What’s new at WCEU
WordPress holds the position of the most popular CMS, powering over 27.4% of the web. As open source software, everyone is invited to contribute to WordPress, promoting the community-orientated development that is at the heart of the platform. In addition to this, the global WordPress community has strengthened with the existence of WordCamp events, which are official, not-for-profit WordPress conferences.
As the popularity of WordCamp events has increased, we’ve been witness to an impressive battle for the position of the largest WordCamp over recent years.
WCEU vs. WCUS
WordCamp Europe 2015 in Seville, Spain, attracted 878 attendees and 567 live stream viewers from 52 countries. This success was bettered at the inaugural WordCamp US 2015 in Philadelphia, drawing more than 1,800 attendees.
The following year, WordCamp Europe 2016 in Vienna sold an impressive 2,199 tickets and 1,402 live stream tickets. This included attendees from 68 different countries, making it also the most international and culturally diverse WordCamp so far.
Returning to Philadelphia for WordCamp US 2016, the numbers rose to 1,923 attendees with an additional 2,028 watching through a live stream, a great success despite not reaching the expected 3,000 physical attendees.
WordCamp US may not have managed to reach their initial target, but the goal posts have been set for this year’s WordCamp Europe 2017 in Paris nonetheless. WordCamp Europe has announced that it expects more than 3,000 WordPress professionals and enthusiasts to attend in their upcoming conference. We’ll be looking forward to seeing whether this ambitious goal is achieved in June!
Although some healthy competition is good, a connected and inspired WordPress community is the most important part of WordCamp events. Last year’s State of the Word numbers, announced by Matt Mullenweg at WordCamp US, outlined just how strong and connected the global WordPress community is becoming.
2016 saw 116 WordCamps with over 36,000 attendees, 2,056 speakers, 1,036 sponsors, and 750 organizers. There were also 3,193 meetup events in 58 countries that were attended by more than 62,000 people. That’s a lot of WordPress-ers.
What’s changing at WordCamp Europe this year?
With an overwhelming 94% of delegates saying they would return to WordCamp Europe 2017, we already know that the conference is doing something right! But that doesn’t mean that the organizers are keeping things exactly the same, year on year.
This year, for the first time, WordCamp Europe is introducing something new: a third track during both conference days. The slots in this track are dedicated to sponsors, which they can use to hold a talk or a workshop. This means that sponsors have some dedicated time to demonstrate their products, explore their future plans, or share their experiences with the audience.
In recent years, the organizers introduced a modified Small Business tier for sponsorship to empower small businesses and encourage them to get involved with WordCamps. In order to qualify this year, companies must have generated less than 1 million euro in 2017, with the majority of their revenue coming from WordPress.
As well as showcasing bright new businesses, this package also gives delegates a chance to see the up and coming technology and ideas from the newest companies working with WordPress.
WordCamp Europe 2017 already has over 2,200 tickets sold or reserved, which suggests they will succeed in arranging the biggest WordCamp to date.
WordCamp Bristol 2017
FlexiDB has been attending WordCamp events for the last few of years, and it has been fantastic to connect with the WordPress community across the globe.
We are delighted to announce that the inaugural WordCamp Bristol is coming to our hometown on the weekend of 13-14 May 2017. We are so supportive of this event that, not only are we proud sponsors, but we’re helping plan and promote it.
Tickets are available and calls for sponsors and speakers are open. Got a question about the event? Ask firstname.lastname@example.org