WordCamp Porto

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This WordCamp was different for me in many ways: it was the first WordCamp I attended outside of my city and it was the first time I was an actual attendant and not part of the organization.

Besides all the good bits you get from the talks, the social aspect of WordCamps is what I’m always looking forward to. Seeing old friends and making new ones, talking with people for other corners of the world, sharing experiences and battles. To me that’s the real value.

The program had a good mix of technical and non-technical talks. To me this WordCamp was all about these two girls:

 

Ana Aires:

Ana talked about how to deal with difficult clients and how to go from  battles to working together as a team, creating value and projecting a path to allow a growing and meaningful relationship that might translate into an on-going business partnership, instead of a one project kind of deal.

 

Siobhan McKeown:

Most WordPress aficionados know the origins of the software, Siobhan goes a little deeper into the details, telling the story of how this wonderful software that we all love came to life. Using that as a pretext, the point was that if you have something that bugs you you should try to find a solution for it. Or in Siobhan words: scratch that itch, don’t wait for other people to come and scratch it for you.

 

Unfortunately I did not have the chance of eating a francesinha this time (other delicious things were eaten instead), so I might have to return soon to correct that mistake!

Wrapping up WordCamp Lisboa 2012

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Hugo Fernandes on Creativity (photo by Guilherme Corte-Real)

The second edition of WordCamp Lisboa just wrapped up and it was once again a big success. We had some great talks and this year a discussion panel was introduced in the afternoon that added a refreshing break from the sequence of talks.

Today we held a hackday on Cowork Lisboa where attendees tackled some WordPress tickets and some translations. There was also an introductory session on how to contribute to WordPress to those who had never done it before.

The event itself went smoothly without major delays, and I felt people where generally pleased with the whole experience. Yes, the lunch line was little big yesterday, we promise to work on that next year!

Like always there are some lessons to learn, for instance there was a big focus on the technical side and some people where expecting more talks about design. So Portuguese designers: start thinking about quality talks for next year!

For me the best part is always to meet new people and exchange war stories. Just like last year we had people from all around the country and the world, with interesting experiences to share and inspire.

I hope to see everyone again next year, or maybe sooner on another meetup or WordCamp somewhere, who knows?

Check out the Eventifier page for pics, videos and slides of the whole event.