So yes, last weekend was the first time I joined WordCamp Indonesia. It is a national conference for WordPress users and developers. However, the attendees are from not only several major cities in Indonesia but also from outside the country like Malaysia, Singapore and the Netherlands. This year is the third WordCamp Indonesia and it was held in Bumi Sangkuriang, Bandung – West Java.
I, for one, had never thought that a geeky weekend could be so much FUN!
I arrived about an hour early on the first day of the WordCamp but it was fine because the conference hall was nice and comfortable. Moreover, I met wonderful members of the committee who organized the event. All of them were very helpful! Like mbak Eda, for instance, who was more than willing to help a WordCamp newbie such as myself going through all the registration process and so on and so forth. What a nice experience to meet people who actually care about what they do and everybody in it!
Aside from all the goodies, souvenirs as well as prizes (free premium themes from the sponsors and a Nokia cell-phone), the learned lessons during this WordCamp were indeed nice. Like I shared on my Facebook post here, I learned how the WordPress software:
- was built as well as how it works
- is used to built a website with themes and plugins
- deals with security, content management and back-up
- is competing with the other major CMS software in the market
- can give back to the community by WordPress Charity
It is also amazing to know how both organizers and attendees were able to make a WordPress board game for everybody to enjoy and interact.
I do have a wish list for the next event though.
First and foremost, a better wi-fi connection.
To be completely honest, the w-fi connection last weekend was bad! After it was over, I was told that the committee did try their best to arrange a proper wi-fi connection. However, for some reasons the one they ended up having did not work out well. At the end of the day, it was understandable because most of us had our own broadband internet connections anyway. I really do hope it will not happen again in the future. Most especially not in an event like this one.
Second, a follow up forum.
On the one hand, I’m grateful for the opportunity to attend a great yearly event such as this one. On the other hand, I don’t think once a year is enough because there are so many things to learn about the software. Not to mention the fact that it keeps evolving. So a local meet up or two where we can discuss what we learned during the WordCamp and go from there would be nice. We can also bring more friends which might be a nice way for us to promote the next WordCamp event. I think.
Third, the women in WordCamp.
Where oh where were the women? I could clearly see that the number of women who attended the event was way below the number of men. As a woman, of course I have a say about that! I hope something can be done about it in the next WordCamp event. I couldn’t help but wonder though, does that have something to do with the fact that not a single presentation was about ‘how to write a blog’ during the WordCamp last weekend? Even if the subject has been discussed before, I think it should be a part of the presentations again. I do know a lot of women bloggers who are more into writing than designing. WordPress is not just about making / selling themes. It is also about writing blogs, right?
Anyway, after all said and done, I did have a wonderful time last weekend.
Kudos to all the sponsors, organizers, presenters and attendees!
Hope to see you again in the future WordCamp Indonesia!
PS: “In the end” picture belongs to Eviwidi.