Why Attend WordCamps

While I’m at Vienna for WordCamp Europe I decided to share a few thoughts around what we are all here to do as a way to remind myself and others why we attend WordCamps. Here it goes, in no particular order:

Keep up with emerging trends — Attending conferences is a great way to get practical tips, keep up with emerging trends, and to meet other people doing amazing things.

Networking — You’ll probably find not just WordPress lovers but also Web geeks passionate about everything surrounding the Web. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and perhaps even, who knows, find that co-founder/business partner you’re looking for. It’s ok to skip a few sessions and just hang out at the Happiness bar or in the halls.

Learn — Be introduced to various new concepts and techniques. Various techniques for leveraging even more of WordPress are presented. How to secure WordPress, how to scale, optimize, improve, contribute, etc are covered in the different tracks.

Get Excited — Working on the Web presents many challenges and is becoming increasing more complex and more exciting. Mobile phones and retina displays are among the many things that are giving website owners more concerns they need to address, and discussion is hot right now about what are the best tools and techniques to be used.

Get better and better with WordPress — By end of the WordCamp you’ll probably feel your WordPress knowledge has increased a great deal.

How about you? Why do you attend WordCamps?

Hello WordCamp Europe, I’m Nuno

Following on the tradition set by Jeremy FeltRhys Wynne and probably others, I wanted to do an introduction post about me for WordCamp Europe attendees (and maybe invite you to do one yourself).

Hello everyone! My name is Nuno Morgadinho. I’m co-founder of WidgiLabs, a development and consultancy shop focused on WordPress (you guessed it!), and creator of WP Conference Theme among other plugins and a SaaS for the real estate industry.

I’m traveling to WordCamp Europe with my partner-in-crime and dear wife Ana, which is in the organizers team as Speaker Torero, staying in an apartment in Leiden for the duration of the trip.

I’m super excited for attending the first ever WordCamp Europe. This is definitely a fantastic opportunity to keep up with emerging trends in the WordPress community, network, learn and get better and better at building WordPress stuff.

After helping out in WordCamp Lisbon in 2011 and 2012 I have tremendous respect for the schedule and venue that await us all.  I’m looking forward for meeting as many of you as possible. However I’m particularly looking forward to attend and speak about the following topics:

  • Marketing and Innovation of Premium Plugins and Themes – after creating WP Conference Theme and being in charge of it’s marketing, quality process, etc. there is a ton of information I would like to share and talk about with others interested.
  • Using WordPress for Building SaaS Products – I think WordPress has a huge potential for creating successful large scale SaaS products once the community solves a few issues. If you’re interested in this topic as well I would love to share notes.

So if you fall into the following categories, send me a tweet or leave a comment, I’d be keen to meet up!

Furthermore, we’ll be knocking around Leiden on Thursday, so if anybody fancies meeting up during the Siege of Leiden for a beer or two and a natter of all things WordPress, it’d be great to hear from you!