A European WordCamp

Last night I got home at 3:00 from the first ever multi-nation WordCamp, WordCamp Europe 2013 in Leiden, The Netherlands. The weekend was packed with many inspiring talks, but above all it was a unique chance to meet other developers and designers from around Europe and the world. Based on discussions I had during the past two days, advanced use cases of WordPress as an app platform are becoming more and more common. I also had the opportunity to talk to many WordPress “superstars” like Andrew Nacin, Nikolay Bachyisky and The Matt.

Putting together a conference of over 700 people can not be an easy task, but everything went pretty much without a hiccup (there were occasional wifi problems but that’s almost to be expected). A big thanks to the international team of organisers!

An Introduction for WordCamp Europe

Tea break on the balcony

Hello WordCamp Europe attendees! My name’s Daniel and I live in Tampere, Finland. After seeing similar posts by Rhys, Nuno and Jeremy, I thought I’d steal the idea and introduce myself to the WordCamp Europe croud in blog form. Hope you don’t mind. 🙂

So here goes: I’m the main translator for the Finnish version of WordPress and get paid by my employer H1 to work on interesting WordPress projects all day long. My first experiences with WordPress date back to 2005, professionally since 2008. I’m traveling to Leiden with all my beautiful colleagues (Aki, Jaana, Marco and Markus) so it’s going to be a grand weekend!

In addition to learning lots of new things from the conference sessions, I’m looking forward to meeting fellow WordPress professionals and discussing the following topics:

  • Using WordPress as an application platform
  • Scaling issues in deeply hierarchical and/or multilingual sites
  • Development/staging/production environments and workflows for teams

We’re arriving in Leiden on Friday evening. See you there folks! Meanwhile you may connect with me on Twitter.

WordCamp Stockholm

Thanks to my employer, I got to go to WordCamp Stockholm, which was held yesterday at the Waterfront Congress Centre in the heart of the city. Witnessing the enthusiasm of Swedish WordPress developers and users was inspiring, and we picked up some good plugin and development tips along the way.

For those who understand Swedish, most of the sessions were filmed and can be found on Bambuser, tagged ‘wpstlhm’.
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WordCamp UK 2010

I spent the last weekend in Manchester at WordCamp UK and had a wonderful time! I went with my colleague Markus from Ponsi Interactive, who has now been officially initiated to the wonderful world of WordPress. The sessions over the two-day “informal gathering” included general stuff about using WordPress in different contexts, but also really interesting ones discussing more advanced topics such as BuddyPress theme & plugin development and testing strategies for WordPress. Continue reading “WordCamp UK 2010”