WordCamps have become increasingly popular since their inception in 2006, with WordPress users across six continents joining forces to share information and tactics on how to best take advantage of the open source platform that so many of us have come to rely on daily. Earlier last month, WordCamp organizers staged the very first WordCamp that represented not only a city or country, but an entire continent. WordCamp Europe was deemed a huge success according to those who were in attendance; which could result in more camps being subsequently held in an effort to encompass entire regions.
According to an official post published on the WordCamp official website, WordCamp Europe was comprised of “two main conference days and one contributor day. Amongst the speakers, 18 countries were represented, 14 of those European. It’s hard to pick out favourites as they were all so distinct, but we’d like to say a particular thanks to Kim Gjerstad from MailPoet, who filled in at the very last minute when Sean Herron had to pull out due to the United States government shutdown. We were very sad to lose Sean but Kim did a great job sharing his experiences of growing a commercial plugin business. The videos are in the process of being edited and will be up on WordCamp.tv very soon. There were aspects of the event that went smoothly, and others that didn’t. But we hope that both we and other WordCamp organizers can learn from our successes and our mistakes. A major success was the venue and location. As the backdrop to your event, a good venue and location sets the ambience. The venue was stunning, the staff were professional and helpful, and Leiden is small enough that all of the locations could be easily walked to.”
WordCamps have quickly caught on around the globe with WordPress users teaming up and finding ways to share hardware such as projector equipment in an effort to reduce expenses while also ensuring that as many people as possible are able to attend. Due to corporate sponsorships, ticket prices are usually under $50 per person to attend one or two day seminars in which experts share advice on everything from coding to employee management.
There are three WordCamps scheduled for this week, beginning with WordCamp Cape Town which will be held Thursday, November 7th in Cape Town, South Africa. The Cape Town event could be especially unique due to the main sponsorship of Woo Themes, which is based out of South Africa and will likely have a large amount of input on plugin development Thursday.
Over the weekend, there are two more WordCamp events slated for November 9th-10th. The first will take place in Porto, Portugal while the other WordCamp will be in Nairobi, Kenya. Due to their worldwide influence, WordCamps have been instrumental in bringing non-English speaking WordPress users into the fold and ensuring that localization efforts remain a top priority. With nearly one-quarter of websites now powered by WordPress, the localization trend could continue to rise as those who do not speak English seek out ways to make use of the open source platform.
There are two more WordCamps set to take place during the following weekend in Edmonton, Canada and Orlando, Floria. Ticket information can be found directly at the WordCamp Central website as well as more information on how the camps are organized and structured. If you’re new to WordPress and looking to ways to improve one of many business facets of the open source platform, attending a WordCamp in your area could be a life changing experience due to the vast number of ideas as well as reliable information that is available during the seminars.