The fifth continuous year of WordCamp Manchester (WCMcr) took place at the end of October. We were all involved in one way or another with this epic event. (Yeah I am calling it Epic, no bias on my part as the lead organiser at all, honest). Andi contributed her classic retro pop art and brought her arty skills to everything from the posters to delegate badges. Andi also managed a revamp of the traditional unofficial mascot of any WordCamp the Wapuu. Ben attended as a delegate and managed to attend a number of the talks. Even family members got in on the act as Andi’s husband Matt Wilkinson was WordCamp’s official photographer.
There were 14 scheduled speakers and another 8 speakers who did 10 minute lightning talks on a mixture of subjects. These will all soon be available on the wordpress.tv channel.
WordCamp Manchester has fondly become known as FoodCamp to those in the know. Lunch often leaves members of the camp overly full for the afternoon session. The volunteer teamwork behind the screens making everything appear like it’s flowing smoothly and keeping everything on track. Without the volunteer team, WordCamps would not be possible.
There were plenty of networking opportunities to be had during the event. There was the break out sponsorship atrium and the most popular after party in the MMU Student Union building. Here’s a group shot, including even me although I started on the 1st November.
The last part of WordCamp took place on the Sunday at Ziferblat in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Mike Little the co-founder of WordPress, ran a contributor day, for around 30 people. A contributor day enables people to give back to WordPress which is, after all, an open source project. You don’t need to be a coder to attend this part of the event. There are many valuable ways to contribute to WordPress.
All in all the WordCamp was a great event with plenty going on. There were over 20 sponsors represented, 22 speakers including the lightning talks and around 170 people in attendance. I shall look forward to next years offering.