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 ❤️

Please give a warm welcome to Media Temple – our speakers, sponsors and volunteers dinner sponsor!

We’d like to thank our speakers, sponsors and volunteers dinner sponsor Media Temple for supporting WordCamp Europe 2016. Our speakers, organisers and volunteers are all donating their time and thanks to Media Temple we are able to organise this small social event for them before the conference.

Media Temple president, Rod Stoddard, will be present at this gathering and we look forward to thanking him in person!


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With 200 dedicated, U.S.-based employees, Media Temple has been repeatedly recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in North America—and one of the best places to work. Find us anytime on the web at http://mediatemple.com.

Welcome to Vienna! Here are some local recommendations for sights, restaurants and watching UEFA EURO 2016!

While in Vienna for WordCamp Europe you’ll probably also want to get out and explore the city. Also, of course, you’ll need to eat and drink and want to enjoy the sun in our beautiful capital! We’ve gathered some recommendations for a nice (extended) weekend in Vienna. Sightseeing, local restaurants recommendations and advice on where to watchUEFA EURO 2016!

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WordCamp Europe is around the corner: here’s all you need to know

We’re almost there! WordCamp Europe starts next week and we can’t be more excited to welcome you all to the beautiful city of Vienna for three days of everything WordPress! For your convenience, here’s all the important information in one post (you should have already received it in your inbox last Friday as well).

Continue reading WordCamp Europe is around the corner: here’s all you need to know

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!

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Say hello to our final group of #WCEU speakers!

It’s an honour to introduce our last group of #WCEU speakers. Please welcome Helen Hou-Sandí, Mike Schroder, Mattias Ventura, Luc Princen, Graham Armfield, Daniel Bachhuber, Taylor Lovett, and Andy Nacin.

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Thank you Flywheel for being a #WCEU Administrator sponsor!

Flywheel joins the Administrator sponsors of WordCamp Europe 2016! We’d like to ask you all to join us in saying a big “Thank you” to Flywheel for the support and trust.


Flywheel is a delightful platform that empowers designers, developers, and digital agencies to focus on what they do best — building beautiful, functional sites for their clients. We make it a breeze to create and develop WordPress sites, handle hosting, manage projects, and ultimately scale your business.

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

Welcome Radix as a #WCEU Administrator sponsor!

We’d like to say a big “Thank you” to Radix for joining the WordCamp Europe sponsors at the administrator level! Thank you for supporting the event and welcome!


Radix offers rich and memorable internet addresses that will host the next big idea, initiative, community, enterprise, killer app or viral sensation.

Radix has successfully launched 7 new domain extensions including .online, .tech, .space, .website, .press, .host, .site and will soon be launching .store.

Meet our next group of #WCEU speakers

Please join us in welcoming the next group of WordCamp Europe speakers to the stage! Meet Amelia Andersdotter, Anders Jensen-Urstad, Adam Silverstein, Dan Blows, Davide Casali, Tom Nowell, Karim Marucchi and Davor Altman!


Amelia Andersdotter

Amelia Andersdotter is a former Member of the European Parliament and an experienced public speaker and presenter. Her current focus is the understanding of data protection not only as a law but as a tool for advancing the fundamental principles on which democracies are built.

Anders Jensen-Urstad

Anders Jensen-Urstad has been a developer and free software advocate since the days of Netscape and PHP 3. After a stint as a professional pirate in the European Parliament, he now develops tools to make it easier for people to make websites that respect privacy.

Adam Silverstein

Adam started programming in assembly code and learned Java when Netscape Navigator ruled the web – eventually embracing WordPress as his platform of choice.

He loves helping other people learn and getting them excited. He loves helping out in WordPress core. He is a release Deputy for WordPress 4.5, the lead developer of the WP REST API JavaScript client, a serial core contributing developer and a Senior Web Engineer at 10up. He loves long rafting trips, playing mbira, travel, taking walks and tending his over-sized garden.

Karim Marucchi

Karim Marucchi is the CEO of Crowd Favorite and Chairman of The VeloMedia Group. In the past 20 years, his career path has encompassed a variety of opportunities including founding startups, working for large web agencies and taking companies public.

This wealth of experience in taking digital teams across the globe has provided Karim with the necessary foundation and institutional knowledge in leading Crowd Favorite into the growing multinational organization it has become today.

Tom Nowell

Tom is a developer from the UK and a VIP Wrangler at Automattic. Prior to that he’s had 5 years of experience at agencies building and maintaining websites.

Tom runs multiple open source projects, has plugins in the .org repository, and was elected a community moderator for the WordPress Stack Exchange where he was in the top 20 high ranking users.

He strongly believes most developers are missing information that’s presumed and assumed, and that with the right knowledge they can make leaps and bounds.

Dan Blows

Dan is a Senior PHP developer from London, using WordPress and Symfony to build usable software for big companies. He’s a top 3% contributor on StackOverflow.

Davide Casali

Davide Casali, better known as “Folletto”, is one of the product team leads for WordPress.com and on the advisor board of multiple startups. He’s a polymath with a hybrid background in design, psychology, and technology.

In his 15+ years of professional experience, he designed consumer (B2C), enterprise (B2B) and internal products for more than 6 million users worldwide in different markets and industries.

He’s worked with companies like Bank of England, Intesa Sanpaolo, Banca Sella, Unicredit, Nokia, Vodafone, Telecom Italia, Ferrari and Benetton.

In Automattic, he leads Hyperion, the team that is working on WordPress.com, specifically on the themes and customization side, and he collaborates with the other teams and designer to align the experience across our products.

Davor Altman

Being a WordPress enthusiast and Customer Support addict, Davor manages to combine these two passions of his as a Happiness Engineer at Automattic! He’s organized Customer Happiness meetups in Serbia and taught WordPress to students.

Davor has vast experience on the subject of Customer Service, especially when it is combined with WordPress! He blogs about both WordPress and Customer Happiness at davoraltman.me.