We did it, we broke our record of the number of WordCamps we visited in 2019 from 17 the previous year. In total, we attended 20 WordCamps. Each of these events had at least one of the YITH crew attending, if not as a speaker, or is it as part of the organising team. Many held contributor days, which we mostly attended too.
We must have met with over 9000 dedicated WordPressers through these 20 WordCamps. Many more through other events including Meetups and marketing events. We printed thousands of t-shirts of various iconic designs that included texts: "I survived Gutenberg" and "Keep Calm and Clear Cache"...and not one is left in our storage. What a success they have been!
What is a WordCamp?
There is a good chance you have not been to a WordCamp before but surely have heard it mentioned on many occasions. In a nutshell, it is a WordPress conference organised by WordPress enthusiasts for mainly local WordPress users of any background and skill. Often it consists of one or two conference days with various talks on many WordPress and business-related subjects plus a contributor day. A contributor day is a way to support make.wordpress.org help improve the open-source software we all love to use. This can be done on many different ways from code, translation, support and marketing. Read more about 'what it means to contribute to WordPress'
Here are the twenty WordCamps we visited in 2019
1 - WordCamp Zaragoza
This was first WordCamp of the year held in January 2019 in Spain and how to better kickstart this year by Nando, our CEO, for being one of the speakers. Also, Carlos Rodriguez and Francesco Mendoza attended this event and represented YITH. Carlos and Francesco M are by now pretty familiar faces within the Spanish WordPress community. WordCamp Zaragoza
2 - WordCamp Las Palmas
Help over two iconic locations on 8 - 9 February 2019. Both Carlos and Francesco loved meeting the WordPressers from this Gran Canarian Island. Also, Nando our CEO, was one of the speakers at this event. Read more about last years event here.
3 - WordCamp Torino
Francesco Licandro and Francesco Leanza represented YITH in Torino. Also our CEO Nando Pappalardo made an appearance as one of the speakers. Some of the most memorable activities included board games, ping-pong, table football, karaoke… Yes, it's not always about WordPress but also hanging out with friends and making new ones. Read the blog here
4 - WordCamp Madrid
In total four of our crew attended WordCamp Madrid consisting of Carlos R, Anke, Francesco M and Kevin. A stunning and iconic location and the plan is to make this a key event for YITH in 2020 again. Read more about WordCamp Madrid here.
5 - WordCamp London
6 - WordCamp Bilbao
Our regular Spanish WordCamp crew, Carlos Rodriguez and Carlos Mora attended WordCamp Bilbao at the Maritime Museum. Furthermore, Fernando who is now YITH's project and Marketing manager, spoke at the event. The subject was about Analytics and what it can bring you to any web project.
7 - WordCamp Bari
Already on the second edition of this WordCamp in Southern Italy, Francesco Grasso and Corrado Porzio attended this superbly organised event. 21 speakers shared their knowledge on 18th May 2019.
8 - WordCamp Bristol
9 - WordCamp Irún
Carlos Rodriguez and Francisco Mendoza flew the flag for YITH at another highly successful WordCamp.
10 - WordCamp Europe - Berlin
This was the wonderful location that hosted WordCamp Europe 2019, with 2734 actual participants (3260 sold tickets) and an awesome team that put on this event.
The venue, the Estrel Hotel, was big enough to welcome the biggest number of attendees ever in a WordCamp, and still not too big to get lost. Simply perfect. This made it easy for attendees to enjoy the event and move between tracks, from a speech to the other, and visit the sponsors area and the lunch area. Read the blog here
This year's WCEU was attended by Giuseppe, Ausilia and Francesco G.
