Artbees Takeaways from WordCamp Europe 2019

WordCamp Europe 2019 was the biggest and the best WordCamp I have ever attended. But that’s not what made it special. What WordCamp Europe 2019 successfully accomplished for the first time was holding a massive event without falling into the usual pitfalls of events this size.

In my first encounter with WordCamp Europe 2019 at the Estrel venue in Berlin on June 20, I recalled events such as Web Summit. It was a three-day event held in a huge venue packed with talks, workshops, booths, and activities with thousands of attendees. It was the largest WordPress event ever, with 3,260 tickets sold and 2,734 attendees.

The attendees came from 97 different countries, and 1,722 of them had never attended WordCamp Europe before. Events this size must be quite difficult to organize and might require months of planning, arrangements and hundreds of people involved.

How was it different from any other WordCamp?

Events on this massive of a scale might end up making them mediocre with poor organization, average talks and bad service for attendees. But this is exactly where WordCamp differed from events like WebSummit. WordCamp 2019 was an event much larger than its usual size and so wonderfully organized that its scale didn’t make it mediocre.

The other important way WordCamp sets itself far above other large-scale tech events is that it’s driven by the community, not profit. Look at an event like WebSummit or the TNW Conference, and you’ll notice an event designed to make money. At these events, celebrities are invited to a venue with a private jet to talk about your run-of-the-mill topics so more people in that crowd understand it. This is the problem in events that sell as many tickets as possible to earn more money and end up with a very disparate audience!

WordCamp Europe 2019 Estrel

An event like WordCamp is designed primarily to gather members of a community, rather than running a business to make money out of it. It’s very common to see someone who is a speaker at one WordCamp to be a volunteer at another. And yes! Volunteers aren’t volunteering for a reference letter here! WordCamp Europe 2019 didn’t just set a new standard for continental WordCamps but also set one for other tech events.

Jupiter X in WordCamp Europe 2019

Artbees attended WordCamp Europe 2019 on June 20-22 in Berlin. We had the pleasure of not just attending but also co-sponsoring the event this year. Jupiter X had one of the busiest booths in a small business hall in WCEU this year.

It was also our first WordCamp where we gave away a small but lovely prize. The Jupiter X AirPod Giveaway was so welcomed by the attendees at WordCamp this year that during the drawing session on the last day of the event, our booth was hardly able to host the massive crowd waiting for their name to be selected from the box as the winner!

Meeting with Jupiter X users, friends and partners

We had so many great guests stop by the Jupiter X booth for a visit, including some of our fantastic users, fellow authors in the Envato market, our friends in the industry and the WordPress community.

Meeting with the Envato Team & Envato Worldwide

We had various meetings with the Envato team during different WordCamp Europe 2019 events. On Envato Worldwide Day, which was one of the side events, we met with and greeted the great Envato team. Cameron Gough, James Giroux, Stephen Cronin and Aaron Rutley from the Envato team stopped by our booth during the first conference day for a nice chat and some fruitful discussions about the state of WordPress, the Envato market, trends and more.

It was also a pleasure having a special meeting with Cameron Gough – General Manager of Content at Envato – and to share some ideas and suggestions regarding ThemeForest as one of its authors. Cameron is not just a great human but also very determined to reflect the authors’ voices in Envato and to take some huge steps forward by addressing issues and possible improvements to the marketplace.

It’s also been a year in which Envato is hosting meetups of their own called Envato Worldwide in different cities around the world, including London, Amsterdam, Kyiv, Warsaw, and Saint Petersburg. As part of their worldwide tour, they held a meetup in Berlin a few days before WordCamp Europe 2019.

Envato Worldwide meetups are a great combination of keynote presentations, local author presentations, networking, Q&A sessions and a nice after party. As members of the Envato community, we were thrilled to meet and greet with some of the great authors in ThemeForest as well as the amazing members of the Envato team, discuss ideas, share experiences and learn from one another.

WordCamp Europe 2019 Contributor Day

There is no denying that one of the best parts of every WordCamp is the Contributor Day. At large WordCamps like WordCamp Europe, it’s even better! What you could see was a large hall filled with passionate community members who were helping to build or expand some aspect of WordPress.

500 contributors formed different groups such as core, review, marketing, support, polyglot, design, etc. and were led by 37 experienced lead contributors to different MakeWordPress projects. From Artbees, Gulhan joined and contributed to the “theme review” team. Rouzbeh contributed to the marketing team, and Nel joined the community team just like at WCEU 2018.

During Contributor Day at WordCamp Europe 2019, we also had an exciting encounter with the one and only Matt Mullenweg, WordPress co-founder and CEO.

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Gulhan with Carolina Nymark from the “theme review” team on Contributor Day
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The Jupiter X team with Matt Mullenweg at WordCamp Europe 2019 on Contributor Day

The group photo taken at the end of Contributor Day may have been the biggest photo ever taken at a WordCamp. Check for yourself and see how many of Artbees members you can find in the crowd!

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Photo courtesy of WordCamp Europe 2019

Talks

Unlike last year, we were running a booth at WCEU this year, so, unfortunately, we could not attend most of the talks. There were some great topics and speakers I shared in our “we’re heading Berlin” post on June 13. But one talk in particular that is most talked about at every WordCamp Europe or WordCamp US is Matt Mullenweg’s State of WordPress talks.

This year, he again went up on stage thanking and giving a round of applause to the organizing team and sponsors who made possible what he called the best WordCamp ever. He explained the latest developments of different WordPress projects, especially Project Gutenberg and its roadmap in the coming months. And, as usual, it concluded with a Q&A session.

Side events

There were several side events before and during WordCamp Europe 2019. We were invited to a side event or afterparty almost every day before WCEU and during the conference days.

