WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. WordCamps include sessions on how to use WordPress more effectively, beginning plugin and theme development, advanced techniques, security, etc. To get an idea of the types of sessions typically seen at WordCamps, check out the WordCamp channel at WordPress.tv.
Who Goes to WordCamp?
WordCamps are attended by people ranging from blogging newbies to professional WordPress developers and consultants. Whoever you are, you’re welcome here.
How much does it cost?
The best bargain you’ll get all year. WordCamps are not meant to be big, fancy, expensive conferences. WordCamps are meant to be low-key local gatherings that are affordable — cheap, even — to allow people from all walks of life to attend, meet, share, and learn. Sponsorships and donations make this possible, keeping ticket prices low. Ticket prices for this full day event are just $20 and include lunch and a great t-shirt. WordCamp is one of the best bargains around.
This is really a thing?
The first WordCamp was organized in San Francisco by Matt Mullenweg in 2006. Since then, local communities around the world have organized over a hundred WordCamps, and we anticipate that number will pass a thousand within the next couple of years.
It is generally acknowledged that participating in WordCamps is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to give something back to the WordPress community. Each WordCamp is operated by tireless volunteers, from the organizers who plan it all to the volunteers who work the event and the speakers who donate their time to teach you new things. It takes a lot of people to make a WordCamp happen, so remember to thank the volunteers who made it possible. And if you haven’t already, you can still sign up to help make WordCamp CT a reality: https://2014.connecticut.wordcamp.org/volunteers/
Fun. Fun! More fun!!
We almost forgot to mention the most obvious part of WordCamps: they’re fun! Getting to geek out for a day or two with other people just as obsessed with WordPress as you are is just plain awesome. You’ll meet people who are crazy smart, insanely inspired and inspiring, and maybe even a handful of talented singers. WordCamp CT will be followed by an after party, right here at the Innovation Center where you can have a few drinks with your new friends and hatch your (WordPress-based, of course) plot to take over the world. We hope to see you there!