WordCamp is an informal, community-organized events put together by WordPress users. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. The content of sessions is firmly focused on using and developing for WordPress. Issues around blogging, business, and social media that are related to WordPress use may be included, but the bulk of the program (at least 80%) is specifically about WordPress.
Getting to meet and learn from other WordPress users face-to-face is one of the main reasons people attend WordCamps. WordCamps even sets up an informal Happiness Bar staffed with experienced WordPress volunteers who try to help fellow attendees with their WordPress questions. In addition to learning from each other, attendees often find new collaborators, employees/employers and potential co-conspirators in the WordCamp crowd. These new relationships can lead to exciting WordPress projects throughout the year.
Local organizer Nathan Driver was thrilled to be part of the team that brought WordCamp to the region last year. Last year’s event was a huge success, in part because of their partnership with the local Small Business Development Center (SBDC), an organization that not only helps small and growing businesses but also promotes WordPress. The SBDC operates out of Wright State University (WSU), which donated their facilities last year for the event. Due to the popularity of the event, it outgrew those facilities and will be held this year at the Dayton Convention Center. on Friday March 20th and Saturday, March 21st. For the full schedule check the Dayton Wordcamp wesbite.
WordCamp is not meant to be big, fancy, expensive conference. It’s a low-key local gatherings that’s affordable — cheap, even — to allow people from all walks of life to attend, meet, share, and learn. Sponsorships and donations make this possible, keeping ticket prices low, $40 for a 2-day event, just $20 for students. Reserve your ticket online.
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