With the 2013 calendar year coming to a close, there are two remaining WordCamps slated for the month of December – both on the weekend of December 14th-15th. For the organizers at WordCamp Central, it has been a successful year no matter how you slice it. More events have been held in 2013 than in any other previous year, and attendance has often been at capacity. The two camps that will take place this coming weekend are WordCamp Las Vegas and WordCamp Sevilla.
WordCamp Las Vegas 2013
WordCamp Las Vegas will feature spotlight speaker Billie Hillier who is described on the official website as a “blogging addict with over 15 years in traditional and internet marketing in her back pocket, she loves helping others master marketing techniques to benefit their businesses.” Other important lecturers at the event will be Mika Ariela Epstein and Andy Roberts.
The two-day (Saturday and Sunday) camp will occur at two separate locations. The InNEVation Center (6795 Edmond Street) will host Saturday’s seminars and meetings while the Work In Progress building (317 South 6th Street) has been slated for Sunday’s talks. There are detailed maps showing how to get to both locations on the official website. Opening registration is set for 8:00am on Saturday with meetings winding down on Sunday afternoon at approximately 5:00. Topics up for discussion range from testing your WordPress website and plugins to WordPress security and budget setting.
There are nearly a dozen full sponsors of the WordCamp; showing that there is plenty of corporate interest in financing future events throughout the next year.
The other WordCamp that will be held over the weekend will take place in Sevilla, Spain. General admission to the two-day event is priced at just €12 (only €8 for students) – plus there are sponsorship passes available for €90 and €180 depending on which level you would like to participate in.
The official WordCamp Sevilla website is published in Spanish, but we can tell you that the opening session will start at 9:00am local time on Saturday with closing statements set for 7:00pm Sunday evening. WordCamp Sevilla is an excellent opportunity for those living in Spain who are interested in WordPress to share ideas and brainstorm on how to best utilize their WordPress website while also meeting other interested individuals and business leaders who are well briefed on how to best use the open-source platform.
In all we have counted 70 WordCamps that have already taken place so far in 2013; a banner year by any account. The success of these Camps has been possible due to a well organized framework that has allowed a host of sponsors as well as a comfortable atmosphere for WordPress users of all abilities. Expert discussion has been led by qualified speakers, which has allowed for a massive sharing of knowledge since WordCamps began back in 2006.
According to the official WordCamp Central website, “Getting to meet and learn from other WordPress users face-to-face is one of the main reasons people attend WordCamps. Many WordCamps set up an informal “genius bar” staffed with experienced WordPress volunteers who try to help fellow attendees with their WordPress questions. In addition to learning from each other, attendees often find new collaborators, employees/employers and potential co-conspirators in the WordCamp crowd. These new relationships can lead to exciting WordPress projects throughout the year. Many WordCamps also set up a job board for attendees to post job openings, business cards, etc. Ideally, every WordCamp is the annual big event of a local WordPress meetup group. If no such group exists, a WordCamp can be a great way to kick it off.”
To find out more about how you can become involved in the WordPress community by attending a WordCamp near year, check out WordCamp Central.