Five tips from a WordCamp Veteran

Maik Gruppen, August 29, 2018

After attending over 20 WordCamps over the past few years, WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like me and you. Everyone, from casual users to core developers, will participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. I’ve put together a list of five tips so you can have the best WordCamp experience.

1. Connect in advance

Bas (right) at the Speaker Dinner of WordCamp Vienna

Bas (right) at the Speaker Dinner of WordCamp Vienna

I always have a quick look at the attendee list. I don’t want to miss the opportunity to meet a fellow WordPresser in person. Don’t be afraid to send out a short “Hi there” mail. Say that you are visiting the same WordCamp and would like to meet for a coffee.

2. Get on Twitter

Twitter is not only valuable to get in touch with attendees, but it is also the go-to communication platform to stay up to date during the WordCamp. Each WordCamp has its own Twitter account. The organisers will post about the changes to the program, sponsors, after party, and all things happening.

3. Join the hallway track

Hallway Track Talks at WordCamp Europe 2018 – Photo by Val Vesa

Some WordCamps have so many talks that they split them in to multiple tracks. A track is, in essence, is a room where presentations are taking place. You might hear some people talk about the Hallway Track. You won’t find it on the WordCamp schedule. That is because the Hallway track is a reference to the conversations taking place in the hallway between other attendees. So no, you won’t find it on the schedule, but you also can’t miss it.

4. Show up at Contributor Day

Wouter working at Contributor Day

Wouter joined the support team during WordCamp Antwerp

Never been at a Contributor Day before? Don’t hesitate to go! And you don’t need to be a developer, the WordPress project needs all kind of help. You can assist with support tickets, code for WordPress core, and also help out translating WordPress into your language.

And you don’t have to decide what to do in advance. The organizers can help you finding a team that needs your help.  Just make sure you show up.

5. Join the after party

WordCamp Europe 2018 After Party – Photo by Alex Shiels

After or in between every WordCamp there is an after party. A WordCamp can be very exhausting, but I would still encourage you to go! It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, share your knowledge and learn from others. There is a big chance you’ll meet these people during your next WordCamp, so make friends!

Bonus: WordCamp Packing List

There are few things which you should definitely not forget to take with you when visiting a WordCamp. So, before you go, make sure you have packed the following stuff in your daypack:

Savvii Stroopwafels

Savvii Swag!

  • Laptop
  • Chargers
  • Note taking tools
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Business cards

It is essential to leave some room in your bags. Why? Well, because you will be able to get lots of swag. Swag are goodies and small practical gifts from the sponsors. You’ll often find goodies that are made for WordPress users. We at Savvii have tailor-made sketch pads to design your next web project. And everywhere we go we make sure to bring the famous Dutch Stroopwafel.

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