Christmas Day 2013 revealed a major news item for those who have been a fan of the informal gatherings throughout the world that have become known as WordCamps. For the 2014 calendar year, WPML will act as an ongoing “WordCamp Accomplice” sponsor; increasing its participation level in what has quickly evolved into a method for WordPress users across the globe to meet and share ideas.
WordCamp Central Coordinator Andrea Middleton announced Tuesday that the WordPress Multilingual Plugin, which makes running a WordPress website in a language other than English a very simplified process, will be at the forefront when it comes to sponsoring WordPress dominated gatherings known as WordCamps. In her December 25th post, Middleton stated, “We’re so grateful to WPML for their commitment to sponsor every WordCamp in the world at the WordCamp Accomplice level for 2014. They sponsored at this level in 2013 in selected regions, and were apparently so happy with that decision that they decided to go global for 2014!”
What Are WordCamps?
WordCamps were conceived years ago, with the inaugural event held in San Francisco during the 2006 calendar year. Presently, there are approximately 50 “Camps” held every year across six continents: North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.
Generally one or two day events, WordCamps contain seminars from experts, brainstorming sessions with audio-visual props, and loads of content for WordPress beginners and veterans alike. Best of all, ticket prices are purposely kept well under $50 in most cases to ensure that the venues are open to as many interested participants as possible. Those who are interested in attending can book discounted hotel rates and sign up for the sessions they would like to participate in well ahead of time, then make the short drive or flight to the location where the Camp is being held and benefit from a plethora of WordPress knowledge.
There are currently four WordCamps slated for January 2014: Phoenix (Arizona, U.S.), Paris (France), Oslo (Norway), and Baroda (India). There will be another Camp held during February 2014 in Prague (Czech Republic) before 2014’s season swings into full gear.
WordCamp Central Coordinator Andrea Middleton (pictured) had a lot of positive things to in her Christmas Day post on the official website, relaying to readers that “WPML turns WordPress websites multilingual. It works with caching, SEO and E-Commerce plugins, and allows the building of complete multilingual sites. WPML powers simple blogs as well as corporate and enterprise sites.WPML allows users to translate everything in the site, including content, menus, widgets and even theme and plugin texts. WPML powers over 400,000 commercial websites from all over the world. More information about going multilingual can be found at WPML.org.”
How To Get Involved
If you would like to take a proactive approach to getting involved in all things WordPress, WordCamps are an excellent way to do so. If you have a specialty area and would like to participate in any event (in the capacity of coordinating, lecturing, or helping out in some way), all you have to do is Become An Organizer by reading through some of the WordCamp literature and deciding whether you have the time and availability to make a contribution.
The WordCamp website adds that “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.” There are plenty of resources available for those who would like additional information. Click on the following links to go directly to the WordCamp Planning Website or to fill out an Organizer Application.