dawes

Brendan Dawes is a designer and artist exploring the interaction of objects, people, technology and art using form and code together with an eclectic mix of digital and analogue materials for himself and an international roster of clients. Author of two books on interaction design, his work is featured in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art and has been honoured in awards including Fast Company Innovation by Design, Information is Beautiful and D&AD. Clients include Airbnb, Google, Twitter, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Intel, Cancer Research UK, Mailchimp, M&C Saatcci, EE, Arup.
Christian Payne

Christian Payne

Christian Payne is a Creative Technologist: an elusive job description that can include photographer, writer, documentarian and story-teller. Never content to simply tell a tale, Christian consults and trains others on how best to find their own voices and which emerging technologies are available to amplify them.

His work takes him around the world, often with news agencies, occasionally just ahead of them, using a unique diverse skill-set to highlight the plight of refugees, put politicians on the spot and always find the story behind the headline.

Christian brain dumps into a weekly newsletter as well as at @documentally

Dan White

Dan White

Dan is a senior developer within the Contensis product team with over 15 years’ experience in code-writing.

Outside of work, Dan is an enthusiastic but limited bowler (crown green not ten pin) and gets a little too excited by steam trains. He also worries that he may be old before his time.
Gabriel Smy

Gabriel Smy

Gabriel is Zengenti's content strategist. He helps clients to plan and produce great content for their websites. A writer at heart, he has more than 10 years' experience in digital content and communications.

Jack Walden

Jack Walden

Jack is a front-end developer at Zengenti. He has a background in planning, design, and development of digital marketing projects. He holds a degree in advertising and television production and interned with M&C Saatchi Malaysia.
Jon Maskrey

Jon Maskrey

Jon is a Zengenti veteran of four years. As a UX designer and front-end developer, he works with the product team to build a great user experience that is accessible, easy to use and fast. He has extensive experience in front-end development and Contensis integration.

Jon Moore

Jon Moore

Jon is a front-end developer and technical consultant here at Zengenti. He builds and customises complex websites, and comes up with technical answers to difficult business questions. He’s been building websites with Zengenti for over five years, and has extensive experience in front and back-end code.

Matthew Addis

Matthew Addis

Matt is a marketing assistant here at Zengenti. He works on email newsletters, site content, videos, and social media. He’s involved in just about every marketing project we run.

Richard Chivers

Richard Chivers

Richard is Zengenti’s CEO. He looks after all the teams at Zengenti. Being a developer at heart, he occasionally likes to push the odd side project. Between him and Simon Horan, they originally built both our flagship product – the Contensis CMS – and the business since its start.

Richard Saunders

Richard Saunders

Richard is the product owner for Contensis – our CMS. He sets the direction and roadmap for the product. His background includes both user experience and front-end design.

Ryan Bromley

Ryan Bromley

Ryan is a digital marketing executive here at Zengenti. He looks after our marketing content, oversees campaigns, and helps teach courses in writing for the web. He holds a master’s degree in creative writing, and has extensive experience in photography.
Scott Yearsley

Scott Yearsley

Scott is a senior architect for the product team here at Zengenti. He looks after a team of developers who build our CMS (Contensis) and our customer-experience manager (Populo). His background includes full-stack development and systems architecture for the banking sector.

It's completely free!

Rocket Conf 17 will take place on Thursday 15 June at The Studio in the centre of Birmingham – and it's free for Contensis users.

Book your place