While reviewing a large selection of WordPress news stories and community news items this Monday morning, we came upon an interesting blog entry by Jeffro of WPTavern.com with the title, First WordCamp North Canton A Success. Throughout the year, we’ve been bringing our readers stories on the growth of WordCamps worldwide (as a matter of fact there are three more schedules for this month), and it’s great to get a positive first-hand rundown from a participant.
In his May 6th blog post, Jeffro of WPTavern stated, “Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to attend WordCamp North Canton located in North Canton, Ohio. The event took place on the Stark State College Campus within the Center for Entrepreneurship and was coordinated by Joe Rozsa. The venue offered plenty of seating, multiple classrooms for sessions and outlets galore for charging electronic devices. Although the WiFi at the event was surprisingly low speed considering the venue, it was’nt enough to notice when tweeting or pushing out images. In fact, there was little in the way of problems with the WiFi.”
Zero Waste Policy
Recycling and using less energy have been at the forefront of many community activities in past years, and Jeffro pointed out that the WordCamp Ohio organizers ensured there was a small carbon footprint resulting from the Camp’s training seminars and meetings. “Everything used during the event was either recyclable or fully bio-degradable,” wrote Jeffro.
The upcoming WordPress.com VIP Workshop will also aim to use as little energy as possible by holding its seminars at The Carneros Inn; a site that features bicycling which allows guests to participate in nearby shopping as well as tours without using a motorized vehicle.
Besides the zero waste policy, the WPTavern editor was impressed with the local food selection which included pizza from Ermanos Pizza as well as S’mores prepared with marshmallows and chocolate.
According to WordCamp Central, there are three more events planned for this month, including WordCamp Austin on May 18th – which promises to be a heavily attended event. Calls for volunteers have gone out and tickets can be purchased here.
On the weekend of May 25th-26th, there will be one WordCamp held in Managua, Nicaragua with another slated for the city of Calgary in Canada. The official description on the Calgary WordCamp website says, “WordCamp Calgary 2013 is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. Join us May 25th & 26th for engaging and inspiring sessions that will leave you exhausted (in a good way!) and ready to take on new challenges with your WordPress site. This community-led event would not happen without the help of volunteers, sponsors and speakers so sign up and spread the word.”
More than 200 WordCamps have been held across the globe since the inaugural event back in 2006 which was hosted by WordPress.com founder Matt Mullenweg in San Francisco. Since then, organizers have created a number of committees to deal with a growing number of training tasks as well as coordination of hardware such as projectors, laptops, etc.
If you would like to become a part of future WordCamps, there are plenty of ways you can volunteer your time and assist the WordPress community. On the WordCamp Central Become An Organizer page, coordinator Andrea Middleton writes, “Local organizers are what make each WordCamp unique. Organizing a WordCamp is a volunteer labor (a lot of labor!) of love for WordPress and your local community, and earns you untold karma points on the path to WordPress nirvana. No specific skills or backgrounds are required to become an organizer, though events tend to be most successful when responsibility is shared among several co-organizers.
So much goes into planning a WordCamp that we now have an entire site dedicated to planning WordCamps. Take a look at the WordCamp planning site, read through the information there (so you know what you’d be getting into), and if you’re interested in putting together a WordCamp, fill in the organizer application.”
We look forward to writing more articles on the progress of WordCamps as well as receiving first-hand event summaries of Camps that have recently taken place.