On October 5th, 6th and 7th, I attended the first ever WordCamp Europe. As I’ve come to know them, WordCamps are usually city-based WordPress events where developers, designers and bloggers meet to listen to talks, discuss the future of WordPress and – of course – party. In many ways, WCEU was no different. Except for scale. Around 700 people attended, from all over Europe (and far beyond).
There have been lots of blog posts all over the community about the content of the presentations. No need for me to go there. I’ll add though that many talks were excellent. I specifically enjoyed Vitaly Friedman’s talk about growing pains of Smashing Magazine.
(picture by @bardiosol, taken at the Don Pancho restaurant in Leiden)
But the best thing about WordCamps is meeting new people. It’s why the worst meal I’ve had in a long time, served in true Fawlty Towers style, is now a fond memory for me . The WordPress community is made up of some really friendly, open, helpful people. It’s what makes the software great.
I’d like to thank everyone involved in making WCEU happen. Can’t wait for the next edition. Hope it’s somewhere warm and sunny .