Meet the European WordPress Communities – Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece

Portugal, Spain, Italy, GreeceBeing days away from the biggest WordCamp Europe ever, it’s now time to tell a final story about the European communities. We’ve travelled across Europe bringing you stories about both diverse and inspirational WordPress communities.

Our journey started with communities from Poland, Lithuania, and Estonia. Then we talked with the communities from Turkey, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia and shortly after that we presented the communities from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, and Hungary. A month ago we published article featuring communities from Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland and 10 days later, we talked with communities from United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, and France. Just last week we published the penultimate article about communities from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Greenland.

The time has come to tell the final story – let’s meet communities from Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece. Continue reading Meet the European WordPress Communities – Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece

WordCamp Europe for everyone: why creating an accessible event matters

WordCamp Europe started as an attempt to bring people together—people from different countries, cultures and professional backgrounds—with one major thing in common: their love for WordPress.

As global WordCamps grow, it’s important to remember our initial goal: create a place where everyone is welcome, build friendships and make connections. WordCamps are for everyone and, as a team, we’re doing our best to make sure that despite borders, politics and life circumstances, everyone can join us and be a part of the event.

Following the great examples of WordCamp London and WordCamp US, this year we are taking WordCamp Europe a step further in terms of accessibility in an attempt to serve as an example for all the local events.


Child Care

So many WordPress babies! Isn’t that just amazing? Nothing brings us more joy than seeing your kids at WordCamps. Being a parent also shouldn’t keep you away from meeting your extended family, so this year, we’ve tried to help out.

Bring your kids and enjoy the conference! We will have the professional help of Kinderfreunde – Austria’s national association for kids and families. A team of nannies will take care of our WordPress kids for the two days of the conference.

Kinderfreunde run kindergartens and day care schools around Austria, they do holiday activities for kids all over the country. In Vienna, Kinderfreunde is one of the biggest providers of child care, caring for 10.000 children in Kindergartens.

If you already registered for child care, your kids will be on our list and you should ask at registration where our volunteers will escort you to the child care room. If you haven’t registered yet, you can do that at registration, so just let our volunteers know and they will provide all the necessary information.

Child care at WordCamp Europe is completely free thanks to all our generous sponsors.

Child care room hours:

  • Friday, June 24th: 9am – 6pm
  • Saturday, June 25th: 9am – 6pm

If you have any questions about child care, please don’t hesitate to use the contact form on the site. The amazing Eva Neumeier from our local team will be in touch with you and give you the details you need.


Live Captions

We’re extremely happy to announce we’ll provide live captions during WordCamp Europe.

Live captioning at events helps to make them accessible to all those attending with any degree of hearing loss, and also for non-native speakers of English, particularly where there is a wide range of accents among the presenters.

Screenshot 2016-06-19 09.48.17You will be able to read captions in English of everything a speaker says while they do their presentation. We’re getting professional help with live captions from the team at Global RealTime Captioning.

Global RealTime Captioning is a partnership between Julia Jacobie, and her colleague Norma MacHaye. They are two freelance real-time verbatim captioners with many years of experience who specialise in captioning conferences together as a team.

Julia and the GlobalRealTime Captioning team come highly recommended by the WordCamp London team and will cover all talks in all tracks during Friday and Saturday.

Thanks for the nudge, Claire and yes, we made it happen!

 

Breast feeding/baby room

Vienna is one of the most liberal capitals in terms of public breast feeding, but nevertheless, we will provide a room available for mothers who would like to breastfeed in private. If you’re bringing your baby with and you’d like to go into the breast feeding room, please ask our volunteers at registration about it and you will get help getting in.


Multi-faith room

If you need privacy for prayer, you will have access to a designated room in Halle E+G. Our volunteers will be able to help you out with the directions to the Multi-Faith room.


Full accessibility to Halle E+G and the Leopold Museum

Halle E+G and the Leopold Museum are fully accessible for wheelchairs. Elevators and platforms are provided for moving around the two levels of Halle E+G and there is an elevator from the square for going into the Leopold Museum.

Our Contributor day venue at the University of Vienna is also fully accessible for wheelchairs.


WordPress beyond borders

There’s something worth mentioning that we do not talk about as much as we should. During the preparation of WCEU 2016, we issued more than 20 invitation letters for visa interviews to people from all over the world. As event organisers, we do our best to help all attendees in need. This year our job was particularly challenging because, due to the refugee situation, embassies have tightened their control and created stricter requirements for the invitation processes.

Several of the nicest, kindest people we’ve had the pleasure to communicate with over the years, could not get visas to come to Austria. Some had volunteered, and for some it would have been their first WordCamp. We’re sending them our warmest regards and wish they could have been able to join us. We hope that they will be able to do it next year.

This is just a tiny reminder for those of us who are used to moving freely across most parts of the world to not take it for granted.


