Factory @ WordCamp Manchester

Posted on 19th November 2018 by Hugo Finley

Factory @ WordCamp Manchester Project with Factory Digital Marketing Agency

The fifth continuous year of WordCamp Manchester (WCMcr) took place at the end of October and 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 amazing graphical 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, and even family members got in on the act as Andi’s husband Matt Wilkinson was WordCamp’s official photographer.

WordCamp Manchester Wapuu 2018
WordCamp Manchester Wapuu 2018

There were 14 scheduled speakers and another 8 speakers who turned up to do 10 minute lightning talks on a mixture of subjects. These will all soon be available on the wordpress.tv channel.

Wordcamp Manchester Volunteer team
Wordcamp Manchester Volunteer team

WordCamp Manchester has fondly become known as FoodCamp to those in the know as lunch often leaves members of the camp overly full for the afternoon session. The volunteer team work 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 like the break out sponsorship atrium and the most popular after party which this year was in the MMU Student Union building. There was the exciting opportunity for all of the Factory members and their family to get together and take the first group shot, including even me although I started on the 1st November.

the New factory team and family.
Factory team and family.

The last part of WordCamp took place on the Sunday at Ziferblat in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, where 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 a 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.


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