Did you know that there are conferences around the world that are geared to WordPress? They are called WordCamps. These locally organized conferences typically take place in the span of two-three days.
They covered everything from beginner to advance topics such as starting a blog to developing your own plugin or theme. The first one took place back in 2006 in San Francisco and was organized by Matt Mullenweg. Currently there is over three hundred WordCamps.
These camps are affordable due to the generosity of sponsors. You can attend as a speaker, volunteer, or regular attendee. It all depends on the camp you are attending. Each organizer or team will put of an open call for speakers, where anyone can submit a topic to be presented at the camp.
They will usually put out the final selections of speakers and topics prior to the event. Some will ask for volunteers. Volunteers help with everything from setting/packing up, checking people in, and more. The events are jammed pack but don’t feel force to take everything in. The sessions are usually taped and place on WordPress TV. Overall, it a great experience and you can learn a lot.
I am going to WordCamp NYC 2015!
I attended my very first WordPress Camp a few years ago as a volunteer and I am super excited to be attending this year as a regular attendee. And the fact that it’s taking place in my own back yard is great (Spread love it the Brooklyn way!).
I can’t way to attend, meet some new people, and learn some new things. It’s been over a year since I been to a conference so I am itching to get back out on the networking scene.
If you want to see what all of the fuss is about, here are a few upcoming camps on the east coast.
Don’t forget to keep glued to WordCamp Central for the most updated information.