A WordCamp is an event dedicated to WordPress, organized by the local community of users, like you and me.
The first WordCamp was held in San Francisco in 2006, and since then hundreds of others have been held in many countries around the globe. The WordPress Foundation and WordCamp Central publish guidelines that every organizer must follow and adhere to in order to use the term WordCamp.
A WordCamp is a paid event, but the price of admission is intentionally kept low (around €20/day) to allow all types of WordPress users to participate. The organization of these events is made possible thanks to funding from sponsors and the work of many volunteers.
As far as the format is concerned, these are informal events that take place over a day or two, or even three in the case of larger WordCamps. They are as open as possible, and welcome both novice users and experienced developers.
Speakers come to give presentations on a wide range of topics, all related to WordPress.
Topics can include:
- best practices for using WordPress for beginners
- plugin development
- project presentations
- case studies
- feedback on product launches
WordCamps offer many opportunities to learn more about WordPress, but also to meet other avid users, bloggers, and entrepreneurs. It's also an opportunity to enrich one's professional or friendly network.
If you would like to learn more about organizing a WordCamp, please visit the official website. You will find the dates of the next confirmed events, but also the programs of the various past events.