Few days ago (11-12.10.2012), I had a pleasure of attending and speaking at WordCamp Gdansk 2012.
I was really lucky, to have this opportunity and still can’t believe, that I managed to get there.
Let me explain; Gdansk is the only city in Poland with a direct flight connecton with Aarhus (Danish city I currently live in), but the timing of the flights was just perfect (10th and 13th).
As you can see, this was a unique opportunity, and I had no other choice, but to sign up.
The initiator and organizer of the whole thing, was Michal Zuk – who deserves kudos for putting it all together and keeping the standards extraordinarily high. Once again, thanks Michal, great job!
The 2-day WordCamp was held in a historical building: BHP Hall – which used to be a part of the Gdansk Shipyard complex.
Great location, bunch of hotels nearby, decent Wi-Fi and professional multimedia equipment – perfect spot for a meet-up of a bunch of WordPress nerds 🙂
First day of the conference was dedicated to all kind of geeky stuff: Frameworks, Plugins, Hosting and Infrastructure ( “Varnish” word have been used quite often ). The theme of the second day was mostly, one big “chillout” ( each decent WordCamp has an afterparty, we had one too – that is all 🙂 )
I enjoyed the most talks by:
– Marcin Pietrzak – What to do, and what not to do when coding a plugin (plugin – database interaction).
– Pawel Pela – Clients of the freelancer: report from the battlefield and a study of hardcore cases.
The second one, reminded me of my freelancing times, and made me glad, that I’m not doing it anymore 😛
I’m not entirely happy from my performance, but I guess I can blame it, on the fact, that this was my first WordCamp, and first WordCamp speech ever.
From the feedback, that I have received during, and after my speech, it seems that most of the people in the audience were tech-savvy and would like to hear more details and practical code examples.
Nevertheless, I hope, that I was able to encourage at least a small part of the croud to check out WooFramework or its indirect descendant: WooDojo and see if they can benefit from using them in their projects.
Last, but not least, I’m glad, that I met Kim Gjerstad – founder of Wysyja (an awesome e-mailing plugin for WordPress – if you’ve never heard about it, this is the time to check it out!)
He is a very smart guy, but also cool and friendly. I had a lot of fun, chatting with him on everything what WordPress is about: economy, people, business, plugins, themes, and literally everything else WP-related.
During the second day, he had a speech on building a business around Wysija. It was one of the best talks, in my opinion (especially, because I was the translator :P). Kim shared insightful tips on running a start-up and promoting a product in a freemium business model.
Summing it up,
For me, WordCamp Gdansk 2012 was a blast! I listened to a bunch of cool talks, met some interesting folks and just had lots of fun, being amongst people that share the same passion.
I am looking forward to the next year’s WordCamp in Poland and hope to see again, all the awesome people I met in Gdansk.