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 over a weekend. 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 to attend, 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. They 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.
Although there’s not a WordCamp New York planned for this year (they tend to do it every other year), there are some upcoming conferences you may want to check out on the on the east coast.
Keep glued to WordCamp Central for the most updated information. And for those of you using WordPress.com there’s something special coming down the pipe for you. The first ever conference for WP.com users, Press Publish will take place in Portland, OR on March 28th. Followed up by one in Phoenix, AR on April 18th. Tickets are on sale now for $250 for each city. It includes pre-registration mixer on Friday and conference day (with lunch) on Saturday.