WordCamp Europe 2018 Contributor Day Posts Record Turnout Amid Wi-Fi Outage

WordCamp Europe 2018 Contributor Day Posts Record Turnout Amid Wi-Fi Outage

WordCamp Europe hosted a successful contributor day in Belgrade despite a wi-fi outage during the first half of the day. The event posted record numbers with 529 attendees registered to contribute across 24 teams.

Contributors had the opportunity to make connections and conversations with team members and representatives from other teams while the wi-fi was down.

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Contributors submitted patches and made more progress online later in the day when the wi-fi resumed.

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Attendees worked on a variety of different projects from improving the project’s coding standards to documenting best practices for hosts working with WordPress.

Evangelia Pappa traveled from Greece to attend her first WordCamp Europe, joining the community team to get answers about helping her local deaf community.

“In my country you have a lot of deaf people who want to attend WordCamp and also the meetups that we do for the Greek WP community,” Pappa said. “We have found a way to assist them while they are at WordCamps with sign language, but are still struggling with meetups, so I am trying to find answers here in order to help other members of the community.”

Rocío Valdivia traveled from Spain to attend her 6th WordCamp Europe and also joined the Community Team for contributor day, creating documentation and mentoring WordCamp organizers.

“I’ve been having a meeting with the WordCamp Nordic organizing team,” Valdivia said. “We are talking about the next WordCamp Nordic, a large regional WordCamp, that will be held next year in Helsinki in March.”

The Hosting team was also able to work, despite the wi-fi outage, bringing together representatives from different countries and hosting companies.

“We’ve been going through and writing some best practices and documentation,” Michael Schroder said. “We’ve been making some good progress on the performance area of the docs, so I feel pretty good about getting some of that committed today.”

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For the first time, WordCamp Europe also set aside a spacious, designated room for attendees who wanted to continue collaborating on contributions during the main conference.

Wifi outages are a common occurrence at WordCamp Contributor days. While many attendees I spoke with said they were frustrated and inconvenienced by the inability to be productive, others expressed happy sentiments about the opportunity to be together in one place.

“The most important thing about contributor day is talking to people, getting to know each other, face timing in real life,” Polyglots team lead Petya Raykovska said. “These are always very useful connections to have, learning everybody’s name, asking questions about their experience contributing, and them asking you questions about general experience with the team. It’s actually been great. I feel like it’s given people a chance to talk to each other. No time is lost in contributor day, really.”

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Watch WordCamp EU for Free via Livestream

Watch WordCamp EU for Free via Livestream

WordCamp EU 2018 is scheduled to take place this weekend in Belgrade, Serbia. Although the event is sold out, you can watch the event for free via livestream. Simply visit the WCEU tickets page and register a livestream ticket.

Sessions begin on Friday, June 15th. To see a list of sessions and speakers, check out the event’s schedule. Note that there is a six hour time difference between Eastern Daylight Time and Belgrade, Serbia.

As we near the halfway point of 2018 and no imminent release of WordPress 5.0 on the horizon, it will be interesting to see what information is shared during Matt Mullenweg’s keynote.

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WordCamp US 2018 is Accepting Speaker Proposals Until July 1st

WordCamp US 2018 is Accepting Speaker Proposals Until July 1st

WordCamp US has announced it is accepting speaker proposals until July 1st, 11:59p.m. CDT. The event takes place December 7-9, 2018, in Nashville, TN.

Those interested in speaking can submit an application through the Call for Speakers site. The site contains session ideas, a list of speaker benefits, and tips for submissions.

To see a list of sessions and speakers from last year’s event, check out the 2017 WordCamp US website.

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Recap of Attending the First WordCamp Retreat

Recap of Attending the First WordCamp Retreat

The first WordCamp Retreat was held this past weekend in Soltau, Germany and by all accounts, it was a very successful event. The following is a guest post by Remkus de Vries who recaps his experience attending the event.

Remkus is from Fryslân, the Netherlands and is Manager Partnerships at Yoast. He’s been active in the WordPress Community since 2006 and co-founded WordCamp Netherlands and WordCamp Europe.


As some of you know, I’ve been active in the WordPress Community for over a decade and in that time, I’ve attended many WordPress related events. From Meetups to WordCamps. I get so excited about WordCamps, I’ve even co-founded a few.

However, in all those years, the format of a WordCamp has been relatively consistent. One or two days, multiple tracks and, in the last five years, a Contributor Day. Perhaps the biggest difference has been the city + location combination. WordCamp Europe started shaking this up with us opting for a rotating city and country principle (you should totally come to this year’s edition btw), but the main format has relatively remained the same.

This past weekend, I attended a WordCamp with my colleagues from Yoast with quite a different format though. Yes, there were still presentations, different tracks, a Contributor Day, and an after party. So what was different about this one? The short answer: a lot.

WordCamp Retreat in Soltau, Germany was the first of its kind. One of the primary goals of WordCamps is to benefit the local community and #WCRetreat took a very different approach.

Here are a couple of things that set it apart from a typical WordCamp:

  • The location was exclusive for the WordCamp attendees.
  • Indoor and outdoor activities.
  • Work on your personal development/strengths.
  • Enjoy co-working under ideal conditions.
  • Alternate between valuable input and relaxation.
  • Benefit from previously unknown networking opportunities.

