Last chance to get a #WCEU ticket

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If you still don’t have a ticket and are desperately looking for one, we have good news! Very very good news!

Thanks to some of our amazing sponsors, speakers, and volunteers, who bought their tickets despite the fact they’re getting a free one, we can now release the last available 64 tickets for #WCEU 2016.

Don’t wait up – we can’t possibly understand why you still don’t have a #WCEU ticket, but if you want one, this is the last opportunity you’ll have.

Get your WordCamp Europe ticket today

 

Welcome our next group of awesome #WCEU speakers

Please join us in welcoming this great group of speakers to the WordCamp Europe 2016 stage! Dion Beetson, Juan Zapata, Konstantin Obenland, Kel Santiago-Pilarski, Joost de Valk, Marieke van de Rakt, Tammie Lister, David Lockie and Andrea Badgley!

Konstantin Obenland

Konstantin is a WordPress developer and Core contributor based in Southern California. You might remember him from projects like the new WordPress.org Theme Directory or WordPress 4.3.

Andrea Badgley

Andrea Badgley is a writer and Happiness Engineer with Automattic. By publishing regularly since 2012, she has built a community of close to 20,000 followers on her personal blog.

David Lockie

David is a WordPress specialist and agency Founder & Director. He has experience building a WordPress business from the ground up, having grown his agency Pragmatic from just himself to over 25 people over the course of 3 years.

Joost de Valk & Marieke van de Rakt

Joost is the founder and CEO of Yoast, a geek by background having built his first website in 1994 at 12 years old, he became a marketeer by trade. At Yoast he combined the two, leading to the very successful Yoast SEO plugin which is now available on several platforms.
Marieke holds a PhD in social sciences, has done research and taught classes at several universities before joining Joost to become responsible for strategy at Yoast 3 years ago. She has written 4 books since joining Yoast, created several online courses and has spent a ton of time researching what leads to success online, focussing mostly on content and copywriting.

Dion Beetson

Dion is a full stack software development leader based in Sydney, Australia. Being a software engineer at heart, he’s architected and lead the development and roll out of some of the largest e-commerce and CMS migrations within Australia.

Kel Santiago-Pilarski

Kel is from the Philippines and has been based in Japan since May 2014 working as the Writer + Evangelist of DigitalCube Inc. – Amazon Web Services Advanced Consulting Partner, WordPress Code Poet Consultant, first in Japan & all of Asia.

She’s also on the Polyglots team who helps localize WordPress.

Tammie Lister

Tammie works at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. She has a varied background including psychology, design, front-end development and user experience. She is a contributor to WordPress and passionate about Open Source.

Juan Zapata

Juan has been working with WordPress since version 2.9 and has seen it evolve since then to what it is now. Currently, he works in news corp Australia where he’s migrated their main newspapers to WordPress VIP ( news.com.au, theaustralian.com.au, foxsports.com.au within other 13 newspapers ).

Meet the European WordPress Communities – Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland

Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, SwitzerlandWelcome to the fourth article in the series about European WordPress communities. In the first article, we talked with community members from  Poland, Lithuania, and Estonia. Then we presented the communities from Turkey, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia and shortly after the communities from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, and Hungary. We are continuing our series today to present you the communities from the central Europe.With every article we write, we are overwhelmed by the amazing enthusiasm and passion these and others community members have. Today, you will get to know WordPress communities from Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, and Switzerland.
Continue reading Meet the European WordPress Communities – Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland

Welcome and Thank you to the #WCEU Author sponsors!

It’s time to say a special thank you to our Author level sponsors! You helped WordCamp Europe 2016 happen. Thank you, Author sponsors!


 

WPML.orgOnTheGoSystems is the author of WPML and Toolset plugins. WPML turns WordPress websites multilingual. It works with caching, SEO and E-Commerce plugins, and allows the building of complete multilingual sites. WPML powers simple blogs as well as corporate and enterprise sites. Toolset plugins allow you to develop WordPress sites without PHP. They work with any theme and with other plugins. OnTheGoSystems is always looking for exceptional people to join the team. http://www.onthegosystems.com/


KlandestinoKlandestinoAB is a Stockholm based Web Production Bureau specializing in WordPress.

