Wordcamp is like Disneyland for web designers and a must for those interested in boosting their career and knowledge. Wordcamp changes location and local groups can contact WordPress to set up a conference in their area. Each conference usually has 4 to 5 tracks during the day. A track indicates which category speakers fit into. There are often “User”, “Developer” and “Designer” tracks as well as the occasional “SEO” and “Business” tracks. In each track there is a one-hour session where an experienced person in the field delivers a symposium related to the track, offering tips and invaluable knowledge.
Wordcamp conferences are great for a number of reasons. In a primarily online based business it’s good to take up any opportunity for face to face interaction and networking with fellow designers, developers and bloggers. If the massive boost to your professional life isn’t enough motivation, there’s also food and a Happiness Bar. Okay, don’t get too excited, it isn’t a bar in the typical sense. The Happiness Bar is a place where anyone can ask a question and get an answer about WordPress from experts. You will often see people there who work for Automatic, the company that creates and maintains WordPress. An opportunity to speak in person to such experienced members of the field doesn’t come around everyday, and shouldn’t be passed up!
At WordCamp you can expect to meet new people, learn from experts and generally have a good time with like minded professionals. Wordcamp isn’t all suit and tie though, with most conferences involving an after party where people can enjoy a couple drinks and cut loose. I always have a great time when I go and usually make a lot of new friends within the WordPress community. It’s a very fun group of people with varied backgrounds and specialties. It’s important to hire companies that are strong in the community because these are the people that pave the path for WordPress.