Exclusive Location

Most of this was made possible by the location. Hotel Park Soltau is located in the North of Germany surrounded by woods and heath. The hotel was reserved for WordCamp attendees only. Everyone stayed there, ate there, and networked there. It was an incredibly immersive experience on a different level than any of the other WordCamps I’ve attended.

WordCamp Retreat Venue

Immersive Activities

In addition to the regular WordCamp presentations you might be familiar with, were non-tech related workshops and activities. From mindfulness, yoga, boot camps, to jam sessions and just playing sports outside (like football – not egg hand – and basketball). The goal being to interact with fellow attendees on a different level. And it worked. I saw much more networking and getting to know one another happening.

A Schedule Built Around Social Interaction

The day started with some of the above-mentioned activities, then breakfast for all, followed by the first regular sessions. There was plenty of time between the sessions as well as morning, lunch and afternoon breaks that allowed for a lot of hallway tracks. Before the end of the afternoon, we switched back to other activities again like playing sports or jam sessions.

Contributor Day on Day 2 of 3

One of the things I enjoyed a lot is the fact that the Contributor Day was organized the second day of the three. This meant that everyone attending was kinda ‘locked into’ attending the Contributor Day.  I’m not a big fan of forcing people to do anything, but this was a nice way of integrating the giving back part of a WordCamp.

WordCamp Retreat Contributor Day

I Want to See More of These Types of WordCamps

Sunday afternoon, as the attendees were getting ready to head home, you could see how much everyone had enjoyed these three immersive days. The relaxed schedule, the different approach to what came when,  the fact of us all sharing the same rooms for 72 hours, the activities before, between and after the presentations, they all made this concept an extremely pleasant and relaxed one.

This first edition had about 180 attendees and all of their feedback will determine the fine tuning of what this WordCamp can be, but I’m very enthusiastic about this first edition.

I hope to see this type of WordCamp happen a lot more. It adds value to the format as we know it.



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WordSesh 5 Scheduled for July 25th

WordSesh 5 Scheduled for July 25th

After not having an event in 2017, WordSesh, a virtual WordPress conference, is returning July 25th. The event is being organized by Brian Richards, Founder of WPSessions and a collection of partners. 

The schedule is online and like previous events, there is a mixture of sessions and live podcasts. Based on the sessions, this year’s event leans towards consultants and developers.

WordSesh 2018 Schedule

WordSesh five will have a hallway track that provides multiple ways for attendees to get in touch with speakers and other viewers. Attendees will also receive digital swag.

Richards is encouraging Meetup organizers to host viewing parties. If you’d like to coordinate a viewing party for your meetup or co-working space, please contact Wordseshlive at gmail.com.

Tickets are not yet available but those who sign up to the site’s email list will be the first to know when they are.

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Celebrate the WordPress 15th Anniversary on May 27

Celebrate the WordPress 15th Anniversary on May 27

May 27, 2018 is the 15th anniversary of the first WordPress release — and we can’t wait to celebrate!

Party time!

Join WordPress fans all over the world in celebrating the 15th Anniversary of WordPress by throwing your own party! Here’s how you can join in the fun:

  1. Check the WordPress 15th Anniversary website to see if there’s a party already planned for your town. If there is, RSVP for the party and invite your friends!
  2. If there isn’t, then pick a place to go where a bunch of people can be merry — a park, a pub, a backyard; any family-friendly venue will do!
  3. List your party with your local WordPress meetup group (Don’t have a group? Start one!)  and then spread the word to other local meetups, tech groups, press, etc and get people to say they’ll come to your party.
  4. Request some special 15th anniversary WordPress swag (no later than April 27, please, so we have time to ship it to you).
  5. Have party attendees post photos, videos, and the like with the #WP15 hashtag, and check out the social media stream to see how the rest of the world is sharing and celebrating.

Don’t miss this chance to participate in a global celebration of WordPress!

Special Swag

In honor of the 15th anniversary, we’ve added some special 15th anniversary items in the swag store — you can use the offer code CELEBRATEWP15 to take 15% off this (and any other WordPress swag you buy), all the way through the end of 2018!

Keep checking the swag store, because we’ll be adding more swag over the next few weeks!

Share the fun

However you celebrate the WordPress 15th anniversary — with a party, with commemorative swag, by telling the world what WordPress means to you — remember to use the #WP15 hashtag to share it! And don’t forget to check the stream of WordPress 15th anniversary posts.

When 30% of the internet has a reason to celebrate, you know it’s going to be great!

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Watch WordCamp Miami 2018 Via Free Livestream

WordCamp Miami Celebrates Its 10th Consecutive Year March 16-18

Tickets for the event may be sold out, but you can watch the event from anywhere thanks to a free livestream. The stream starts today and covers both the E-Commerce and developers workshops. The stream begins tomorrow at 8:30AM EDT with separate links to morning and afternoon sessions.

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WPCampus Scheduled for July 12-14 in St. Louis, MO

WPCampus Scheduled for July 12-14 in St. Louis, MO

WPCampus, an in-person conference dedicated to WordPress in higher education has announced its third annual event will be held July 12-14 at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. The call for speakers is open until April 7th. The event is two months before WordCamp St. Louis which will also be held at Washington University.

WPCampus held its first event in 2016 in Sarasota, FL, and its second in 2017 in Buffalo, NY. The schedule is not yet finalized but to get an idea on what to expect, check out the video presentations from previous events. Organizers expect about 200 attendees and are accepting sponsorship inquiries.

Tickets are not yet available but those interested in attending can sign up to the WPCampus mailing list where ticket information will be distributed first.

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