This weekend will be one of the busiest on record for WordCamp training seminars and brainstorming sessions with a record four scheduled events across three countries. The WordCamp concept has grown in leaps and bounds since the inaugural event was held in 2006 in San Francisco and hosted by Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg. Nowadays, almost every event brings in hundreds of participants along with a slew of corporate sponsors that help finance programs such as hardware sharing/shipping between events, expenses related to conference space and the improvement of the official WordCamp Central website managed by Andrea Middleton.
WordCamp Reno 2013
WordCamps revolve around bringing community members together who would otherwise be limited by remote communication technologies and allowing them to collaborate from one to three days in a city in order to brainstorm, share ideas and further improve the WordPress platform. Perhaps the headline event over the weekend will be WordCamp Reno in Nevada, where workshops will kick off on Saturday, April 27th, at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center within the University of Nevada at Reno campus. According to WordCamp Central, “the 2013 Reno-Tahoe WordCamp will be only the 4th event of its type held in Reno. The organizers have a great line-up of speaker sessions planned for Saturday and are scheduling hands-on workshops for Sunday. The University of Nevada-Reno is an excellent venue for this technology-oriented event. Come to Reno, learn the ins and outs of the open-source WordPress platform and enjoy Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.” The Keynote Presentation will be conducted by Hillary Schieve, followed by a Designer and Developer Workshop provided by Dylan Kuhn and a Business/User Workshop by Mike Fitzpatrick.
The Minneapolis Community & Technical College will be the venue for the 2013 WordCamp Minneapolis. Events will start on Saturday and continue through Sunday afternoon. “It’s been a few years, but Minneapolis is proud to host WordCamp once again,” writes Middleton. “This two-day event is scheduled for April 27th at the Minneapolis Community & Technical College and April 28th at the Minneapolis Central Library. WordCamp Minneapolis is open to all users, regardless of experience. Our local meet-up community is working hard to make this an event that is inspiring, engaging, as well as social.” There will also be a single track seminar dedicated to BuddyPress on Sunday that many won’t want to miss, plus a Mind-Blowing Online Engagement course given by Toby Cryns and Tania Jones.
The 2013 Ottawa WordCamp (the first held in this city) will take place at Montpetit Hall on the University of Ottawa campus and is open to all WordPress users although seating is limited. On this first-time session, Middleton states that it “will feature 17 sessions in 3 tracks, an unconference event on The Role of Women in the WordPress Community, a panel discussing Building Your Business, Cause, or Brand using WordPress and a pre-camp Introduction to WordPress. Add in the ‘Happiness Bar’ where you can get one on one help with your WordPress questions, and all together we’ll have about 30 talented people, many from the Ottawa WordPress community, and others from as far away as Vancouver and PEI, presenting to you the latest and greatest for WordPress.”
Finally, a two-day WordCamp is slated for Melbourne, Australia this weekend. Less details are available for this event, but local WordPress users should check with known community members for details on which seminars will be held and which topics will be covered throughout Saturday and Sunday.
Also in the news this week is the fact that the 2013 San Francisco flagship WordCamp has been scheduled for July 26th and 27th (Friday and Saturday) with a developer’s hack day set up for Sunday, July 28th, 2013. For more details on the most important WordCamp of the year, visit the WordCamp San Francisco page.