We help you from concept to finished product. Often, we work closely with other agencies to get as good a result as possible.

We can also function as a pure production agency for other agencies.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you need a whole web, help in a project or just consultation!


ManageWP ManageWP is the ultimate WordPress productivity tool for developers building and managing multiple WordPress websites. We help you automate website management so you could focus on things that matter, like growing your business, family, or WordCamps. ManageWP is currently managing almost 300.000 websites, and is powered by a team of two dozen WordPress professionals, WordCamp speakers and organizers. We’re also big fans of ducks.


 

ToptalToptal is an elite network of the best freelance designers and engineers in the world, all of whom must pass a rigorous screening process to be admitted. Its community operates from 93+ countries and hosts frequent meetups, tech talks, and conferences across the world. With backing from Andreessen Horowitz, Adam D’Angelo of Quora, Toptal connects thousands of elite freelance developers to over 2,000 clients including large enterprise companies – J.P. Morgan and Pfizer, tech companies such as Airbnb and Zendesk, and numerous startups.


InpsydeInpsyde. From blogs to business sites, e-commerce to high-end intranet solutions, Inpsyde have built enterprise-oriented products and services with WordPress since 2006. The company developed and maintains popular plugins like MultilingualPress, BackWPup, a full-featured WooCommerce extension for legal compliance in Germany and Austria, as well as MarketPress, a marketplace for premium plugins and themes. Open Source is at the core of Inpsyde’s identity. The agency was founded by the same group of people who first translated WordPress into German and started a German WordPress community. Today Inpsyde support WordPress by donating employee time for core contributions, as well as sponsoring WordCamps.


WP Media is a bootstrapped, remote French startup of 14 friendly people based in Europe and the US. Focusing mostly on the WordPress market, we are known for popular plugins like WP Rocket, Imagify, and SecuPress (coming soon).
We believe in making the web easier, better, and faster by creating technically solid solutions with beautiful, attentive UI.
We also believe in giving back. Rooted deeply in the WordPress community, we contribute to WordPress core, as well as sponsor, co-organize, and speak at WordCamps and WordPress events around the world.
And we still have cookies. Join us!


Pragmatic

Pragmatic is one of the largest WordPress specialist agencies in the UK. They have an in-house team of friendly developers, designers and UX experts who work from their sunny seaside offices in Brighton. Pragmatic are passionate about building goal-focused websites and creating a happy, nurturing working environment. They’re currently on the lookout for new talent to join their growing team, so get in touch with them if you’re looking for a new opportunity!

 

Say hello to our next group of WCEU speakers

The full schedule is online and in the next couple of weeks we’ll continue to introduce our amazing lineup. Today we’re extremely happy to welcome eight new speakers – Rian Rietveld, Marcos Schratzenstaller, Thomas Kräftner, Gary Pendergast, Ivelina Dimova, Lucijan Blagonic, Joe Hoyle and Mika Epstein.


Rian Rietveld

Rian Rietveld is a self employed WordPress front and backend developer, specialized in web accessibility. She is also part of the Make WordPress Accessible Team.

Marcos Schratzenstaller

Working at Rainmaker Digital as a SysAdmin focused on WordPress hosting, Marcos is a System administrator focused on WordPress hosting, developer in languages: Python, Bash, PHP, C/C++, Informix 4GL, Java, HTML, JavaScript, C#, Visual C++ (with large experience in this field) with large knowledge in databases (SQL and No-SQL).

Thomas Kräftner

Thomas Kräftner is an interactive developer with a degree in Information Design. While having a clear focus on web development, he always keeps his mind open and has a good understanding of a lot of surrounding fields.

Gary Pendergast

Gary is a WordPress, web and music geek who writes poetry with Automattic. He’s been know to commit random things to WordPress Core, just to see what would happen.

