If you’ve been wondering whether a WordCamp will be heading to your area soon, the final part of the 2013 calendar year may provide you with an opportunity to attend the informal WordPress conferences that have become a staple of the community. In fact, there are a total of six WordCamps slated for the remainder of November, beginning on November 15th with WordCamp Edmonton. This event is taking place the day this article is being written and is a one-day event, but there are other WordCamps on tap for this weekend that begin on Saturday and will last through Sunday afternoon – and both are in the United States.
The first is WordCamp Orlando. Sponsored by BlueHost and DreamHost, this two day event will kick off at the UCF Rosen School of Hospitality in Orlando, Florida at 8:00am November 16th with registration. Following a brief Opening Remarks section at 9:30am (Eastern Time), activities will commence at 10:00am with attendees having the choice of talks designed for Designers, Developers and Users. The three categories will give those who have purchased a ticket the ability to choose which lectures and informal talks they wish to be a part of, and there will also be a lunch and dinner period scheduled on Saturday. On Sunday, there will be more group meetings under the same three categories with closing remarks taking place at approximately 5:00pm. There is a hotel package available for those who register at the last minute (until occupancy fills).
If you’re located in the state of Colorado, then WordCamp Denver (also being held November 16th-17th) may be a great option for getting involved in the WordPress community and sitting in on informative talks that can help your WordPress website flourish. Best of all, WordCamps are designed to be helpful to beginner-level users and include lectures that are highly informative and can immediately increase one’s knowledge of how the open-source platform works.
Upcoming WordCamps In November
There are three more WordCamps slated for the following weekend of November 23rd and 24th; beginning with WordCamp Sao Paolo in Brazil. This one day event will take place in the country’s largest city and will be attended by some of Brazil’s leading WordPress developers and designers. The vast majority of the lectures are likely to be communicated in Portuguese with some English mixed in.
Raleigh, North Carolina will be the site of another WordCamp from November 23rd to 24th at North Carolina State University. One of the featured speakers at the Raleigh WordCamp will be Ed Nailor. According to the official WordCamp website, “Ed Nailor has personally developed and overseen well over 200 website projects for over 100 different companies and clients. These websites have included smaller budget 2-3 page informational websites, full-fledged e-commerce websites, mobile websites and large websites with well over 100 pages of content (including budgets well into the 5 digit range). Ed does an extensive amount of work with WordPress and has become well versed in the WordPress system. Ed can install WordPress, create WordPress themes (both parent and child themes) and write WordPress plugins. He also works with PHP, HTML, CSS and jQuery in most of his projects.”
Finally, there is WordCamp London on November 23rd and 24th. This event will be held at the Bishopgate Institute with featured speakers Andrew Nacin, Alex Denning and Austin Smith. This is set up to be one of the biggest WordCamps of the year due to its location and ticket sales have been suspended for the time being while organizers get a verified head count in order to see if there will be any room remaining for late arrivals.
WordCamps are a great way to share your knowledge and also learn about the WordPress platform. To find out more about a WordCamp near you, visit WordCamp Central.