In our first 12 months of existence, at least one of the four of us has been to these WordCamps:
- San Francisco
WordCamps are instrumental in making WordPress what it is:
a community driven project.
Designers, consultants and coders everywhere are increasingly relying on WordPress. Wysija joins thousands of others making a living thanks to today’s largest content management system.
There are many ways of participating in the community. The first thing you should do is show up at a WordCamp. It’s the only face-to-face opportunity to meet, share and party.
Sponsoring, just do it
We sponsor WordCamps when our budget permits. Helping dedicated volunteers make a WordCamp is our way to give back.
We’ve concluded that sponsoring doesn’t bring us much business. That’s beside the point. We make our living with WordPress and it’s free to start with.
The real deal in Gdansk
The hundred or so participants at last week’s Gdansk WordCamp were surprised to see me there. I was the first foreigner to show up at the 3 WordCamps in Poland.
This honorary title was rather pleasant. The Poles will go at length to make visitors feel welcomed. In no time, several took me under their wings for food, vodka, and some geography and history lessons.
The venue was held at the shipyard docks where the democratic movement began three decades earlier. The conference room was the movement’s museum, which was fitting. A reminder that struggles today continue elsewhere: WordPress.com is blocked in many countries (couldn’t find a list, anyone?).
Some youngsters of our group deactivated some of the interactive displays of the museum. It’s rather amusing to see hackers breaking in for the joy of the challenge. Question authority, always.
The lone organizer, Michal Zuk, gets credit for putting together a full 2 day schedule. This included great food, drinks, nice swag, and even a guided tour of the docks. “It took me over a month to organize it. It was a form of therapy“, he smiles shyly.
A thank you note to Daniel Dudzic, who translated my presentation and the bus tour. You can read his own summary of this WordCamp. It was his first!
I essentially worked throughout this WordCamp since all presentations were in Polish. The photographer, Wojtek, managed to catch me doing support in a corner.