Just like at WCEU 2018, we joined Elementor’s side event this year but with a brand new name called “Meet the Makers of Elementor.” This event was much more than an afterparty and included various sessions such as workshops and keynotes. I’m sure this will be a good beginning for them to make great community get-togethers in the future.

WordCamp Europe 2019 Elementor Makers

Just like WCEU 2018, the Freemius team held a lovely side event in Berlin to gather different kinds of WordPress community members. It was great to meet Vova at this WCEU and engage in some insightful discussions about their service Freemius, which is a platform for WordPress businesses to operate on.

WordCamp Europe 2019 Freemius

Afterparty

A WordCamp is never complete without its afterparty! Just like many other WordCamp Europe attendees, we were counting down the seconds for another great afterparty for WCEU 2019, and it definitely lived up to the hype! The afterparty this year was a 4-hour long chat, complete with music and dancing with a party theme I’ve always liked: the 80s!

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The Jupiter X team at the WordCamp Europe 2019 afterparty!

Closing Talk

The WordCamp Europe 2019 closing talks were a holistic review of this year’s event with tons of interesting figures about its contributors, volunteers, sponsors, speakers, and attendees. Though there was a section this year celebrating those who helped make the event happen but couldn’t attend the event.

Like any other event, WordCamp Europe 2019 was not without issues. But the great thing about WordCamps is that you can see a noticeable betterment after each WordCamp from city to city. WordCamp 2019 in Berlin was definitely a better WordCamp than WordCamp Europe 2018 in Belgrade – and hopefully, WordCamp 2020 in Porto will be better as well!

WordCamp Europe 2019: Meet Makers of Jupiter X, Get Exclusive Swags & Win an AirPod!

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Summer is here and so is another WordCamp Europe! WordCamp Europe 2019 will be held on June 20-22 at the Estrel Hotel and Congress Center in Berlin this summer, and we just cannot wait to attend another great 3 days packed with all things WordPress! This means meeting the best of the WordPress family and community, who will attend the biggest gathering of the technology that we, you, and one-third of the worldwide web loves!

What is a WordCamp?

The WordCamp Central website says, “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.” Every year, tens of WordCamps are held in different cities around the world. Local WordCamps focus more on local communities and continental WordCamps such as WordCamp Europe, WordCamp US, and WordCamp Nordic gather members of a wider region or from around the world.

Why should you attend?

WordCamps are where everyone who lives and breathes WordPress get together. Developers, businesses, designers and even end users. It’s a great opportunity to get to know and network with many people who might end up being your next colleague, business partner or customer.

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Archived photo from WordCamp Europe 2018

They are also a great opportunity to experience and practice an event not driven for profit by a community not formed solely around benefits. This event is organized and run by a large group of volunteers and financially powered by sponsor funds and humble attendee tickets. So you will experience a different atmosphere and culture than what you may get at other events such as WebSummit or TNW Conference.

What happens at WordCamp?

WordCamps truly reflect the vibrant community that attends it. This dynamic two-three day event consists of different sections such as talks, workshops, contributor sessions, networking, WP Cafe, social hours, after parties and much more.

Contributor Day

Each WordCamp has a Contributor Day, which is a daylong session dedicated to contributing to the WordPress open source project. Different groups are formed to contribute in different fields such as core, design, marketing, community, and polyglot. WordCamp Europe will have its Contributor Day on its first day, Thursday, June 20.

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Archived photo from WordCamp Europe 2018

Talks and workshops

WordCamps are also famous for their various talks and workshop sessions. Every year, hundreds of talks are presented by WordPress professionals at WordCamps about different aspects of WordPress – from development to business to marketing!

The WordCamp Europe 2019 schedule promises a vast variety of topics such as SEO, accessibility, Gutenberg, diversity, copywriting, support, REST API and more. Some of the sessions we are interested in attending include:

Matt Mullenweg Keynote

WordPress co-founder and visionary leader Matt Mullenweg has a famous ‘Matt on WordPress’ talk in which he shares the status of WordPress and its key points in the past 6 months (and the same at WordCamp US for the next 6 months of the year) as well as the short-term roadmap for the software.

What’s special about WCEU 2019?

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As the second WordCamp Europe we’ll be joining, Artbees is attending WCEU 2019 at full capacity this year! Our very own Jupiter X is an official sponsor of WCEU 2019 and will happily showcase the product in our booth during the Conference Days on June 21 & 22. We will also join Contributor Day to contribute to the marketing, design and development teams.

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Archived photo from WordCamp Europe 2018

In the days preceding WordCamp Europe 2019, there are great meetups such as Envato Worldwide organized by Envato, Meet Makers of Elementor by the folks of the Elementor team and the Freemius/WPEngine meetup, all of which we will try to attend.

Meet the makers of Jupiter X

Five members of the Artbees family, including the co-founders, will be in the Jupiter X booth at WordCamp 2019 during the Conference Days, as well as Contributor Day and many side meetups. Let’s meet, chat and share! There is also some fancy Artbees and Jupiter X swag waiting for you in our booth.

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Enter our exclusive AirPods giveaway!

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We’re raffling off a FREE set of AirPods to any participant who tweets a photo taken in our booth. Stop by our booth at WordCamp 2019 on June 21 & 22 to learn more! You can find more info on the participation process on our exclusive WCEU page.

Do follow our coverage of WCEU 2019

Do follow the #WCEU hashtag and our channels on social media for special coverage of WordCamp Europe 2019 from Wednesday, June 18 to Saturday, June 22. We will cover different sections of the event, including Matt’s keynote, expert talks, the Jupiter X booth as well as the side meetups and events.

Have a great weekend, and we’re looking forward to meeting all of you guys at WCEU 2019 this year 😉