11 - WordCamp Brighton
As usually goes within the UK, Ronald attends his local WordCamps due to the location. Sun, Sea, WordPress and yes, also a bit of rain... but essentially all went well and 'relax' was the most used word to describe this WordCamp. Read the full blog here
12 - WordCamp New York
Ronald crossed 'the pond' to attend WordCamp NYC. This is not the first time we went to attend a WordCamp in the USA, but certainly for New York. Only a stone throw away from Times Square, the Convene was just the perfect location. The conference rooms, hallway track and the food served was superb. The range of attendees speakers and fellow sponsors will certainly help in convincing us to return next year. Read the blog here
13 - WordCamp Nijmegen
In its third year, WordCamp Nijmegen obviously enjoyed a wealth of experience in the organisation of a WordCamp. The team really put up a good show! The location was ROC Nijmegen which is a professional education centre where youngster train for all sorts of jobs in a real-life environment. WordCamp Nijmegen partnered with ROC, and with the help of students they set up a perfect WordCamp environment. A great format that hopefully is copied a lot more. Read the blog here
14 - WordCamp Catania
This was a special WordCamp for all of us at YITH, as it was organized in the city where YITH took its first steps and where one of the two YITH offices is located. Without detracting from the efforts and support we put into all the other WordCamps, in which we are eager to take part every time, Catania meant something more to us, as it’s part of our hearts, our roots. Read the blog here
15 - WordCamp Verona
With Nando Pappalardo as a speaker and two crew including Marco Salvo and Alessio Torrisi we ascended into the beautiful city of Verona. If William Shakespeare made Romeo and Juliet (Romeo and Giulietta in Italian) the symbol of the city, today the WordPress community replies with Wapeo and Wapetta, the tender mascots of WordCamp Verona. Read the blog here
From this WordCamp I’m taking away the energy and the will of sharing that you can hardly find in other similar events."
16 - WordCamp Dublin
The Dublin WordCamp is held every two years as it alternated between Belfast. For YITH this was the first WordCamp in Ireland and we had the honour to sponsor it too. We particularly felt appreciated by the team and attendees which made me, and the rest of the YITH team, feel really special. Read on about my experience of attending WordCamp Dublin as the YITH brand ambassador. Read the blog here
17 - WordCamp Valencia
This year seems to be following through in a very unique way for our company, taking us to first time events and experiences, and opening a new path for the new year’s achievements and resolutions!
One of these events was WordCamp Valencia! First time to sponsor and attend this vibrant WordCamp, all we are left with is a big smile and a warm heart! Read Carlos' and Athena's experience in the blog here
18 - WordCamp US
As one of the biggest global WordCamps, the US didn’t disappoint to the 1500 attendees. A huge international presence descended onto the Mississippi CIty of St Louis. Also, YITH was one of the many companies that represented a part of this wonderful global WordPress community. We sent Ronald, our brand ambassador to represent YITH. Read Ronald's blog here
19 - WordCamp Milano
22-23 November 2019: we end our Italian WordCamps marathon with a bang, with a stop-over in Milan. Alberto Ruggiero, Marco Salvo and Alessio Torrisi had the immense pleasure to represent YITH - read the blog here
The best memory I brought back home from WordCamp Milan is the touching speech by Mauricio Gelves about Carla Saiz's story.
Knowing that the WordPress community stood by this girl to support her and help her is just amazing!"
20 - WordCamp Granada
We have to confess that thanks to the WordCamps we’re sponsoring, we are literally falling in love with Spain and all its wonderful cities.
This weekend, we attended WordCamp Granada 2019 and now we must inevitably list this city among the top ten places worth visiting at least once in a lifetime: maybe it’s somewhat cold for us, as we’re used to Tenerife’s temperatures, but it’s a fascinating city, with its Arab history and the Sierra Nevada that rises majestically elegant on the horizon.
Se sent Ivan and Francisco M, who presented a workshop on how to use WooCommerce. And to finish with a cherry on top, Sara Presenti did a talk about Emotions and User Experience. Read the blog here
We’re so proud to have been part of it and we’re looking forward to coming again next year ;)"
Every WordCamp is always a party with so many friends to re-embrace and few days are spent together with laughter, sharing and collaboration. We visit new cities, new nations and sometimes even new continents and it is really nice to see that even between two distant, and apparently very different continents, the people who make up a community have almost identical characteristics: solar, kind, polite and hospitable. This is the WordPress community in the world! I'm really happy and lucky to be a part of it.