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MC at WordCamp Netherlands

Yesterday I had a chance to be the MC for the first time :) I did a lot of emceeing for a lot of different events, but, never a WordCamp. Thank you, WordCamp Netherlands org team.

These are my notes on the all the speakers I had a pleasure to present to the audience.

 

Petya Raykovska

Oh, boy, am I happy for this next speaker. She is a Senior Project Manager at Human Made. A huge WordPress enthusiast, an active member of the WordPress community and is one of the WordPress Polyglots team leads. She co-organised WordCamp Europe 2014 and 2015 and led the team that organized WordCamp Europe 2016 in Vienna. I am just so happy to have her as my friend. Ladies and gents – Petya!

 

Luc Princen

Our next speaker works with WordPress a lot, although, there are some rumors that there was some other CMSs involved, but… :P He loves open source, elegant code, fast load times, barbecuing caveman meals and playing the occasional (grand) strategy game. The owner of the fanciest haircut in the house! Co-founder and lead developer at Chef du The Web. An online agency which specializes in a mix of design, development, and marketing communication. Let’s hear it for Luc!

 

Taeke Reijenga

WordPress professional and owner of Level Level, a full-service WordPress agency. He has over ten years experience in web development and working with WordPress since version 2.0, and if that isn’t cool, I don’t know what is. :) Please a round of applause for Taeke!

 

Alain Schlesser

Our next speaker is a freelance software engineer and WordPress consultant living in Germany. Started out as a government agent working in Luxembourg, and has recently made the switch to self-employment. There were a numerous platforms and programming languages for the past 25 years, but now he is trying to settle down on modern web development with the WordPress. Ladies and gents – Alain!

 

Francesca Marano

Making WordPress things happen from Torino, Italy: Polyglots and Community team member, Meetup, and WordCamp organizer. WordPress professional, community junkie, business explorer. Founder of C+B, a blog for Italian female creative entrepreneurs, with an editorial staff offering daily advice to women who work on their own. One of the most passionate WordPress junkies I have ever met – Francesca!

 

John Blackbourn

Our next speaker is a WordPress core developer, a member of the WordPress security team, and he was the release lead for WordPress 4.1. He works as a Senior WordPress developer at Human Made in the UK. Ladies and gentlemen – John.

 

Pascal Birchler

I met this guy at WordCamp Switzerland back in 2014, when and I attended his talk. One of the youngest of us, but, don’t get fooled by his age because he contributes to WordPress by organizing local events and through direct core contributions. He’s been working with WordPress for years, and he’s involved with both the German-speaking and the international community. Received commit access to WordPress core after leading the embeds feature plugin included in WordPress 4.4. For 4.6 he helped polish Shiny Updates.

 

Sally Mayor

Our next speaker is a freelance copywriter and blog trainer. Working with some gigantic – and small – businesses, helping them find and communicate with their online audience in the best way. She uses WordPress to market herself and teaches other people about the wonders of blogging, so WordPress has played a significant role in her life. Please make a warm welcome for – Sally!

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WordPress, full week of WordPress

When I was getting into WordPress community, never thought that I would be so into. It was the year 2013, was living in Norway and community in Serbia just had it’s the first meetup. I wasn’t there, but, I promised myself that I will do my best to push WP community in this part of the World.

Now there are three cities in Serbia with WP meetup (this Wednesday the third will have it’s first), and there are a couple of more cities willing to start organizing. This is huge!

Here is my week full of WP :)

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Auschwitz concentration camp

Auschwitz concentration camp [Wiki] was a network of German Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II. It consisted of Auschwitz I (the original camp), Auschwitz II–Birkenau (a combination concentration/extermination camp), Auschwitz III–Monowitz (a labor camp to staff an IG Farben factory), and 45 satellite camps.

Auschwitz I was first constructed to hold Polish political prisoners, who began to arrive in May 1940. The first extermination of prisoners took place in September 1941, and Auschwitz II–Birkenau went on to become a major site of the Nazi Final Solution to the Jewish Question. From early 1942 until late 1944, transport trains delivered Jews to the camp’s gas chambers from all over German-occupied Europe, where they were killed with the pesticide Zyklon B. At least 1.1 million prisoners died at Auschwitz, around 90 percent of them Jewish; approximately 1 in 6 Jews killed in the Holocaust died at the camp.

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WordCamp Split 2016 #WCHR

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to attend and give a talk at WordCamp Split. WordPress in Croatia is unique, with WordPress meetups in four or five cities across Croatia, WordPress community can enjoy different Croatian city every year. The city of Split was the host this year.

Everything started on Friday, September the 2nd  and the WordPress workshops. Aleksandar Savkovic gave knowledgeable Workshop titled “Is your product easy to use and why it isn’t“.

WordCamp Split 2016

Visit for more: https://www.facebook.com/WordCampCroatia/photos

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WordCamp within a WordCamp

WordCamp Europe 2016, was a blast, we can all agree on that! The whole organizing team and everyone involved put a lot into making it happen and now, from this point of view, I can say THIS WAS A GREAT WORDCAMP!

They say it’s not over until you blog about, so I listen :)

For all of you, who shared last a couple of months with me, you know what I have been through; these last three – four months has been a quite a horror, it all started with a knee surgery, followed by breaking down the engagement, but, thanks to organizing and fully focusing on both WordCamp Belgrade and WordCamp Europe everything’s fine now :)

WordCamp Europe, August 2015

I could start this paragraph saying “One chat that changed it all” :) So I remember like it was yesterday, I got a Slack notification on w.org and was from Petya. I replied just with: “AAAAAAAAAAAA” once I found out about me being accepted into the #WCEU organizing team.

Joy, stress, happiness, sorrow

So, organizing the event this size was a great experience, and I would do it all over again if I could. Incredible journey. Since I was the part of the remote team, in charge of volunteers and Contributor day this was an entirely new experience for me. I never did anything even close to this size event. Alongside with Peter, I organized roles for about 160 volunteers; and with Rocio and Alex Kirk, we pulled off organization for 450 contributors.

 

After it was officially over, this tweet sums it pretty much:

 

Luca Sartoni, behind the scenes photos

Florian Ziegler’s awesome album

 

See y’all in Paris!

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