Ivelina Dimova

WordPress developer working at CrowdFavorite where we create web solutions for big enterprise companies. I am more focused on back-end development and passionate about version control systems, deployment and server administration tools.

Lucijan Blagonić

Lucijan has 12 years of experience working on the web, including planning, prototyping, designing and coding standards–compliant — semantic websites and interfaces. He is a strong advocate of responsive design, building mobile–first interfaces with usability and accessibility in mind.

Joe Hoyle

Joe Hoyle is the co-founder of Human Made where he heads up their development efforts. He’s been working on the WordPress REST API team for almost a year, and is dedicated to getting it shipped in WordPress Core.

Mika Epstein

Mika (実佳) Ariela Epstein is better known as Ipstenu, the Half-Elf Rogue. Working for DreamHost, specializing in WordPress hosting (aka ‘WordPress Guru’), Mika helps make WordPress and hosting better for everyone.

A warm welcome and a big thank you to our #WCEU Editor sponsors

Please join us in saying thank you to our Editor level sponsors! WordCamp Europe wouldn’t be possible without them, so make sure you go to their booths during the event and show them your gratitude! Thank you, Editor sponsors, for supporting the European WordPress community!


AMIMOTOlogo-amimoto

AMIMOTO is a High-Performance WordPress Cloud Hosting.
AMIMOTO WordPress Stack greatly simplifies the development and management of WordPress hosting.AMIMOTO Stack includes ready-to-run versions of WordPress. It is completely integrated and configured, so you’ll be ready to start developing your WordPress as soon as the AMI is launched onto Amazon EC2.
● High Performance. AMIMOTO runs on NINJA speed for its performance tuning, NGINX, and HHVM.
● Fast. Available in 9 Global Regions, uses CDN and S3 for media uploads.
● Easy. For users of all tech levels and WordPress developer-friendly.
● Highly Scalable. AMIMOTO is easy to scale up and down to meet high traffic demands.
Follow them on Twitter | Facebook


WP Enginelogo-wpengine

WP Engine powers amazing digital experiences for websites and applications built on WordPress. The company’s premium managed hosting platform provides the performance, reliability and security required by the biggest brands in the world while remaining affordable and intuitive for smaller businesses and individuals. Companies of all sizes rely on WP Engine’s award-winning customer service team to quickly solve technical problems and create a world-class customer experience. Founded in 2010, WP Engine is headquartered in Austin, Texas and has offices in San Francisco, California, San Antonio, Texas, and more recently in London, England.


logo-graphcommentGraphcomment

For over 30 years, the discussion on screen has not evolved. It is a chronological and confusing stack of messages.

GraphComment finally makes clear and high-quality discussions with a large number of people. This service is for all Internet communities. The solution can be installed in a few clicks on any website worldwide. Our business model is freemium (monthly subscription volume / features)
Please visit the official page of Graphcomment Plugin for WordPress
https://wordpress.org/plugins/graphcomment-comment-system/


GoDaddylogo-godaddy

Nearly as old as the Internet itself, GoDaddy was born to give people an easy, affordable way to get their ideas online. Today, we have more than 13 million customers around the world, but our goal is much the same. We’re here to help people easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures. In short, to help them kick ass, online and off!


Bluehostlogo-bluehost

Bluehost has been a WordPress partner since 2005 and powers over 1 million WordPress sites worldwide. Their objective is to help customers, whether novice or pro, create a thriving online presence at an affordable price. With a team of in-house tech experts available 24/7, Bluehost dedicates time and resources to providing the best support and services in the industry. Join millions of other site owners and see what Bluehost can do for you and your online presence.


Straker Translationslogo-straker

Straker Translations is a cloud-enabled translation services provider and are one of the world’s fastest growing translation companies. Out of over 27,000 vendors globally, it is ranked in the top 100 translation vendors by the industry’s leading research organization. Over the last 5 years, it has built a technology platform that enables human translators to deliver faster and more accurate translations, lowering the cost and time to deliver translations.

