Pooka & Co is delighted to be a co-organiser of WordCamp Europe 2019, the annual European WordPress conference, which kicks off later this week. Pooka Director, Marcus J Wilson, explains his involvement with the event.
There have now been nearly 1,000 WordCamps around the world across 73 cities. However, WordCamp Europe is the largest, with 3,000 people expected to attend in 2019.
I was asked to help organise this year’s event, and have been working with the WordCamp Europe organiser team since October 2018 to prepare for the conference, which takes place in Berlin between 20 and 22 June 2019.
WordCamps are casual, locally-organised conferences covering everything related to WordPress, the free and open source personal publishing software that powers over 75 million sites on the web. I have been involved in organising the last two WordCamp Edinburgh events in 2017 and 2018.
WordCamps come in all different flavours, based on the local communities that produce them, but all include sessions aimed at all types of WordPress users – from newbie publishers to experienced developers.
The first WordCamp was organised in San Francisco by WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg in 2006. The first WordCamp Europe event took place in Leiden, the Netherlands, in 2013 – which was also my first experience of a WordCamp event. Since then the European conference has grown to be even larger than the US conference.
This will be my fourth WordCamp Europe, following on from conferences in Leiden (2013), Sofia (2014), Vienna (2016) and Belgrade (2018).
Just being part of the event is a wonderful way to both learn from, and give back to, the WordPress community. I look forward to seeing you in Berlin this week, or at a WordCamp event near you very soon!