Live streaming

And for anyone who cannot attend in person, for the second year in a row we will be offering free live streaming for everyone who’d like to join us online and watch sessions. We’re extremely happy that we can provide the service for free and we’d like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors for making it happen. If you’re not able to make it to Vienna for any reason, you can grab a free live streaming ticket: https://2016.europe.wordcamp.org/tickets/

The first 1000 live streaming tickets are gone and we’re making sure we can provide additional tickets for everyone who’d like to join us and watch WordCamp Europe 2016 live.

The WordCamp Europe team has put a lot of time and effort into ensuring the camp is as accessible as it can be. We would love to hear your feedback and we will consider any recommendations you make regarding accessibility for the future camps.

We’re all ready to welcome you all in Vienna!

See you soon ❤️

Arriving early to Vienna? Join other awesome people at one of our volunteer organised warm up events!

WordCamp Europe has always been about getting people together more than anything else. With the conference growing, it’s not that easy to make connections during the conference day, as we also have an amazing lineup of speakers coming to share their knowledge. Even with our networking activities like tribe meetups and speed networking planned, fitting everything in two days can be a bit too tight.

The #WCEUBall is designed for you to have fun or chill and relax after two days of learning, but one party is hardly enough.

Enter the #WCEU warm up events

As we know a lot of you are coming to Vienna early to explore the city and to meet friends before WordCamp Europe, we thought the days before the conference would be a great chance to meet some new people as well! A lot of you are organising informal gatherings and fun things to do, so we decided to try and centralise the information for all of them so if you’re in Vienna on Wednesday and Thursday, you can think of something fun to do and also make new friends!

Continue reading Arriving early to Vienna? Join other awesome people at one of our volunteer organised warm up events!

Meet the European WordPress Communities – Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Greenland

Denmark, Sweden, Norway, GreenlandPoland, Lithuania, and Estonia. Then we talked about the communities from Turkey, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia and shortly after that we presented the communities from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, and Hungary. A couple of weeks ago we published an article featuring communities from Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland and the last one was the amazing story of communities from United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, and France.

Today, we’re presenting communities from some of the coldest places in Europe. It’s time to get to know communities from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Greenland. Continue reading Meet the European WordPress Communities – Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Greenland

Meet the European WordPress Communities – United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, France

From the rainy United Kingdom to the tulips of Netherlands; from Belgium, the country of beer and chocolate, to romantic France, there is one constant: people loving WordPress and sharing their knowledge and ideas with each other.

We started our European community series with presenting communities from Poland, Lithuania, and Estonia. Then we talked about the communities from Turkey, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia and shortly after the communities from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, and Hungary. Ten days ago we published an article featuring communities from Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland, and today we’re telling you the amazing story of communities from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. Continue reading Meet the European WordPress Communities – United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, France

Meeting people is easy! Join the #WCEU Tribe Meetups and Speed Networking

They’re back! We know how important it is to meet people at WordCamp Europe, and while we know everyone is friendly and outgoing, we thought we’d give you some specific occasions to get to meet others.

We’ll be bringing back two favorites from last year: Speed Networking and Tribe Meetups. Read on for more information about both!

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During both morning breaks (at 11am), we’ll do some speed networking! You’ll have ~2-3 minutes to introduce yourself to and meet someone from the WordPress community, and when you hear the signal, you’ll switch and move on to someone else! We’re hoping you’ll get to meet 5-6 new people you wouldn’t have been able to meet otherwise.

What do I need to do to participate?

Show up in Leopold Museum during the morning breaks (at 11am). Bring your business cards!

Do I need to sign up before then?

No.

Tribe Meetups

In parallel with the amazing content being covered in various sessions over the two days, we’re also going to have a room dedicated to specific interest groups so you can get to know each other and talk about your common interests in Tribe Meetups.

The Tribe Meetups are absolutely optional, unstructured, and unmoderated – we’ll provide a room to gather, and you can bring yourself and be ready to meet your fellow tribe members. The primary focus is networking and meeting others!

What do I need to do to participate?

Go to the appointed room during the time slot for your tribe, indicated below. Please don’t go into the tribe meetup room unless it’s your tribe meeting so we can keep conversations focused.

Do I need to sign up ahead of time?

The space is not unlimited, so it would be good if you do. If you’re interested in attending, please fill out this formRegistration now is not a requirement to attend, nor is it a commitment to be there, but we’d like to get a sense of participation interest prior to the event. Let other people know via Twitter which Tribe Meetup(s) you’ll be attending!

Speed networking at WordCamp Europe 2015

Speed networking at WordCamp Europe 2015

Wait, that’s not enough time! Enter: the Unconference & Leopold Museum networking spaces

Tribe Meetups are about meeting up and networking. If you’ve got something deeper to discuss, we’ve got some options for you, too! People will be able to sign up on Friday to give a flash talk on Saturday afternoon during the Unconference.  

In addition, the Leopold Museum foyer and hall 3 will be set up as a networking and hang out lounges, giving you a chance to continue conversations started during tribe meetups or the unconference and spend some quality time with fellow WordPressers.

Stay tuned for more details!

Tribe Meetups Schedule

The times for meetups will roughly mirror the regular conference sessions with starting times and breaks at the same time, and all Tribe Meetups will take place in the Leopold Museum.

