Unless you’ve lost track of your calendar, you know that WordCamp Europe 2018 is set to kick off in just about a week. And as you get ready to head off to Belgrade (or maybe just watch the WordCamp Europe livestream), we’re here with some tips to help you get the most from your upcoming WordCamp Europe experience.
WordCamp Europe 2018: The basic details
The main events at WordCamp Europe will span two days – June 15th and 16th. And everything is happening at the Sava Centar in Belgrade, Serbia (hopefully you knew that already if you’re attending in person!). You can view more location information here.
Here are some of the most common events offered during WordCamps, and WCEU won’t be any different this year:
- Presentations and talks. Speakers will be brought in to discuss a wide range of topics, from technical developer-level issues to more general educational subjects.
- Workshops. You’ll have the chance to attend practical workshops, which will again range from complex development practices to beginner-friendly tutorials.
- Networking and social events. You can find potential clients, collaborators, employers, and more – either through structured events or simply by hanging out and chatting.
If you check out the full schedule for WordCamp Europe, you’ll find that there’s a lot on offer. That includes plenty of talks and workshops, spanning from mid-morning to early evening. If you don’t want to miss anything, you’ll definitely want to spend some time with this schedule and figure out in advance which events are most important to you.
If you use iOS, you can even download the unofficial WordCamp app from Marcel Schmitz – it provides a full list of sessions, as well as the option to save certain sessions as favorites.
Don’t forget about contributor day!
It’s also worth noting that there’s technically a third day to this particular WordCamp. Before the event proper, a Contributor Day will be held on June 14th. This is all about giving back to WordPress, by spending a day contributing to the platform in a structured environment. The event is free and is open even to newcomers who’ve never volunteered with WordPress in any way.
At the time of this writing, Contributor Day is not accepting any more registrations. You may want to keep an eye on the event page if you’re interested, though, since the organizers might open a waiting list. If not, it’s a good opportunity to keep in mind for next year.
How to prepare for WordCamp Europe 2018
If this is your first time attending a WordCamp, you might not know what to expect. To help, we’ve put together a list of some of our own tips to help you have a successful trip:
- Aim to arrive a day early if you can. This will give you time to settle in and familiarize yourself with the area before the WordCamp proper starts. In addition, try to show up early to each day of the event, and to every session you’d like to attend. WordCamp Europe is a popular event and can be crowded (even a little overwhelming at first). So you can benefit from giving yourself some extra time.
- Check out the complete list of attendees. Take note of anyone you’d particularly like to meet or talk with, such as individuals you’ve worked with in the past (or who you hope to work with in the future). During the WordCamp itself you’ll be kept pretty busy, and you don’t want to risk missing a potential meeting with someone important.
- Pack light. Along with the essentials – your laptop, something to take notes with, etc. – you’ll want to bring along some comfortable clothing and shoes. If you’re trying to save on packing space, you can actually get away with bringing fewer shirts than you need, since sponsors will be giving them away like candy. And it’s not just t-shirts, you’ll find all sorts of cool “swag” as they say.
- Check out the local area. You’ll have some free time in the evenings, and going out into Belgrade can make for a nice change of pace. You may even want to add a day to the beginning or end of your trip to see the sights. Plus, you might want to check out the dining options in the area. Food will be provided, but the menu is naturally limited and you may want more options.
- Check the menu. Speaking of food, yes, there is catering at WordCamp Europe with some generally tasty treats available all throughout the day. This includes some snacks, coffee, fruit, and of course the lunch. However, if you’re on a specific diet, you best check the official menu to make sure that there’s going to be something for you to eat. There are always options for vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free meals, etc. But if you’re on a more specific diet, you might want to double check. This is the official menu.
- Consider any special requirements you might have. If you’re concerned about any element of the event or your ability to participate, you can reach out to the organizers in advance. Plenty of accommodations can be made when it comes to accessibility.
- Make sure you enter the contests. Though not that obvious at first, there’s a lot of contests/polls going on during WCEU every year. You can win anything from iPads, iPhones, Bluetooth speakers, to even tricked-out coffee machines. All it takes is just giving them your name.
- Don’t forget about the after party! This is happening in the evening of June 16th, not far from the main event. Attendance is free, and it’s a great chance to unwind after the WordCamp and do some serious (or less serious) socializing.
We hope to see you at WordCamp Europe!
This year, ThemeIsle is an official media partner at WordCamp Europe, so you can bet we’ll be making an appearance.
Written by John Hughes and Colin Newcomer.