WordCamp Belfast is on next weekend and Blacknight is a sponsor – so I’ve Skyped with three of the organisers to find out what’s in store.
Click on the player below to play the podcast, or download it here: 20:22; 12MB; MP3.
Brendan Mulvaney is an IT consultant and tech blogger. He got involved at WordCamp Dublin last year and found himself on the committee for WordCamp Belfast 2018! That kind of cross-pollination is par for the course: the Belfast team led by Mark Smallman lent their expertise to WordCamp Dublin, and Dublin organiser Colm Troy is returning the favour this year. We are also joined by Abha Thakor, a journalist and project manager, who was a volunteer at WordCamp Dublin and is part of the WordCamp London 2018 organising team.
Abha explains that this WordCamp Belfast is the only one in the world which coincides with the 15th anniversary, on Sunday, of WordPress itself. To celebrate, they’re inviting WordPress users to submit ‘video selfies’ – messages of friendship from across the world.
Like the WordPress itself – WordCamps are a volunteer effort – and that’s reflected in the price: just £25 sterling for the weekend – that covers Saturday and Sunday – food and entertainment as well!
There’s also a free WordPress Contributor Event being held on Friday afternoon, with an opportunity to find out more about contributing to WordPress – through code, or language translation, or marketing or design.
Highlights of the weekend include: André Naumann from Google’s Trust & Safety team; Amanda Webb on how to supercharge your blog content for more exposure & sales; Tammie Lister from Automattic on Building for Stress Cases; Una Murphy on how WordPress can Save the Media; and Dave Potter with a talk called Follow the Data.
Tickets are still available: go to 2018.belfast.wordcamp.org, and do come and say hi to the Blacknight crew in Belfast!