WordCamp is a conference type of event that focuses squarely on everything WordPress. Everyone from casual end users all the way up to core developers show up to these events. These events are usually highlighted by speeches or keynotes by various people. For example, WordCamp Dallas will feature the following speakers
- Matt Mullenweg on WordPress 2.5 and Beyond
- 45 Ways To Power Up Your Blog by John Pozadzides
- How to prevent, detect and stop content theft by Jonathan Bailey
- Cali Lewis and Neal Campbell
- C’mon, Let’s Talk! Building influence and interaction with blogging by Liz Strauss
- WordPress Power Tips by Lorelle Van Fossen
- SEO For Bloggers by Chris Smith
- Aaron Brazell
- A panel of people to discuss the business of blogging: Mark Ghosh, Liz Strauss, and Aaron Brazell
- Testing With WordPress by Jacob Santos
WordCamp is a spin off from the popular BarCamp which was a spin off of FooCamp. Each one of these events are smaller in nature when compared to your particular conference, but they are usually focused on a particular subject. So what can you expect when you attend a WordCamp event? Based on the numerous amounts of videos and photos taken from attendees, you can expect a whole lot of fun in an atmosphere that promotes social interaction.
The first WordCamp conference was held in July of 2006 in San Francisco. Matt Mullenweg pulled this event together in only three weeks time and ended up with about 300 people in the Swedish American Hall. The first international WordCamp event was held in Beijing China on September 1st, 2007. However, not too many people knew of the event. So the first KNOWN international WordCamp event took place in Israel on October 25, 2007. Since then, there have been WordCamps all across the world including Hamburg, Melbourne and soon to be Dallas.
You don’t have to be an expert to show up to WordCamp. In fact, the majority of folks are casual end users/fans of the open source software. The conference is great but what happens at the local pubs after a day of speeches is even better, or so I’ve heard. If you want to learn more about WordPress from those who practically have it within their bloodline, do yourself a favor and purchase a ticket and show up. You’ll be glad you did!