Introducing the WordCamp Europe 2016 schedule

Seven weeks to WordCamp Europe 2016! We can’t wait to meet you all in Vienna for three days of everything WordPress!

The Schedule

Today, we’re excited to share the full schedule for WordCamp Europe 2016 and some interesting speaker demographics. During the next several weeks we’ll keep introducing our speakers so you get a chance to know them better before meeting them in Vienna.

The applications and the selection process

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We received 227 applications from 33 countries

 

The overwhelming number of applications we received this year are making us extremely happy because they show a trend of more and more people stepping up to share their experience with others, and on a bigger stage.

We received 227 applications from 33 countries in 5 continents (121 from Europe, 85 from North and South America, 12 from Asia, 9 from Australia and NZ). We also received twice the number of applications from women compared to WordCamp Europe 2014 and 2015.

Our selection process included internal voting within the 18-person WordCamp Europe team followed by a careful selection of the final speakers shortlist with topic, gender, and location diversity in mind.

The final selection

WordCamp Europe, the most important WordPress event on this continent.

 

We are proud that we will have 73 speakers from all over the world on the WordCamp Europe stage covering topics from beginner to advanced development, design, accessibility, business, big media, hiring, community and personal growth.

Our final speaker demographics: 73 speakers from 20 countries. 43 from Europe, 21 from North America, 1 from South America, 5 from Australia & NZ, 2 from Asia, 1 from Africa.

There will be 22 women and 51 men on stage in three tracks in Halle E, Halle G and the Leopold Museum at the Vienna Museum Quartier.

Focused tracks in the Leopold Museum

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There will be three thematic tracks in the big hall at the Leopold museum, dedicating half a day each to “Introduction to WordPress development”, “Running a WordPress business” and “Running a local WordPress community”.

Unconference

On Saturday, after lunch, the Leopold’s big hall will host a Barcamp – a format which we’re excited to experiment with and which will give you the opportunity to get on the #WCEU stage for a flash talk.

Networking events

Last year we gave networking events during the conference a try. Based on the feedback, attendees enjoyed those a lot, so we’re bringing them back in 2016. There are many scheduled networking events around the official schedule to let you connect with others – we will have tribe meetups and speed networking in the Leopold museum. Stay tuned for the specific announcement.

To keep up with the most recent updates from the WCEU team, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and to subscribe to receive news by email!

Love,

The Organising team

Meet the European WordPress Communities – Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary

Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, HungaryThis is the third article in our series about European communities. We started this series by presenting the communities from Poland, Lithuania and Estonia. Last week we presented the communities from Turkey, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia, and today we’re going west to present you the communities of Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Hungary.

These four countries have a strong historical connection, with people living in the same Austro-Hungarian Empire less than 100 years ago. This lasted even longer in the case of Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia as they were part of Yugoslavia, a country that broke down in a horrible war just 25 years ago. But today, older people could learn a valuable lesson from these “young forces” that work together to build communities on top of the most popular open source software in the world: WordPress. Continue reading Meet the European WordPress Communities – Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary

Give a warm welcome to Sucuri as a #WCEU Administrator sponsor

Please welcome our next Administrator sponsor – Sucuri, and join us in saying a huge thank you to the Sucuri team for their continuous support of the WordPress community in Europe.



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Sucuri builds the best and most affordable cloud-based security technologies and service that every website, regardless of platform, can employ. They offer to website owners the most concise security resource on the web for the security of their website[s].

Don’t miss their booth in Vienna, drop by, check out their awesome services or just say hello to their team.

 

Meet the European WordPress Communities – Turkey, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia

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WordCamp Europe is getting closer and today we’re continuing our series on European communities. After introducing Poland, Lithuania and Estonia, today we’d like you to meet the communities from Turkey, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia.

This article is really special because two of the mentioned communities—Turkish and Russian—are spanned across two continents: Europe and Asia. Connecting continents and people, WordPress is building a better world ❤️ Continue reading Meet the European WordPress Communities – Turkey, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia