My WordCamp 2010 Experience
WordCamp is a blogging conference organized by the local WordPress community. It is done in major cities around the globe and I’ve attended last year’s WordCamp Philippines 2009 at AIM in Makati. This year’s WordCamp Philippines (WordCampPH) 2010 was held last October 2, 2010 at the College of Saint Benilde in Manila.
This is a long overdue post as I usually write about blog events experience a day or two after attending it. But as usual I’m occupied with a lot of other stuff (hehe excuses!) so the long wait over and I’m sharing my WordCamp 2010 experience here 🙂
1. The Matt Factor
Finally met Mr. WordPress himself: Matt Mullenweg. Matt is the founder/developer of WordPress and he hosted a Town Hall-style Question and Answer session for the WordCampPH. Questions about WordPress, Hello Dolly plugin and even the possibility of a movie about his life (ala-Mark Zuckerberg) was gamely responded by Matt.
He is really a very simple guy who gives candid replies to the queries posted on him. I liked Matt’s honest and witty response to the campers. Im following Matt on twitter now 🙂
2. The Sessions
I arrived in the afternoon as I was not feeling well that day 🙁 . But I tried my best and I got in the conference room just in time to attend Danny Arao‘s session on blogging ethics. Again Sir Danny wowed the campers with his views on blogging, journalism and one of his favorite topics (politics 🙂 ). Aside from Matt’s Q & A session I also enjoyed Ms. Aileen Apolo-De Jesus presentation about Google. It’s also great to know about Piclyf (presented by Eric), a homegrown photo-sharing site.
3. WordCamp Innovation
I missed the morning sessions where they had several discussion tracks. But I strongly believe this is a good innovation for WordCampPH as campers can attend several sessions depending on their area of interest and WordPress experience.
Will share related links soon…
The Camper’s website is really cool and have good useful tools for pre-conference announcements/reminders.
4. Funny and Wacky Moments
Campers will surely remember Third’s Bading.me and another blogger’s duduruginkita.com as the funniest and wackiest domain names for WordCampPH (which won them some good wordcamp giveaways). The blogger behind duduruginkita.com (will link to you as soon as I find your main site) even explained he got the domain so that he can have the email address babangonako<at>duduruginkita.com! Nice!
5. Wordcamp Freebies
Cool WordcampPH Shirt (pic coming soon) + of course the WordPress schwags (pics to follow soon) + WordCamp ID and..
6. Prizes Galore!!!
I am really impressed how the organizers gave away so many giveaways (gift checks, free hosting account and other freebies). Maybe there’s are a lot of generous sponsors 🙂
Congratulations to the WordPress Philippines 2010 organizers (Andrew, Chattee, Migs, Brendel, Dulce, Lyle, Jim, Ria and Winston)!
Thanks also to the WordCamp sponsors and to CSB student volunteers who helped in the making the event a successful one!
See you in Wordcamp Philippines 2011!
View what others are saying about WordCampPH 2011:
- Thanks for a Successful WordCamp Philippines 2010! by Brendel
- WordCamp 2010 Recap and Photos by Melvin Dichoso
- WordCamp Philippines 2010 is a Certified Hit by Orman Manansala
- WordCamp Philippines 2010: A Huge Success! by Faust Principe
- WordCamp Philippines 2010 by Ben
- Thank You WordCamp Philippines by Rob Angeles
- WordCamp Philippines 2010 Lessons by Anna Katharina
- WordCamp Philippines 2010 A Success by Solid Hosting
- Yay, WordCamp 2010 by MM
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