With the Spring season quickly approaching north of the equator, a total of three WordCamps have been scheduled to take place this month. WordCamps are meetings held worldwide by WordPress developers and users that focus on idea sharing, collaboration, and workshops. Since the original event (hosted by Matt Mullenweg) was held in San Francisco back in 2006, there have been more than 200 WordCamps in over 110 cities in 38 countries.
The first event of the month will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. This will be the city’s third time to host a camp. On the official description page, WordCamp organizers told attendees, “We are happy to announce that WordCamp Atlanta is going to be held this year on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16th at a new location, the beautiful Loudermilk Center, in Downtown Atlanta.
We are excited to have this modern, two-story conference facility with its huge ballroom. Its large breakout rooms will will allow us to hold our sessions for users, designers and developers, at all levels of expertise. The spacious lobbies on each floor will give us lots of mingling and hangout space. It’s shaping up to be an amazing WordCamp!”
The second forum is set for March 16th and 17th (Saturday and Sunday) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Scandinavia has hosted several events in the past, but this will be the very first WordCamp to be held in the city of Copenhagen.
Organizers have stated that “WordCamp Denmark [will be] held in Copenhagen. The venue is Kulturanstalten – a local culture house in the Vesterbro area. It is a two-day event with 7-8 presentations. There [will be] somewhere between 50 and 70 particpants in the WordCamp.
The presentations [are] about typical WordPress subjects such as themes, SEO, images and video, webshops, a presentation of danish WordPress solutions and a finishing roundtable discussion. We keep it down to one track, since it is our experience that the participants don’t want to miss out on any of the presentations.”
San Diego, California
The WordCamp schedule will make its final stop of the month in sunny San Diego, California. This will represent the third consecutive year that a WordCamp has been held in San Diego, and this year the event will take place on March 23rd and 24th. More than 300 designers, marketers, creative professionals and developers are expected to be in attendance.
Unfortunately, the San Diego event is sold out and tickets are no longer available. However, this can also be looked upon as a positive signal that the popularity of WordPress is growing exponentially as the quality of WordCamps continues to improve.
If you take a look at the WordCamp Central About Page, you will be able to read a very good description about how WordCamps operate along with their overall purpose. “WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress, the free and open source personal publishing software that powers over 25 million sites on the web.
WordCamps come in all different flavors, based on the local communities that produce them, but in general, WordCamps include sessions on how to use WordPress more effectively, beginning plugin and theme development, advanced techniques, security, etc. To get an idea of the types of sessions typically seen at WordCamps, check out the WordCamp channel at WordPress.tv.”
Guidelines Under Review
A survey was conducted during January and February by WordCamp Central coordinator Andrea Middleton of the current WordCamp Guidelines. The deadline for past event organizers to turn in their answers to the questionnaire was February 28th, so the Review WordCamp Guidelines Sub-Committee should be able to fully analyze the feedback during March and have new guideline recommendations by the end of Spring; if not sooner.