Day 1, Friday, June 24th

10:00 Community
10:30 Plugin authors
11:00 Speed Networking
11:30 Support
12:00 Theme Authors
12:30 Multilingual
16:00 Agencies
17:00 Accessibility
17:30 Freelancers

Day 2, Saturday, June 25th

10:00 Content Creators & Bloggers
10:30 BuddyPress
11:00 Speed Networking
11:30 Mobile Development
12:00 Designers

Didn’t you say something about warm up events the day before the conference?

We did!

And you can help us make them happen. With so many people coming to Vienna early, there will be a lot happening on Thursday.

We will post a list of all the activities soon. And If you’d like to organise something fun for  WordPress people (that would be ace!), give us a shout on Twitter!

Excited about it all already?

Us too! See you in less than a month.

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

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

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

Sign up for WordCamp Europe 2016 Contributor Day!

WordPress is created by thousands of people just like you. You don’t have to be a developer or a designer to start contributing.

If you answered a single question on WordPress.org forums, I have a surprise for you – you already contributed! But, you should come to WordCamp Europe Contributor Day on Sunday, June 26th,  and learn new ways of giving back to the community.

Sign up for #WCEU Contributor Day on Sunday, June 26!

Did I mention that this would probably be the largest Contributor Day ever? Now’s your chance to write history.

What are contributor days?

The Design team at WCEU 2015 Contributor day. Photo by kreatidos.com

The Design team at WCEU 2015 Contributor day. Photo by kreatidos.com

Contributor days give you a special opportunity to share a room with some of the awesomest developers, designers and community enthusiasts from all over the world. So, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered nonetheless you’re a seasoned contributor or if this will be your first Contributor day. Ever.

Every year Contributor days get bigger with more and more people involved. WordPress is now running 25% of the World Wide Web and it needs our help. And there are so may ways you could help. From helping the Theme Review team, working on Translations, Community, Docs, Support, Accessibility or WordPress.tv – to name just a few. And don’t forget – that’s not nearly all. You could also contribute to Core, Design, GlotPress, Mobile… the list goes on and on.

We encourage you to take part of Contributor Day especially if you have never contributed before and you’re looking for a way to get started.

Become a WordPress Contributor!

If you’ve never contributed to WordPress before, WordCamp Europe would be a great place to start. There are plenty of opportunities for everyone to help the projects, such as:

WordCcamp Europe 2016 Contributor Day

  • Core – improve the main WordPress platform
  • Theme Review – join the team responsible for the high quality in the Themes Directory on WordPress.org
  • Translations – make WordPress and its accompanying resources available in your language
  • Community – improve the WordCamp and meetup organization processes
  • Docs – improve the Codex, handbooks and other online resources for WordPress users and developers
  • Support – spread some happiness by helping out WordPress users in the support forums
  • Design – UI and UX updates
  • Accessibility – test and improve the accessibility of the WordPress project
  • WordPress.tv – reviews and approves every video submitted to WordPress.tv. They also help WordCamps with video post-production.
  • GlotPress – help to improve the collaborative, web-based software translation tool, which was recently converted into a WordPress plugin
  • Mobile – with the growing number of mobile devices on a daily basis, let’s make WordPress more mobile-friendy
  • Meta – help the main WordPress websites such as WordPress.org or WordPress.tv
  • BuddyPress & bbPress – grow the community building group by helping each of these projects
  • Marketing – join and contribute to WordPress with other marketers from all around the globe
  • Rest API – join the Rest API team and start contributing to the future of WordPress
  • Training – join the group of educators teaching WordPress around the globe

See? There’s plenty of room for everyone, and we’re more than happy to welcome newcomers to each of the WordPress Contributors team!

If you’re not sure which team is best for you, check out the Make WordPress website and all of the active teams.

What do I need?

Don’t forget your laptop and charger – you’ll need them during the contributing process.

Sign up for (or make sure that you already have):

Currently, the main communication medium for contributors is Slack, so download a desktop version or use the web one with your credentials.

If you have any questions regarding the Contributors day, reach out to any organizer or use the #wceu hashtag on Twitter.

For Experienced Contributors

If you’re an experienced WordPress contributor, join the Contributor Day! We are looking for more mentors for the people starting out, and your experience would be a great asset for the day.

If you are interested in helping out and/or mentor new contributors with a specific team, let us know!

Plan For the Day

The Contributor Day will start at 11am on June 26th at the Vienna University in the city center. And we will wrap up at 6pm. Make sure that you are present at 11am when we will introduce the team leaders and the room that each team would be using for brainstorming and work.

Lunch would be available, so don’t forget to mark your dietary requirements (if any) in the form below.

In addition to the contributing teams, workshops would also be given at a separate room at the building. Nothing is set in stone yet and you will be able to switch teams or attend some of the workshops.

Sign Up Now

Fill in the form below to secure your place. The places are limited so act fast and reserve your slot!

Looking forward to seeing you there!