Who doesn’t love a WordCamp? And the one in London has been a staple for the Makedoers since it started back in 2013.
Sponsoring WordCamps is a big deal for company. Much like many other WordPress-focused firms.
I’ve lost count of the number of WordPress-themed events we’ve sponsored or supported in other ways and sponsorship is a great way to gain some exposure and give back to the community.
With that in mind we’re ALSO sponsoring the first WordCamp Bristol which is happening in May 2017.
So if you have a WordCamp or WordPress-themed event you need sponsoring? Why not get in touch with us and see how we can help.
As we run our own events we’re well aware how challenging it can be so we’re always happy to help.
No speakers this year
Sadly none of our team (including myself) are speaking this year – in fact most of our team are on a long break from speaking at events after what has been a furious few years of conference talks. We’ll be back in the saddle soon enough and I still do regular sessions at our local meetup.
.. and no Kimb for the weekend
That’s right – Due to new fatherhood I can ONLY attend the conference on the Saturday. I’ll be there from 9am (after a 5am train from home) and leaving around 7pm (back home by 11pm).
It’s going to be a long day but hopefully well worth it to be able to catch up with the team and the rest of my WordCamp brothers and sisters.
Who to see?
As usual the conference schedule is packed with topics and talks, my advice is always to pick three ‘must see’ talks each day and then be flexible about the rest.
With that in mind the six ‘must see’ sessions I’d pick would be:
- Designing for Accessibility by Graham Armfield
- The Importance of Information Architecture: How to Organise Content to Improve User Experience by Monique Dubbelman
- Website Design Pain Points for Clients and How to Help Them Through it by Rachael Dines, Meg Fenn
- Using Varying Vagrant Vagrants 2 by Tom J Nowell
- A Deep Dive into the Roles and Capabilities API by John Blackbourn
- Introduction to Agile by Jim Bowes
Another stand-out is a talk by David Lockie which details how he went from freelance to agency (How to Grow from Freelancer to Agency Owner). If I were around that day I would love to catch it, I’ve known Dave for a few years now and it’s always great to hear what he has to say about WordPress and business.
Final bit of advice…
Before I sign off I wanted to share something I sent to our team covering about how to get the best out of this years WordCamp London – in my opinion the most important thing that you have fun:
The final and most important play of all. Enter the conference with a smile on your face and make sure you take the time to take everything in.
Don’t spend all day on your laptop or staring at a phone screen. Try to step away from ‘work mode’.
Attend as many social events that you can. Arrive early at the official social and be the last to leave. Don’t eat lunch at the venue, form a group and find a pub. Experience the community and all of it’s diversity.
Enjoy! Hopefully see some of you on Saturday.