This strange and winding period of time does have a few upsides including the chance to attend events, classes, conferences, and discussions I’d never be able to afford before. I jumped at the chance to attend WordCamp Europe #WCEU during the first week of June.
WordPress sponsors three main events – WordCamp Asia, which was canceled this year, WordCamp Europe, and WordCamp US, which also moved online and will be held in late October.
I attended WordCamp US in 2019 after attending some fabulous local WordCamps including WC Lancaster, WC Leigh Valley, and WC PHL.
You might think an online event would have few sponsor interactions and no swag, but you’d be wrong. You could download the logos and make your own t-shirt. Sponsors were available in meeting rooms and gave away free cool swag like pdf books!
They had a time converter so you could easily tell what time it started and ended in your time zone. In the end, they had attendees from 120 countries.
I love a good back logo. It was a nice touch by the graphics team.
My favorite speaker was Ahmed Khalifa, a SEO consultant who have a lovely and information packed talk about captions in videos. Ahmed spoke as a hearing impaired person but really brought home the importance of good captions, not craptions!, for all users.
I evaluated the big three platforms when I chose WordPress, and the community was made it the choice for me. I feel so blessed to have met the people in my local meetup and to be part of this big, wonderful, and accepting family.