WordCamp London was a jolly old time

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It’s been over three weeks since WordCamp London so about time I posted some updates.

Theme workshop

I ran my famous theme fundamentals workshop during the morning of the event. It was a smashing session with around twenty people attending.

The only downside to the workshop was that I found it impossible to do the full workshop content in just half-a-day and had to rush some of the interactive aspects but feedback from the attendees was nothing but positive.

Lighting talks

In the afternoon I managed the Lighting Talks in Room 2. These were sold as:

On Saturday afternoon we’ll be running 5 minute lightning talks, giving you the opportunity to take to the stage and share with the WordPress community! Some ideas for what you could talk about:

The talks were a little rough but overall insightful and awesome so BIG thanks to these amazing people:

  • 01. Vineeta Greenwood: How WordPress changed Marks and Spencer
  • 02. Caspar Hubinger: Refactoring expectations
  • 03. Matthew Haines-Young: Refining tools and processes to work better as a team
  • 04. Ivelina Dimova: Useful JQuery Libraries
  • 05. Tom Greenwood: What is the future of the visual editor?
  • 06. Adam Onishi: The UX of WordPress custom admin functionality
  • 07. Kim Gjerstad: UI guidelines for plugin developers
  • 08. Sam Hotchkiss: Securing your website in 5 minutes
  • 09. Robert O’Rourke: Safe Search/Replace Reloaded

After this it was onward to an awesome after party but I sadly missed the much-lauded Contributor Day because of client work but honestly, by Sunday I felt like I had contributed enough :)

The future of WordCamp’s in the UK

One of the major topics at the London WordCamp was ‘what next’ – the London organising team have already announced they they will be putting on another event next year. Add this to the yearly WordCamp UK event (venue and location TBA) and the future of WordCamp’s in the UK is incredibly bright.

WordCamp Central

With this in mind it’s about time I solidified my plans for WordCamp Sheffield which will be an extension of the WordPress Sheffield Meetup group. I’m currently scoping out venues and finding a date that fits in with the other UK-based events but watch this space, I should have an announcement early in 2014.

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