October gave rise to WordCamp Manchester and a fun time was had by all. If you have never been to a WordCamp there is something for everyone in the WordPress community, whether that be as a designer, a developer or a website owner. It turned out to be a great weekend put together by the WordPress Community.
There were a host of fantastic speakers full of knowledge and expertise and there was something to learn from everyone. With the exception of the lightning talks, all talks were recorded and will be on WordPress TV.
I've been involved in the WordCamp Manchester team since 2014. Its a great community and a worthy cause to volunteer for, if you are interested in web and the tech sector.
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.
Early in the morning I headed into the University of Manchester for my shift, where I spent all day helping on the information desk, swiping loads of WordPress #Swag and telling everyone about my Manchester Wapuu.
There was a host of talks on various WordPress and web related topics. Sadly, I didn't really get to listen in much as I was on the volunteer desk. I was convinced however to give a lightning talk by Claire Worthington.
Every business including ours has faced difficult clients from time to time and had to part ways, so I did my talk around the top ten signs to look out for when qualifying for a new prospect.
Its sound business advice to qualify your customers, and can save any service based industry a lot of hassle down the line. Likewise its also important to ensure your agency is a match for you. So this is what I based my lightning talk on. It was met with lots of applause, so I was happy and stepped down, palpitating wildly.